DATORADE - A Sports Drink Alternative

Alright folks, it's officially starting to feel like summer - we had to turn the AC on last night!!  I'm not complaining - I LOVE the HEAT (I probably wouldn't teach hot yoga if I didn't...).  

A question I get a lot is "What do you think of sports drinks like Gatorade? " Honestly, I don't like most sports drinks because they contain a ton of processed sugar, but I do see the value in drinking them if you are an active person.  If you are in the heat for an extended period of time and sweating a lot, its super important to replenish your body properly, and sports drinks can be an easy way to do that. 

Datorade is a great option if you are looking for a whole-food way to re-fuel after a hard workout.  Made with dates, this drink has tons of natural sugar, plus essential vitamins and minerals.  You can flavor it however you like - I added SEA SALT for sodium (important after sweating a lot), MACA for an energy boost, and GINGER for its anti-inflammatory properties.  You could also blend in a banana if you'd like a creamier, thicker shake.

DATORADE // vegan, gluten free, raw, refined sugar free

- 8-10 pitted medjool dates

- 1 tsp maca powder (optional)

- 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger (optional)

- generous pinch of good quality sea salt

- 3 cups filtered water

- 2 cups ice

 

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth and frothy.  Serves 2. 

 

What are your thoughts on sports drinks?  Let me know in the comments below!

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