No More GatoradeDecember 24th, 2011
After reading the book Power Eating, I decided to start drinking Gatorade again while I train. I buy the crystals because it’s a lot cheaper and you don’t have a bottle to deal with. However, as I was mixing my Gatorade yesterday, I had a strange feeling that I should check who makes it. I don’t know why I never checked this before. It turns out that PepsiCo owns Gatorade, and I’ve boycotted PepsiCo products.
I happened to be in Superstore yesterday, so I figured I should check out what they have for sports drinks. The only crystals they had was Gatorade; however, the big carton of the President’s Choice sports drink, Power Quencher, wasn’t too much more expensive than Gatorade crystals.
I was contemplating buying a carton, but I had a big problem with the idea of buying all those plastic bottles. Then I made the fatal mistake: I looked at the ingredients. It’s a bunch of garbage.
As I was standing in the aisle contemplating all this, I realize I could just make my own sports drink. I looked at a number of recipes on the internet, and came up with the following:
- 350 mL orange juice
- 350 mL water
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 teaspoons raw sugar
This is a real simple and easy recipe to make, and it’s much healthier; not to mention, much cheaper.
You may also be interested in my post-trainning drink: half milk and half orange juice. I drink 300 mL immediately after all my lifting and another 300 mL after my stretching and cool down. It’s loaded with carbs and protein, and it’s cheap.
Fourteen years ago, I used to mix powdered milk with orange juice, which gives you more carbs and protein, but now I just mix 2% milk with orange juice. The extra fat is probably a good thing.