Now into our second week of school, the academic calendar isn’t the only thing that is ramping up. Our sports calendar is filling with all things soccer….practice, tournaments and games. Although it seems that the season never really ends, fall and spring are the busiest.
All this activity (especially when the days are hot and the games long) means that two things become a necessity…food and drink. While I try to keep lots of snacks on hand, keeping them hydrated is important too. We’ve never been big into sports drinks like Gatorade, especially after our dentist mentioned that it contains more sugar than soda. A sports bottle of cold water is usually their first choice, followed closely by some Watermelon or Fruit Punch Nuun. We tried coconut water, but with only mixed reviews we haven’t bought it regularly.
After the story came out on BVO in sports drinks, I became interested in what it would take to make our own version. A little searching around the internet led to a recipe that was simple and not too sugary. We used a combination of fresh pineapple and orange juice (from our juicer), but store bought juice would work too. Juices high in Vitamin C seem to be most recommended. When mixing your drink together just be sure not go too heavy on the salt or baking soda. They are key to replacing electrolytes and holding off the lactic acid build up, but can change the taste very quickly if too much is used. It’s best served cold, so you’ll need to make ahead or fill your sports bottle with plenty of ice if using immediately.
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- 1 cup cold water
- 1/3 cup organic or freshly squeezed juice (we love pineapple and orange, they add a nice, natural sweetness)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- a pinch of baking soda
- Combine all ingredients until well mixed.
- Store in refrigerator.
- If using immediately use ice, best served very cold.