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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Homemade Sports Drinks

As we approach the summer months and H-O-T weather I need something to keep my girls hydrated.  My girls love Sports Drinks, but they are so expensive for the amount the girls would need.  So, I found a recipe for homemade Sports Drinks at Stay Fueled.com

It is easy to create your own natural, homemade 6% carbohydrate beverage for use at practice in place of using Powerade or Gatorade.

In general, a 6% carbohydrate beverage can be made by diluting your athletes’ favorite juice to half juice/half water and adding ½ teaspoon of salt per gallon. The addition of salt in the recipe is actually necessary to help the body absorb the fluid at practice and replace the salt lost in sweat. This keeps muscles firing at their best even at the end of a 4 hour practice! Remember to plan ahead so your gymnast does not run short at practice. Your athlete should be consuming a one gallon recipe over the course of 2-3 practices so you may need to make about 2 gallons per week!

Pick your favorite 100% juice and add it to a 1 gallon pitcher. Fill the rest of the pitcher with water and then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Stir well and then refrigerate.

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