2 Ingredients you have at home for a zero calorie natural electrolyte drink.
Lemon and salt. I recently discovered a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt in water creates natural electrolytes. Electrolytes are substances containing ions that carry electrical charges. In our body they stimulate muscles, nerves, and regulate the amount of fluids in our body, keeping them in balance. They also help our cells generate energy. When we loose fluids, we lose electrolytes.
The last several days have been hot, so I’ve been adding water to a glass of ice, squeezing a lemon wedge over it and grinding in a pinch of sea salt. The best sea salt is unrefined, sticky, unbleached. It looks greyish. It naturally contains minerals we need—especially iodine. This salt is amazing and will amp up anything you cook with it. I buy Celtic sea salt from Selina Company on Amazon. It’s sun dried with no additives or harmful chemicals.
Add natural sweetener for lemonade. I like to add stevia or honey to sweeten it. For a zero calorie drink, stevia is a great choice if you don’t mind the slightly “diet” taste.” Raw unfiltered honey (a super food) is also a great choice, but takes a little more preparation. (I recommend putting it in hot water to dissolve then cooling in the fridge.) The best all natural stevia is the green powder form—essentially the plant ground up. It doesn’t really dissolve and might take a little for the flavor to seep. The short cut version I’ve been using is the liquid form (Trader Joe’s has an economic organic option) and adding 4-6 drops to 16 oz of the ice water, lemon, and sea salt elixir. It’s so refreshing and the sea salt adds a slightly silken texture.
Green Tea. Use green ice tea for antioxidants and as a metabolism booster. To brew: boil 8 cups of water and let cool for 5-8 minutes. (I use 1/2 gallon mason jars from Walmart.) Seep 4 to 6 tea bags to desired strength. Add 1 pinch of sea salt, juice of one lemon (2-3 T), and sweetener to taste. Pour over a glass of ice or cool in the refrigerator.
Coconut Water. This is a luxury drink for me. Straight from the coconut (Ranch 99) tastes the best, but is harder to get, so I’ve settled on buying cases on sale at Costco. I like to drink a small (6 oz) ice cold glass right when I wake up in the morning, sipping it slowly, and right before I retire at night. It’s a great way to get the day started and helps my body wake up and feel refreshed. Coconut water not only has lots of naturally occurring electrolytes, but is also great for your skin. Coconuts grow in warm tropical climates – places where we need that extra boost of electrolytes to hydrate and combat the effects of the hot sun. My husband doesn’t care for the taste, but when he is really thirsty he will chug down several gulps because he swears he can tell a difference in how he feels after. He prefers plain old orange juice, but it doesn’t quite have the same effect.
Please comment: What is your favorite drink in the summer? Have you tried the lemon and salt mixture – what do you think?