Cracking the coconut on electrolytes
On an island called Coco Loco in Palawan, Philippines I had my first cold young coconut. Now I’m back! Not on Coco Loco, well, at least not everyday, but back on the coconut! I started waking up with major Charlie’s in my legs. Do you know what those are? Charlie Horses? They’re those annoying muscle cramps that wake you from your deep sleep. I’ve also been a little cranky and a bit dizzy. Bottomline was that I was running on empty. Lot’s of strenuous yoga and not enough water. Rescue came in the form of fresh coconut juice with all its electrolytes, especially potassium and it seems to be doing the trick! I know you can get other drinks with electrolytes and even canned coconut juice but I love the idea of fresh, straight from the unprocessed source. So here we go!
The girl at the juice bar gave me a little tutorial on how to crack open a young coconut. Get these little guys at an asian market or health food store. Unless you’re in the tropics, then they’re everywhere. First you have to cut away the softy white stuff and get down to the mega hard shell. No need to trim all of it off, just enough so you can see where to make the chop. That’s when you get brave. Take a nice heavy knife and strike the shell using that corner edge closest to the handle. Continue the force and go right through. For me this is easiest if I keep pressure on the knife where it’s at (about half way through the shell) and bang the coconut down on the cutting board. Hurry and stand the coconut up on its end so you don’t lose any juice. Open it up! Don’t forget to scrape the coconut meat out with a spoon after. Eat it plain or throw it into a smoothie. Evidently, the meat is packed with essential fatty acids. Don’t know exactly what that means but my skin loves the way it sounds!