I don’t normally jump on any superfood bandwagon that comes along. Every few months an obscure food would enjoy its 15 minutes in the spotlight and allegedly we would be fools not to load up. I strongly believe in a balanced diet as my path to healthy eating. Unless there are compelling reasons in terms of taste and nutritional value, I rarely splurge on the latest fad. Coconut water and chia seeds are two superfood that made the cut in my kitchen.
Coconut water is well-known among athletes as a natural source electrolyte hydration. Chia seeds are valuable as source of omega 3, antioxidants, and fibre. Combining the two into a potent sports drink makes perfect sense. Last Friday I took advantage of a one-day sale on Ataulfo mangoes at Whole Foods Market and brought home ten perfectly ripened fruit. With just a little planning ahead, I treated myself to a slurp-worthy cooler that was also good for my body. Chia Coconut Water with Mango is now my favourite post-workout beverage.
Buying coconut water used to be simple. I would go to my local Asian grocer and pick up a young coconut at the produce aisle. Once home, I would hack away at the coconut with an arsenal of knife, ice pick, straw, hammer, and spoon. A bit messy, yes, but also a great way to work off some frustration.
Nowadays, coconut water comes in snazzy tetrapak, bottles, or cans at every supermarket and corner store. Some are flavoured with other fruit, some comes with bits of young coconut meat. Some are 100% natural, while others are made from concentrate or [eeek!] have added sweetener. It is definitely a case of buyers beware. My top choice is 100% natural coconut water with bits of young coconut meat.
As for chia seeds, I prefer to buy them in bulk depending on how much I plan to use. My take on Chia Coconut Water with Mango requires a bit of knife work. I wanted the mango in tiny dices, so tiny that I can sip them through a straw. Part of the fun of this drink is the gelatinous texture with slippery mango pieces and crunchy coconut bits. I certainly hope coconut water and chia seeds will not go out of fashion any time soon. I want to keep drinking this for years to come.
Chia Coconut Water with Mango
- 1 large 500mL can of 100% natural coconut water with young coconut meat
- 6 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 ripe Ataulfo mangoes
- In an airtight container alternate pours of coconut water and tablespoons of chia seeds until combined. Layering the two ingredients ensure you do not end up with clumps of chia seeds. Close the lid and store in fridge overnight.
- The next morning, the liquid should thicken to a pourable gel. Peel and dice mangoes into tiny dices about 1/4-inch size. Stir into coconut water and serve chilled.