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La Vida Coco











I think it’s extremely important to live a healthy lifestyle, and I know I’m not alone on this. Unless it’s a special occasion, I think treats and desserts should be limited to fruit until the weekend. An essential component of having a healthy, clean mind and body is proper hydration, and sometimes, especially in the heatwave Toronto has recently experienced, water simply does not completely replenish me after a long workout.

This is where coconut water has saved me. As a tropics-born girl, coconut water was a part of my childhood, especially when I would return to Malaysia to visit relatives. I’ll admit it has an acquired taste, and unless drunk straight from a young coconut, it is vital to do some flavour hunting to find the perfect brand for you. I was fortunate to be contacted several weeks ago by Thirsty Buddha, an up-and-coming coconut water brand based in Montreal. They emphasize the benefits of organic, non-GMO, fat-free and cholesterol-free coconut water: it has natural electrolytes that revitalize your body, it quenches thirst more than water or gatorade, it has oodles of potassium that aid sore muscles after a workout, and coconut is the beauty food go-to. It’s good for your skin! I have found many coconut water brands to be too sweet, but this company was perfect. The flavour was not overpowering, and was the perfect pick-me-up during a long work day. I’ve also found that coconut water has a plethora of uses: it’s great as a thirst quencher, perfect for smoothies and acai bowls, naturally energizes your body, and is a perfect diet food to curb snacking since it contains calories of its own that fill you up but flush out through your system. I highly recommend this company: they are extremely good and consistent in quality, and the packaging is the cutest! I’m sticking to this company in the future, and I hope you have the chance to give them a shot. Are you Thirsty, Buddha? Check out their website for more information here.

Where to find Thirsty Buddha products in Toronto:

  • select Loblaws and Longos stores
  • Whole Foods market
  • the Aroma cafe at Yonge and Eglinton! (and I haven’t checked out other Aroma cafes yet. Please comment for fellow readers and myself if you happen to discover another place to purchase their products)

Sasha’s favourite potassium-packed smoothie featuring Thirsty Buddha:

  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • a combination of blueberries, strawberries, peaches and mango
  • 1/4 cup of Thirsty Buddha coconut water (add more accordingly)



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