Gatorade and Coconut Malt

First, Gatorade

I went through a long and bad habit of picking up a Gatorade every time I went to the gym. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it got the point where I felt like needed the Gatorade. It got to where I had to have something sweet to sip on during my workout. I see it as putting sugar back into my body, so the muscles can start use that to replace what I’m burning.

Gatorade Cocktail

The rule of thumb that always works for me is to take a scoop of protein powder in water, or just put it in the Gatorade. I find that if I’m sipping some protein during my workout, I don’t have all the pain the next day that I normally would. If I ever forget to do it, bam, I have pain the next day.

My personal trainer insists that all the sugar in Gatorade is on par with drinking a soda during a workout.

Eventually it led me to start drinking homemade Gatorade. I’m a huge fan of certain recipes. When I first read about someone making their own Gatorade, I thought “That’s a fantastic idea because mid way through my workout, I’ll get tired. I’m exhausted.” This is such a better alternative to branded Gatorade which is mostly sugar. It’s not natural and you’re putting artificial chemicals in your body.

Homemade Gatorade is super easy. Just pit 14 dates and soak them in water overnight. The next day, throw the soaked dates into the Vitamix. They’ll blend up really quickly. Then, just take that in a little shaker bottle or a little cup that you take to the gym and sip on that during your workout, you’ll get the fiber and the sugars will keep you going without the crash and it’s good for you. If you want, you can add some protein powder and you’ll be set for your all natural workout.

Real Gatorade is full of chemicals. The more I learn in my chemistry classes, the more I realize that everything that comes in a bottle is bad for you. In order to have shelf life, bottled beverages need to have preservatives. Natural foods don’t last for weeks in the fridge, because they are organic and natural. They are meant to be picked from the tree and consumed. If you want to eat healthy, you have to be willing to put in the effort to make your own food.

I’m now trying to wean myself off all packaged foods, ingredients, and drinks. Especially the blue Gatorade!

Homemade Gatorade is amazing. It’s super good and good for you. No chemicals. Enough said.


Coconut Malt

If you’re looking for another amazing little drink to make, try coconut malt. You just use coconut milk. You can get the coconut milk from the canned version, which is obviously higher in fat than the boxed versions of milk. You’ll need to add pitted and soaked dates, coconut milk and a dash of sea salt. I prefer pink Himalayan sea salt. (As a side not, Himalayan sea salt is an electrolyte refueler also.)

If you want to add a protein powered, you can spice it up with some vanilla flavored mix. It complements the recipe very nicely.

I would use the above recipe during a workout in place of Gatorade. If you choose to add the protein mix, it will work as an after workout drink as well. It can help reduce the sore muscles that can come with a huge workout.

If you’re working out on a regular basis, it’s vital to make sure you get protein in your system within 30 minutes of working out. That’s the window when our bodies need protein the most. Our muscles need to heal and recover. In order for that to happen effectively, we need to get the protein in there as soon as possible. Sometimes even if we were to eat a high protein meal immediately after leaving the gym, it may or may not even hit our system because it takes longer for a meal to be digested. That’s why protein shakes are so imperative for those that are working out.

When in doubt, add dates. Dates are seriously my best friend. I don’t know what I would do without dates. There’s so many amazing things you can make with them. So good. They’re also really great if you’re not trying to eat all the chocolate in the world. You eat dates instead. They are so healthful.

For instance one of my favorite cookbook authors, Dreena Burton,did a caramel apple recipe where you make the caramel with dates and cashew butter. Amazing. It tasted just like a traditional caramel apple. It was incredible.

Alternatively, you can use coconut butter or the coconut fat in place of cashew butter so you end up with a coconut caramel instead of a traditional tasting caramel.

I’ll never want a caramel apple not made with dates ever again. It’s so good.