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Buy This: Three coconut treats to get you through the rest of summer

You need to hydrate. You need to recover from crazy fun summer events. You need to up your servings of fruits and vegetables. We’ve got you covered in coconut.


With beets!

Yes, beets. In the form of beet juice. Don’t roll your eyes. It’s delicious. We tried Beetology’s new line of certified organic cold pressed juices with beets as the base. We tried all five flavors. They’ve combined the beets with lemon and ginger (refreshing!), beets plus veggies (which reminded us a little of a certain tomato-based vegetable juice), beet plus berry (yum!), beet plus cherry (which you’ll swear is straight up cherry juice) and beets plus tropical fruit (with lots of coconut juice). It made converts of even the most beet-averse in the crowd. It’s not just good for you, it tastes really good. $3.99 per 8.45-ounce bottle. Available in the refrigerated juice sections of Savi Urban Market; Good Nutrition shops in Toco Hills, Roswell and Norcross and Nature’s Own Herb Shop in Hapeville.

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With yogurt!

Step aside Greek yogurt. “Oui” is here. This is French-style yogurt made by Yoplait, a company with French roots. The thick yogurt is cultured right in the charming glass pots, not made in big batches and then poured into jars. It’s whole milk yogurt that comes in plain, vanilla and six fruit flavors sweetened with sugar and fruit. The coconut is lightly sweet and has bits of shredded coconut. The black cherry has a layer of fruit at the bottom and because the yogurt sets in the pot, it makes the loveliest ombre effect shading from dark purple at the bottom through shades of lavender to pure white. There’s also strawberry, blueberry, lemon and peach. The foil lid is very well-sealed so you can feel comfortable putting a jar into your insulated lunch tote. $1.49 per 5-ounce pot. It’s just out this month so be patient, but you should soon find it at your local Walmart, Target and Ingles stores.

With watermelon!

Summer = watermelon. You can eat your fill of ripe, juicy watermelon in wedges or in cubes – pink- or yellow-fleshed, your call. You’ll be refreshed but you’ll be sticky. Or you can try Tsamma Watermelon Juice (pronounce it “sah-mah”). Frey Farm has done all the work, cold pressing one and a half pounds of watermelon into each 12-ounce bottle. We tried both flavors. The regular juice has just a hint of citrus while coconut water fans went crazy for the coconut water blend. If you like watermelon, you’ll love the convenience of having an ice cold bottle of watermelon juice on hand for when you need to recuperate from summer fun or just because. They grow their melons in Georgia as well as six other states (so they can harvest melons almost all year around) so you just might be drinking Georgia watermelon juice. $2.99 per 12-ounce bottle. Available at The Fresh Market and metro Atlanta Publix and Kroger stores.

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