"Really? I can make it myself? You mean there are not a bunch of chemicals I have to buy to make it?"
Yes, that's right--you CAN make your own sports drink. Making your own sports drink is actually quite easy. Now you can replenish your body and your wallet ($ cha-ching $) at the same time! Using citrus zest is a great way to get a lot of flavor without the problems that are often associated with just drinking fruit juice (gut issues). Your performance needs are something you need to speak with your sports dietitian about and coach. When you have some training time you can play with the mix that best fits your performance needs/tastes. Keep in mind there are some basics that you need to include:
You take water (bottled, filtered, tap--your choice)
Add in flavor which can either be a juice or citrus zest (I like zest!)
Add in your carbohydrate(s) (start with table sugar, then add honey, molasses, agave nectar, or brown sugar--again, your choice)
Add in the electrolyte (aka salt)
Fifth and final....
Stir and Serve!
Here is an actual recipe, but feel free to play this to make your own Power-Packed Sports Concoction:
1 quart water (4 cups)
Zest of 1 orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit (combos work great, too)
2 Tbsp honey (fructose)
2 - 4 Tbsp sugar (sucrose)
¼ - ½ tsp salt
§ Molasses in place of honey
§ Fruit Juice (replace ½ cup of water with ½ cup juice)
§ Fresh ginger slices
§ Fresh mint
Directions:Mix and enjoy!