Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sugar Free Sports Drink Recipe

With my training reaching it's peak I have been looking at electrolyte replacement drinks, AKA Gatorade alternatives.

When working out for extended periods, you lose electrolytes fast and those drinks are a good way to replenish them. The problem is I don't want any refined sugar and they are all just LOADED with them, but I DO need the salt and potassium.

After a bit of reading I found a few great articles that expose Gatorade, PowerAde and the rest for what they really are....very well marketed kool-aid.

This article does a great job explaining what your body needs when exercising and a simple way to make your own.

Here is a quote from that article...

"How to Make Low Carb Sports Drink

It turns out that two tablespoons of lemon juice contain almost exactly the amount of potassium in 8 oz of a typical sports drink. So, if you want to make your own low carb sports drink, it's quite easy. Just mix together:
  • 1 cup (8 oz) water (not carbonated)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • small pinch of salt
  • Flavoring and sweetener to taste
Flavoring Ideas:
  • Crystal Light Drink Mix
  • Unsweetened Kool Aid (with sugar substitute to taste)
  • Sugar-free Flavored Syrups such as Da Vinci or Torino"

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