How to Prepare Homemade Soccer Sports Drinks

Regardless of the debate on whether sports drinks are good or bad for you, no one can deny that athletes need electrolytes to keep themselves energized and replenished while playing sports. Many people are turning their heads away from name-brand sports drinks because they contain high contents of sugar and citric acid. Sugar and citric acid can increase the rate of tooth decay or erosion and can be unhealthy in large quantities. The enormous amounts of sugar in these drinks can also cause an upset stomach, which is the last thing an athlete wants before they are about to play a big game.

An alternative is to create your own electrolyte drinks at home. We found two delicious sports drink recipes that everyone on your team is sure to love! 

Ginger & Lemon Electrolyte Drink: 

Serving Size: 1.5 liters

Ingredients:

  •  ½ liter of ginger water (recipe below)
  • 1 liter of water
  •  juice of 3 small lemons
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Stevia to taste

Ginger Water (Make First)

  • 1 medium-sized ginger root
  • 1 liter of water
  • liquid Stevia, to taste
  1. Cut ginger into large coins, place into a large sauce pan, and add water.
  2. Bring water to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the ginger water steep until cool. After ginger water is cool add liquid Stevia to taste.
  3. Mix the ginger water, lemons, and sea salt all together and store in a container in your fridge. 
  4. Enjoy! 

 

Source: Gabby's Gluten Free

Strawberry Electrolyte Drink: 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp honey, to taste
  1. Toss all the ingredients into a blender and mix together until smooth.
  2. Enjoy! 

 

Check out Everyday Roots for two additional recipes that are a must-try!

Try out one of these recipes and let us know your thoughts! If you have a recipe suggestion please submit it to CrossBonesSports@gmail.com.

P.S. A big thanks to Gabby's Gluten Free and Everyday Roots for providing these awesome recipes!