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Healthy Recipe: Lemon-Orange Sports Drink

Replenish electrolytes in a natural and healthy way.

This homemade sports drink replenishes electrolytes without the unnecessary sugar. Photograph by Melissa Romero.

File this fact under things we hate to know: Sports drinks, while terrific for replacing electrolytes after a sweaty workout, are loaded with unnecessary sugars and food dyes. Fortunately, local running coach Kathy Pugh of DC EZ8 has a simple fix: her recipe for a DIY lemon-orange sports drink. The two citrus fruits provide natural sources of electrolytes and vitamin C, and the Himalayan pink salt (which can be found at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Costco) adds minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Serving size: 5

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
4 cups filtered water
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (also try Celtic salt, or any salt that has some color)
¼ cup raw honey or natural sugar to taste

Whisk ingredients together and hydrate.

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  • Dr. Susan Doyle

    Regardless how or what type of exercise you do staying limber is key to a healthy body, and what does it better than yoga. As a chiropractor in Charleston, SCand healthy living advocate I see all the time the effects of unhealthy living and not stretching. Many of my patients could avoid problems with their spine, and body if they just stretched, and ate better.

  • Phil

    Himalayan pink salt Is also available at mom's organic market, Which has 10 stores in the metro DC area.

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