Make Your Own Sports Drink

August 31, 2010 // Al Kavadlo

The best way to be sure you’re eating unprocessed foods is to make as many of your own meals and snacks as you can. I’ve been encouraging you to make your own post workout smoothie using natural ingredients, why not do the same thing if you need to refuel during a workout? Why buy commercial sports drinks with all their high fructose corn syrup when you can make your own sports drink sweetened with raw honey?

The Power of Raw Honey

Honey is not just for sweetening foods and drinks, it’s been used for its medicinal power for thousands of years. From the ancient Greeks to modern day scientists, raw honey has been proven time and again to be beneficial to our health. It is full of anti-oxidants as well as vitamins and minerals.

Unfortunately, if you aren’t buying your honey from a trustworthy source, you might be getting (pardon the pun) a raw deal. There are many manufacturers who will add sugar and other sweeteners into their honey in order to cut costs, so BEE-ware!

Sports Drinks are for Athletes!

I recently had the misfortune of watching a guy eating a Subway sandwich while washing it down with a Gatorade. My issues with Subway aside, the flagrant misuse of sport beverages is an atrocity.

The whole purpose of a beverage like Gatorade is to replenish the salts and sugars that you expend while participating in endurance sports (Brawndo’s got electrolytes!). Last time I checked, sitting in the park eating a sandwich doesn’t count.

Regardless, you don’t really need Gatorade at all. If you have the inclination, just make your own sports drink. All you need is some water, raw honey, lemon and sea salt. It’s better for you (no suspicious sweeteners) and it’s a lot cheaper.

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