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How to Murder a Coconut

Coconuts are AMAZING!

From Coconuts you can get water, milk, oil, butter, vinegar, amino’s, flakes, and cream. I bet there is even more, but that is just off the top of my head.

In this post, I am going to walk you through how to take a coconut from the store and get an awesome Snack and a big serving of Coconut Water out of it.
All you need is:
– 1 Coconut
– 1 pointy knife
– 2 plastic bags
– 1 spoon
– 1 Dog (optional)

Find the ‘Eye’s’ of the Coconut. Carefully use your knife to find which eye is softest – it will be obvious.
Once found – dig out the eye – create a decent size hole (a little smaller than a dime).

Turn the coconut over and let the water pour out into a glass. Set this aside.


Smell the coconut – it should smell somewhat sweet – if it is musty or moldy, your done. It’s no good.
Place the empty coconut into the plastic bag. I recommend doubling up the bag so it doesn’t break through.

Find a nice concrete patio (or garage) and give it a good slam. If you are too light with the slam the coconut will bounce right back at you.
It should crack in a few pieces.
Ensure the Dog approves (optional).

Break the bigger pieces into smaller ones by bashing them into the ground.
Now spread out your pieces and grab your spoon.

Start prying the coconut meat off the hard shell.

There will be a layer of brown that will stay with the meat – I like to keep this on. It gives it a nuttier flavor.

You can take the time to scrape it off, but I am too lazy for that.
Once all of the hard shells are removed, rinse off the coconut meat.

Pat everything dry with a paper towel and store in an air tight container. Make sure to keep it refrigerated.
Strain the coconut water and store in the refrigerator.

For $1.89 and about 10 minutes of work, you got a bunch of refreshing ‘Fat’ and Fiber snacks as well as 1.5 cups of Coconut Water!

Hydrate

The last post was focused around Rest and Recovery. Paying attention to how you ‘water’ your body is another important factor to a balanced lifestyle. Proper hydration helps everything work better. From recovery to maintaining performance, replacing your lost fluids is like keeping oil in the engine of your car. Run it dry and you have major melt down. Run it with too much and you start blowing gaskets and seals.

How much water should you drink? It depends.
Chris Kresser recently posted a thorough article about the topic – so I won’t re-write it here.
Check this link out to see it in more detail.

The ‘quick’ notes are:
* Pay attention to your thirst – this is your best indicator that you need water
* Eat a Paleo-ish diet with plenty of veggies and fruits, these foods are H2O dense
* Acknowledge the weather, climate, and your activity – they all have an impact

Hydration is important – but you may not need to stress about gulping down 64oz a day… listen to your body, it is a great communicator (when we pay attention to what it is trying to say ).