DIY Sports Drink
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On a yearly basis, Canadians drink, on average, more than $400 million worth of sports beverages with Gatorade and Powerade being two of the most recognizable brands. Many sports drinks are sold in bottles or in powder form.

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It’s important to note that although sports drinks can help keep electrolyte levels steady, many people who exercise for an hour or less may be better off with just water. The intensity of the exercise also plays a role in whether one should opt for water or an electrolyte beverage.

Many professional athletes and sports teams, for example, are regularly seen drinking sports drinks because they exercise intensely for extended periods of time.

If you are the do-it-yourself type and enjoy making homemade versions of many popular items found at the local grocery store, this chef’s sports drink may be an option. Dubbed “Greaterade,” chef John offers this recipe as an alternative to the pre-made products found in stores.

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Though it is a do-it-yourself type of recipe, the process is a bit longer than simply mixing a sports drink powder with water. And perhaps more expensive considering the ingredients. Still, it acts as a way to tinker taste and strength for each individual.

To make nine cups of the sports drink you’ll need the following:

– 8 cups of cold water
– 3 tablespoons of sweetener (the chef used honey)
– 1/2 teaspoon of pink salt*
– 3/4 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
– a pinch of cayenne
– 2 lemons, juiced
– 2 limes, juiced
– 3/4 cup orange juice

*Pink salt may be substituted for regular table salt.

A step-by-step process of the video can be found below:

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