There are three things your body needs to keep muscles going strong throughout a workout: hydration, carbohydrates, and sodium. Water keeps our whole body working efficiently and without enough of it we are more likely to get injured and feel fatigued. Carbs are the main fuel source your muscles burn through and sodium is the key electrolyte lost in sweat, so it’s important to replace them. This #SuperSwap has natural sugar from oranges and none of the added sugars and artificial colors commonly found in sports drinks.
Time: 2 minutes | Servings: 1 (8 ounces)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
- 1/16 teaspoon sea salt
Mix: In a sports bottle, mix water, juice, and salt. If you squeeze your own OJ, it will take one to two oranges to get 1/2 cup of juice.
Hangover helper: Most of the symptoms of a hangover relate to dehydration, so this natural sports drink will help on the occasions where you have over-celebrated. You can also add a 1/2 teaspoon of matcha tea powder —the caffeine can help with headaches and low energy.
Coconut water plus: Coconut water (11 ounces) mixed with 1/16 teaspoon sea salt is also a smart natural sports drink option. Look for brands without added sugar. Some brands have 90mg sodium per 11 ounces and in that case, it’s not totally necessary to add the sea salt. However, if your brand is low is sodium, add the salt.
Nutritional Facts for Natural Sports Drink
1 (8 ounces)
Daily Value %*
* Daily Value % based on a 2000 calorie diet.