There are times when a hydration drink with electrolytes and carbs may benefit your child. If your child participates in prolonged strenuous activities such as long distance running, or high intensity activities like soccer or basketball, football, etc you may want to consider something more than water.
For those of you who feel like water may just not be quite enough for your child, but don’t want them drinking artificial sweeteners and other additives, try making your own hydration drink!
There are a few nutrients that you want to include when trying to replenish your stores after strenuous prolonged exercise. Carbohydrate for energy, potassium, sodium, and magnesium and the main electrolytes needed. Coconut water is a great natural source of electrolytes. It is low in calories making it a great natural hydration drink on its own. Coconut water does have a very distinct and unique flavor which some kids might not like. I personally love the flavor, and drink it straight from the bottle. For our hydration drink however, we added 100% juice in order to enhance the flavor and also add some carbs for energy.
This Natural Hydration Drink Recipe is as simple as pouring your ingredients in a blender, and blending for a minute! This recipe makes about 1 quart of hydration drink. If you feel like it needs a little sweetness, raw honey is a great choice for this drink. Honey is comprised of mainly glucose and fructose, and studies have shown it to be a great carbohydrate source for performance athletes.
You can make a double batch of this and store in mason jars in your fridge for those times when you need to grab it and go.
3 cups of coconut water
1 cup 100% juice
1 cup ice
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon raw honey
Squeeze of lime and orange (optional)
Put all ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend for 1 minutes. Pour into containers and enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later. Will stay good in the fridge for 1 week.