We have a super active family. We're all athletes and we love to play outdoors. I have one kiddo that is easily dehydrated and one that just doesn’t love plain water. It's also difficult for me to maintain my blood minerals and electrolytes due to my adrenal fatigue. Traditional sports drinks have a ton of sugar or are sweetened with stevia and have several other nasty ingredients. Stevia’s a great sweetener, but doesn't have the essential fructose needed to keep you hydrated and support blood sugar during activity and there’s a delicate balance between salts, sugars, minerals and water when it comes to hydration. I like this recipe because tastes good, doesn't have a lot of sugar, and most importantly, it really works!
3 cups Watermelon Juice or other base (see below)
⅓ cup Lemon Juice
¼ tsp Himalayan Pink or Real salt
2 TB Manuka or Raw Honey
Puree or juice the watermelon. I prefer to run pureed watermelon juice through my nut bag to remove pulp for this recipe. No need to do that if done with a juicer. Dissolve the honey in the lemon juice by stirring before adding to the watermelon juice If you skip this step, the honey may not fully dissolve. Add the salt and combine all ingredients together in a jar or other container. Store refrigerated up to one week.
Other tips and ideas:
Try adding cucumber juice or coconut water on a hot summer day to really cool you down. You’ll want to keep the recipe ratios the same, so add it as part of the 3 cups of liquid. Or add other fresh pressed fruit juice for a fresh, easy to absorb, nutrition punch. Try freezing these for popsicles!
Don't have the ingredients right now? Get your electrolytes in with a couple dashes of Himalayan pink salt in filtered water. You get minerals and boost your electrolytes. Learn more about adding salt to water HERE.
If you are in a Whole 30 diet, leave out the raw honey and stevia, but be sure to add some fresh fruit juice for the fructose.