Have you ever been over to Sweet Tater Blog? If not, you should. Katie writes about food, fitness and life. Her posts are real funny too.
She’s studying to be a RD. She goes to early morning yoga. She’s also vegan and posts great vegan bake recipes.
She works 70 hours a week! Which includes a full-time job in retail, part-time Graduate Associateship, full-time graduate class load and a volunteer gig.
She is an inspiration to us workaholics and that little procrastinators in us. I read about her crazy work schedule and think why I can’t work like that. Then I go add some more tasks to my to-do list.
Today when I saw her latest post on electrolyte drinks I was blown away. I asked her if I could share her post and she said yes right away.
So, here’s a guest post from Katie at Sweet Tater Blog.
❤❤❤❤❤Oranges + salt + sugar = hydration
I sweat a whole lot. When I take my laundry to my friendly neighborhood wash-dry-fold service where you pay by the pound, they wash, dry and fold my clothes and THEN weigh the basket because if they were to weigh it when I dropped it off, it’d cost me an extra $5 for the 5 pounds of sweat that’s weighing everything down. Truth.
Now… before you start offering up prescription-strength deodorant recommendations, let me first explain that I don’t sweat all the time. In fact, I’m freezing most of the time. I sweat when I’m doing hot yoga and I’m doing hot yoga 7 days a week right now. Therefore, I sweat a whole lot.
Sweating is great. So long as it’s taking place at an appropriate time and in an appropriate place, I love sweating. An inappropriate place to sweat would be at the dinner table with eight of your friends. My friend Isaac sweat straight through his pants Saturday night, and I like to think it’s because we were discussing/debating a report that states the average time for sex for most couples is 8-15 minutes. WHAT. Perhaps we wouldn’t have such a problem with obesity if Americans would start having sex for longer than it takes to microwave a Lean Cuisine. Think about it.
ANYWAY, the problem with sweating (especially in the quantity and at the frequency at which I do) is that you then have to properly hydrate, a simple act I have yet to master.
I don’t know why I suck so much at drinking water. It seems easy enough. I just simply refuse to do it. I do realize the damage I’m doing to my body sweating as much as I do and drinking as little as I do. Please spare me your lectures; I get enough of them. I promise I’m working on it.
One thing I aim for is making the small quantities of liquid I do drink really count. Enter: electrolyte drinks.
You’ve got your Gatorade, your Powerade, your Vitamin Water and the like, but my go-to post-yoga re-hydrator is coconut water for its short (read: one) ingredient list and small size. But who can buy coconut water every day? Not this girl, that’s for damn sure. What am I, a billionaire? I’m broke as can be. Plus, momma needs a new point and shoot…Look at this disaster.
SO… I’m making my own electrolyte drinks at home. I’ve done this before, but this time I tried to replicate the exact electrolyte content of Zico coconut water. I was watching Dr. Oz last week (I really don’t like him… just me?) and he said the only coconut water on the market right now that actually contains the electrolytes listed on its label is Zico. (O.N.E. and Vita Coco are dirty, dirty liars.)
I put on my nerdy food science hat and went to work. The basic breakdown in one 14-oz Zico is this:
Oranges are a high-potassium food (237mg K per orange). Not quite as high as a banana, but who wants to drink banana water? Nope. Exactly.
So in kitchen terms, this is about:
1/8 teaspoon salt
juice of two oranges
1 tablespoon sugar
14 oz water (or just shy of 2 cups)
To ensure I actually drink this daily, I had to make it in a big ol’ six-serving batch otherwise I’ll never make it again after today. I only had 6 oranges in the house so my potassium content per serving in my big batch is half that of Zico, but I’ll take it.
And with that… I’m off to yoga.
That was courtesy of Katie from Sweet Tater Blog.
Well, I’m not a Gatorade fan. And have never tried Zico. But I love (some flavors of) vitamin water. But Smart water beats them all on my list.
Since that stuff isn’t available in Sri Lanka, my newest favorite is going to to be Katie’s Electrolyte Drink. :)
What do you think of drinks with electrolyte?