Monday, July 2, 2012
Easy-peasy healthy sports drink
Forget purchased sports drinks. They are full of lab-created ingredients and are just bad for you. For heaven's sake, don't allow your growing children to drink them! Here is a healthy alternative to keep the entire family hydrated in the summer's heat.
You need lots of limes. Lemons work, too, but limes are usually cheaper.
You need something to get the juice out of the limes. This is an old-fashioned solution that works great.
This is even better....this little gadget cost about ten bucks and is worth every penny. I found it at a restaurant supply store in the bar section. I can squeeze a lot of limes in very little time with this puppy.
Freeze ahead in ice cube trays.
Or to avoid plastic, put enough for a couple of days in a glass jar in the fridge.
I use the juice of half a lime, or one frozen cube, to make a quart of refreshing flavored water. I use about a half dropperful of liquid stevia extract and a shake of sea salt. For a rehydrating sports drink, you can use a small teaspoon of raw wildflower honey and a pinch of good sea salt, such as Redmond Real Salt or Celtic Salt.
This won't taste exactly like Gatorade because you won't be adding sucrose syrup, glucose fructose syrup, ester gum, monopotassium phosphate, yellow 5, red 40, or blue 1. Or anything else that your great grandmother wouldn't recognize.
When limes are on sale for a buck for eight of them, this costs less than a dime for a quart. Compare that to a buck a quart for the "other" sports drink, and you just saved yourself a nice bundle of change. This now makes lime squeezing pay a pretty good hourly wage. If it takes 20 minutes to squeeze 8 limes, each making two quarts of sports drink, you just made yourself a handy $48 per hour wage. Add what you'd pay in taxes if you had to earn that and then spend it at the store, you can up that hourly wage to about $70 or so per hour. Got time to squeeze some fruit? Sure you do!
Besides, it is absolutely delicious!