By Dr. Marika Berni, ND
Do you have kids playing sports this summer? Opt for creating your own natural electrolyte drink!
As summer sports get into full swing I thought it would be a great opportunity to try to create an alternative sports drink for my kids to have after their activities, or even just after a hot and sweaty day. Is it possible to make something that is not fluorescent blue but still tasted good enough for my kids to drink it? I enlisted my twelve year old daughter, who is presently obsessed with cooking shows to help me.
- The juice of one or two lemons
- The juice of one orange
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup filtered water or your can just use 2 cups coconut water if you prefer.
- ½ cup other juice of your choice (100% apple, cranberry, grape, pineapple)
- 1-2 Tbsp organic honey (depending on how sweet your kids like it)
Mix all the ingredients in a container, and chill. Serve in small, individual mason jars.
Why do we want to avoid commercial electrolyte drinks?
Besides the obvious artificial colouring, (which has been linked to behavioural issues in children), these drinks can contain excessive amounts of sugar and sucralose, which can also impact your child’s mood, and behaviour and can lead to obesity.
The benefits of becoming your own sports drink mixologist are that you can control the amount of sugar your child gets and ensure it is from natural sources. Coconut water is a natural electrolyte supplier, providing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. The Himalayan sea salt provides multiple trace minerals. Citrus fruit juice provides vitamins such as vitamin C and electrolytes.
To make this more interesting in the summer time, consider making homemade popsicles for a fun summer treat!
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