|Laborade in a repurposed Coke bottle|
I whipped up a batch to bring to my friend in case she went into labor, and I mixed up a batch for myself as well. All day yesterday I was drinking this Laborade; I drank an entire gallon and a half (that's 24 cups, if you want to know the count) and it was so easy to drink and yummy; not too strongly flavored, and it didn't make me nauseous like I would have been if I drank that much water. The best part about it is that yesterday, I felt the most terrific I have this pregnancy. I think I must just be in a constant state of dehydration, and only by drinking a gallon and a half of liquid in one day was I actually feeling fine with no dehydration signs, no dizziness, etc... Or maybe its just something really special about this recipe. I dunno, but I'm really, really tempted to mix up a batch of this to drink every day, it worked that well for me.
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey, sucanat, or other sweetener, such as sugar (which obviously won't be as healthy, but will make this cheaper)
2 tablespoons lime juice (omit if you don't have available)
1 teaspoon salt (ideally unrefined salt, because it contains trace minerals)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 gallon of water (16 cups, if you don't have something to measure one gallon)
1) Mix the lemon juice, lime juice, sweetener, salt, baking soda, and 4 cups of water until the sweetener and salt are entirely dissolved.
2) Add the other 12 cups of water. You'll need a large container to do this. Mix well.
3) Chill. I like to divide this up and put bottles in the freezer and refrigerator. I especially enjoy the bottles from the freezer that are just starting to get slightly frozen. It is so refreshing that way!
Note: I shared this recipe on my personal Facebook page and got criticism for promoting this as a "healthy drink" because "its not, because it has "so much sugar in it".
Firstly, I wanted to say that the amount of sugar in this is not so incredibly much. The average cup of juice has much more, as does the average cup of soda or coffee or tea.
Secondly, not all sugars are created equal. According to my list of sweeteners from worst to best, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup pretty much top off as the worst, with the most serious health consequences from consuming them. Standard sports drinks are made with either artificial/chemical sugars or high fructose corn syrup, which makes this automatically healthier, because even the less healthy option, white sugar, is still healthier than what is in the store bought sports drinks! The healthier version, made with honey, is incredibly healthier, as honey not only is not bad for you, it actually has many health benefits to it. (Honey also doesn't wreak the same havoc on blood sugar that white sugar and HFCS does.)
Thirdly, sugars aside, this sports drink doesn't have artificial flavorings or colorings that are generally found in store bought sports drinks, which is yet another reason this is a healthier alternative.
Fourthly, healthy is relative. This drink wouldn't be healthy for someone who is diabetic, obviously. And drinking really large quantities of water at one time can actually be dangerous for your health. Drinking large quantities of this drink won't cause water intoxication, however, and therefore, if you're drinking tremendous amounts to prevent dehydration, especially when doing things that are physically exerting (like running a marathon, or... being in labor) or when its really hot out, its actually safer to drink this than to drink water. Unlike some people, I don't think carbohydrates are bad, and personally, I need them in order to function (otherwise I get very lightheaded- I tend to have low blood sugar), so the carbohydrate count in this drink seems totally fine to me, but feel free to disagree.
Either way, I have no qualms about recommending this as a healthier alternative to purchased sports drinks, or juice, or soda, etc... And in certain cases, such as for people who are trying to prevent dehydration, this is a better alternative to drinking plain water.
So, agree, or disagree? Do you think there is a problem promoting this as a "healthy drink", assuming we're talking about making it with honey, not white sugar?
Do you ever drink sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade?
What do you drink to prevent dehydration?
Do you think you're likely to try out this recipe?
As for me, I'm heaving off to the kitchen to mix up another batch. I want a day in which I feel incredible like yesterday, and I'm sure drinking large quantities of this played a huge part in how I felt.
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