Gatorade and sport drinks are often the go-to way to hydrate at sporting events, games and practices. These drinks contain food dyes and processed sugars or even worse, sugar substitutes. Having a Gatorade periodically isn't going to kill you, but think about how much garbage goes in if you are consuming them regularly for most of your active lifestyle.
I have six athletic kids, my husband and I do Crossfit. I know the need for hydration, but wanted to have a healthy, tasty version to offer. So here is a perfect substitute for processed sports drinks and our kids don't know the difference!
This is a Gatorade concentrate recipe. Mix up a batch, keep it in the fridge, then add 1-2 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water. It’s a great way to replace fluids and electrolytes while staying away from artificial colors and preservatives.
You can use either 100% fresh juice or bottled juice and they both tasted great. We love Eden Foods or Lakewood juice.
- 1/2 cup juice (we love cherry, but you can get creative)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt or any other unrefined sea salt
- 5-10 drops Essential Oils* (optional, but great support for hydration & recovery)
Heat all ingredients, except essential oils over low, stirring occasionally until honey and salt are dissolved. Pour into a glass container, add essential oils and store in the refrigerator with a lid. We like to use a mason jar. If you use a fresh juice (unpasteurized) it will keep for about 4 days in the fridge. If you use a pasteurized juice it will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge.
To serve: Stir 1-2 teaspoons concentrate into 8 ounces water (if you prefer a stronger flavor add an additional teaspoon or two) or mix all of the concentrate with two quarts of water. We triple the recipe because of the size of our family. Then mix up the drink into individual glass sports bottles.
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