My husband is a career firefighter. As part of his job, he requires a complete physical once a year. Fitness is a pretty important part of his job.
One of the ways he stays in shape is by biking to work (20 to 40 miles). On bike days he likes to replace his lost electrolytes (via perspiration) with a healthy sports drink.
I wanted to try my hand at making a DIY simple electrolyte drink. After all, I had made my own labor-aid drink in preparation for childbirth. How complicated could this be, right?
The Creative Process
First, I tried to slip some antioxidant green tea by my husband because “it’s good for you.” To say this was not met with cheers would be an understatement. Green tea was definitely a no go.
He hated it.
Then again, he is NOT a tea drinker so I don’t know what I was thinking.
My first successful recipe was made with peach juice (which is not his favorite juice). His verdict was “it’s okay.” It was progress.
So far, my hubby’s favorite version of this DIY sports drink is the one I made with Dynamo juice from Trader Joe’s which costs under $4 for a half a gallon container.
Dynamo is a blend of five fruit juices: white grape, pineapple, orange, apple, and lemon. It is fortified with twelve vitamins and some calcium.
My husband used to suffer from severe cramping after exercising. For this reason, he wanted me to add a magnesium supplement to my original electrolyte drink recipe.
The magnesium I use comes in powder form and is called Calms.
Since most of us are magnesium deficient and magnesium supplementation has greatly helped my hubby, I thought it was a pretty good idea on his part.
Calms does fizz but my husband says he doesn’t mind it. This is an optional ingredient and you may choose to omit it. It’s really a personal choice.
While buying a pre-made electrolyte drink cost about $4 a bottle, how does making my DIY simple electrolyte drink compare?
My cost (including the added magnesium supplement) is less than 50 cents for a quart!
The Moment of Truth
While I like to make my own electrolyte drink, and it’s fairly simple, I don’t always do it.
Life happens and I get lazy or too busy. We’ve found a wonderful electrolyte replacement drink which we all love (even the kids). It is called Ultima and comes in many various flavors and sizes.
My husband keeps some in his locker at the fire station. I also give some to my kiddos when they are under the weather even though my oldest daughter favors the homemade electrolyte version.
Notes and Tips
You will need one cup of pure juice.
So far some of our favorite juices are strawberry lemonade, cranberry raspberry, plain blueberry, lemon ginger echinacea, blackberry crush, black raspberry, and lemonade (all from Trader Joe’s). We also enjoy some Lakewood Juices: blueberry, dark cherry, and others.
You will need three cups of another liquid. Pure water is obviously a great choice.
Other good choices are green tea, herbal tea, and/or coconut water. These are personal choices.
DIY Simple Electrolyte Drink
I use a quart-size wide mouth Mason jar (which comes with a straw!) in order to make this electrolyte drink.
Pour the juice into the jar.
Add the sugar and salt.
Place a lid securely on top of the jar and shake it until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
Remove the lid and slowly add the water.
Add Calms if you choose just before drinking but keep in mind that Calms fizzes and will make the level of your juice expand quite a bit.
Makes one quart.