Homemade sports drinks are a great alternative to commercially available sports drinks that are loaded with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. These drinks are made with natural ingredients that provide the same hydration benefits as store-bought sports drinks, without any negative side effects.
Why Make Homemade Sports Drinks?
I am pretty proud of the fact that I haven’t had to drink Gatorade in years even though I’m still a very active individual. After finding out the truth about the ingredients in it and other sports drinks like Powerade, I always turn to coconut water or freshly made juice and it always hydrates me just fine.
I find it appalling that scientists 40 years ago were paid by these sport drink companies to tell us we would not be able to sufficiently hydrate ourselves with just water, that our children didn’t drink enough at meals, and that we would lose performance during sporting events if we didn’t drink this artificially flavored and colored salt water.
I also find it appalling that some doctors still recommend this garbage that is full of artificial ingredients to parents with sick children. Just look at the ingredients in these popular sports drinks:
Orange Flavored Gatorade: Water, Sugar, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Gum Arabic, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Glycerol Ester Of Rosin, Yellow 6
Orange Flavored Powerade: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Less Than 0.5% of Citric Acid, Salt And Potassium Citrate Magnesium Chloride And Calcium Chloride And Potassium Phosphate (Electrolyte Sources), Gum Acacia, Natural Flavors, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B12, Ascorbic Acid (to protect taste), Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect the color).
When I look at these ingredient lists, I just shake my head. Gatorade & Powerade drinks are full of GMOs, artificial food dyes, and synthetic additives. No thanks! This super hydration juice, however, has none of those ingredients and is perfect to have after a hot day in the sun, will get you hydrated fast and give you a serious dose of nutrition!
Let me break down the nutritional components of this juice to give you an idea of how powerful it is. This juice has a tad more fruit juice than I normally would recommend for green drinks but that is because hopefully, you’ll be drinking this after you’ve lost a lot of calories, electrolytes and sweat! If you need to dial back the fruit juice, you can cut the fruit ingredients in half.
- Watermelon: Has a high water content for fast hydration and lycopene that helps with skin protection from too much sun exposure.
- Green Apple: Provides potassium and magnesium that helps with headaches associated with dehydration.
- Cucumber: One of the best vegetables for natural hydration.
- Celery: A natural source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus.
- Orange: A high dose of vitamin C that can aid the immune system.
- Romaine: Another nice dose of magnesium to aid in dehydration and calcium for bone health.
How to Make Homemade Sports Drink
To make homemade sports drinks, you will need the following ingredients:
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
- 1 cup chopped seedless watermelon
- 1 apple, cored
- ½ cucumber
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 orange peeled
- 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- Wash all fruits and vegetables and place into a large bowl.
- Place all ingredients through your juicer.
- Clean juicer immediately.
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible**