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December 28, 2007

Homemade Energy Drink

Ironically, I saw on television last night a recipe for homemade energy drinks (like gatorade or pedialite) which replaces electrolytes when someone is dehydrated. These are good recipes to have on hand for when someone is sick and the pedialite in the cupboard is from 2004 (really it was). Or for those sport days when you need to replace fluids.

The important thing about the drinks is that you need potassium (the orange juice) and the sodium (salt). It's also important to use boiling water where indicated. I think recipe 2 and 3 look best.

Basic Recipe 1

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 9 tbs. Sugar

  • 3/8 tsp Salt

  • Water to 2 liters


  • Recipe 2

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup boiling water

  • 1/4 cup orange juice (not concentrate) or 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3-3/4 cups cold water


    • 1. In the bottom of a pitcher, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water.
      2. Add the juice and the remaining water; chill.

    Yield: 1 quart


    Recipe 3

  • 1 caffeine-free lemon tea bag

  • Water

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons orange juice


    • Bring 16 ounces of water to a boil.
      Steep lemon tea bag.
      Dissolve sugar and salt in the tea and let cool.
      Combine the tea and orange juice and chill.

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    1 Comments:

    At June 3, 2009 at 9:39 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Try agave nectar (natural sweetener made from the agave cactus - like honey but lighter) instead of sugar. It has a low glycemic index reading and won't spike blood sugar like refined sugar does.

     

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