Coconut Water in Our HousePosted: June 3, 2013
Coconut water is a staple in this house. I remember the first day I introduced it to Chace. He was sick and I couldn’t give him milk, so I called Poppy (my dad is a pediatrician) and he said to try coconut water to rehydrate him quickly. Well, from that day on Chace found his beverage of choice. I started out just saying “juice” and giving him coconut water but that all changed when we were at the park and he came up to me and asked for “juice”. I handed him his sippy cup filled with coconut water and he was on his way back to play. Another mother standing nearby overheard our conversation and then proceeded to tell me how bad it was that I was giving my son juice and the high sugar content and ramifications and so on. Luckily I had to refill his cup while she was lecturing me, so when I brought out the coconut water, she paused and asked if that was what I meant by “juice”. I said yes and she seemed shocked and lost for words. She just uttered “oh good, I’m glad it’s not juice.” under her breath and walked away.
While I don’t mind people carrying on conversations at the park, I do mind the judgments that some people pass without knowing the whole story. I try to be really open minded for this reason alone. It did help me realize that calling it “juice” was confusing so I started calling it what it is which is coconut water. Chace caught on quickly and I learned my lesson. I don’t need to change words or meanings just because he is a toddler.
We keep our kitchen stocked with coconut water because I love it after a run or in smoothies, Daddy drinks it whenever, and Chace loves it all day any day. I love that it is natural and healthy and I can get it anywhere now. I used to only be able to find it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods but luckily all the stores I shop at carry it.