I had just spent the entire day flying from Salt Lake City to Boston. I was full of nasty airplane air, devoid of anything nutritional in my body, and dehydrated. I was tired. And as I got in his truck, my brother tossed me a carton of coconut water. I squinted my eyes in the darkness, turned up my nose at it for a minute, and then my brain reminded me that I liked coconut. My brother reminded me that I was probably dehydrated and told me to drink up. After unscrewing the white top, I took an eager chug, anticipating some tropical goodness, and immediately felt like I'd just drank soapy dish waster. Was this a sick joke?
"It's good, right?". He was smiling and happy to share it with me, so I faked a smile, nodded, and drank some more.
We had a long drive from Boston to the Essex Bay, and as we talked, I unknowingly sipped on the bottle until it was empty. I wasn't sold. But I was hydrated.
When we got to his house, his refrigerator and freezer were stocked with the stuff. I still wasn't sold. But as the days went on, as I spent countless hours out paddleboarding under the sun, expending energy and draining my body, the more and more I drank of it. And the more and more I fell in love with it.
My brain was telling me that it wasn't good because my brain was used to the sugary and sweetened flaked stuff in a bag that made my amazing coconut cake recipe all the more amazing. My brain didn't know the TRUE flavor of REAL coconut. Without realizing it, I had fallen completely in love with coconut water.
I'd grab a frozen one in the morning before heading out to do beach clean up, and as it would start to melt, I'd shake up the icy shards to create a restoring slushee, and cool my lips in the summer sun.
I think that's when my love affair began. That's when I began using coconut water as a restorative beverage after exhausting my body in physical activity. That's when the taste became less funky and more amazing. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find that MusclePharm had created this glorious fusion of coconut water and a protein shake, called CoCo Protein. When my friend Samantha posted a picture to her Instagram account showing off her bottle, I nearly jumped out of my skin in excitement to try it.
There's only one thing to say: they do not disappoint.
If you've tried coconut water in the past and have not been too keen on the flavor, PLEASE, give these a try. You will not be let down.
They boast 20 grams of milk protein while being lactose free and gluten free, and they restore electrolytes in a healthier way than those neon colored sports drinks.
As always, this post is not sponsored. I am not paid to write reviews, nor am I compensated in any way by MusclePharm. I'm just an over-sharer!!
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