I was a lucky kid last week. I arrived home from two weeks of travel to change my suitcase and leave again. But that's not why I was lucky. When I got to my doorstep, there was a giant shipment of Zico sitting there.
The nice people at Zico sent me a few boxes full of coconut water so that I could write about Zico on the blog and then give away some to my friends. I thought they would just send me a few bottles. No.
My neighbor was outside with her pug, Melon, who likes to sit on my foot, and she said, "Man, did you like, invest in coconut water futures or something?" and I was like "Yeh, I quit my day job," and then the pug sat on my foot.
I'd tried natural Zico before, and I'll admit that I was never a huge fan of coconut water at first. It's an acquired taste, but so is running. Coconut water is amazingly hydrating, and if you haven't been hiding in the nutritional dark, you know that all things coconut are power-sources for your general superhero abilities. I hauled it all inside and decided to give it a whirl.
And then I noticed that Zico had delivered a case of Chocolate Coconut Water.
This was my face:
The arcade in my heart came to life. I put two of them in the freezer and phoned a friend. "Kevin," I said. "Have you ever had Chocolate Zico water?"
The result of this conversation was me promising to give Kevin the rest of the case. This was before I tried the Chocolate Zico. Now, I'm hoping Kevin has forgotten my offer. Because this shit is amazing.
Here's the process -- listen closely: You have to chill it, shake it, peel off the label, open the cap, and then remove the foil on the mouth of the bottle. It's like trying to get into Fort Knox. And for good reason. All of this packaging is protecting THE SECOND MOST ASTRONOMICALLY DELICIOUS liquid substance known to man (the first being the artisinal cocktail known as the crushed mint absinthe mojito. Zico does not make this drink. )
Chocolate Zico is thinner than chocolate milk, refreshing, just sweet enough to make you feel elated but not so sweet that you feel like jumping off a roof (read my past posts about how me and lots of sugar do not mesh.) The flavor is hint of dark chocolate bitterness with the pillowyness of milk chocolate. Pillowyness is a word.
I give Chocolate Zico a thumbs up. Since I don't really drink chocolate milk, or milk products in general, this stuff is kind of a saving grace. You can make smoothies with it, drink it straight, pour it on ice, mix it with protein powder, or even bathe in it if you have enough.
I have enough.
I also got to sample Pineapple Coconut Water, which is much sweeter than the natural coconut water and probably would be a great source of hydration in the late miles of a long race. But for now, I'll stick with natural Zico for pre and post runs, and I'll stick with Chocolate Zico for whenever I want to die and go to heaven. Some stuff about Zico before I set you free: Zico is gluten free, has no added sugar, no fat, no cholesterol, and no negative energy. It has as much potassium as a banana, but as my brother tells me, bananas are one of the most radioactive substances on earth, so you should probably have coconut water instead. (Just kidding, bananas. I love you.) Zico also has other electrolytes that keep you from cramping during a run: magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium.
AND, as my uber ultrarunning friends Claire and Andrei explained to me, you can drink Coconut Water during a race because the sugar content is low enough not to dehydrate you. (Other sports drinks have a much higher sugar ratio, and therefore dehydrates you by pulling water from your cells to digest the sugars. Boo sports drinks.)
Zico is hosting a giveaway of free coconut water, for you! Enter the raffle below and check out ZICO's Facebook Page immediately. You have to like it to enter. If you win, I will send your contact info to ZICO, and they'll ship you some free stuff. #if.you.don't.ask.for.chocolate.you.are.crazy.
Alright kids -- GO!
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