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DIY & Save: Mix Your Own Sports Drinks

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Rehydrate this summer without emptying your wallet. If you or your kids go through lots of Gatorade or Powerade-type sports drinks, the price really does add up ... even if you buy in bulk. Consider making your own rehydration drinks to save a few much-needed dollars!

The cheapest option has to be the OJ-based recipe tested out at the blog, Cheap Eats. This version uses orange juice, sugar, salt and water. That's it. The result? Um, not so great -- the blogger dubs it "Orange Flavored Ocean." On the other hand, it costs just 18 cents for two liters!

A recent blog post in The New York Times provides another very basic sports drink recipe. This one is courtesy of Nancy Clark, a dietician, sports nutritionist and author. It's just sugar, salt, orange juice, a dash of lemon juice, and water. Maybe the fresh lemon juice would make this one a little more drinkable?

The Gastrokid blog gets a tad more creative, using fresh lemon and lime juice and, in the place of fructose or even plain old sugar, uses agave nectar to sweeten the brew. A dash of natural food coloring is recommended to enhance the kid-appeal factor.

Personally? I prefer old-fashioned water. However, if you or your family do rely on sports drinks and want to save a buck -- and if you are OK that they aren't going to taste exactly like the big name brands -- these recipes are real cash-friendly thirst quenchers!


  • Sonya

    I found a great substitute for a sports drink that is natural - its coconut water. Its low in sugar and has all the electrolytes your body needs. Please check out more info Thanks!

  • brthomas

    Sports drinks are better than water for vigorous sports events or workouts that last more than an hour. Diluting any fruit juice to the desired sugar concentration produces homemade, natural sports drinks including all of the nutritional value from the fruit juice. These DIY drinks taste great and don't require addition of any extra refined sugar.

    If the correctly diluted fruit juices are too bland, then stevia can be used for sweetening & flavor enhancement.

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