Friday, July 24, 2015

Homemade Sports Drink & Giveaway!

As you might imagine, I have a plethora of cookbooks.  These days, I am trying to pare down rather than add to the collection; the internet (and this website!) have been great for that.  But when given the opportunity to preview the new book by Laura Fuentes (whose blog I have long followed), The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet, I realized that this will most definitely be a new addition to the very few and specially selected books that stay in reach on my counter.

Within three days of receiving the book, I had made five of the over 200 recipes, including: Maple Cinnamon Dip (I shared with guests at a gathering with fruit and it was a huge hit), Blueberry Crumble (which disappeared seemingly instantly), Carrot and Zucchini Bars (my neighbor tried these and immediately asked for the recipe), and Baked Zucchini Bites (I thought they may make them until breakfast, but not a chance).

I have since made more (I can't wait to try the Chocolate Chia Seed Mousse next!) but so far, the recipe that I have made most often has been this Homemade Sports Drink.  I am a water drinker, but as I am training for a half marathon, I often need something more after a run on these hot summer days.  I am always reluctant to share store bought sports drinks with my kids, and have never been crazy about them myself, especially with the sugar content.  But there is no questioning the ingredients in this drink, especially when using my favorite Sea Salt from Sea Love!  This easy drink has been my go-to after nearly every run since I got the book in the mail; it is refreshing, thirst-quenching, and helps me to replenish those lost electrolytes.  Plus, it is perfect for my kids after a hard day of play or sports activities.

With super simple snack ideas, drinks, mini-meals, frozen delights, and many no bake recipes, this book is an awesome compilation of recipes that I can feel good about feeding my family.  When stuck in a rut for snack ideas, I now know where I will turn.  I am sure that you will absolutely love this book and we have an opportunity for you to win a copy!

COMMENT BELOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE BEST HOMEMADE KIDS' SNACKS ON THE PLANET

INGREDIENTS:
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt (try Sea Love's!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a pitcher, combine water, pineapple juice, sea salt, and baking soda.
  2. Refrigerate until cold.  Serve over ice.

Difficulty: Super easy
Time: less than 5 minutes, plus time to cool
Source: The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet

We are thrilled to be able to offer a lucky winner a copy of The Best Homemade Snacks on the Planet! To enter, just leave a comment in the comment section below.  The contest runs until 9pm August 2, 2015.


10 comments:

  1. Always on the look out for healthier snack options. Excited to see if we win!

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  2. I'll have to try this. Trying to break Gavin's Gatorade habit. (He just won't drink plain water!). I've tried several recipes but they all use coconut water as the base and I think that might be the underlying taste he can't get used to. What is the purpose of baking soda in this?

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    1. Hey Cindy!

      This is a long version of the answer about baking soda http://doctoroffitness.com/resources/fitness-articles/item/q-a-using-bicarbonate-to-buffer-lactic-acid-in-athletes-2

      Here is another one to try if Gavin still doesn't like it http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2013/09/27/homemade-electrolyte-sports-drink-honey-stevia-sweetened/

      I use a tablet in my own water to increase the electrolytes...it fizzes. Nuun is a similar product. My husband has been concerned about the sodium levels in it though.

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  3. Would love to make some healthy snacks for my kids:)

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  4. If they were allowed my 3 boys would drink gatorade all of the time! I am psyched for this healthy alternative! Thank you!

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  5. Great idea to avoid the artificial stuff in sports drinks! Thanks for sharing! The book sounds great.

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  6. Georgeanne CalhounAugust 1, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    This looks like a recipe book that will be well used!

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