If you, or your kids, enjoy any kind of sports or athletic events, there is certainly a time when water alone just doesn’t quite cut it.
Even water with lemon or lime gets boring after a while, and when you need to rehydrate, you often need added electrolytes.
Before you stop by the store for a Gatorade on the way to the game, try making your own natural version! It is easy, just as fast, and a lot more healthy.
Regular Gatorade contains: Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural grape flavor with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40, Blue 1. (This is from a picture of the grape flavored Gatorade label).
While re-hydrating is important for your health, are the monopotassium phosphate, mystery “natural flavors” and artificial dyes really necessary?
- NPR – Some Athletes Reject High-Tech Sports Fuel In Favor Of Real Food
- The Atlantic – The Controversial Science of Sports Drinks
So for times when more than just water is needed for hydration (softball games, triathlons, labor, etc.), you can make your own version, which is more natural… unlike Gatorade or Powerade.