Writing is a funny animal. Sometimes I can sit down and words flow SO easily and I feel like Hemmingway. Other times (this time) I’m in 7th grade trying to compose an essay the day before it’s due and it’s crap and I’m crying at the kitchen table and all I can think of to write are sentences like, “Breakfasts is good.” Man… I’ve probably started this blog post seven times over the last few weeks and five of those were just from the last fifteen minutes. I put down one word… hate it… delete it. Write a paragraph… realize I’m running my mouth… throw it out… start over. And then my topic feels big and intimidating and I don’t feel up to doing it literary justice so I bag the whole thing and write about something trivial like homemade Gatorade (which the moment you taste it you’ll know it’s the furthest thing from trivial.).
Homemade Gatorade is delicious. It’s healthy. It’s photogenic. It’s the easiest thing to make. And I feel like I’ve kind of got it mastered. And so, dear friends, though the road to this post is strewn with the bodies of rough drafts and has absolutely nothing to do with what it originally started as I hope it will add a measure of value to your rich, blessed and amazing lives.
Here is what you’ll need! Just…all this stuff.
16 oz. coconut water
Juice from 1/2 of one lemon
Juice from 1/2 of one lime
That many strawberries… I don’t know.. 8 strawberries. (Organic is best if you can!)
A few shakes of sea salt. I am my mother’s daughter and don’t measure much… Let’s say 1/4 tsp. sea salt.
Blend it for a good long time. Chill in the refrigerator. Go do something super sweaty for awhile and then come back, sit in the sunshine and sip and savor the love.
The first time I tried this heavenly concoction was last summer. My friends and I had just hiked Mt. Whitney. I remember walking down the last set of switchbacks after three days of backpacking. The end was near and I was hot, sweaty, tired, and had been carrying my WAG bag for waaaay longer than I was comfortable with. We finally arrived at the parking lot, I took a Nalgene bottle, wet wipe bath and crawled into the car for the long drive home. As we were about to leave my friend pulled this beverage out of the cooler from the trunk and was compassionate enough to share. Oh. My. Heaven. Best thing I’d ever tasted.
I guess there is a time and place for real Gatorade (though I kinda feel that my version is
way more real). It’s full of artificial colors and sweeteners and who knows what else so I’m obviously not a big fan, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. A couple months ago I came down with the flu and barfed up everything I’d eaten in my whole life. It was a sad time and I had been on such a great no barfing streak too, darn it! The last time was food poisoning from a turkey sandwich 8 years ago. That was for sure memorable. But yeah, anyway, Mom brought me home the yellow kind of Gatorade and I’m pretty positive it saved my life. I wish I’d had the presence of mind to ask her to bring me and blend me this stuff. It’s chock-full of electrolyte replenishing, vitamin C boosting, taste bud pleasing yumminess, but it does take a bit more effort. And healthy choices often do. Cheers all around! I hope this finds it’s way into your bellies soon!
I’m sending you lots of love and hoping you have the best day!
Juicy Jam Session: So Long, Lonesome by Explosions In the Sky. It’s a little bit perfect for whatever beautiful storm is brewing up in the sky on this April afternoon.