(Almost) Homemade Gatorade

28 Jul

i’m back! life got a little crazy, but i am ready to start blogging again! i missed it!

a few weeks ago at kroger, i saw santa cruz organic juices on sale, 4 for $5. what a steal! i picked up 2 bottles of lemonade, and 2 bottles of strawberry lemonade, with the intent to make a healthier sports drink. i finally got down to business today, and the results are delicious! this was incredibly easy and cheap! i do feel a little like sandra lee, considering it’s semi-homemade. hehe.

before we get to my version, let’s talk about gatorade.

gatorade was invented in 1965 at the university of florida, where researchers discovered electrolytes and carbs needed to be replaced during activity for optimum performance. i’m sure gatorade was much more natural and healthy back then, but now ingredients include high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, and artificial colors.  gatorade is trying to hop on the health food bandwagon now, and has released gatorade natural. still,  i would rather make my own and save money, plastic, as well as know for sure what im refueling with. 

i have fiddled with homemade sports drinks in the past, but this time i did a little research. here’s what i found:

  • the two key components to any sports drinks are electrolytes and carbohydrates.
  • adding salt = instant electrolyte, sodium!
  • potassium, another electrolyte, is beneficial, as it helps the body maintain fluid balance.
  • oranges contain a decent amount of potassium, and the peel packs quite a punch- reduces cholesterol, aids gastrointestinal health, and fights cancer!
with all this new information, i came up with a quick throw together recipe for our own “gatorade.” we can call it “hippie-rade.” hah!


32 ounces juice, any kind, fresh or bottled.
3/4 cup orange juice, fresh or bottled.
4 cups water
3/4 tsp salt
zest of 1 orange

1. find a large container. in my case, it was the growler john purchased at arbor brewing at the beginning of the month.
2. combine all ingredients. 
3. that’s it- go get your sweat on and drink up!
taste test!
delicious! let me know if you try this! 🙂

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