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Make your own sports drinks

April 26, 2009

Your legacy - your plastic water bottle will be here long after you are gone

Over the past 4 years of participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, I have heard many people say they do not like Gatorade.  They don’t like the taste – too chemically.

Do you need a sports drink?    According to  Gloria McVeigh, Nutrition News Editor for  Prevention, probably not. Water may be all that you require. You’d have to exercise vigorously for 4 to 6 hours to sweat out enough minerals to require electrolyte-replacement sports drinks, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, RD.  If you’re cutting back on sodium, talk to your doctor before consuming sports drinks;  8 ounces contain about 110 mg.

You can easily make your own sports drink.  You control the ingredients.  No high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors nor flavors that exist only in a chemistry lab.  As an added bonus to a drink you will enjoy, you will save a lot of money. The recipe below will cost about 6 cents for a 20 ounce sports bottle’s worth of fluid, a whopping savings over the $1 or more you would pay for a bottle of Gatorade or Powerade at the store.

Basic Sports Drink
• 1 quart (32 oz) or 1 liter water
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon table salt
• Flavoring to taste – orange juice, lemon juice, etc.


In addition to all the benefits listed above, you will be doing the environment a big favor.  By using a reusable sport bottle, there will be one less plastic bottle sitting in a landfill for the next 1,000 years until it decomposes.

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