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What Jessica Alba Eats That You Don’t

Written on June 27, 2014 at 9:50 am , by

Jessica Alba loves salt.

Did that catch you by surprise? We about fell out of our chairs when she said it during a private cooking class last week with Chef Anthony Sasso of New York’s Casa Mono restaurant, but then again, it just means she’s up-to-date on her nutrition news. Maybe she reads FITNESS…

So why were we cooking with Alba? As the new brand ambassador for Zico Coconut Water’s “Crack Life Open” campaign, the actress helped Sasso create various dishes that can all be made using coconut water: a chicken marinade, salad dressing, ice pops, or even chocolate cake. Umm, yum!

Alba is no stranger to flavor (her weaknesses: cheese, crackers, wine, French bread, and all things Mexican—we can totally relate, girlfriend), but she knows what foods to stay away from. “I try to eat as much fresh and natural food as possible,” she says. “I don’t eat a whole lot of processed food or packaged food.”

Well, that explains her perfect bod. She loves kale and butter lettuce, and keeps an abundant supply of fruits and veggies at home for hubby Cash Warren and daughters Honor, 6, and Haven, 2. (When she’s on the go, it’s dried fruit and nuts.) She even has a hanging felt wall that she uses to maintain her herb garden. Amazing!

“We use bananas a lot in the house,” she says. “We use apples, strawberries, and watermelon, but then it also depends on what’s in season. We get a monthly delivery of organic fruits and vegetables and it’s whatever is in our box that we just use.”

Her secret to dishing up the perfect kale salad? “Massaging the kale was something that changed my life,” she says.  “I tried to make it so many times at home and it’s just not the same when you don’t.”

Try it yourself: mix ¼ cup of Zico Coconut Water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper to get the dressing. Knead the kale with your hands into the dressing until the kale becomes soft. Sweeten it up with some peach, plum, and nectarine slices, toss in some blackberries and almonds, and violà! You have a refreshing summer salad with dressing you didn’t just grab off the shelf, and are one step closer to following a Jessica Alba-approved diet. Sign us up!

Photo courtesy of ZICO Premium Coconut Water

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ZICO Latte: Your New Workout Beverage

Written on March 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

Editorial intern Carrie gets an early morning adrenaline rush as she climbs her way to the top at Chelsea Piers!

Written by Carrie Stevens, editorial intern

Rise and shine—it’s workout time! This morning, FITNESS headed to The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers for a little rock climbing to celebrate the launch of ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water’s latest beverage, ZICO Latte. Coffee and coconut water together at last? This is too good to be true.

After summiting about 35 feet and completing two climbs (hello, full-body workout!), we tested ZICO’s non-dairy, coffee-infused concoction. Billed as “The Official Sponsor of Early Risers,” ZICO Latte contains five electrolytes, provides 45-59mg of natural caffeine and packs as much potassium as a banana.  Thanks to its unique flavor fusion—the latte taste takes the forefront and masks the notes of coconut—the drink can both jumpstart your morning and keep you hydrated during your workout.

For more information, visit www.zico.com, check out the ZICO Facebook page or follow @ZICO on Twitter.

More from FITNESS: Q&A: When Should I Drink Coconut Water?

Q&A: When Should I Drink Coconut Water?

Written on August 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by

Nutrition pros and FITNESS contributors Chris and Kara Mohr answer your pressing diet Q’s…


Vita Coco Image

Image courtesy of VitaCoco.com.

Q: As an avid gym goer, I’m looking for something to drink other than plain water.  But I don’t want the calories in sports drinks.  Is coconut water a good replacement?  –Mary, New York

A: Fantastic question. It’s been very, very hot across the entire country this summer, so hydration is key!

Let’s talk general hydration tips, first.  It’s smart to have a plan in place because you can quickly get dehydrated, with the temps as high as they’ve been.  So definitely have something to drink before you exercise.  Carry something with you during and then throughout the rest of the day as well.

Now, what to drink is the other piece to the puzzle. Coconut water has certainly grown in popularity…

Assuming you’re like a large chunk of the population and out for a basic (30-60 minute) jog, walk or maybe getting on your bike, coconut water can certainly work for you.  We tell this same thing to the women in our morning boot camps, who are exercising for one hour with us daily.

Coconut water is a great alternative to the high-calorie, high-sugar options you see on beverage shelves.  It is lower in calories than many sports drinks and high in potassium, one of the important electrolytes that is lost in sweat.  The average gym-goer who’s hitting the weights a few times a week, maybe adding in some cardio or intervals, doesn’t really need the extra calories or sodium that you find in some sports drinks.

We both enjoy coconut water pre-workout, with a scoop of whey protein.  But if it were a more intense, longer workout (60+ minutes) and we didn’t have the time to sit down and have a more substantial meal, we’d likely use a sports drink with that same scoop of whey protein.

The question then is which brand is best? We personally use, like, and trust Vita Coco because it’s pure coconut water that’s not from concentrate.  Some brands offer less than 10 percent coconut water and are instead loaded with added sugar, so  make sure you read the label. Here’s another hint — make sure it’s cold.  It tastes better and is more refreshing!

We Tried It: Coco Cafe

Written on December 13, 2011 at 9:59 am , by

Coco Cafe's Coconut Water Cafe Latte. (Photo courtesy of Coco Cafe)

We’re big fans of coconut water and coffee, so when we heard about Coco Cafe’s newest product that combines the two, we were eager to give it a shot.

Coco Cafe’s Coconut Water Cafe Latte (available online and at 200 stores nationwide, including select Whole Foods Markets) is a mix of all-natural and fair trade organic espresso, coconut water and 2 percent milk. Together, these ingredients give you a refreshing boost, which we think both coconut water and coffee lovers will enjoy.

Here’s what our editors had to say about the drink:

“I admit, I was skeptical about the combination of coconut water and coffee at first, but this drink tasted just like an iced latte but without all the extra sugar. It got me through my afternoon of errands.” — Marianne Magno, associate web editor

“This little guy tasted just like an iced frappuccino without all the calories and guilt that I usually feel along with them. It pepped me up during my usual 3 p.m. slump without making me feel sluggish later from a sugar crash, like I usually do with coffee or anything else that is caffeinated.” — Colleen Moody, web editor

“I love coconut water and coffee. It’s a great match. It has a rich taste, but not too heavy, which I like.” — Cheri Crump-O’Donoghue, sittings editor

Tell us: Would you drink coconut water coffee?