I’m currently bliss-ing out on summer. Since I only have a few weeks left until grad school starts, I’ve been treating myself to daily yoga, long afternoon walks, and relaxing in the evenings with a good book (these are my current faves). The good news is that I feel like I’ve really upped my self-care game and hopefully this will make the transition into the busy fall much easier.
With all this awesome sunshine and daily movement, I’ve also been enjoying this sugar-free electrolyte lemonade. One of my big changes I made to my diet back in the spring when I became aware of my adrenal fatigue was to add a good quality electrolyte supplement. I found that this simple change really helped my energy, kept me from crashing during/after my workouts, and just generally made me feel better.
My current fave is the Vega Sport Electrolyte powder in lemon lime because it’s sugar-free and doesn’t have any artificial flavors/colors, as well as gluten, dairy, or soy. I typically will mix a scoop of this with 32 ounces of water and drink this during my morning yoga class. Lately, I’ve been craving some more electrolytes in the afternoon and evening as well so I began making this sugar-free electrolyte lemonade to enjoy later in the day.
The key to making a drink with electrolytes is to add a good quality salt (for sodium) and magnesium supplement (to replenish minerals). Coconut water is also fabulous for electrolyte replacement because it’s high in potassium. I love coconut water and when I used to make this electrolyte lemonade years ago, I’d use coconut water as the base. However, as I’ve grown extremely sensitive to sugar, I’ve found that using plain water in this drink works best for my body. You can experiment and see what works best for you as this recipe is easily adaptable.
BTW, have you tried a magnesium supplement yet? I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I supplement with magnesium because it plays a huge role in the body and it’s often hard to get enough from food due to mineral depletion in the soil.
Magnesium depletion in our bodies is linked with insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks, constipation and IBS symptoms, headaches and migraines, fatigue, depression, increased PMS symptoms, muscle spasms, and cramps (just to name a few!)
Magnesium supplements can be really helpful if you suffer from any of the above and for myself personally, I’ve noticed that magnesium helps with my digestive issues and anxiety.
(And let me just add a quick disclaimer here that while I am a certified holistic health coach, I am not a medical doctor and this post is not intended as medical advice. This is simply my own research and my personal experience. Please know that children under four, pregnant or lactating women, those with kidney problems, those with an obstructed bowel, or anyone currently on medication should consult with their doctor before taking magnesium.)
My favorite magnesium supplement is called Natural Calm, which I’ve mentioned here on the blog before. When you combine Natural Calm with water, it creates a sweet, bubbly drink that doesn’t contain added sugar (since it’s sweetened with stevia) and it’s the perfect base for this lemonade! Natural Calm comes in a bunch of different flavors and I personally love their raspberry-lemon flavor the best.
Hope you are having a wonderful end to your summer!
- 1 tablespoon Natural Calm magnesium supplement
- 3 cups water (or coconut water)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Add the Natural Calm, water (or coconut water), lemon juice, and sea salt to a large pitcher or glass jar and mix well. Pour over ice and enjoy