Coconut Sports And Recovery Drinks

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Jun 18, 2013
  • Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker and Sue Fan

Nutrient-rich coconut water and coconut milk are making their way into an increasing number of sports and recovery drinks. Stick a straw into one of these Triathlete-tasted options.

Greater Than Sports Drink
This beverage’s all-natural ingredients include coconut water from concentrate, beet sugar and sea salt. It’s available in five flavors, and we liked orange-mango best for its unique flavor combo and less sugary taste as compared to regular sports drinks. Each drink is high in vitamin C, sodium, potassium and carbs, and the orange-mango contains 80 calories per bottle. $1.85 for 20 oz,

Suja Vanilla Cloud
This tasty coconut-and-almond-flavored drink is raw and organic, with a very short list of ingredients—water, coconut milk, honey, almonds, cinnamon, vanilla bean and nutmeg. Since the flavor is sweet (without being over the top), it tastes fresh and crisp. The nutmeg gives it an eggnog essence, and it would make a healthy liquid dessert or post-ride drink. Each bottle contains 320 calories. $8.99 for 16 oz,

Coconut fans will love Zico’s natural flavor, but the chocolate version appeals to a wider range of people. Triathlete editors thought it tasted like a cold version of a powdered hot cocoa drink (without the gritty texture—trust us, it’s good). Each bottle contains essential electrolytes, more potassium than a banana and 110 calories. Plus it’s a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day. $2.79 for 14 oz,

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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