Homemade Sports (electrolyte) Drink

Something we all are aware of is that during exercise our bodies lose electrolytes along with water through sweat. Often times people will pick up a sports drink, such as Gatorade, to remedy the problem. The unfortunate thing is that most sports drinks contain a crazy amount of sugar and artificial ingredients.

When electrolytes become off balance we can experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Trembling
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Stiff or aching joints
  • And more…

Electrolytes include calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium and sodium. Maintaining a good balance results from the particular foods and drinks we consume combined with our activity level, weather and any illness we might be fighting. You can also throw off your electrolyte balance by drinking TOO MUCH water believe it or not. 

 Here is a natural electrolyte recipe that you can use and allows you to choose just how you want yours to taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart liquid (water, coconut water, green tea, etc.)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt (this kind includes particular trace minerals but regular table salt will work)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed calcium magnesium tablets or powder*
  • 1/4 cup natural fruit juice (lemon, lime, pineapple, Apple, etc)
  • 1-2 Tbsp sweetener* (honey, stevia)

*these ingredients are optional

Directions:

  • Slightly warm your base liquid in order for other ingredients to dissolve well
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix or shake very well
  • Store in fridge until needed 

I made mine using a mixture of lemon and lime juice and honey for the sweetener. I also added the calcium magnesium powder as magnesium is something I personally don’t get enough of (calcium is needed for magesium absorption). I also garnished it with a mint leaf. 

  
I had mine after a hard 5 mile run and felt like it really helped me bounce back quicker. I’ll be using this more for sure!

Here’s to happier, healthier ways to do things! 

xoxo, Jess

Homemade Greek Yogurt Pops

Who doesn’t love a creamy popcicle? Is that what these are? Maybe a creamcicle? Anyhoo….they make for a delicious and healthy treat! Simple ingredients (heck there are only 3!), cheap to make and perfect for a sweet something when you’re having a craving but offers something that you can feel good about.

  
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fruit (we used strawberries and bananas)
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (we used vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp honey

Directions:

Blend fruit & honey in a food processor or blender. We left ours slightly chunky, but you can blend yours more to make it more smooth if desired. 

  
Gently stir in Greek yogurt. Pour or spoon mixture into popcicle molds and freeze about 6 hours. They come out of the molds easier if they are frozen solid (I tried at around 4 hours and that did not work out so well). 

**we got a cheap set of popcicle molds at TJ Maxx**

  
Run the mold under warm water in order to loosen the frozen pop from mold and get your treat outa there and into your mouth! 

Next we will try layering the fruit and yogurt rather than mixing and see how that turns out!

Enjoy!

xoxo, Jess