Homemade Sports Drink Recipes

Homemade Sports Drink Recipes
After a particularly calorie-torching session, sometimes water just won’t hit the spot. You’ve lost an important amount of electrolytes during that killer sweat session, making it essential to replenish nutrients. Some store-bought energy drinks can add up, in both dollars and calories. So we hit the kitchen and rounded up our favorite homemade sports drinks. From citrus-based workout drinks to a quick and easy DIY “Gatorade,” we’ve got something for every athlete on-the-go.

Cranberry-Maple Sports Drink Recipe
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High in vitamin C, this cranberry sports drink provides a tangy option to replenish depleted electrolytes. Maple syrup and star anise blend for a sweet and savory flavor combination.

Coconut Watermelon Workout Drink
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Not only can watermelon can help reduce muscle soreness after a tough workout, it’s also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps promotes a healthy heart. Mixed with lime and coconut water, this is one flavor-packed drink that tastes nothing like what you’d find in a bottle.

DIY Chia Sports Drink
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Chia seed drinks are delicious, expensive…and chewy. They’re not for everyone, but if a drink with nothing to chomp on is like a day without sunshine, opt for this super easy (and nutrient-packed!) drink. Combined with your favorite juice, the mix of sugars, healthy fat and protein will hold you over for hours.

Tart-Cherry Lemon Sports Drink
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Tart cherry juice has been shown to aid in muscle recovery — and make our lips pucker in delight! This homemade drink mixes the tangy fruit juice with lemon and honey for a quick hit of carbs, sodium and potassium to fuel hungry muscles.

DIY Organic Gatorade
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If you only eat all-organic everything, most regular sports drinks will likely be a shock to your system. Combine organic coconut water with organic lemons and oranges for a sports drink with no added chemicals.