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!

DATES

Dates are nature's candy.  And no, I don't mean the dinner-and-a-movie type, although those are sweet too.  Seriously, who can argue that a dense, gooey medjool date isn't just as good, if not better than any candy?  For those of you who don't taste the similarity, try this simple recipe.  I promise when you try these chocolate covered bites of heaven, you will swear you are eating a Snickers (with no guilt, sugar rush, or sugar crash).

Nature's Candy (Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates)

1 TBSP coconut oil

3 TBSP natural peanut butter **Sub any seed or nut butter if you have allergies/intolerances/aversions

1 cup vegan dark chocolate (chips, bar broken into pieces, whatever you want)

10-15 medjool dates, pitted (will depend how big your dates are and how full you stuff them)

1. In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil and peanut butter. 

2. In the center of each date (where the pit used to be), spoon a small amount of the peanut butter mixture, about 1/2-1 tsp depending on the size of the date. You don't want the date overflowing with PB, but try to get as much as you can.

3. Place stuffed dates on a tray lined with parchment paper and stick in your freezer to firm up.

4. While dates are in the freezer, melt your chocolate using a double boiler (or microwave). Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

5.  Remove dates from freezer.  Coat with melted chocolate and return to tray.  Once you've covered all your dates, stick the tray back in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  Then transfer your treats to a container and store in the freezer until ready to enjoy.  

These come together quickly, which is good because they will disappear quickly too!  I'm already getting ready to make my third batch... 

Shhh... Don't tell anyone I'm eating the last one!

What's your favorite healthy indulgence?