Archive for January, 2012
What is Coconut Water?
Many people seem to get coconut water a little mixed up with coconut milk, but there’s a big difference between the two.
Coconut water comes from inside younger coconuts filled with a clear, electrolyte-rich juice that contains zero fat and zero cholesterol.
Coconut milk is what is produced from grating the coconut meat of older, brown coconuts: a white, rich liquid containing oils and fat, and often used as an ingredient in cooking and baking.
Health Benefits of Coconut Water
Coconut water is loaded with potassium (more than two bananas!), which is a great way to keep the body hydrated naturally and prevents cramping.
Coconut water naturally contains more electrolytes than leading sports drinks – without any of the added sugars or processed ingredients. If you would like a refresher on why you need electrolytes, check out my previous article, Electrolytes 101.
Coconut water has no fat, no cholesterol, and low in calories!
Why Vita Coco®?
The reason I love Vita Coco’s coconut water is because they keep it all natural and simple – 100% pure coconut water and Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C). That’s it! Even Vita Coco’s flavored products use only pure and simple ingredients, which is a rare find these days.
It looks like Vita Coco has become an “it” drink in Hollywood these days. You can easily find pictures of Rihanna, Kristin Cavallari, Dustin Pedroia, Kelly Slater, Ellen Pompeo, and even Madonna drinking the coconut water drink! After reading about the health benefits of coconut water, it’s no wonder that it’s receiving so much buzz these days.
“I love Vita Coco! It’s real coconut water from hand-picked coconuts. It’s delicious and so good for you!” – Rihanna
Rather than consuming electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, I choose to drink coconut water and eat healthy foods that naturally contain electrolytes needed for a healthy body.
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I was just as my local grocery store and found something worth mentioning (oh, and making a short video clip of it, of course!)… Organic avocados were cheaper than conventionally grown avocados.
Here’s my proof:
Do you over-do it on the snacking? Perhaps you eat more than you should at any given meal? My Skinny Tip to prevent overeating is to freshen up your breath!
Why it Works
Have you ever tried eating a piece of food after you just brushed your teeth or taken a mint? If you haven’t, trust me – It’s usually not the most amazing flavor combination, which makes it less desirable to continue munching on whatever it is that you just starting to eat.
Once you are done eating, whether it be a main meal or a snack, it’s time to brush your teeth, take a mint, or chew on some mint gum! It’s pretty easy to do, and you’ll be amazed with the results!
When you freshen your breath after you eat, it signifies to your brain that you are done with your meal. This means no more munching on additional food once you have decided that you are finished with your meal.
What other strategies prevent you from mindless munching?
In the news this week, I found out that Hostess (who makes fatty and sugar treat such as Twinkie’s) has filed for Bankruptcy.
“Hostess went through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in 2004 and had trouble regaining its footing afterwards, in spite of investments and loans from private equity firms and hedge funds. The Journal reports that Hostess has lined up financing that would allow it to continue operating while in bankruptcy, so its ovens won’t be shut off just yet.” – TIME Magazine
Your “Vote” Counts
The every day consumer, like you and me, has more power than we realize. Business is all about supply and demand, and with the recent bankruptcy news we realize that there just isn’t a big enough demand for Hostess snacks anymore. Thanks to a more health conscious public, people have been buying less and less of the Hostess brand snacks, resulting in a mountain of debt for the company, rather than sales.
I am not trying to relish on this news (OK, maybe I am…) but I believe this bankruptcy sends a strong message to the consumer. The companies that are going to survive or die are based on the product demand, which is based on what we are willing to buy at the grocery store.
You have a choice on whether you see more health foods at your grocery store compared to junk food. Every time you go grocery shopping, you are making a vote on what you want in that store of yours based on what you consistently buy. Companies are paying attention, and if there is a high demand for healthy food, they will supply more of those types of foods. If there is a demand for junk food, they will provide plenty of unhealthy products to choose from. If nobody buys a certain product, It won’t be in business for long.
I’m happy to say farewell to the Hostess brand company. It shows that enough consumers have voted, and our voices have been heard.
Just remember that every time you go to the grocery store, you vote…with your dollar.