If you’ve been on the hunt for something to kick your hangovers more efficiently or rehydrate yourself after workouts more tastefully, but couldn’t get onto the plain coconut water train, this could be your chance to jump on. Trader Joe’s, being the heroes that they are, just came up with a new identity for the trendy beverage and it sounds like the perfect product for people looking for a new take on a classic favorite.
This month, the beloved grocer rolled out Sparkling Coconut Water with Yuzu. Yuzu is a citrus fruit coming over from East Asia. If you haven’t tried it yet, picture if a lemon and an orange had a baby— it’s sweeter than a lemon but has more way more oomph than an orange. That tangy taste is exactly what coconut water needs to brighten up it’s underwhelming taste. And, of course, those refreshingly crisp bubbles of CO2 are an added plus.
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and nutrition profile. The drink is made up of coconut water, yuzu purée, carbon dioxide, citric acid and ascorbic acid for freshness. The drink clocks in at 60 calories per serving and there is no added sweetener—the 10 grams of sugar is only from the natural coconut and yuzu.
We asked Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN to weigh in her thoughts the new drink. “Big thumbs up on the coconut water. I love that it is naturally sweetened and the bubbles make it that much more thirst quenching and a healthy replacement for soda! With only 10 grams of sugar coming from the coconut and the yuzu (that’s it) it provides just enough sweetness to get your cravings met.”
Choosing between this and Gatorade will be easy knowing a 20-ounce serving of a Thirst Quencher contains about 34 grams of sugar (we’re not talking about the natural kind) and at least 130 calories.
Shapiro also added, “Another benefit of coconut water in any form is that it is full of electrolytes, yup, just like Gatorade, but better for your health (no artificial colors of flavors and a lot less sugar). Perfect for rehydration post workout or sports game and of course to rehydrate you after a big night out. Replenishing those electrolytes will help your head in the morning!” So what are you waiting for? Head over to TJ’s and grab a pack!