Make Your Own Lemonade Sports Drink
I wanted a sports drink for my longer run on Saturday. In Friday’s fitness post, a commenter reminded me that I need to replenish glycogen stores during runs as they get longer. The thought of buying Gatorade and having my children see its bright and enticing colours in the fridge was not appealing.
Found this site.
Adapted this recipe.
And came up with the following very tasty and refreshing drink.
- It has flavour and acid from the lemon.
- It has sea salt to replenish salt stores lost through sweat.
- It has agave nectar to replace glycogen stores in muscles.
- The original recipe contained a tsp of coconut oil (to help deliver nutrients to their intended destinations in the body).
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so in freezing temperatures it is hard. It did not make it out of the bottle and I will leave this out in future. I’m not running long enough to need the fat.
Lemonade (or Lemon-Lime) Sports Drink
2 tbsp lemon juice (you could add lime too)
1 tbsp agave nectar (you could use honey, but the agave nectar is not as “fast” a carb and might fuel you a little longer)
2 c water
sea salt to taste (I made sure I could taste the salt without it being overpowering)
Measure and mix all the ingredients. Refrigerate and enjoy.