Natural Homemade Gatorade Recipe

by Chrystal Johnson on April 22, 2013

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Natural Homemade Gatorade RecipeWhen Zoë woke up in the middle of the night throwing up, my first thought was dehydration. Growing up, my mom always gave us Gatorade when we were sick.

However, now that I have my own family and I’m very aware of ingredients, we try to avoid Gatorade simply because it’s a cocktail of chemical junk.

For example, here’s the list of ingredients on “Grape” Gatorade:

Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural grape flavor with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40, Blue 1.

The biggest offenders in this product are GMO sugar and artificial dyes – both things we avoid.

So, I pulled up my trusty Google to figure out how to make a natural, homemade alternative to Gatorade. Wellness Mama had a DIY recipe that looked good, so I made some modifications to it based upon what we have on-hand and our tastes.

I think my homemade Gatorade tastes pretty darn good and much better than Gatorade!

This recipe is great with summer coming up. Instead of tucking a bottle of Gatorade in your kid’s sports bag, try making your own. It’s better for you and will keep you hydrated!

Homemade Gatorade Recipe


  • 3 cups of flavored Kombucha (we used strawberry blueberry)
  • ½ cup organic apple juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Real Salt (or other salt with trace minerals intact)
  • ½ teaspoon Natural Calm magnesium powder (we used Raspberry Lemon)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized mason jar.
  2. Place in fridge to keep chilled until you’re ready to use it.

You can use different liquids like green or herbal tea or various juices, but this is what we had on hand.

If you give this natural, homemade Gatorade recipe a try, let me know what you think!

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
April 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

What if we don’t have Kombucha on hand? Any ideas?
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2 Chrystal Johnson April 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I like Kombucha best because of the added probiotics, but you could also use green tea, herbal tea or coconut water!


3 Sarah UmmYousef
Twitter: NaturesNurture
April 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

This sounds great! We’re just getting into Kombucha so this will be fun! And thanks for the ideas for alternatives as well.
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4 Shai Smith
Twitter: vagabondstudio
April 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

Oooh, this looks yummmy! Thanks for sharing this recipe for homemade gatorade!
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5 Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama April 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I’m pinning this. What a great idea. Get probiotics and replenish fluids after exercise or the flu.
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6 Amanda
Twitter: AmandaWJenkins
May 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

I found a “rehydration salts” alternative to Pedialyte when I Googled a few years ago, but this sounds MUCH more healthful – thank you for posting! I definitely need to explore Kombucha. I bought it bottled once, maybe 5-6 years ago from Whole Foods. “It’s definitely gone bad,” my husband & I decided. I was turned off at the time, but there are so many reasons to try it again. Officially added “MYO Gatoraide” as a summertime goal!


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