With your electrolytes depleted after an intense workout, you might think to reach for a Gatorade, but it’s not the only option. While sports medicine doctors say it’s a easy way to hydrate after exercising, as “the sugar gives your body quick energy,” there’s a completely natural option you can reach for if you’re not into guzzling down neon sports drinks.
Celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder combines 12 oz. of natural coconut water and 1 heaping tablespoon of spirulina powder. Together these simple ingredients make for an electrolyte-replenishing drink that doesn’t contain any added sugar, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.
“Swap out the Gatorade with my favorite source of electrolytes and potassium: coconut water. And get an extra boost of powerful nutrition power by adding in a spoonful of spirulina.” —Kimberly Snyder
“If you feel tired or sluggish after working out or sweating—or just the dryness of winter!—try upping your electrolytes naturally with this nourishing, easy elixir,” she says. “Swap out the Gatorade with my favorite source of electrolytes and potassium: coconut water. And get an extra boost of powerful nutrition power by adding in a spoonful of spirulina, a natural algae protein that contains omega-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, B12, iron, and magnesium.”
For something you can make right at home, it’s quite the catch. All you need to do is mix the two ingredients together and you’re good to go. Plus, skipping out on store-bought options and DIYing your own electrolyte-replenishing drinks instead can save you money and cut down on plastic pollution. I mean, if that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is.
Whether you’re in need of a post-workout boost, want to up your hydration, or simply need some energy to help you get through a work day that’s dragging, try this nutritionist-approved tactic. Refreshing is an understatement.
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Here’s everything you should know about electrolytes. Then check out other low-sugar electrolyte drinks for fast rehydration after everyday workouts.