Homemade Lemon-Lime Propel/Gatorade

Are you spending a fortune on sport’s drinks and wondering what’s really in them? Honestly, all I know is it contains high fructose corn syrup. I looked up the ingredient list on wiki answers and here’s what I found.

Gatorade ingredients:

water, sugar, table salt, carbohydrates, electrolytes (110 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 93 mg chloride), high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, glucose, fructose, and sugar.
Gatorade was designed to keep athletes hydrated during competition. The “unique blend of fluid, electrolytes, and carbohydrates” creates a drink that hydrates better than water during times of active workouts.Because of the amount of carbohydrates in Gatorade, over consumption can cause obesity. Yikes…glad I’m using a homemade version with four simple ingredients. Feel free to use all lemon juice if that’s what you have on hand. We keep a big bottle for our freezer Italian marinade, which is wonderful if you haven’t tried it.

Homemade Lemon-Lime Propel/Gatorade


  • Nearly 2 quarts water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt


  1. Fill 2 quart container almost full. Add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Refrigerate until cold.
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Simple, pure, no colors or additives, tastes like Gatorade according to my crew. Add a tablespoon or two more sugar if your crew needs it at first and then gradually cut back. We’re taking this hydrating drink of water that my kids will actually guzzle on hikes, picnics, camping, vacation and the pool. Enjoy your spring and summer weather knowing you can hydrate your family the healthy and frugal way.

I recycle a 64 ounce juice bottle to serve our sports drink.

 Do you buy Gatorade?

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