I have converted many Gatorade drinkers. Yes it’s true. Every time I give a nutriton presentation to a sports team, I bring my famous LemonAid for them to sample. Kids and coaches alike are always surprised that you can make a homemade sports drink that costs pennies and tastes this good. Now, you may ask why should you bother to make a drink from scratch when you can just buy a bottle of Gatorade? Well, let me count the ways.
- The cost. A bottle of Gatorade costs on average $1.49. Making your hoemade sports drink costs less than half that.
- The Sugar. Each bottle of Gatorade contains 14 grams of sugar
- The High Fructose Corn Syrup (labelled on the bottle as glucose-fructose syrup). HFCS is a highly processed sweetener that has been linked to so many health conerns, I don’t even know where to begin. From increased risk of obesity to liver failure, dementia and heart disease to name a few.
- The Artificial Food Dyes. Gatorade contains various artificial food dyes, including yellow #5, which has been shown to cause allergic reactions and hyperactivity in some individuals.
- The Artificial flavours. Manufacturers are not required to disclose what ingredients make up thier artificial flavours so its impossible to know exactly what they are made out of. Artifical strawberry flavour for example, is made up of more than 50 different ingredients and some artifical flavours contain as many as 100 different chemicals! Artificial flavours (as opposed to natural flavours) are derived from anything that is inedible (like petroleum). Here is a great explanation of the difference between a natural and artificial flavours.
Luckily, thanks to this teen, Gatorade removed Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) from their list of ingredients in 2013. BVO contains bromine, an ingredient in flame retardants that is known to cause hormonal, neurological and reproductive complications and has been linked to skin lessions, memory loss and nerve disorders. What I find crazy is that it was there in the first place!
So, in order to provide you with a healthy alternative to store bought sports drinks like Gatorade, I have created this simple energy drink that is refreshing and will aid you in recovering after a long workout.
LemonAid Energy DrinkPrint This
- 2 c filtered water
- 1 roobios tea bag
- 1/8 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/8 c freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- pinch of sea salt
- Squeeze lemon and lime into a medium sized mason jar and set aside.
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add roobios tea bag.
- Let steep for 10-15 minutes then remove tea bag.
- Pour tea into the mason jar and add honey and sea salt. Stir until honey dissolves.
- Allow to cool, then seal the mason jar and transfer to the fridge. Let chill for at least 2 hours.
- Enjoy cold. Can be diluted with additional cold water if desired.
- The LemonAid can be stored in your fridge in an airtight container for 7-10 days.