Now that it's SPRING and the weather is getting warmer, we'll all hopefully be outside doing more of the activities we love. Whether it's working out, running, tennis, gardening, kite boarding, surfing, hiking or anything in between, let's get outside! Breathe in the fresh air, be in nature, get some NATURAL vitamin D from the sun (20 minutes per day) and recharge those cells that have been hibernating in the cool, gray winter. As the temperatures start to rise, along with our activity levels, instead of reaching for a highly-marketed sports drink - Gatorade, PowerAde, etc. - make your own and avoid all those nasty processed made-in-a-factory chemicals ingredients. Here is the list of ingredients from the Gatorade website as of this month -- the scariest parts to me are that sugar is the #2 ingredient, natural and artificial flavor (who knows what that means) and Blue 1.
And if we use the calculation of 4 grams = 1 teaspoon...
this ONE BOTTLE has 5 1/4 teaspoons of sugar. Really.
True energy comes from the sun - and living plants - not from the inside of a huge manufacturing plant
where people wear goggles and gloves and stir potions in ginormous glowing vats.
You heard me. Make your own. It could not be any easier.
Those pumped-up, amped-up sports drinks are good for you right? Replacing those lost electrolytes during or after periods of heavy exercise? Or even if you've been sick?
When you look closely, you're really just paying a ridiculous price for glorified, brightly colored, sugar water.
Natural is ALWAYS better. Always.
What about coconut water? I love coconut water, but not everyone does. And it's pretty pricey.
So here is the super simple delicious recipe for Your Own Electrolyte Energy drink:
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (NOT bottled)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (NOT bottled)
2 cups of fresh water (or more to taste)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1-2 tablespoons organic maple syrup (or honey) which actually has health benefits. Plain refined sugar - none.
Toss everything into a blender and blend until the syrup is dissolved, or just mix it up by hand. Pour yourself a tall glass, drop in a few ice cubes and enjoy. Takes less than 5 minutes. I keep mine in mason jars in the refrigerator. Will keep for a couple of days.
Enjoy and Happy Spring!