Fresh coconut water and meat await—with a side of major tropical vacation vibes
Tired of buying expensive drinks and pre-cut coconut just so you can enjoy that post-workout pick me up? Now, getting at that sweet coconut liquid and flesh is actually DIY doable thanks to the dynamic duo of Cooking Channel's Eden Grinshpan of edeneats.com and her sister Renny Grinshpan. Follow along as she shows you how to drain and open a coconut in just a few quick steps. First up: Find the soft 'eye' of the coconut, and then (with the coconut secured on a hard, flat surface) use a screwdriver and hammer to puncture the hard shell. Repeat this process once more to open a second hole (which allows air inside to make the coconut water flow out easier) Finally, strain and drink up!
Coconut water is referred to as 'nature's sports drink' for a reason: Eight ounces delivers 30 mg of sodium and around 10 percent of your daily dose of potassium, says registered dietitian Keri Gans, which make it a great choice for a hangover cure! (Get to know the coconut a little more with other surprising things you don't know about coconut water.)
Don't let that juicy coconut meat go to waste. Once you've gulped down or reserved the coconut water, take a heavy knife and hit sharp blade around the diameter of the coconut. Then use the screwdriver and hammer again to crack open the coconut in half along this worn-down "seam". Rinse and eat!
But beyond its post-workout recovery benefits as a drink, the flesh is also packed with nutrients. Coconut meat is rich in both fiber and protein—plus it's loaded with manganese, which supports your immune and nervous systems, and copper, which is responsible for the production of red blood cells, says Gans. You can also reap major beauty and metabolism-boosting benefits from these 10 Tasty Coconut Oil Recipes. Just watch your portion size since the meat can be a bit high in saturated fat! Impressed with the girls' hilarious yet informative tutorial? Then you'll love them show you how to cut and eat a pomegranate, too!.