When 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)
- Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized mason jar.
- 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.