Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Homemade Gatorade

Just before our vacation, I read someone else's Works for Me Wednesday post about making your own Gatorade.  I actually read a couple different recipes.  But this particular one they got from Children's Memorial Hospital.  I figured, since I have the ingredients for that recipe AND it comes from a reputable source, I'd try it. 

Since you all know that we've been flying through baby wipes and toilet paper the last two weeks, this recipe has certainly come in handy. 

We have tried Cherry, Grape, Pink Lemonade, and Tropical Punch Kool-aid flavors to make homemade Gatorade.  They all taste like "The real thing."  I don't care for the Pink Lemonade one as much as the others.  But then again, I never liked the lemon-lime Gatorade either.

The weather has also been quite warm and this has been keeping the little people hydrated sans high fructose corn syrup.

Try it yourself!  It works for us!  It's Frugal!  Toss it in the Tip Jar!

To make a 2-quart pitcher for about 25 cents:

1 packet of Kool-aid (unsweetened)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 quarts of water

Mix.  Chill.  Serve.


Jami said...

Really? That's all that's in Gatorade? I would have been on this sooner if I'd have know that. Thank you. My football guys drink a lot of this stuff!

'Becca said...

It works even better if you also add a little baking soda, which is a different kind of salt and helps to replenish your electrolyte balance. I use this recipe (which was her WfMW last year!) and it works wonders. It's also really cheap and healthy because it doesn't even use Koolaid, just real fruit juice. I usually use a sweeter juice like apple in place of the lime juice for a better flavor.

Nikki said...

'Becca- Thank you for that link to the Laborade recipe. I'm adding it to my recipe files to try out. Sounds good!


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