Citrus, Ginger, Coconut Water – Spring Thirst Quencher

Hello everyone!

Lately, I’ve been switching a lot of my cooking products/products I eat to coconut-derived products. For example, I’ve switched my milk to unsweetened coconut-almond milk; instead of olive oil, I use organic coconut oil; and instead of bringing regular water to rehearsals and teaching, I’ve been making this coconut ginger citrus water instead! I want to share this recipe because it has changed the way I hydrate, and I’ve only been experimenting with it for a week!

When I dance a lot/exercise a lot, sometimes regular water (room temperature or cold) becomes hard to swallow. That’s not a metaphor – I mean for me personally water becomes really hard to swallow because it just doesn’t cut it with no electrolytes or anything to replenish the salts I lose through sweat. I’ve never been a fan of Gatorade unless I have a bad cold! I just can’t tolerate the sugar when I am burning energy because it leaves a terrible taste in my mouth.

Coconut water has A TON of natural electrolytes and salts you need to replenish your body, without artificial colors, flavors, or added sugar and syrups. Although coconut water plain is just as good for you, it is an acquired taste. When sweating, plain coconut water may not be the best option to drink because it’s a bit bitter, thick, and salty. This citrus and ginger coconut water quencher is sure to provide a better, more palatable flavor, and yummy hydration for everyday drinking.

This is not my original recipe, however, you can get creative and add as much or as little as you want! I found the original recipe here: https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/coconut-water-benefits/.

What you’ll need:

  • All natural coconut water (**I’ve used Vita Coco and Goya Coconut Water**).
    • Usually I use the regular 2-cup servings in the box you can get at the supermarket. Pictured is a larger coconut water, which may be more economical if you’re making this drink frequently.
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Regular filtered water
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Fresh Lime
  • Honey (if you want a little sweetness!)
  • A blender or NutriBullet

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What to do:

  1. Add 1.5 – 2 cups of coconut water to your blender
  2. Add 0.5 – 1.5 cups of regular filtered water to your blender (depending on how concentrated you would like the coconut water to be)
  3. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  4. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  5. Grate the ginger root and add 1/4 teaspoon or more of ginger to your mix (add more or less to taste)
  6. Optional Step: Add 1 tablespoon or more of honey for sweetness
  7. Blend!!
  8. Taste test, and adjust whatever more or less of whatever it may need. Or if you are satisfied, move on to the next step!
  9. Transfer to a refrigerator safe container, and chill. Serve cold!

It will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long – it is SOO good!). It is best served chilled, and over ice. You can add fresh lemon and lime wedges, or more grated ginger to the top for garnish if you are planning to serve this to dinner guests/friends. You can blend it with ice and make a healthy, quenching, slushy, or even add tequila if it is Taco Tuesday and you’re feeling like you want a healthy twist on a margarita!

I’ve found this recipe to be delicious with a little more lemon and lime, a little extra water (not too much though), and a little extra ginger. I’ve also found it to be delicious with, or without honey! I will definitely be making this a lot while I am attending the American Dance Festival, and will be making this for all of the shows I have coming up! (I’m performing in my first full-length ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream – in June).

What’s your favorite way to hydrate? If you try this recipe, or have another coconut water recipe, please share it in the comments! I would love to try it!

Xoxo

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IPSY EARLY ACCESS ALERT – THE DREAMERS

Hello beautiful people!

Late last night, I was up making a PowerPoint for my choreography class, and right before I was about to sleep, I saw a tweet that said Ipsy Early Access was ready!

Naturally, I logged onto Ipsy and saw my BEAUTIFUL April bag!! Guys I am sooo excited about this one!! I am going to be receiving a lot of fun stuff!

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The Dreamers

This month’s bag has a title, and it’s called, “The Dreamers“. I love the name and the look of the makeup bag – it reminds me of summer camping for some reason! It also has a bit of a hippie vibe to it which I totally dig. Here is what I will be receiving this month!

1. Tarte cosmetics Lip Surgence Lip Creme in “Wonder”
2. Luxie Beauty Dream Catcher 
Tapered 522 Highlight Brush
3. Probelle Nail Lacquer in “In or Out”
4. Jelly Pong Pong “Neopolitan” Eyeshadow Trio
5. MoroccanOil Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

Holy beautiful spring time beauty, this bag looks like it’s going to be so much fun! I just watched a CoffeeBreakWithDani YouTube video where one of her February favorites was an angled Luxie beauty brush, and I thought to myself the other day, I would have loved to try one! I also have been dying for a new brush specifically for highlighting because I’ve been practicing, and I don’t like mixing my highlighter with my foundation, blush, or bronzer brushes (ie: using my foundation brush also as my highlight brush, etc.). Plus, the name of the brush fits perfectly with the theme of the bag. *Swoon* I’ve fallen in love with Ipsy and it’s only my second month of subscription with them!

Further, I am so happy I am receiving the Tarte lip color! This color looks so perfect for spring time! I’ve never tried Tarte products, and I am happy I am able to sample it! Tarte is a cruelty-free brand, and I love that cruelty-free cosmetic companies are becoming more mainstream!

The Jelly Pong Pong eye shadow trio is a full-size product too, and on the Jelly Pong Pong website, the color swatches of this product look so gorgeous!! ❤ I’ve never heard of this brand before, but apparently its 100% cruelty-free, and they have some really adorable packaging on their products! I’m definitely psyched to try this one out 🙂

The nail color is purple (my favorite color!), and I am always down for a good purple polish! I’ve never tried Probelle, but I’ve recently been getting back into nail polish and painting my own nails again, so this is perfect!

Finally, the Moroccan Oil hair treatment seems like it is going to be really awesome for my curly hair. My hair tends to be on the drier side, and I’m always looking out for new products to help tame frizz and keep my curls bouncy (especially in the humid summer months). Last month I received the Marc Anthony anti-frizz hair cream, and I really enjoyed it, so I’m expecting to like this hair treatment as well!

Let me know what you all are getting in your Ipsy bags this month! Are you as excited as I am?!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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