Homemade "Gatorade" (Vitamin C, Electrolytes, and Hydration Boost)
Updated: Mar 14
Sports drinks are a great recovery aid but they are often packed full of artificial colors, flavors, and way too much sugar from sources like high fructose corn syrup. This homemade recipe is lower in sugar, high in electrolytes like potassium and sodium, vitamin C, and it is a great hydration aid.
What you will need:
Orange juice or pineapple juice (choose 100% juice with no added sugar or other ingredients)
Unflavored coconut water
Himalayan pink salt
[Optional] Fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice
Coconut water adds potassium, sodium, and magnesium which helps with hydration, the Himalayan pink salt adds more sodium to help restore electrolytes and increases your thirst so that you drink more water, and orange juice adds fruity flavor, sugar for restoring energy, and vitamin C. You can also use pineapple juice but it contains less vitamin C. Make sure to use juice that has no added sugar or other ingredients.
Add all your ingredients to a glass and stir to dissolve the salt. I also like to make mine ahead of time and set it in the fridge in order to let the salt dissolve.
Add a squeeze of lemon or lime if you would like, and enjoy it chilled.
1/2 cup 100% orange juice OR pineapple juice
1/2 cup coconut water
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Juice of half of a lime or lemon
Simply add your liquids to a cup, then add your pinch of salt. Stir everything together.
Let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes or more to let the salt dissolve completely. Stir one more time.
Enjoy chilled with ice.