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Homemade Electrolyte Drink – Easy, healthy and eco-friendly option

hand holding a glass of homemade electrolyte drink

We all know that we need to stay hydrated to maintain ourselves healthy. However, increasing plain water intake might be counterproductive. That is the case if we exercise or sweat excessively.  We tend to lose electrolytes with sweat. Increasing water intake might flush electrolytes even further. Which in turn creates an imbalance. A perfect solution would be a simple homemade electrolyte drink.

Why do we need electrolyte drinks?

Please do not get me wrong. We need to drink water. Electrolyte drink is not meant to replace it. However, sometimes we need to reintegrate lost potassium, magnesium and sodium for a better balance. It is of utmost importance when we feel dizzy or faint, suffer from headaches or feel tired. These symptoms often signal dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, particularly in the summer. 

Why homemade electrolyte drink?

If we exercise, sweat a lot, or during the summer heat, most of us turn to electrolytes or sports drinks for quick pick-me-up hydration. The problem is that they are packed with sugar, artificial sweeteners, additives, colourants and who knows what else. 

And they are handed to us in oh-so-comfy plastic bottles. And I would go miles to avoid single-use plastic. 

Making electrolyte drinks at home is a healthy and more sustainable option. Furthermore, they are easy to make!

How to make a simple basic electrolyte drink?

The secret ingredient is coconut water. It is packed with minerals and is super hydrating. For a quick basic recipe on the go, I would mix coconut and lightly fizzy mineral water in equal parts, add a pinch of sea salt, a splash of raw honey or maple syrup, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Then give it a shake, and it is ready.

Easy homemade electrolyte drink variations

I love to spice things up a little and include seasonal fruit or veggies in my homemade electrolyte drinks. So many options are available, and you should get creative with this. Examples? Instead of spring water, use freshly squeezed orange juice. Or any other unsweetened fruit juice, like apple, cranberry, cherry, or pineapple. 

Another great option is using green tea instead of water. Or any other type of tea of your choice.

And what about vegetables? My favourite is cucumber. It tastes great with some lemon juice and fresh mint leaves. Other great options are carrot, fennel, and beetroot. Adding fresh fruit and veggies will enrich your vitamin intake as well.

Try mixing fruit and veggie juices. And play with proportions. You can discover so many great combinations and will be able to create your favourite recipes. 

My top choices for the summer

homemade watermelon electrolyte drink in a glass with metal straw

Watermelon homemade electrolyte drink:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup spring water
  • Large wedge watermelon coarsely cut
  • 1 medium lemon squeezed
  • Pinch of sea salt

Blend everything in a food processor.

ingredients for homemade electrolyte drink: cioconut water, spring water, watermelon, lemon and salt on a wooden cutting board

Cucumber and mint homemade electrolyte drink:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 3/4 cup spring water
  • Medium to large cucumber skinned and sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves

Blend everything in a food processor.

My top choices for the winter

Orange homemade electrolyte drink:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey or maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt

Poor all ingredients in a container and give it a shake.

Berry homemade electrolyte drink:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen berries 
  • 1/2 cup spring water
  • Freshly squeezed lemon or lime
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey or maple syrup

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. 

Homemade electrolyte drinks and sustainability

Firstly, we will no longer buy all different shapes and sizes of single-use plastic bottles. Spring water should always be in glass bottles. If it is unavailable, choose filtered tap water over plastic bottled water.

Secondly, use only organic ingredients. Organic honey, fruit and vegetables. Seasonal and locally grown would be ideal. 

Lastly, coconut water can be bought dehydrated in paper bags. We only need to add the powder to the water. I avoid all types of plastic packaging, including tetra packs. Luckily coconut water also comes in glass bottles and cans that can be recycled.

Final thoughts

It is very satisfying to make your electrolyte drinks. They are easy to prepare, healthy and tasty. Most importantly, you have absolute control of what goes inside and avoid all the nasty stuff of commercial beverages. You can also prep and store them in a fridge for up to a week. Great for busy and efficient people. 

homemade electrolyte drink in a recycled glass bottle conserved in a fridge

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