Gatorade - it's the best drink to grab when you're going through an intense workout and want to stay hydrated, right? WRONG! Gatorade has been the subject of a very clever and very successful marketing campaign. Although it does have the components of everything needed to rehydrate, it's full of unnecessary chemicals and, if you can get the same results with whole foods, why not take the healthier approach?
The concept of Gatorade is fantastic, but manufacturers knew that to make it appealing to the public they would have to add a ton of sweeteners and pretty colors. Who isn’t drawn to bright reds, blues and greens? I know I am, but let's make smarter choices and take back our health. Here is a great recipe to give you all the nutrients you need, without the added junk.
- ¼ banana (potassium, magnesium)
- ¼ cup spinach (magnesium)
- 1.5 cups of water
- 1 small peeled orange (carbohydrates for energy, calcium)
- 1 pinch of himalayan salt (to replace what you sweat out)
Water is essential for all life and adding it to your Blasts ensures you'll replace the fluid you lose while sweating. Salt is essential for balance and regulating pathways in the body. To stay hydrated, having some salt is crucial. Adding a banana and spinach ensures you are getting beneficial electrolytes like potassium and magnesium that play a role in muscle function. An orange will round out the drink by providing a great source of carbohydrates that is needed to fuel to body, provide energy and replete lost nutrient stores.
Drink this an hour prior to a workout.