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Natural Cleansers…Green Coconuts… Water…


I grew up knowing only the brown hairy coconuts with delicious meat inside…but none of the delicious water that I have grown to know and love…that changed when I first holidayed in Asia and now I am resident here I have had my own tree laden with beautiful Green Coconuts…

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Our coconut palm

Coconut water is one of natures natural cleansers and can help rid the body of accumulated irritants, waste products and toxins.

Barley water, lemon juice, coconut water and bel sherbet are also very effective liver tonics, says Shashibala, senior consultant, Ayurveda, Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi. Jun 2, 2009.

Today I will be looking at Green Coconuts and the lovely healthy water which is inside them.

Over the next three weeks, I will look at Barley Water, Lemon Juice and Bel Sherbet (Bael Sharbat)  and the benefits…I do remember my mother making barley water for us in the summer months she used to keep a jug in the fridge.

Coconut water is high in potassium, which can flush out excess water from your body which means it’s great for detox, weight loss and for people with water retention problems.  Coconut water soothes the stomach, is easy to digest and helps prevents constipation.

So easy to digest that the soft flesh of the very young green coconuts is one of a baby’s first foods here, in fact, young Lily was enjoying the very soft easily digestible coconut meat at only a few months old it was one of the first foods her mummy introduced her to…

Coconuts take 12 months to fully mature and stay mostly green until fully mature… while the coconut meat is maturing they contain mostly the healthy, nutritional water.

As the coconut matures Its water becomes sweeter, and a jelly-like meat forms, which gradually thickens and firms up…it is this meat in its very early stages of growth that we feed to babies.

Once matured the meat inside thickens, hardens, and develops its high-fat content. The coconut is then much lower in water.

The water and tender meat of green coconuts are packed with electrolytes and micronutrients.

As a coconut ripens and transforms from mostly water to mostly meat, its nutrition content changes drastically.

Coconut water has a similar sugar and electrolyte composition to those of oral rehydration solutions, so it can be used to replace fluid loss from something like mild diarrhoea …In fact, coconut water is offered to patients with diarrhoea in many tropic regions to replace the fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract and to reduce the need for hospitalisation.

It is also said that during WW2 coconut water was used instead of saline…I have found no proof as to the validity of that and maybe it was a one-off as a sterile option…the reality is it probably wouldn’t work overall or long term due to its composition but maybe it saved a life…

I most certainly am convinced of the benefits of drinking coconut water…

My morning drink of fresh coconut juice with the very soft young meat.

Many people prefer it to bottled sports drinks as a natural rehydration beverage …all I would say is beware of bottled coconut water as many have added sugar also check the percentage of coconut water ideally it should be 100% …Check your labels carefully…

Nowadays, ready to use tender coconuts, are imported from Thailand and Malaysia, thus now they can be easily available in the USA, European Union, and Canada.

In the stores, coconut water is also sold in packets, and bottles as well. However, its overall nutritional profile may not be the same and up to the mark in terms of vitamins and enzyme levels, since some additives and preservative need to be added to it to enhance shelf life.

If you are lucky enough to be able to purchase green coconuts choose the heavy ones and be assured they are much easier to open when young and bright green.

Also do not confuse the coconut water with coconut milk…they are two different products the milk is produced by adding water to grated coconut meat. Coconut milk contains about 50% water and is very high in coconut fat.

An average green coconut provides about 0.5–1 cups of coconut water. One cup (240 ml) contains 46 calories…along with less sugar and carbohydrates compared to most juices. Apart from these, coconut water also has minerals and electrolytes like sodium and potassium.

A very healthy drink indeed…

Thank you for popping by and reading this post…Do you enjoy drinking coconut water and feel the benefits? I would love to hear from you in comments as you know I love to chat…Love Carol xx






Good morning/afternoon and welcome…This week it is a post from my archives …I am on week 3 of my food diary and it is helping but this weeks has a few extra additions I have been stressed and all the rest and struggling with the smallness of the iPad and its quirks…So no loss this week stayed the same which is a minor miracle in itself…lol.. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed soon in the meantime enjoy the archived posts and let me know how you are going …Do you keep a food diary? Does it help focus you?..

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Healthy Eating

via Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love…

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Shake.

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Shake

For those who exercise quite hard and take or think you should take protein drinks then how about making your own?

I know many people who exercise who take these… So I thought I would do a little research and make my own… Cost wise it is a no-brainer against the cost of some most Protein powders.

The protein shake is 3/4 cup of liquid and 1/3 cup of your main protein…

This is the fourth protein shake I have made and today I have used Papaya and Custard Apple.

Why Custard Apple? Because my kind neighbours bought me some round they have a tree in their garden and as with all fruit it tends to ripen at once.

The Custard Apple.

Also called the Sugar Apple or Cherimoya Fruit it is high in Magnesium and Potassium and is known to be great as an aid for indigestion. Containing natural sugars it makes a great snack and also lovely desserts.

Soft and mealy the fruit is best eaten with a spoon after of course having removed the black seeds. The taste is slightly tangy, sweet with a little of a citrusy taste some say. It is also great for fruit shakes and makes delicious ice cream. Hence today I have used it in my shake …Tomorrow I will be making either a dessert or some ice cream.

Below are what you can use to make your own protein shakes and in all honesty, they taste really nice although having  never, ever used powders and the like I can’t really compare taste except to say I have been told the tastes are not always great and those who know me know I  don’t do manufactured stuff…I prefer to know what is in my food.


Almond milk, Coconut milk or water or Soya milk… It important to get the right balance not what liquid you choose.


Greek yoghurt, Silken tofu, nut butter i.e raw cashews ( which) require soaking overnight to soften.

Extra proteins:-

Chia seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax or whole oats.

Just have a play with the above ingredients to find your favourite combo…Mine is Greek Yoghurt and coconut water…Let me know in comments what your favourite is I would love to hear from you.

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Shake.


  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen Papaya
  • 1 Custard Apple ..the flesh.
  • 1-2 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 limes…1/4 cup or  60ml
  • A piece of carrot sliced
  • 1/3 cup of greek yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp chia seeds ( optional)

Blitz everything together, TASTE and add more lime if required or honey if you like a sweeter drink and enjoy!

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Drink

Isn’t it a beautiful colour… Almost as nice as the raspberry and beet one …

I hope you are enjoying these recipes for homemade protein drinks if you are then please hit the share buttons xx

If you missed the previous protein drink recipes then the links are below:

Mango Protein Drink

Raspberry and Beetroot

Enjoy your week, be happy and mindful xx

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx