Last Sunday night I was merrily shopping for the coming week’s groceries at Trader Joe’s when I noticed a new product that took me by surprise. Next to my favorite smoothie ingredient, Zico Pure Coconut Water, was a new Zico product: chocolate-flavored coconut water!
I have to be honest…My initial reaction was to cringe! Chocolate-flavored coconut water? What!!? Why add flavoring to something that is as perfect as pure coconut water? Feeling a weird sense of indignation I picked up a bottle and turned it over to read the nutrition label.
Ingredients: 85% coconut water. All natural coconut water from concentrate, cane sugar, coconut cream (is similar to coconut milk but contains less water), cocoa, natural flavor, carrageenan (a sort of seaweed extract used in the food industry for its thickening and stabilizing properties).
Calories: 70 per 8fl oz Fat: 1g Sugar: 12g Protein: 1g (from seaweed) Potassium: 340 mg Magnesium: 6% DV Carbohydrates: 14g Sodium: 80mg
Hmmmmm…..A low calorie chocolaty drink that’s semi good for me? Now this I must try! So, I purchased a bottle and rushed home to taste my new find.
Once chilled, (coconut water always tastes better cold), I poured myself a glass and was immediately turned off by this product’s appearance. Frankly, it looks like muddy water. But, I took a sip anyways and was pleasantly surprised. Thought this coconut water is meant to be “chocolate flavored” it tasted more like iced coffee to me.
Now, this is exciting! I LOVE iced coffee but don’t indulge too much during the hot summer months because most iced coffees tend to be high in fat, calories and caffeine. But now, I can use this chocolaty treat to create a caffeine-free and hydrating iced coffee-flavored smoothie 🙂
After some experimentation this is the recipe I came up with:
High Protein Iced Coffee-Flavored Smoothie
- 1 scoop chocolate-flavored protein powder
- 1 1/4 cups Zico coconut water chocolate flavored
- 1 tsp Starbucks Vanilla Syrup
- 1/4 cup fat-free half & half
- 1 cup ice
Blend all ingredients together in a blender, pour over ice and Enjoy!
My Final Analysis: This chocolate-flavored coconut water is a perfect treat for the chocoholic on a diet! However, as a die-hard pure coconut water fan I am compelled to give this product 4 out of 5 stars **** mainly due to the fact that it contains carrageenan (a controversial food additive) and secondly because this product only contains 85% coconut water.