In case you weren’t following along, a few weeks ago I participated in a recipe contest with coconut water, sponsored by VitaCoco.  (I created 5 recipes, and added a bonus one below since it’s #WorkoutWednesday – a recovery smoothie!)  While the winners of that still haven’t been announced, VitaCoco is generously offering one of my readers a free case of VitaCoco Pure, shipped right to your door!  There are only 2 steps to enter:

  1. Comment on this blog entry below to tell me which of my 5 recipes you’ll try first
  2. “Like” the post on Facebook here

That’s it!  A winner will be chosen at random from everyone who completes those two steps on Friday, April 24.  So check out the recipes, listed below, and let your stomach be your guide: all are nutrient-dense, delicious, and warm-weather friendly!

Coconut Water Recipe Contest Submissions by WhyFoodWorks:  

1. Silky Green Gazpacho

2. Tropical Pudding Parfait

3. Coconut Cheesefake

4. Microwave Coconut Risotto

5. Mint Coconut Italian Ice

*Bonus recipe: Raspberry coconut recovery smoothie*



  • 1 c plain coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Blend.  Drink within a half hour of your workout to help muscles repair and build; if you are trying to lose weight account for this as part of your total daily calories instead of in addition to!  This is formulated to have the right amount of carbs and protein for a person who’s 150lbs, and does a combination of aerobic and strength building exercise for 1 hour.  Learn more about recovery foods here!

Good luck!