Fresh and Natural Home-Made Sports Drink

This is a guest post by our partners at Poppy Innovations

home made energy drinkHydration is an essential part of exercising. And when you really exert yourself, a sports drink is in order right?  Right!

Replacing electrolytes is important and that’s what a sports drink provides. But would it surprise you to learn that many sports drinks contain half the amount of sugar you should have per day?  Read the label and it’s likely to include high fructose corn syrup, brominated vegetable oil and artificial colours. With obesity on the rise, especially in children, it’s important to make healthier beverage choices.

That doesn’t mean you should only drink plain water for the rest of your life. In fact, you can make your own natural sports drink at home using healthy – and easy to pronounce – ingredients! Here is a simple and delicious recipe for a home-made sports drink that will provide all the positive benefits of a store bought one, without the unhealthy ingredients.

Natural Sports Drink Ingredients

2 cups coconut water from Blush Lane Organic Market

1/4 cup fresh orange or other citrus juice from Blush Lane Organic Market

pinch of salt

1 tbsp honey from Beeland

Add all ingredients to your water bottle, shake, and let chill in the refrigerator. Shake before drinking.

Experiment with other flavourings of juice and herbs.

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Article submitted by Poppy Innovations – offering cooking classes for all ages at the Calgary farmers Market!

Warm Winter Salad

Winter Salad 7

With a New Year often comes resolutions, or rather goals… some of them are lofty and some mere lifestyle changes.  Regardless of how wild or realistic your resolutions, we are confident we can help keep you on track.  Healthy eating doesn’t need to be all drab diets and crazy cleanses full of listless salads, murky smoothies, and lack luster mains.  No, it can be invigorating, delicious, and easy!  This warm winter salad is perfectly seasonal with sweet potato, beets, carrots… and local too, even better.  AND, it’s warm so you can still feel cozy on those chilly January eves without breaking the calorie bank.  Eat as a main or as a side to lean protein and you’re set!

Market Sourced Ingredients

1 small sweet potato (about 8 ounces), cut into 1-inch pieces

3 multi-colored carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces

3 small red beets & 1 golden beet, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (candy cane beets are a gorgeous variety when in season)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup pistachios

2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (you can add an extra splash if you’d like a bigger kick)

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 425°. In a cookie sheet,  roast the sweet potato and beets for about 45 minutes, turning once or twice, until tender and lightly browned in spots.  Peel when cooled; slice beets  thinly and cube the sweet potato.

Winter Salad Collage

Meanwhile, slice the carrots thinly using a mandoline or hand held slicer. And prepare the pomegranate seeds.  Set aside.

Mix the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, parsley, and salt & pepper in a mason jar and give it a good shake.

Winter Salad Collage 2

Drizzle the dressing on the vegetables to coat. Add pistachios. Season with flaked salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately or at room temperature.