Homemade gatorade or sports drinks are the best. We like to have both options available to the kids. We have a busy active family of five and we live in a sunny and humid state. My kids play sports and my husband is currently biking to work everyday. There is a lot of sugar or fake sugar in store bought gatorade. My kids are sensitive to high fructose corn syrup. High fructose is in so many things now so we have to be careful when shopping for food and beverages. We use healthy alternatives to the sugary sports drinks in our home. The toughest ingredient to find is the cultured whey. I have to go to a local farm or health food store to find raw kefir or raw yogurt (the liquid part at the top is the liquid whey). It is also the most important ingredient. The cultured whey is packed with the healthy rehydrating parts of homemade gatorade – packed with probiotics, antioxidants (grape juice), potassium, calcium, and other minerals. No HFCS. No food dye.
1 cup Organic Grape Juice (4th ranked fruit for antioxidant content)
1/2 cup whey- liquid whey from raw yogurt or raw kefir
1 cup Filtered water
Pour 3 ingredients together in a mason jar. Keep in refrigerator. That’s it! Sometimes I increase the whey, but just remember that it helps to clean out toxins so start slow if you are not used to it. The boys can’t even notice the taste of the fermented whey and the grape juice does a great job of hiding it. This is also a great homemade gatorade recipe for after the flu or a stomach virus. Rehydration is really important after a bad illness and so it is another thing I like to have on hand and ready to go. Let me know what you favorite homemade gatorade recipe are and if your kids like them. 🙂
Simple. Tastes great. Healthy.
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