Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids (& You!)

My kids have battled a few viruses in the last few months.  I feel as though sports drinks have been recommended “because they need electrolytes” on more occasions than I can count.  Two of these recommendations were from physicians.  I am somewhat surprised that so many people think that you need to consume these store-bought chemical, dye, and sugar filled sports drinks in order to obtain electrolytes.  You simply don’t, it is very easy to make a homemade electrolyte drink at home for your family.

You may be wondering what is an electrolyte anyway?  I thought the same thing and here is the short of it:

What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are charged particles called ions that are dissolved in water. The most important electrolytes in your body are potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate.

Why should we drink electrolytes when we are sick?

When you are sick your body loses electrolytes and fluid.  The electrolytes that you lose most often are sodium, potassium and chloride.  Losing too many electrolytes or fluid can have negative effects on your body.

What are the benefits of making your own electrolyte drink?

The main reason is the fact that you know exactly what you and your family are consuming.

Here is the label from a bottle of grape Gatorade:

Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids (SKIP THE GATORADE!)

Sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, flavors, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40 and blue 1.  GROSS!

Here are the ingredients in my homemade electrolyte drink:

Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids

  • 4 cups of coconut water or water
  • 1 cup freshly juiced/squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of freshly juiced/squeezed lemon juice
  • 6- 8 tablespoons of sweetener (I use raw, local honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon unrefined salt (NOT table salt)

This homemade electrolyte drink will rehydrate you and keep your electrolyte level up without the dyes, chemicals, and excess sugars that are commonly found in store-bought electrolyte drinks.  Coconut water is high in potassium (and antioxidants) as is citrus juice.  You can easily half, double, or even triple this recipe to fit your needs.   My kids absolutely love this electrolyte drink!

How to make homemade electrolyte drinks (printable version below):

Mix all of the ingredients listed above, the homemade version NOT the Gatorade label ;).  Combine until the honey or sweetener is totally dissolved into the drink.  Serve or store in your refrigerator.

Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids

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Angela shares her homemade electrolyte recipe. Ditch the store-bought chemical filled drinks for this healthy homemade version.
  • 4 cups of coconut water or water
  • 1 cup freshly juiced/squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup of freshly juiced/squeezed lemon juice
  • 6- 8 tablespoons of sweetener (I use raw, local honey)
  • ¼ teaspoon unrefined salt (NOT table salt)
  1. Mix ingredients together and enjoy!


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14 thoughts on “Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids (& You!)

  1. Monica says:

    My son has a sore throat is there another combination of juices you could use to make this electrolyte drink without the orange and lemon juice that would not be soothing for his throat. I was thinking maybe just apple juice?

  2. Read Home says:

    Holy crap, thanks so much for posting this! It is gonna help when I buy wheatgrassat the store! So Astonishing!

  3. Patty says:

    Angela, thanks so much for the recipe. I made this for my grandchildren. They are all in involved in sports and needed something to help replenish them. I did make it with all coconut water (they liked it) but for my taste I prefer half/half with filter water. It’s great. An option I was thinking of going with is fresh pured berries for a switch up. Thanks again for sharing your recipe.

  4. Mirza says:

    These recipe is great!I always use coconut water in bottle but it is very expensive,do you think that there is any good
    replacement for coconut water for this recipe?

  5. Maria says:

    Thank you for this recipe. I made this for my 6-year-old son, who has a fever. In his words, “It’s the bestest thing ever!”

  6. Donna says:

    This is a great recipe that I will definitely put on my smoothies to-do list (even though it’s not really a green smoothie haha). I may experiment a bit and add some greens. Very happy to see that healthy home-made drinks are being shared as alternatives to not-so-healthy supermarket drinks.

  7. Whitedove says:

    Thank you so much, hubby is a trucker and has to at 61 yrs old unload a semi in AZ heat, back of that trailer gets to 125 easy pours sweat this last month very light headed last night all of a sudden Holy Spirit says his electrolytes are way down so making this instead of gatorade yuck God bless

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