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We are asked regularly whether coconut water is good for kids to drink and noticed not a lot of coconut water is specially tailored with kids in mind. When we were contacted by H2Coco recently and asked if we wanted to try out the 200ml Lunchbox Range for Kids coconut water, we were very keen to get our hands on some to see what kids think. Up until now the range of coconut water for children specifically has been limited to one or two brands that were not readily available in local supermarkets. Additionally we were very keen to find out how they stack up to normal coconut water in nutritional value.
The lunchbox range is available in 5 different flavours:
- Troperiffic Coconut Water – Coconut water, Mango, Passion Fruit puree, Pineapple Juice
- Wildberry Coconut Water – Coconut water, Apple Juice, Raspberry Juice
- Pure Coconut Water – 100% Coconut Water
- Cocoespresso Coconut Water – Coconut Water with a shot of coffee
- Melon Water – Pure Watermelon Water
What do kids think of these flavours?
During our trial of the lunchbox range we noted that Troperiffic and Wildberry Coconut Water tastes like fruit juice and is very refreshing but not overly sweet to drink. The 200ml tetra pack is the perfect size for kids as it wasn’t too little or too much and it doesn’t pack a lot of sugar with 3.5g sugar in every 100ml which is very low compared to other juices or cordial.
If you don’t mind your child having coffee the Cocoespresso is the perfect lunchbox companion that will give your child more energy and concentration while at school. It is the perfect replacement for Coke which contains more sugar and nasties. It is however worth noting that it’s sweeter than the other lunchbox flavours.
The Melon Water is the newest flavour and was popular among kids just like watermelon is on a hot summer’s day. It’s refreshing melon taste and adequate size was popular however it is worth noting that the intense watermelon taste can become overwhelming if a lot of it is consumed in one sitting.
When’s the best time for kids to drink the lunchbox range?
We believe during recess, lunch or after a PE class would be the best time for kids to drink the lunchbox range. Particularly for kids who are into sport and exercise any of the coconut water flavours would be extremely beneficial for replacing lost fluids and to prevent dehydration during physical exercise.
For older kids however the Cocoespresso flavour would be the best choice before tests or exams to assist them with fully comprehending each question and to provide a correct answer more efficiently and effectively. It would be interesting to run a trial to see if it helps improve grades.
Another good idea for the lunchbox range is to buy them for the next party you’re hosting. They will make a great hit at any party especially when kids are running around or are simply looking for a quick drink to quench their thirst. The tetra pack will also make sure no spills occur if it gets knocked over or stepped on accidentally. This in itself makes it the perfect party drink!
So, would we recommend kids drink coconut water? Yes, if the children are physically active then it makes sense to provide a drink that will hydrate them better than water. Perfect for the beach too!
Have your kids tried any coconut water? We would be very keen to hear what they thought of it and which flavour is the best so please leave your comments below.
Considering coconut water has some serious health benefits such as being an excellent recovery drink, does the newly released range of watermelon water compare with the popular range of coconut waters available?
After managing to get our hot little hands on some H2melon Watermelon Water we now wanted to know how it stacked up to coconut water in 3 areas. read more
It’s hot, you’re bothered, and let’s face it who DOESN’T want to indulge in a refreshing cocktail in the peak heat of summer? Well my friends, you have come to the right place to source tantalising taste sensations perfect for a poolside party or a party of one.
Whilst we are in no means certified bar peeps, we have taken the liberty to source some of the funkiest coconut water cocktail recipes going around the interwebs. Feel free to use your own coconut water of choice – just make sure there is plenty going around in case we pop by.
Did you know you can get coconut water for kids???
If you’ve ever wondered whether your kids would benefit from coconut water than look no further.
- Takes predominantly like juice so kids will enjoy the sweet taste of pineapple or apple
- Has a 70% coconut water 30% juice split (from concentrate)
- Claims it has 40% less sugar than other juices for children
- 200ml tetra packs are enough for kids considering there are 3 teaspoons of sugar in each pack.
- No preservatives or additives which is good
- Quite tasty – has a taste kids will genuinely enjoy
- Great for a child with an active or lifestyle revolved around sports
Available from selected supermarkets and Woolworths.
Have your kids tried these coconut water flavours? Tell us what they thought of them below…
The award for the most underrated coconut water goes to…
TIPCO COCONUT WATER!
Why are people telling us that Tipco Coconut water is one of the most underrated coconut waters? We were curious too after receiving several emails telling us that Tipco Coconut Water is the best tasting and why wasn’t it on our website? Good question, we managed to get in touch with the distributor from New South Wales and finally got our hands on a 1 litre tetra pack.
We couldn’t wait to try it after reading the label on the tetra pack “Using only the best tasting coconuts from selected plantations in Thailand, Tipco 100% coconut water is naturally tasty and sweet. It tastes as good as drinking straight from a freshly cracked coconut at the beach”. It also contains very reasonable sugar and sodium levels which impressed us before we even had a taste.
After indoor soccer one sunny Sunday we finally cracked on Tipco 100% Coconut Water and had our first taste. It was a pleasant, coconut based flavour that was nice to drink. During the drive home I also had a banana and muesli bar but still felt something was missing after a particularly hard session.
I put the lack of energy down to hydration and proceeded to rehydrate myself by drinking around 100mls for the next hour. I couldn’t believe it when I had drunk around half the tetra pack it started to taste absolutely amazing and I started to feel energetic and alive again. So much so I ended up going shopping and getting my weekly shopping finished within record time and still felt good.
After our experiences we agree that Tipco Coconut Water certainly is underrated and can recommend it for anyone wanting a nice tasting coconut water that comes with a bonus boost after you drink it!
This is partly due the fact it was one of the first 500ml coconut water cans out and initially had an extremely sweet taste which was great if you like sweet drinks. However recently the taste has become more subtle to appeal to a wider audience and is enjoyed by coconut water lovers all around Australia!
Coconut Essence packs a good punch of vitamins including Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium and also Manganese and Zinc. This means you should be able to use Coconut Essence as an effective cramp and dehydration preventer while working out hard. There is also a minimal amount of sugar in each can which is always good since sugar is the new “bad boy” in our diets!
Great for smoothies, straight up drinking or cocktails you will find Coconut Essence a healthy all-round coconut water suitable for most tastes. You will also be surprised at how fast you drink a case of 500ml cans since you will feel better during the days you drink it. Why not check out the JTs coconut water based green smoothie for your next post work out drink?
Visit the Coconut Essence Coconut Water webpage for further details and review!
What’s sweet yet subtle? Malee Coconut Water! We challenge you to share this review with a friend who has never liked coconut water.
If you’ve ever found coconut water too over powering or not a nice texture you may just enjoy Malee Coco. It is possibly the best coconut water if you haven’t enjoyed coconut water before or if you simply want to sweeten a protein shake. From experience it is definitely is an “upgrade” in a protein shake and helps the powder mix better too meaning less lumps.
This coconut water is available in 1 litre and 330 ml tetra packs with screw top lids for keeping in the fridge for up to 5 days.
What’s it like as a straight up coconut water?
Sweet, subtle and no after taste are the first words that come to mind after tasting Malee Coco. We also consumed it after heavy exercise and it come through with flying colours for hydration and preventing fatigue. There are also no preservatives or added sugar making it a good coconut water choice:
- 100% Coconut Water from Young Coconuts
- Not from Concentrate
- No Sugar Added (only has 5 grams per 100 ml)
- No Artificial Colours or Preservatives
- Non GMO and No Hybrid Coconuts used
- Single Origin
Who can you recommend Malee Coco for?
Everyone! It serves perfectly as a coconut water that anyone can use for hydration, cocktails, shakes, smoothies or as a substitute for water. Buy now below to avoid disappointment as it’s nearly sold out!
Have you tried Malee Coco? Let us know what you think about it below.
We put Cocobella’s Chilled Green Machine Super Smoothie under the spotlight
When was the last time you tasted a smoothie from your local supermarket? During a visit to Woolworths I first noticed the huge bottle of Cocobella’s Chilled Green Machine Super Smoothie staring at me and I wondered what it was and more importantly what it tasted like. I couldn’t resist buying it and couldn’t wait to get it home, chilled and then tasted.
What’s in this “Super Smoothie” exactly?
It turns out the Coconut Water based Super Smoothie is vegan and vegetarian friendly as it contains the following ingredients:
- Coconut water (83%)
- Mango puree (7%)
- Spinach (2%)
- Mint (0.3%)
- Spirulina (.05%)
- Lemon juice from concentrate
- Coconut cream
- Raw sugar
- Citrus fibre
On paper it does look like a potent combination however after first tasting the smoothie it was very surprising! It has a “healthy” taste dominated by mint (even though it’s very minimal?), is thicker than coconut water but still easy to drink. However if you’re a fussy person for coconut water taste you may not like it as much as I did.
Were there any side effects from the Green Machine Super Smoothie?
After drinking half a bottle in a couple of minutes it was evident I did not suffer the side effects of a dairy based smoothie however the taste is quite similar, maybe not as creamy like you’d expect.
It was surprisingly very light to drink and not heavy on the stomach at all, even when you drink half of it in a couple of minutes, oops! I would not advise doing this unless you want to subject your body to a substantial 30 grams of sugar however I did use it as a pre-workout drink!
Used as a pre-workout drink it turns you into a machine – no joke!
Fortunately after drinking half the 1 litre bottle in minutes I went on a 45 minute sprint session and it gave me all the energy I needed to get through the sets.
I felt great during each set (apart from out of breath) and still great after finishing (not lethargic, mentally drained or feeling hungry). Therefore if you use it as a pre-workout drink you can expect to have more energy and feel like you can keep going for longer.
Oddly enough after finishing the workout the smoothie tastes even better than before (probably due to the sugar!) and was very refreshing. It tasted more like coconut water and the over powering mint taste at the start wasn’t so dominant.
The low down on what exactly is in the “Super Smoothie”
The amount of sugar and carbs in the Cocobella Chilled Green Machine Super Smoothie are at the upper end of the scale compared to normal coconut water. However you would expect this after looking at the list of ingredients above that aren’t in coconut water drinks.
Larger nutritional numbers are generally expected for all coconut waters that contain fruit juice or coffee which are higher in sugar and carbs due to the extra ingredients (eg. Coconut water with mango is higher in sugar than straight coconut water by 3 grams in every 100 mls).
How should I drink the Green Machine Super Smoothie to get the most out of it? For a start shake really well!
Since the Super Smoothie stays fresh for up to 5 days under refrigeration we would recommend drinking up to 250 ml a day to get the most out of it. By doing this not only keeps the level of sugar and carbs at an acceptable level each day it also makes it cheaper and more economical than buying the equivalent number of standard 200 ml coconut water tetra packs.
Who would get the most benefits out of it?
We would recommend this smoothie for people on the go who may not have previously enjoyed coconut water. However if you already love the taste of most coconut water this smoothie can be a great addition to your week if you need a hydrating drink pre or post work out.
Have you had the Cocobella Chilled Green Machine Super Smoothie before? Let us know what you think about it below.
H2Coco Coconut Water Cocoespresso
This is a brand new coconut water to hit the market and contains one of our other favourites, COFFEE! Now you may be wondering if these 2 awesome ingredients can combine and taste nice? We were pleasantly surprised how nice this coconut water from Thailand is to drink, just like a cold brew coffee but with all the added benefits of potassium and hydration.
The next step was to try it in a smoothie as we needed some energy before a casual kick about at indoor soccer. After feeling a little bit tired we added it to our usual smoothie blend that fills us up but with a difference. Around 15 minutes after consuming the smoothie we felt the “pump” you typically get after drinking coffee!
Real Coco Aloe Vera by Taste Nirvana
Do you need a drink that is healthy and will brighten up your day? The first noticeable quality about Taste Nirvana’s Real Coco Aloe Vera was the subtle taste compared to 100% coconut water, as it is a mix between aloe vera and coconut water. It is very refreshing and the taste isn’t as evident as coconut water which is good if you find coconut water too overpowering or strong to drink.
We found it to contain the following benefits:
- A good alternative to 100% coconut water
- Very refreshing and easy to drink
- Contains round pulp which some people like
- Helps you feel more re-vitalised after a work out
- Assists in cooling down the body after a work out
- Low in sugar (only 4g per 100ml)
Real Coco Aloe Vera is recommended if you cannot drink coconut water and need an alternative drink to plain water for feeling better after a gym session or work out. It is also ideal when consumed icy cold in the can.
You have the choice between a 280ml glass bottle or 520ml can which are both very tasty. View more information at the Taste Nirvana Coco Aloe webpage.