The convenience stores of the world are awash in gatorade. Fructose-heavy, overpriced, landfill-filling. And the new favorite drink of 4 year old Desmond after a friend took him to 7-11 on a post-gymnastic snack trip. I explained to him, in my best conscious gastronomist to a 4 year old language, that it can be good for athletes, but that we could probably make some of at home.
I scoured the web, and found many recipes, all involving a bit too much cane sugar for my patience and a lazy adherence to sugary orange juice (I'm one parent who believes the sugar crash theory, based purely on convincing anecdotal evidence). Hence this recipe here, which uses agave nectar, which has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, supposedly diminishing the crashy effects, as well as fresh lemon and lime that are pure flavor and acidity.
The fake-o color I credit fully to my children, who both had the idea of adding food coloring. Blue for Des, green for 7 year old Violet. The salty savory colorful results satisfied the kids, and I actually quaffed a good 8 ounces of the stuff too. You won't find this recipe in the forthcoming Gastrokid Cookbook, but you will find loads more family and earth-friendly recipes there, so we highly recommend pre-ordering it from your favorite internet book retailer listed on the left of this page.
Gastrokid Homemade Gatorade
Fresh lime, low-crash agave nectar, no plastic bottle required!
6 cups water
1/2 cup agave nectar
the juice of 2 lemons and 2 limes
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Stir it all up until salt is dissolved. Add natural food coloring according to your child's whim. Serve over ice.