Have you tried making homemade electrolyte drinks? These DIY thirst quenchers are not only easy to make but also inexpensive. You can make them in you favorite flavors and the best part … knowing exactly what you are putting in your body!
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Last year, I was talking to my cookbook author and a blogger friend, Dr. Karen S Lee, about the cost of buying sports drinks, and all the artificial ingredients in them. Karen is a retired Chiropractor and knows all about the importance of salts, and minerals, a.k.a. electrolytes for our bodies’ homeostasis. She explained to me that our bodies need electrolytes for proper function so it’s very important to replenish the minerals lost during exercise or exertion or if you had a high fever or even after vomiting or diarrhea to prevent dehydration. And the best and easiest way to do this is to have electrolyte drinks with mineral-rich pink Himalayan salt.
We agreed that the store bought “sports drinks” are laden with added sugar, artificial flavors, colors and they are very costly. But what surprised me was that she makes her own electrolyte drinks at home! And since she uses flavors her family likes at a fraction of the cost, she never buys ‘sports drinks’ or electrolyte drinks anymore!
I had no idea you can make your own sports drinks! She also reiterated how important it is to use quality Himalayan salt as not all pink salts are created equal. I totally agree! My boys play sports after school and I love that I can make tastier and healthier drinks for them since I can add natural flavors and sweeteners that they like. This was a game-changing conversation!
Thank you Karen for giving me this amazing idea of making DIY sports drinks and all the insights on the health benefits. Since our talk, I have not gone back to store-bought electrolyte drinks!
As Karen mentioned above, the key ingredient to make the best homemade electrolyte is to use high quality, mineral-rich, pink Himlayan salt. That’s why I love using Shan premium and naturally fortified Virgin Pink™ Himalayan Salt not only in this recipe, but also in breakfast eggs, seafood, etc. to naturally enhance the taste. Not only is it flavorful, but it is also naturally fortified with 84 trace minerals that are essential for our health.
Here are more facts about Shan Pink Himalayan Salt:
- It is a type of rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas. The Khewra salt mine is one of the oldest and largest salt mines in the world
- Chemically similar to table salt containing up to 98 percent sodium chloride. The rest of the salt consists of trace minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These give the salt its light pink tint. These minerals also explain why Himalayan salt tastes different from regular table salt
- Great for cooking, seasoning and preserving foods
- Supports maintaining proper fluid balance, prevents dehydration and also helps prevent low blood pressure
To create a tasty, homemade electrolyte drink simply start with mineral-rich Shan pink Himalayan salt & add any of the following combination of ingredients:
✔️ Liquid – filtered or mineral water, sparkling water, coconut water, green tea, etc
✔️ Natural Flavors – freshly squeezed fruit juices: lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, etc
✔️ Sweetener – honey, pure maple syrup, etc
✔️ Optional flavors – mint, ginger, turmeric, etc
Here are my 3 favorite homemade electrolyte flavors and easy steps to make them:
Lemon Ginger Electrolyte
- Grate ginger and squeeze out the juice using a mesh strainer. You should get about 1 tablespoon of ginger juice. Note: Save the ginger after squeezing out the juice and use it in making ginger chai.
- Add freshly grated ginger juice, freshlemon juice, honey and pink himalayan salt to the ginger juice and whisk together to incorporate everything.
- Add 2 cups of mineral water or sparkling water and mix well. Pour over ice in cups to enjoy immediately or refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
Mint and Lime Electrolyte
- Add mint leaves and pink Himalayan salt to a mixing bowl or a big measuring cup. Press down on the leaves using a muddler until your kitchen fills up with the aromas. You can also add ¼ lime wedge to the cup and press it along with the mint leaves. This will release the flavors and oils from the lime.
- Add sparkling water or coconut water and pour the drink over ice filled cups. Serve immediately.
- Whisk freshly squeezed orange juice and pink himalayan salt.
- Add natural sweetener such as pure maple syrup or honey if making this for kids. Add chilled mineral water or sparkling water, mix well and serve immediately.
Not only has this recipe helped me during sports season, but it has also helped me as a natural medicine to help recover from fever and flu. You can boost your immune system just by adding honey for its antiviral properties, turmeric for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, and citrus fruit juices for vitamin C, the list goes on and on…
Do you enjoy homemade drinks? Here are some of my favorite hot and cold drinks that are on repeat at my home:
- Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
- Best Ginger Tea
- Homemade Pomegranate Juice
- Fresh Watermelon Juice
- Ginger Lemonade
- Easy Mulled Apple Cider
- Aam Ka Panna
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- 2 inch ginger
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 2 cups water mineral water or sparkling water
- 10 to 12 mint leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1 1/2 cups sparkling water
- 1 lime
- ½ cup ice
- 1/2 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
- Grate ginger and squeeze out the juice using a mesh strainer. You should get about 1 tablespoon of ginger juice. Add freshly grated lemon juice, honey and pink himalayan salt to the ginger juice and whisk together to incorporate everything.
- Add 2 cups of plain water, mineral water or sparkling water and mix well. Pour over ice in cups to enjoy immediately or refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
- Add mint leaves and salt to a mixing bowl or a big measuring cup. Press down on the leaves using a muddler until your kitchen fills up with the aromas. You can also add ¼ lime wedge to the cup and press it along with the mint leaves. This will release the flavors and oils from the lime. Add sparkling water and pour the drink over ice filled cups. Serve immediately.
Whisk orange juice and pink himalayan salt. Add natural sweetener such as pure maple syrup or honey if making this for kids. Add chilled mineral water or sparkling water, mix well and serve immediately.
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