Coconut water is tasty, refreshing and a miraculous drink. It’s full of natural electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and magnesium. It is also rich in carbohydrates.

But, sometimes we can’t get it due to certain reasons and it is quite expensive too. That’s why it can’t be afforded by everyone. So, we need a substitute for this super drink which is similar to it.

We need nothing but something that contains the same nutritional profile as coconut water. We can’t exactly replace it but in a certain way, we can.

It is so beneficial for our body that we should include them in our daily diet.

So, these are the five coconut water substitutes that could work the same for you:

Coconut milk with water

Firstly let me tell you that coconut milk and coconut water are completely different. Fat-rich coconut milk is made from grinding white flesh found inside a mature, brown coconut. While coconut water is found inside young green coconuts. Their nutritional profile completely varies from each other at a certain level but one can substitute it without any worries as we need a coconut flavour at the end.

Mix coconut milk with water in a 1:1 ratio and it’s done. You can change the ratio according to your willing consistency of water.

Coconut water serves mostly carbs and water, whereas coconut milk serves primarily fat. But still, both have excellent vitamins and minerals content. Nowadays many people are shifting to veganism in which coconut milk is on the top making it a great substitute for cow/buffalo milk.

Shredded coconut water

If you want a flavour closer to your coconut water then you should prepare this water with shredded coconuts.

You just have to steep the freshly shredded coconut into hot boiling water and then strain it. If you like a sweeter taste then add sugar as per your choice.

This water extracts the coconut flavour very effectively but this won’t be as nutty as natural coconut water.

After extracting the water you can sip it as it is or use it warm in your recipes or as you want.

The recommended ratio is 1:2 coconut to water.

You can change the ratio according to your choice and taste.

Watermelon juice

This refreshing pink beverage is packed with a lot of potassium, antioxidants, amino acids and has high water content which makes it a true substitute for coconut water.

It’s tasty, refreshing and has very few calories.

So, it can be a great option to go for watermelon juice for perfect hydration in summers when you don’t find coconut water without any worries.

You can also mix this water into your cocktails, frozen margarita or lemonade.

Maple water

Maple water is pure maple sap that is extracted from maple trees in early spring which flows for a short period.

It is 95% water infused with a lot of nutrients. It is loaded with a lot of micronutrients and enzymes which are essential for our body. It has also been considered a medicinal beverage.

We can also consider it as the next coconut water.

It can be shocking for you but this water has fewer calories and sugar when compared to coconut water.

It is also rich in manganese, a nutrient that is beneficial for our bone density.

It will also be a great choice to replace your post-workout energy drink.

Many people prefer to concentrate maple water by boiling it, making it a thick liquid which results in maple syrup.

Nutty Almond and Hazelnut water

Almond and hazelnut water will give an amazing nutty flavour to your water that coconut water has. It has many nutritional values too.

Just roast some nuts and then make a paste or just roughly chop them and add them into hot boiling water and strain it.

Remember that before straining the water let the water sit for 20-30 min to extract the complete benefits of nuts into your water.

Finally, you will get blurred water which is yummy and nutty.

You can use the leftover nut paste in another recipe like cookies or cakes.

You can play with apple juice, watermelon juice, orange juice or pineapple juice for your tasty smoothies

Normally we add chilled plain water in our smoothies but did you know that you can make it even tastier just by replacing that plain water with some amazing fruit juices?

You can add coconut water or any of the above-mentioned fruit juices to make your smoothie sweeter and tastier. Each of them has its own taste and flavour so it will go well with freshly prepared fruit smoothies.

Let us know more about the nutritional values of coconut

One whole coconut contains

Calories: 160

Fat: 15g

Sodium: 9mg

Carbohydrates: 6.8g

Fibre: 4g

Sugar: 2.8g

Protein: 1.5g

Manganese: 28% of the daily value (DV)

Selenium: 6% of the DV

Copper: 20% of the DV

Zinc: 4% of the DV

Iron: 4% of the DV

A coconut tree takes up to 12-13 years to bear a fruit. If you want to store the coconuts then it can last upto 3-4 months at room temperature. Coconut milk should also be refrigerated and consumed within three days.

They are non toxic, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory and also have anti microbial properties which provide energy and nutrition to the body.

Coconuts are found in tropical regions for more than 4,500 years and are the fruit of a palm tree family. But, recently coconuts have increased their popularity for their potential health benefits, flavour and various uses.

Health benefits of coconuts

Good for heart health

Coconut oil has a neutral effect on cholesterol levels. Consuming virgin coconut oil may help more which is extracted from dried coconut meat which helps in reducing belly fat. Belly fat is a risk factor that leads to risk of heart health and diabetes further.

Helps to control blood sugar levels

Coconut is high in fibre, healthy fats, amino acids and low in carbs, so it may help to stabilize the blood sugar levels.

Arginine is an amino acid found in coconuts which plays a significant role for the functioning of pancreatic cells. Ultimately, arginine plays a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels.

Coconuts have a wide range of health benefits that is why it is not easy to mention all of them. But, these two diseases are found at every four out of five homes. So, start including coconuts in your daily diet but in a moderate amount.

You can consume it in any form whether it is coconut milk (actually very trendy nowadays as vegan milk), shredded coconuts, flour, raw flesh or pure coconut water.