I can't believe it's taken me this long to share this recipe! My son has a rare childhood illness called Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome so you can imagine how often I need to make an electrolyte replenishing drink. We prefer not to buy Pedialyte or Gatorade because the ingredients in those are the very reason my son gets sick in the first place. I was disapointed when I first researched the ingredients in these common hydrating beverages marketed for children. Let's use the flavor that is the most comparable to the strawberry kiwi recipe I'm sharing today... This is directly copied from the Pedialyte website...
Water, Dextrose. Less than 1.0% of: Galactooligosaccharides, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Gluconate, Red 40, and Blue 1."
The things that are of concern here are the artificial colors (red 40 & blue 1), sweetener (sucralose), and flavors. I won't turn this post into a full on crusade against artificial ingredients, but these are not the ingredients we want to give a child with a weakened immune system. The great thing is we can naturally replenish with simple things like coconut water, salt, and citrus fruits. Let's take a look at how these things balance us out naturally.
Why These Ingredients Replenish + Rehydrate
Pure Coconut Water: This is quickly becoming the new sports drink. Coconut water is loaded with important electrolytes like calcium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride. These are key because they restore our systems back to proper function and help balance our body's pH level. Just make sure to buy a bottle that doesn't have added sugars. The only ingredient should be coconut water.
Himalayan Salt: The major electrolytes in the body are sodium, chloride, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, magnesium, phosphate, and sulfate. Himalayan rock salt happens to contain 84 trace minerals that are found in the body (including the ones I just listed). That's pretty amazing!
Lime Juice: Limes are high in vitamin C which is one of the most important antioxidants for neutralizing free radicals. Vitamin C found in high concentrations like citrus fruits, can naturally lower a fever.
Prep time: 5 minutes | Total time: 5 minutes | Yields: 1 drink
- 2 cups pure coconut water
- 1/8 tsp himalayan salt (sea salt is fine if you can't get himalayan salt)
- 1/2 TBSP real lime juice (about half a lime)
- 4 frozen organic strawberries, green stems removed
- 1/2 a small organic kiwi, peeled
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender until liquefied- enjoy!
- If you have kids in sports and you're active yourself, you might want to double or triple the recipe.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two days.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight to make electrolyte popsicles.
- Sediment is natural. There will likely be some seeds from the strawberry and kiwi at the bottom of the glass. Drink it or discard it.