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What’s in a Sports Drink?

Make your own sports drink, will save you money.

Making your own sports drink, will save you money.
Ellie Lane, ©2020, Clemson Extension

There are many kinds of commercial sports drinks on the market. Gatorade® is probably the most popular. But you can also make your own at home. This will save you lots of money if you work outdoors in hot weather, are a frequent exerciser, or an athlete with long workouts and training days. Here’s an easy recipe that you can use to make your own.

Lemon-lime Sports Drink

1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of salt substitute (like NoSalt® or NuSalt®)
2 ½ tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute

Orange Sports Drink

1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of salt substitute (like NoSalt® or NuSalt®)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute

Combine all ingredients. Stir well. Store 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

For more information, see HGIC 4378, Hydrate in the Heat.

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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