When it’s time to refuel after a hard day of summer play – and water just isn’t cutting it – you may be tempted to reach for a sugary sports drink to help your child replenish fluids and electrolytes like the professional athletes do. But these sugary beverages may contain ingredients you’d rather avoid or just can’t pronounce. Here’s a simple DIY version to create your own electrolyte drink that kids and parents can both enjoy, guilt free.

What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals, often types of salts, in your body that conduct electrical signals throughout your body via your fluids. These electrical signals regulate muscle and nerve function. Too few electrolytes can cause the body to cramp and can even negatively affect heart rate and blood pressure.

The body loses sodium in higher amounts that other electrolytes. And after sweating it out under the hot Texas sun, it’s not unheard of to find a crusty ring of salt and dried sweat on dirty clothes and caps.

Homemade Sports Drink

You can easily throw together your own version of the famous sports drink using common household ingredients. Make a big pitcher for the whole family to enjoy during these hot triple-digit days.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Mix the whole concoction up in a blender and keep it chilled in the fridge for up to two weeks. Or pop it into the freezer in a popsicle mold for a bit of icy refreshment.

Lemons and strawberries are both a good source of potassium, calcium and magnesium while the salt replenishes sodium. A bit of all-natural honey sweetens the drink while acting as an antimicrobial to keep the mixture fresh.