Thursday, July 22, 2010

Homemade Gatorade

Our kids (and husbands) love Gatorade. And in this hot summer weather, getting plenty of fluids is important. But buying it at the store can get a bit pricey. So we've looked around and found some great homemade recipes that taste exactly the same with comparable nutritional content as the commercial brand. This one came from Children's Memorial Hospital - you can't get more reputable that that!

What You Need:
  • 32 oz water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 packet unsweetened Koolaid
  • *optional: 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or 1/2 cup fruit juice (if adding fruit juice, reduce sugar to 3 Tbsp.)
Mix all your ingredients together, chill, and enjoy! And as you can see from the info below, the nutritional content of the homemade sports drink vs. Gatorade is pretty comparable, although if you are going to Participate in extreme, prolonged exercise (like marathons), the homemade version is not recommended.

Comparison of Nutritional Content:
16 oz Gatorade: 28 gm carbohydrate, 220 mg sodium*, 60 mg potassium, 104 cals

16 oz homemade: 26 gm carbohydrate, 288 mg sodium*, 40 mg potassium**, 100 cals

**adding the 1/2 cup of fruit juice would add about 150-250 mg potassium**

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22 comments:

  1. Holy knock off Gatorade Batman! I spend sooooo much money on this stuff I can't wait to try this. You may have just saved me a TON of money, as we buy one of the huge canisters every week.

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  2. Interesting, I'll have to give this a try as there are some Gatorade addicts over here too.

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  3. How totally clever! It does cost a fortune so we don't buy it. But we have Koolaid!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks so much! Hubby LOVES Gatorade and I hate the expense - we have just started an exercise program, so this will help SO much!

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  5. Ya'll just saved me so much money!

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  6. Fabulous! Thanks for sending along! I posted tonight at Edible Crafts. (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com)

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  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will have to try it out. I will be linking to your recipe.

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  8. How clever. I'll have to give it a try.

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  9. Oh this is a good one, my husband uses a lot of this stuff!

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  10. I make homemade gatorade all of the time. I love that I can make it not only cheaper but without the high fructose corn syrup! My recipe is slightly different but yummy. To two quarts of water, add one koolaid packet, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup orange juice. I make a double batch and we love all of the lemonade flavors. thanks for posting this!

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  11. Great idea! That's one way to get those kiddo's to drink in this hot weather!
    And...why on God's green earth do you not have my featured button posted? :)

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  12. Great idea!!!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

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  13. My oldest is in training now and going through gallons of this stuff! Bless you, bless you for a homemade version!

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  14. I don't know if that went through! We will be getting alot of use out of your recipe thanks for posting it!!! I featured it check it out and grab a button!!!
    http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2010/07/homemade-gatorade.html

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  15. Thank you ... we made it & it was fabulous!

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  16. Thanks so much! I'm definitely going to try this!

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  17. Thank you so much for this! I can't wait to give it a try...but I only have sweetened Kool-Aid. I'm wondering if I can decrease the added sugar to make up the difference? Anyone know?

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  18. Very, very interesting, re the nutritional info. I make my own version of Gatorade...ish, with lemon juice and sea salt, and OJ, if I feel I need the carbs (mostly I just need the sodium and water) but when I really, really need to rehydrate, I buy the real stuff, with the artificial colors, etc. Bleah. (Gatorade, btw, doesn't have HFC anymore in their "perform" formula, at least in the majority of flavors, so that is one worry down.) I have never been sure I was getting enough salts, etc, with my homemade stuff, so I felt more comfortable with the storebought kind. No more, baby! I see homemade is just about the same, thanks to you! :D

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  19. I've made this a couple of times now since I saw it and my Son loves it. Thanks again!

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  20. We aren't able to get Gatorade where we're at, so thanks so much for posting this! I'll give it a try.

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  21. I've made Cool-Ade hydration sports drinks using a recipe similar to yours. Fruit juice sports drinks can also be homemade by precisely diluting juices to give the precise sugar concentration needed in a sports drink. My apple cider sports drink recipe is one of my favorite flavors.

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