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Refreshing Pineapple Coconut Agua Fresca (Piña y Coco)

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Looking for a deliciously refreshing pineapple coconut agua fresca recipe? Look no further for sweet and tangy yet simple agua fresca de piña!

agua fresca de pina y coco

Hello there!

I’m Chantal, the writer, mom, personal trainer, and nutrition coach behind this site.

Welcome!

Have you ever visited a Latin American country?

If you have, maybe you’ve tried one of their delicious fruity staples known as agua fresca!

(AKA fruit water, and in this case, coconut pineapple water.)

Many people who visit this site probably don’t know this about me, but I am half-Chilean and grew up with two Spanish teachers as parents.

Much of my childhood was spent traveling to South and Central American countries, which meant I got to savor the fresh flavors and local cuisine of many different cultures.

One of my fondest travel memories was getting fresh fruit juice or agua frescas any chance I could.

Fresh fruit juice simply cannot be beaten – and in my opinion, tropical fruit makes the best agua frescas!

Pineapple, mango, coconut, papaya, dragon fruit…you name it, I love them all!

I always tell my husband that my ideal dessert is a plate full of fresh tropical fruit – because it really is!

Sometimes I dream of moving to a tropical area where I can grow my own fresh tropical fruit trees and eat from them daily…a girl can dream, right?

Anyway, as a fruit lover and now a NASM-certified nutrition coach, I’m excited to share this pineapple coconut agua fresca recipe with you!

pineapple coconut agua fresca

What is agua fresca?

Directly translated as “fresh water,” agua fresca is just blended fresh fruit with water.

It sometimes has added lime juice, honey, agave nectar, or sugar as well.

In short, it’s basically fresh fruit juice with water – with an emphasis on fresh!

This drink (which can be made from almost any fruit) is a staple in many countries but is especially common in Latin American countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

I have personally enjoyed aguas frescas in a few different places, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, and Uruguay.

They go great with a fresh breakfast, are amazingly refreshing on a hot day, and can have great health benefits!

Aguas frescas trace their origins back centuries to the markets and streets of Mexico and Central America.

This refreshing beverage tradition dates back to pre-colonial times when indigenous communities would blend fresh fruits, flowers, and herbs with water to create cooling drinks.

With the arrival of Spanish colonizers, the tradition evolved, incorporating new ingredients like sugarcane and tropical fruits.

Over time, aguas frescas became beloved staples of Latin American cuisine, offering a respite from the heat with their vibrant colors and natural flavors.

Today, aguas frescas remain a cherished part of Latin American culinary heritage, enjoyed not only for their taste but also for their cultural significance and ability to bring people together in celebration and refreshment.

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Ingredients You Need to Make This Pineapple Coconut Water Recipe

It’s super simple!

You just need a few things to make this coconut pineapple agua fresca.

Pineapple:

Fresh and ripe, if you can! Tips on how to pick the best pineapple are below.

Coconut:

This recipe calls for one fresh coconut. Take not that if you have a whole coconut with coconut water, you can skip the extra water mentioned below.

But if you just have coconut meat, you’ll for sure need the water.

And, of course, if you want a smoother agua fresca (not so thick), you’ll simply add more water.

Water:

For best results, you’ll want to use about 1 cup of filtered water.

(Again, your coconut could have over one cup of water in it, so you can use that if you’d like! However, if you have coconut flesh only, you need to add water.)

Sweetener (Optional):

I prefer to use Stevia rather than a boatload of sugar, but you can use cane sugar, honey, or agave nectar instead.

One packet (1 tsp.) of Stevia should be enough if you have a really sweet, ripe pineapple.

Or you can skip it altogether if you love a tart pineapple or that yummy piña colada flavor.

Lime (Optional):

Lime adds a level of complexity and tartness to your agua fresca, but it’s totally optional.

ingredients for coconut pineapple agua fresca

Other Ingredients to Try:

Want to take your agua fresca to the next level?

Consider turning it into a healthy electrolyte drink by adding a few pinches of sea salt! (Not table salt!)

You can also try coconut cream or coconut milk for more of that piña colada flavor.

Yum!

Auga De Piña y Coco Nutrition (Benefits of Pineapple Coconut Agua Fresca)

While the actual caloric and nutritional facts vary depending on your serving size, there are certainly health benefits to aguas frescas.

This pineapple coconut water recipe is super simple, so we’ll just take a look at the main ingredients other than water: pineapple, coconut, and lime (which is optional).

In the case of the agua de piña y coco recipe I share with you below, here are some interesting nutritional facts:

Health Benefits of Pineapple:

Firstly, pineapple is rich in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and helps fight off illnesses.

Additionally, pineapple is a good source of manganese, which is important for bone health and helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Pineapple also contains bromelain, an enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can aid digestion and reduce bloating.

Bromelain has also been shown to support liver function by helping to detoxify the body and reduce inflammation in the liver specifically.

This can aid in improving overall liver health and may even help prevent liver diseases such as Fatty Liver.

(Good news for me, after suffering from the ramifications of high liver enzymes and liver inflammation last year!)

So, incorporating pineapple into your diet can not only satisfy your taste buds but also promote a healthier liver!

Health Benefits of Coconut:

First, coconut water is incredibly hydrating and naturally packed with electrolytes, making it a fantastic choice for replenishing fluids after exercise or on a hot day.

Coconut meat is rich in healthy fats, specifically medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are easily digested and can provide a quick source of energy for your body and brain.

Plus, these MCTs have been linked to various health benefits, including improved heart health and weight management.

And let’s not forget about coconut flesh – it’s loaded with fiber, which supports digestion and helps keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Good stuff!

Health Benefits of Lime (Optional):

Limes are tiny but mighty when it comes to health benefits!

Packed with vitamin C, they’re like a little superhero for your immune system, helping you ward off colds and infections.

Plus, the citric acid in limes can aid digestion by stimulating the production of digestive juices and enzymes, which is great for keeping your gut happy.

And here’s a cool fact: despite their acidic taste, limes actually have an alkalizing effect on the body, helping to balance pH levels and reduce acidity.

(They are also good for your liver’s enzyme production!)

So, whether you’re squeezing some lime juice over your tacos or adding it to your water for a zesty twist, you’re giving your body a boost of goodness!

Pretty cool, right?

Just in case you needed one, now you have a great excuse to try out some agua fresca recipes like this one!

piña Colada agua fresca

Other Great Aguas Fresca Flavors

Before you get started on this recipe, you should know that pineapple isn’t the only fruit that mixes deliciously with lime and water.

You can mix different flavors for a more unique combination, or you can try one of these individual fruits:

  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon
  • Canteloup
  • Papaya
  • Mango
  • Coconut
  • Peach
  • Guava

Of course, you can use any fruit you want to make your own recipes, but some fruits lend better to aguas frescas.

The water content is an important factor here because it makes things easier to blend.

For example, bananas probably won’t make the best agua fresca, but they might mix well with an aqua fresca that is primarily pineapple or peach.

🙂

Tips for the Best Pineapple Coconut Agua Fresca

Tips for selecting the sweetest, ripest pineapple:

To select the best pineapple for agua fresca, first, give it a sniff; a fragrant, sweet aroma at the base indicates ripeness.

Next, look for a vibrant golden color with firm, green leaves. Avoid soft spots or bruises.

A gentle squeeze should yield slight give without being too mushy.

Finally, pluck a leaf from the crown—if it comes out easily, your pineapple is ripe and ready to enjoy.

(Master these tricks, and you’ll be savoring the juiciest, sweetest pineapple every time!)

Tips for cutting the pineapple:

Mastering the art of cutting pineapple can turn a prickly task into a breeze.

Start by removing the crown and base, then stand the pineapple upright.

Slice off the skin in downward strips, following the curvature of the fruit. Once peeled, lay the pineapple on its side and slice it into rounds or quarters, depending on your preference.

To remove the core, simply cut it out from each slice. Now, you’re left with juicy, ready-to-eat pineapple chunks.

Tips for Opening Coconuts

Explaining how to open up a fresh coconut without cutting yourself or losing all of the water is a bit tricky.

Here’s a video explaining how to open one safely instead!

To strain or not to strain?

Separation and frothiness come with the pineapple coconut agua fresca territory.

But if you want a super smooth agua fresca, be sure to strain your freshly blended juice before adding any sweeteners.

You can use a loosely knit cheesecloth or a handheld strainer.

Then, blend or hand mix again before serving!

Just keep in mind that the fruit fibers that are getting strained out are beneficial to your digestion and nutrient absorption!

(I tried it both ways. Both were yummy, but the strained one definitely had a darker yellow color and less frothiness.)

How to Make Pineapple Coconut Agua Fresca

Here are the simple steps to making coconut pineapple agua fresca:

1. Chop one pineapple into large chunks.

(Remove the outer layer first, of course!)

2. Crack open a coconut and dump the water into a large blender.

(If using a whole coconut – if not, add 1 cup of filtered water instead.)

3. Scrape the inside of the coconut to get the meat.

(A large spoon works great.) Place in the blender.

4. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the blender.

5. Add a packet of Stevia or sweetener of your choice to the blender.

6. Blend on high for approximately 1 minute.

7. Strain and chill if desired.

8. Enjoy!

Should you choose to chill or store your pineapple coconut agua fresca, be sure it’s in an airtight container.

Pineapple Agua Fresca FAQ

How long can I store my pineapple coconut water?

Pineapple doesn’t stay fresh forever, so be sure to use your agua fresca up within 24 hours. If you can’t drink your water up fresh, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. (A little separation is normal if it sits.)

Can I add other fruit to this agua fresca recipe?

Yes! I recommend coconut, strawberries, papaya, or mango as great complementary fruit to pineapple. Just use fresh, ripe fruit for the best results.

How long does it take to make this agua de piña?

From start to finish, it should only take you about 15 minutes to make pineapple agua fresca. The majority of your time will be spent chopping! You can use fresh-cut fruit from the grocery store to cut this time down.

Can I freeze agua fresca?

If you’re like me and you make way too much of things, you can always freeze your agua fresca leftovers. Just keep in mind that if your main objective is “fresh,” freezing and then thawing back out again won’t give you the same results. However, if you choose to freeze your agua fresca leftovers, be sure to use a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid.

Can I use canned or frozen pineapples to make this recipe?

While you can technically use canned or frozen pineapples to make this recipe, that sort of defeats the purpose of agua frescas. (Remember, it means FRESH!) You won’t get the same final product of fresh, sweet, tangy goodness unless you use fresh, ripe pineapples.

Delicious, am I right?

I hope you enjoyed this pineapple coconut agua fresca as much as I did!

Until next time,

Chantal from Ironwild Fitness

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