If you have seen Idiocracy, you know that we have become a little fixated on the consumption of sports drinks and the importance of electrolytes. While these beverages might be widely consumed and quite popular, the reality is that they are not healthful at all. If you begin to analyze the bright packaging, psychedelic hues and list of artificial ingredients and dyes, it becomes clear sports drinks are NOT natural and are NOT even close to organic. In fact, most of these drinks are made with dietary toxins that are banned in other countries. Yikes!
Unfortunately, my father has cardiac issues that require him to be extraordinarily mindful of his potassium, sodium and electrolyte intake. The easiest way for him to take care of this is to consume sports drinks. A girl simply cannot allow her father to be drinking toxins like they are going out of style, so with a little bit of research, we got together and spent a morning playing chemists. The end result was an organic and delicious “sports” beverage that can be made in less than 5 minutes.
Electrolyte Drink Recipe
- 20 ounces of water
- 2 teaspoons honey (more or less, depending on desired sweetness)
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt or three twists from a sea salt mill (NOT iodized salt!)
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice (a combination is also delicious!)
Put all ingredients in the large Baby Bullet attachment, blend for 20-30 seconds and enjoy! You can store your drink in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
* While you can certainly use all kinds of fruits and vegetables, we stuck with citrus because that was what we had available and because citrus fruits have a high concentration of potassium. I also juiced a watermelon and cucumber for one recipe and that was just delightful! If you don’t have a juicer, just puree fruit in the bullet and strain it through muslin or cheesecloth to remove the pulp.
An added benefit of this recipe is that it can also be used when the kids have stomach upset or a fever. You won’t need to spend a fortune on Pedialyte, which also contains artificial ingredients. In fact, freeze an ice cube tray of your home brew and keep some electrolyte ice cubes on hand for when a bug hits! Now that you have control over the ingredients, calories and sugar content, any time you are feeling listless, under the weather, or anticipate being out in the heat and exercising rigorously, you can confidently and easily blend a glass of this electrolyte drink! Cheers!