Saturday, March 4, 2017

Homemade Electrolyte Drink (Sports Drink)

I was inspired by this video to try my hand at homemade sports drinks.

I already had most of the stuff to make it, so why not?

I didn't make it exactly like Chef John did, but it turned out flawlessly. It not only tastes like a sports drink, it tastes a little better IMO.

My recipe:

*32oz vessel of some sort. I have this, available at almost any Walmart.

*One small bottle of 100% fruit juice, any flavor. It's the tiny bottle that comes in a 6-pack on the juice aisle. You know what I'm talking about. Edit note: 10oz bottle

*Refill the juice bottle with water twice and pour it want to dilute the juice to 1/3. That's a ratio of 2:1 water vs juice.

*1/8 teaspoon potassium salt - I have Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, so I need potassium. If you don't have HKPP and you don't have issues with sodium, you can use sodium. If you want a little of each, you can find Lite Salt at any grocer (Lite Salt is a combo of sodium and potassium salts, if you didn't know).

*1/2 teaspoon of "berry" green powder, available at Walmart and most health stores. It's called green powder, but the berry flavor looks magenta FYI.

*1/2 teaspoon Natural Calm magnesium powder, any flavor. It is the only Mag powder I can personally recommend. It's sold all over the world, including Amazon. Disclaimer: magnesium has a laxative effect in some people. For me, it's a godsend for my leg cramps. If you dig far enough into the product reviews, you'll find mine there entitled "the cure for charlie horses".

*I added a squeeze of lime juice, but I forgot to put the lime in the photo.

Note that I did not add a sweetener, since I used prepared juice.

Give it a good stir or shake to dissolve, and chill well before serving.

By all means, if it tastes off to you, adjust your ingredients. Buying sports drinks is easier, but this is so much healthier, especially for people like me. I plan to make these drinks regularly from now on. I have a feeling summer will be a little more tolerable this year as a result. I'll try to remember to give another review in the sweltering months of doom (that would be June-September down here).

If you have any suggestions or questions about making this, holla at me.