Make Your Own Sports Drinks for your Children or Yourself

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Have you ever wondered how to make your own sports drinks? My son has played almost every sport available in our community. Whether he’s kicking goals in soccer, tackling the opposing team in football or practicing his signature moves in wrestling, one thing he always asks for at the end of the game is a sports drink.  Sometimes as a mom, it’s easier to give in on some things and pick your battles.   I’ve been giving him money to pick up a sports drink along with some of his friends.   As I hear more and more about the dangerous ingredients in things like Gatorade, I have decided it time to learn to make your own sports drinks.

Make Your Own Sports Drinks for your Children or Yourself

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Make Your Own Sports Drinks

I know that sports drinks are more than just juice or water.  There is a real reason that athletes pick a sports drink after a hard work out.  Sports drinks contain electrolytes. I’m far from a scientist so this is a busy mom’s understanding of what a sports drink does.  First some basic biology. Your kidneys regulate electrolytes and fluids and make (for lack of a better word) urine.  They filter the bad stuff out of your body.  When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys keep as much water as possible in your body and make your urine more concentrated. And, when you’re hydrated, your kidneys let out more water.

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When you work out, you sweat and you lose electrolytes and fluids. One of the major electrolytes you lose is sodium. That is why your sweat tastes salty. When you don’t have enough fluids and electrolytes, your muscles suffer and this impacts an athlete’s performance. Sports drinks contain electrolytes (sodium) along with sugar (carbohydrates) and water.  The water and sodium go to replacing the electrolytes and fluids lost during exercise and the sugar provides a burst of energy.

From everything that I read, unless you are getting a good sustained work out in that is longer than 45 to 60 minutes, regular water works just fine to rehydrate you. More than 45-60 minutes of a good workout, make your own sports drinks. Sports drinks were never intended to be used as a regular beverage and can result in weight gain given the amount of sugar.

How to make your own sports drinks

Why make your own sports drinks?

Popular sports drinks contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial food dyes like red 40 and blue 1.  Learning to make your own sports drinks will allow you to eliminate these harmful ingredients. I made an orange flavor sports drink since that’s one of the most popular in my house. You could easily make different flavors by juicing different fruits. For the healthiest version, start with organic, fresh fruits. This is a great homemade sports drink for runners.

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Make Your Own Sports Drinks

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime, grapefruit or lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange, tangerine or Halo mandarin juice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp organic sugar or raw honey

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients in a jar. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

7.8.1.2
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How to make your own sports drinks

This recipe makes two sports drinks.  Store each in the refrigerator in a jar with a lid and shake before drinking. Use within a week. You could make a larger batch ahead of time if you want to.

 


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Comments

  1. Jennifer Soltys says
    What a great idea and sounds delicious!!! My hubby is a big fan of drinks like this, so I will have to give it a try!
  2. Jennifer @TheRebelChick says
    Wow, that is a really good idea! My daughter just started going to the gym and is drinking so much powerade, I would prefer she had a natural drink!
  3. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
    That is a great money saving idea, thanks for the recipe!!
  4. Amber Edwards says
    I like this sports drink a lot better than what you can get in the store. I bet it tastes better too, but I like that it doesn't contain a ton of ingredients I can't pronounce. 
  5. This is so great, I love that it is dye free, and I am sue it tastes even better!
  6. THis is a great idea. I hate the artificial stuff in most of the store bought stuff
  7. How cool!  Never thought to do this.  My sons are always begging for sport drinks and I'm always saying "no."  Will have to try making them some and see how it goes!
  8. mama to 5 blessings says
    Wow that sounds easy enough to make and so much better than store bought drinks!
  9. Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
    Love this! I won't let my kids drink sports drinks because of the food coloring and sugar. This is wonderful! I will have to try it (especially during summer when my daughter has cheer practice on a black track in 90 degree weather). Thanks for the recipe tip!
  10. This is a recipe I never knew to look for.  What a brilliant idea for moms of athletes! 
  11. I will have to try this for my daughter. She needs sports drinks a lot, but the dye and extra sugar can't be good for her.
  12. I especially like that you added local raw honey. I have allergies and this drink could help with that, too.
  13. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    My son has had sports drinks on occasion after lifting weights. It would be nice to make it at home!
  14. What a fantastic idea!  My son place baseball, this would be perfect for him.
  15. A lot of sports drinks are practically just sugar water! This is probably better for you, and better tasting, too.
  16. Wendy | Around My Family Table says
    Great idea...love that there are no dyes!  We are pretty much a no-dye house and have been for almost 5 years.  
  17. I had no idea you could make your own energy drinks. that is great
  18. This is a great idea. My kids love sports drinks but I don't buy them that often. Im always worried about how much sugar is in them.
  19. Nicole Brady says
    Oh my goodness. I didn't realize it was so easy to make your own sports drinks! Great to know since we're always involved in some kind of sport!
  20. What a great idea - and not the least, calling it a sports/olympic drink would make teens and dads more likely to keep gobbling it as fast as you can make. They might even feel up to making it all by themself!
  21. Kristina & Millie says
    Sounds like a great moved and this diy Olympic sports drink sounds yummy and refreshing!
  22. What a great recipe! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Your post has been pinned with the party! Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

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