Homemade sports drinks for kids. Picture: Deb Lindsey
Coconut Orange Energizer

Four 1-cup servings

Coconut water is high in natural electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, with a little sodium, making it nature's sports drink. The natural sugar in the coconut water provides energy, yet coconut water is lower in sugar and carbohydrates than many commercial sports drinks. 
The citrus provides vitamins.

The drink can be fridge for up to 3 days.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups coconut water
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 T honey or maple syrup or a few drops of stevia
  • 1/8 -¼ t sea salt
Method
  1. Combine the coconut water, orange and lemon juices, honey (to taste) and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a blender. 
  2. Seal and blend until smooth and well incorporated. 
  3. Taste and add the remaining salt, as needed.
Serve chilled, or over ice in a glass.


Strawberry Breeze

Four 1-cup servings

This drink is full of vitamin C and antioxidants from the strawberries and the citrus. It also contains minerals such as potassium, manganese, and folate, and to a lesser degree magnesium, iron, and copper.
This cooler will stay fresh in the fridge for two days.

Ingredients
  • 3 c water
  • ½ c freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 2-3 T honey or maple syrup or a few drops of stevia
  • 1/8 -1/4 t sea salt
Method 
  1. Combine the water, orange and lemon juices, strawberries, honey (to taste) and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a blender. 
  2. Seal and blend until smooth and well incorporated. 
  3. Taste and add the remaining salt, as needed.
Serve chilled, or over ice in a glass.


Lemon-Lime Boost

About 3 1-cup servings

Most similar in flavour to a lemon-lime sports drink, this beverage provides vitamin C and potassium, and a little bit of magnesium and calcium. 
It is a refreshing way to rehydrate without consuming too much sugar or any artificial flavours and colours. 
Store in refrigerator for up to three days.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2-3 T honey or maple syrup or a few drops of stevia
  • 1/8 -1/4 t sea salt
Method 
  1. Combine the lemon and lime juices, water, honey (to taste) and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a blender. 
  2. Seal and blend until smooth and well incorporated. 
  3. Taste and add the remaining salt, as needed.
Serve chilled, or over ice in a glass.