in my cupboard: agua de coco

Nature’s wonder drink!

I was not always a fan of the coconut water, but like all things in life I’ll keep trying them if I think I should or it would be beneficial (it took me about 23 years to finally find my appreciation for olives and now I loooove them!)
Now why is Coconut Water so great? It is full of antioxidants, has way more potassium than bananas (15 times more) and is great at replenishing fluids. There are also rumors that it helps cure hangovers?!?! :) Now let’s be real – I’m not running marathons but I just know that I like it plain, with fruit, cold and often.
Potassium has also been shown to help regulate body fluid levels and reduce levels of stress hormone  (research from the British Journal of Nutrition)

My favorites:
Plain Coconut: O.N.E.
Coconut with Pineapple: Vita Coco (hello Pina colada!)
Give these a try, or maybe a few tries, they will not disappoint!
photo by Life in Asia NZ

simple summer pasta

This pasta was inspired by a Rachael Ray recipe for an herbed pasta topped with bacon. I ended up with an easy, light, delicious pasta that I will definitely be making again soon!  It is incredibly fresh tasting and so easy to throw together.

Recipe:
4 oz whole wheat pasta
2 grilled portabella mushrooms
4 slices cooked bacon
1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chopped basil
1/2 cup chopped chives
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper
Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta al dente and toss with remaining ingredients! Top with some parmesan and dig in!