As the summer weather gets hotter, I am finding that I always come back from my runs super thirsty! Instead of grabbing a lab-designed gatorade that is full of added sugars and wonderful artificial colors, I like this natural source of sugar and salt (sweet and salty ) to replenish my lost electrolytes.
Slice 1/2 a cucumber, place in a bowl and cover with a few dashes of salt. Add sliced watermelon, strawberries, and blueberries. YUM! If you use 1/4 C of both strawberries and blueberries and 1 C of Watermelon, the calorie count will be about the same as 20 oz of gatorade (120 calories), and this snack will help fill you up, unlike the empty liquid calories you will get from gatorade. There is value in extra calories for athletes who are very active and need to keep their energy intake adequate, however this is not most of the everyday people who drink gatorade when they should be drinking water!