What’s the big deal?
Sports drinks from the store contain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, chemical preservatives, fake colors and flavors, and other nasty stuff. Here’s a blurb from Gatorade’s website in their FAQ section:
“Why do you use artificial color? Can you make Gatorade without artificial colors?
The colors of Gatorade not only look good but also help in flavor perception and enable you to tell different flavors apart. All colors and ingredients in Gatorade qualify for human consumption according to the requirements of the FDA, added at the lowest possible level to achieve the desired color.”
That makes us feel better doesn’t it? NOT.
Thankfully, my friend Sonia has come through again!
She made it her mission to come up with an inexpensive, simple recipe for a homemade, all-natural sports drink without the scary ingredients.
Here are her recipe notes:
Below are my two ‘recipes’. They were tasty to my family, but this is definitely one of those things that everyone will want to adjust. Something for your readers to keep in mind, however, is that there is a proper amount of sugar needed for the most effective absorption of a sports drink. I took the information from this site. So if your readers want to tweak the recipe, they should consider adding a little Stevia, fresh lemon or lime juice–not more of the pre-made juice.
I have a pitcher with a plunger-mixer built in to the top. It is perfect for getting the honey mixed in thoroughly and dissolving the sea salt. Otherwise, a whisk or a vigorous shaking will do the trick.
All-Natural Sports Drink – Lemon Flavor:
Mix well. Makes a little over 2 quarts.
Sonia’s All-Natural Sports Drink – Cranberry-Pomegranate Flavor:
- 2 c. 100% juice cranberry-pomegranate juice
- 1.5 individual packets of Stevia (or to taste)
- 1/4 t. sea salt
- 2 quarts water
Mix well. Makes 2 1/2 quarts.
UPDATE: A few readers have reminded me that coconut water is a super nourishing sports drink on its own! For these recipes, though, I’m not sure if you could just use it to replace the water, or if there are some other tweaks that should happen, does anyone know?
***Also, see this post from Stanley: Grass fed bone broth – the traditional mineral supplement!
Nourishing Beverage Recipes:
- Have you tried homemade Kefir soda pop yet?
- What about this one? Fermented lemonade punch – yum!
- Vanilla steamers are a hit around here, too.