- 5 years ago
This week I went to my sports nutritionist. And we discussed I don’t want to drink processed drinks because I’m allergic to many things and well, honestly, up until last year Gatorade was using a fire retardant as part of their drink. Um no thanks.
Anyway, we discussed it and she gave me the exact recipe to substitute Gatorade while having the best hydration.
Our version will have 60 calories more but there will be no junk in it! Just pure natural ingredients.
Ok so we’ll mix 8 ounces of 100% coconut water, 8 ounces 100% fruit juice. And 1/8 teaspoon sea salt. This will give us two portions of 8oz or one of 16 if we are doing heavy/long exercise and need to drink a lot more.
Here you have the side by side comparison of the two drinks.
GATORADE. (Per 16 oz) NATURAL (Per 16 oz)
100 calories. 160 calories
220 mg sodium. 215 mg sodium
60 mg potassium. 670 mg potassium
28 grams carbs. 28 grams carbs
28 grams sugars 28 grams sugars
0 protein. 0 protein
Our natural version gives us waaay more potassium, which is great to fight cramps while training or racing if we race.
BUT… you have to get used to the flavor. It is very different. It will taste a bit saltier maybe and it can be a bit sirupy. I chose to mix it this week with 100% cranberry juice because I like the tangy flavor. You can use anything from pear, apple, Orange juice… You name it! Just be aware that OJ ferments pretty fast in the heat.
So yeah, the taste is different and maybe not what we are used to but I’d rather get used to it than keep putting so many chemicals and colorings in my system! And anyway, I don’t drink it because of the flavor, I drink it because my body needs the nutrients and salts and sugar to keep going and to stay healthy while I tear it apart lol.
Please keep in mind that if you are doing normal, moderate indoor routines of exercise in air conditioner,more likely you don’t need sports drinks and you are pumping your body full of salts that because you are not sweating enough are hard for your body to process and will make you retain a lot of water. You don’t want that. And yeah… Those extra 28 grams of sugar and 160 calories you could have something yummier with them. Not saying you should eat them all the time but just to put things in perspective, a dark chocolate Snickers bar has 240 calories and 24 grams of sugar. The same amount sports drink have. Of course it has some fat in it but also some protein. You get the point 🙂