Make Your Own Sports Drink For Just Pennies

Make Your Own Sports Drink For Just Pennies

Sarah Rae Smith
Jul 29, 2010

There's no denying it's extra hot outside and when your summer activities have no end in sight, kids get thirsty! Although we're all carrying our BPA free water bottle full of ice cold water, sometimes a little extra boost can be a great thing. Check out this recipe for homemade sports drink and give your kids electrolytes without the high overhead cost!

Even though we normally keep our recipes to the kitchen, we know many parents turn to sports drinks when they're on the go. Kids play a ridiculous amount of sports or spend all day at the beach and need a little refueling the same way we do. Your body looses electrolytes in the form of sodium and potassium so making a brew that adds them back in keeps the blood pumping and all things chill.

Although it won't make your home any cleaner or your paint your walls for you, we are all about saving money where we can and we know this is a large market for many when you're trying to avoid sodas when you're on the go during the smokin' hot summer months!

Here's what you'll need:
32 oz water
3 Tablespoons of sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 packet Koolaid (unsweetened)
1/2 cup fruit juice (can be concentrated, ensure mixed well prior to use)

Simply mix and go, you have a brand new gallon of Sports Drink in your fridge or less than the cost of a single bottle from the gas station or grocery store. It's enough to mix into large coolers (the kind with the spout) for an entire team to enjoy or for a large gathering of family and friends!

You can check out more of the nutritional information of how this compares to the standard bottle of Gatorade over at Homemade Mamas.

(Image: Flickr member madaise licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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