For today’s meal prep tip, we will show you how to make Gatorade using ingredients you may already have in your cabinets at home. The best part: it only costs $0.50 to make!
Gatorade was originally created to help athletes replenish electrolytes that they lost through sweat. The earliest version had only the simple ingredients of water, sodium, sugar, potassium, phosphate, and lemon juice. However, researchers wanted to create a more commercialized product and since then has evolved into the sports drink we all know today. Although Gatorade is a great product to replenish your electrolytes, there are TONS of sugar and artificial coloring being added to their recipe.
As meal preppers, we must BE AWARE of what we are putting into our mouths!
If you are looking for a great way to make more bang for your buck, here is a SIMPLE, ‘do it yourself’ version of Gatorade that will replenish your electrolytes all for the cost of less than 50 cents! See our meal prep tip below.
$0.50 Gatorade Recipe
What you need:
- 1 Cup Water
- ½ Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Pinch of Sea Salt (we recommend Himalayan salt)
- Note: this is your sodium
- 1Tsp. Of Honey
Note: this is your sugar
Optional for flavoring: orange juice or coconut water (this is your potassium)
Other optional additions: ginger, apple cider vinegar, lime, tea
What is an electrolyte and why does our body need it?
Simply put, an electrolyte is a small electrical current that makes sure our body is working properly. An electrolyte is made when a compound ionizes the solution it is in, such as salt being in water. When dissolved in water, it can conduct an electric current that transmits electrical impulses along nerves for muscle contraction. It also allows us to perform bioelectrical functions in our body such as moving, heart-beating, thinking and seeing.