The unofficial start of summer is this weekend, so to celebrate here’s a 0 calorie homemade electrolyte drink recipe. With the current heat wave here in the Blue Ridge, our family has really noticed that we’re slowing down.
When you sweat, you loose not only water but sodium and potassium as well. Sodium and potassium are essential for muscle function. In fact, it is the interaction of these two molecules that allow your muscles to move at all! In order to stay hydrated and healthy, particularly if you’re working out, you need to replenish both H2O, potassium and sodium. One easy way is to grab a sports drink or some coconut water. These are both great sources of electrolytes, but in this economy that can get pricey. Not to mention the calorie load that you’re getting. 8 ounces of a sports drink or of coconut water contains about 50 calories. That doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re drinking a lot of it, that adds up. Do note – this is NOT a recovery drink. It only replenishes your electrolytes!
The average 8 oz sports drink contains 110mg of salt, about a pinch. It contains 30 mg of potassium which can be found in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
What’s a good solution? Make your own! It’s surprisingly easy! Here’s the recipe:
Lemon Electrolyte Drink
- 8 oz water (1 cup)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
- pinch of salt
- optional: sweetener of your choice
Mix and enjoy! You can also make this in a larger batch to keep in the fridge, just remix before you drink. Drink plenty, the importance of replenishing your electrolytes cannot be overstated. It’s pretty tasty without sweetener, or use stevia if you want a natural no calorie drink.