I created this healthy and easy DIY electrolyte sports drink mainly with hubs in mind and from a recipe for a labor-aid drink (yes, as in when you are giving birth).
My husband is a career firefighter and fitness is pretty important in his job. Every year, he is required to submit to a complete and extensive physical. His preferred way to stay in shape is to bike to and from work (20 to 40 miles, one way). On bike days, he likes to replace his lost electrolytes (via perspiration) with a healthy sports drink.
How complicated could it be to make my own drink at a fraction of the cost?
Easy DIY Electrolyte Sports Drink
The Creative Process
In the first batch, I tried to slip some antioxidant green tea by hubs simply because “it’s good for you.” To say his response was less than enthusiactic would be a gross understatement.
Green tea was definitely a no go.
“It tastes like bark and twigs.”
He hated it.
My first successful attempt was made with peach juice (which is not his favorite juice but was “drinkable”). His verdict was still a vast improvement over the tea experiment and was received with a dispassionate “it’s okay.”
This WAS progress.
So far, hubs’ favorite version of this DIY electrolyte sports drink is the one I made with the Dynamo juice from Trader Joe’s. A bottle 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.
Third Test Plus
On occasion, my husband suffers 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 he says he doesn’t mind it. This is an optional ingredient and you may choose to omit it. It’s really a personal choice.
Easy DIY Electrolyte Sports Drink
While buying a pre-made electrolyte drink is convenient, it is not super cost effective. A bottle costs about $4 a bottle,
How does making my DIY electrolyte sports drink compare?
Really well actually!
My cost (including the added magnesium supplement) was less than 50 cents for a quart!
Not bad. At. All.
While I first designed this recipe for hubs, I have found DIY electrolyte sports drink very invaluable during illnesses. My daughter likes to drink it when she has been working outside with the horses and she feels a bit dehydrates.
I have effectively used this drink when kids have tummy bugs as well.
The Moment of Truth
While I would like to say I always make my own electrolyte drink as it’s fairly simple to do (as well as cheap), I don’t always do so.
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 favorite flavor is cherry pomegranate. Another favorite flavor is obtained by mixing equal parts of raspberry and lemonade.
- 20 0.12oz packets
- 10 0.12oz packets
We keep some of this powder on hand at home. Hubs keeps some in his locker at the fire station.
Notes and Tips for DIY Simple Electrolyte Sports Drink:
You will need one cup of pure juice of good quality.
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 (unless you are hubs), herbal tea, and/or coconut water. These are personal choices.
DIY Simple Electrolyte Sports Drink: The Recipe
I use a quart-size wide-mouth Mason jar (mine comes with a straw!) in order to make this DIY electrolyte sports drink.
Pour the juice into the jar.
Add the sugar and the salt.
Place the lid securely on top of the jar and shake the jar until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
Remove the lid and slowly add the water to your juice mix.
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.
- 1 cup pure juice
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt
- 3 cups clean water
- 2 tablespoons sweetener of your choice
- Optional: 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Calms magnesium
- I use a quart-size wide-mouth Mason jar (mine comes with a straw!) in order to make this DIY electrolyte sports drink.
- Pour the juice into the jar.
- Add the sugar and the salt.
- Place the lid securely on top of the jar and shake the jar until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
- Remove the lid and slowly add the water to your juice mix.
- 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.