Up your electrolytes game with coconut water
The clear liquid inside coconuts is cholesterol and fat-free and has more potassium than a banana. This super hydrating beverage is also delicious. But which coconut waters are best for you and your budget? We tested them all to find out.
ZICO Natural 12-pack
ZICO Natural is the real deal. There are no fillers, additives, or sugars. And unlike some coconut waters, ZICO is not made from concentrate. It is 100 percent coconut water. ZICO is non-GMO and comes in PET bottles that fit neatly into car cupholders and the side pockets on backpacks. And the taste? It’s heavenly. ZICO Natural is refreshing on its own at room temperature or icy cold, and it’s wonderful in smoothies and protein shakes.
$19 at Amazon
For those who needed a little sweetener
Vita Coco Pure Organic Original 12-pack
Keep your fluids topped off with nutrient-rich Vita Coco Pure Organic Original coconut water. If other brands of coconut water are too bland, you may like the slightly sweetened variety from Vita Coco. Great for hydrating during and after exercise, this formula contains organic coconut water, vitamin C, and a little organic sugar. The slightly sweet water is tasty on its own or in protein shakes and smoothies.
$19 at Amazon
Big cans, big flavor
Taste Nirvana Premium Coconut Water 12-pack
Made with the best Thai coconuts on the planet, these large 16.2-ounce cans from Taste of Nirvana pack a nutritional punch that will help you power through an afternoon slouch at work or in the gym. Nirvana prides itself in packing juices within hours of opening a coconut, so the flavor and freshness are sealed in. There are no added, preservatives, or extras added. The taste is naturally sweet and oh-so-good for you.
$31 at Amazon
Infused with antioxidants and caffeine
Bai Molokai Coconut Water 12-pack
Bai offers up Molokai coconut water. Similar to a sports drink, Bai infuses each bottle with a sweetener blend, along with coconut water concentrate, white tea extract, sea salt, vitamin E, and coffee fruit extract. The result is a low-calorie beverage with a little caffeine, just the right sweetness, and all the deliciousness of coconut. If you’re looking for a little extra kick, Bai is the way to go.
$18 at Amazon
Stays fresher for longer
Earth Circle Organics Coconut Water Powder
Cans and bottles leak, and cardboard containers can be punctured. The dried coconut powder from Earth Circle Organics is in a resealable package that stays fresher for longer. With no added sugars or fillers, this mouth-watering formula is a thirst-quenching way to keep fluids in. Adding 1.5 tablespoons of powder to a glass of water produces a refreshing beverage you can take anywhere. One package is equal to 12 bottles of coconut water, making this our best budget pick as well.
$15 at Amazon
MOJO Pure Coconut Water 12-pack
MOJO Pure Coconut Water has but one ingredient: coconut water. Without fillers and sweeteners to get in the way, it hydrates rapidly and naturally. Each can has 18 grams of carbs and is loaded with potassium, making it a great afternoon pick-me-up or alternative to sugary sports drinks. MOJO tastes and smells like real coconut, and has a hint of natural sweetness.
$13 at Amazon
Coconut water for the win
You’ll fill up on fluids and hydrate more efficiently when you choose coconut water over sugar-laden sports drinks or your afternoon coffee. My favorite is ZICO Natural. It’s made from real coconut water, not concentrate, and has no added sugars. ZICO is energizing and delicious, and each bottle is the perfect size for car cupholders or backpacks.
If you need more of a boost, I recommend Bai Molokai Coconut. Infused with coconut, white tea extract, sea salt, and coffee fruit extract, you’ll get a small hit of caffeine, plus all the naturally-occurring nutrients of coconut.
And if you’re after a long shelf life or coconut flavor to add to smoothies and other recipes, steer toward Earth Circle Organics Coconut Water Powder. Add a bit to your water bottle or protein shakes for an energy boost. It’s incredible and lasts forever.