If you like to test your mettle with grueling sweat-fests in the summertime, then you know the importance of staying hydrated: sweat steals your precious water stores fast, and stopping a great workout because you’re too weak and dizzy to keep going is nobody’s idea of fun. But you also don’t have to depend on “sports drinks” that are more sugar than water to keep your energy up: here’s a Paleo version that does the job right and tastes delicious, to boot.
Here’s a comparison of the electrolyte contents of the Paleo version to a familiar face: Gatorade.
|This recipe (1 serving)||Gatorade (1 bottle, 20 fl. oz.)|
|Sodium||409mg (if you use salt)||238mg|
|Sugar content||16 grams||32 grams|
More of the good stuff, with half the sugar! (And yes, sodium counts as “the good stuff” – it’s not dangerous anyway, and if you’re sweating, you absolutely need to replace the sodium you lose to prevent a potentially dangerous condition called hyponatremia). The watermelon version also has several other vitamins and minerals (notably Vitamin C), while the Gatorade is basically sugar water with not much of anything else.
You could blend this drink together before you head out for your workout, and just leave it in the fridge until you get back (or pop it in the freezer if you feel like a Slushie). Then when you stagger in covered in sweat and glory, you won’t have to haul out the blender and start chopping watermelon, but you’ll still have a recovery drink that gives you everything your body needs, with none of the junk.
Watermelon Sport Drink Recipe
- 1 cup coconut water;
- 1 cup watermelon, cut into cubes;
- Juice from half a lime;
- Pinch of sea salt; (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until everything is smooth and serve.