Review - CocoPro Coconut Water Recovery Drink

Review - CocoPro Coconut Water Recovery Drink
I have a new favourite post-workout/ride drink, and it is not a powdered recovery shake. CocoPro is a light, refreshing, and low calorie electrolyte recovery drink, with a good amount of protein for muscle repair, and only natural sweeteners.

I can honestly say that in the last year, I have given away at least ten times the amount of powdered recovery shakes than I have consumed myself (I have a lot of grateful friends). The reason is simple: I do not like the amount of sugar found in a lot of 'recovery' shakes, and I am also making a conscious effort to get as far away from processed foods as possible—instead, forming a diet with energy and protein sourced from natural wholefoods.

Coconut water is wonderfully natural electrolyte drink; far removed from the 'energy exercise' drinks found saturating the market. So, what is an electrolyte drink? The essential electrolytes most commonly found in the human body are sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. Coconut water is particularly rich in potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium.

Coconut water contains more potassium per serving than the much touted banana; potassium depletion is often the cause of muscular cramps, and it is essential for regulating the function of muscle cells. Sodium is the most important positive ion outside your cells and is depleted during exercise through sweat and urination; sodium works to maintain your body's fluid balance.

Magnesium is vital to maintaining the electrical potential of your cells and ensuring optimal muscle function. Phosphorus is essential for repairing tissues and cells, as well as filtering waste. Finally, Calcium is a key component of bone strength, and avoiding osteoporosis—a very real concern for endurance cyclists.

CocoPro naturally contains all the above electrolytes, which help to restore natural balance after the demands of exercise. Aside from coconut water, a serving of CocoPro also contains 10 grams of whey protein isolate to help assist with growth and repair of muscles after exercise. Finally, there is a small amount of stevia added to the drink to provide 100 percent natural sweetness; as well as Vitamin C to support a strong immune system.

The CocoPro range composes three flavours: Original, Pineapple, and Pomegranate; the fruit flavoured options contain just natural flavourings from the fruit juices.

Having one of these straight from the fridge when you return from a ride is far more refreshing, far more rejuvenating, and far more natural than most 'recovery shakes'. It is light both in texture and in terms of calories, at less than 100 calories per drink. It also does not contain so much protein or sugar that is likely to cause stomach discomfort.

If you are looking for a lighter way to get your body into recovery mode post workout, then the CocoPro range is worth a look.

>> Check out the CocoPro range here <<

Tim Wiggins Bikepacking Norway
Even on winter adventures rehydration and recovery is key


CocoPro provided lifeinthesaddle.cc with a selection of drinks for testing and review

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