How to use tea to make your own natural sports drink September 10 2014posted by
As we have learned elsewhere, tea – especially the green kind – is a great choice for athletes and active people in general. It provides a caffeine boost to train at higher intensity, increases endurance by promoting using fat as fuel, and speeds up recovery.
Consequently, simply having a few cups of tea throughout the day is a good idea for everyone who likes to get a good sweat on. However, there is an even better option: Using the beverage to mix your own natural sports drink.
Natural sports drinks – One recipe to rule them all
The main advantages of making your own performance potion are this: It's cheaper than buying from the shop and you have total control over the ingredients. No chemicals, no coloring agents, no nothing, thank you. Plus, it is a lot of fun to experiment and come up with your own versions.
Making your own sports drink is easy. The basic recipe looks like this:
- Liquid base – for hydration, duh!
- Electrolytes – to make up for those lost during sweating
- Carbs – replenishing muscle fuel
Below are ingredient options for each part. Just pick one (or more) from each category, combine ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. The rest is up for experimentation.
- Tea (cold-brewed also works)
- Coconut water
- Sea salt
- Lemons/limes (citrus fruits are generally a good source of electrolytes)
- Sea vegetables
- Fruit juice without added sugar (preferably fresh and unpasteurized)
- Agave nectar
- Maple syrup
I personally like to use green tea diluted with water for the base. I'm also a big fan of dates and lemons. So a sample recipe would look like this:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of green tea
- 2 dates
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- lemon juice to taste
Easy right? Now it's up to you.
Additional tip: Use tea varieties with a rather gentle flavor. White tea is a great idea, some varieties of green tea and oolong also work. Stronger and more bitter tea in my opinion does not make for a good sports drink. But of course that is up to personal preference.