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    Ask the Chef: Electrolyte Beverages

    By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef | July 22, 2013

    Q: How do I make a homemade electrolyte beverage?

    A: Electrolyte beverages and sports drinks are certainly a growing trend on market shelves, though not all brands are created equal. While some offer clean and pure natural forms of the benefits we seek, others are weighed down by unhealthy additives, such as sugar, corn syrup, artificial dyes, and lab-made vitamins. The good news is, it's extremely easy to make these drinks at home!

    Most often, these types of drinks are used for post-exercise rehydration, but they are also a wonderful replenishment any time the body loses fluids (such as in hot temperatures). The core benefit of these drinks are the electrolytes they contain, which are incredibly important for homeostasis. Electrolytes are types of minerals that, when dissolved in water, break down into electrically charged particles (ions). These particles help to balance biological chemistry, pH levels, and are used for every electrical interaction in the body … in other words, they effect the function every cell of our being!

    One of the best natural sources of electrolytes is coconut water, which is especially prominent in natural electrolytes sodium and potassium. Though we've been playing around with the Navitas Naturals Coconut Water Powder in all types of recipes in the kitchen (and getting very excited at its delightful sweet and salty flavor boost it adds to many types of foods), using the powder to instantly add electrolytes to any drink (smoothies included!) is a wonderful tool of the trade … and much more cost effective than buying liquid coconut water or a premade sport drink. Other electrolyte rich foods include celery and watermelon.

    Making a premium superfood electrolyte drink is simple. Here's a flexible recipe that you can make at home to create a great tasting, super-hydrating beverage that's perfect for sports, hydrating in the heat, fighting sickness, or just to enjoy!

    Chia Electrolyte Drink
    Makes 16 ounces

    2 cups filtered water
    2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Coconut Water Powder
    1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
    2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds
    sweetener, to taste (such as coconut sugar or stevia)

    In a shaker cup or jar, combine the water, coconut water powder, lemon/lime juice and chia seeds, then stir or shake very well to break apart the seeds and avoid clumping. Let rest for 15-20 minutes to let the seeds swell. Once the seeds are swollen, shake the rested beverage once more, and sweeten to taste. Best served cold, over ice.

    Variation: Add a spoonful of your favorite superfruit powder for extra benefits, such as goldenberry powder, pomegranate powder, or wheatgrass powder.

    Have a superfood smoothie question of your own? Ask away! Just post it below and we may feature it in an upcoming segment of Ask The Chef.