Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink

homemade electrolyte drink

Making our own electrolyte drink was a no brainer. We were buying drink mix online and found it to be kind of expensive. JB did a little research on what we would need for our mixture and found out it's easy to make at home, and it's WAY cheaper too. It can be made with the following ingredients:

Salt: aka Sodium: is the most important electrolyte to monitor during training. Sodium is critical for maintaining fluid balance, nerve function, muscle contractions, and acid-base balance.

Baking Soda: aka Sodium Bicarb: sodium bicarbonate buffers lactic acid in the blood and can help delay the onset of fatigue, and enhance endurance capacity.

Calcium & Magnesium: calcium is essential for muscle contractions, magnesium aids in helping muscles relax.

Lemon Juice (NOT from concentrate): It just tastes good... especially with a splash of Lime :) I found this Lemon Juice at The Nutrition Source in West Boylston.

Honey: like sugar, it naturally has equal parts fructose and glucose, but it also contains a handful of antioxidants and vitamins... win win!

Water: Well- because you need it.  You could also use coconut water for those HOT humid days.

So here's how we make it:

  • 3 T. lemon juice (not from concentrate)
  • splash of lime juice (optional- but recommended!)
  • 1/4 t. Himalayan salt
  • 1/8 t. baking soda
  • 1/8 t. calcium & magnesium powder
  • 2 T. Natural Honey
  • Fill your bottle with water and give it a good shake. (It takes a little bit for the honey to dissolve, so if you can make it at least 30 min before your exercise.)

Nutritional info: 120 calories, 34 g Carbohydrates (32g sugar), 45 mg Potassium, 380 mg Sodium Chloride, 150 mg Sodium Bicarbonate, 40 mg calcium, 40 mg magnesium.

I had a bottle on my ride yesterday and it was absolutely perfect...

More news at the home front... we cut our cable- for good! Just more money that was being completely wasted. Paying $130 bucks a month for watching 5-10 channels was insane. This past winter we got the Amazon Fire Stick- which is awesome. We can watch a ton of movies and show series with our Amazon Account, all for around $100 dollars a YEAR. When our house was built a GIGANTIC antenna was installed in the attic. This past weekend JB rigged it to all the T.V's, so now we get Free Channels that actually come in pretty darn good!

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What do you drink for your workouts? Let me know if you try this recipe, and tell me what you think!

Have you ever thought of cutting your cable?

Bye Bye Pool

Happy Friday gang! I'm happy to say that my poison Ivy is finally gone. Now when I see it lurking in the woods I'm all like:

What're your plans for the weekend? JB and I decided to sell the pool, heater and deck- to make room for a fire pit! It's just about all gone. The pool is being picked up this weekend! We decided last year after the summer to take it down. We barely used it, and found it to be more of a hassle than enjoyment. Looking forward to sitting by the fire this summer with some s'mores :)

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Yesterday after a morning workout and errands, I finally washed my car- there was so much pollen! When you can barely see out the window that means it's time to wash it- just in case you needed to know.  I did a little gardening, laundry and some house stuff afterwards. Around 2:30 I had a sudden urge to ride my bike. Just because. I've been missing our old stomping grounds so I ventured that way.

I went a little longer than I thought but it was so nice to get out there! I feel like every year I start the season so slow, then once I get a few consistent rides under my belt I want to ride everyday! Looking forward to a few rides this weekend :)

Sunday night I'm working 7p-3a. It's not going to be so bad because I'm working HADUFF! Heather and I went to nursing school together, and now we're FINALLY.. after 10 years of knowing each other we are going to work together! I'm actually looking forward to work... weird. OH- AND on Monday night I'm working with Kristen! We're back together- once again :)

Heather and I
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Happy Friday! Have a fabulous weekend :)