Gatorade and Pedialyte, Make them yourself.

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I love these two recipes, I don’t have to use the Pedialyte now that the girls are older. We do use the Gatorade all the time, Andy likes it this way better than the store-bought. At the beginning of summer, I will buy about a dozen Gatorades on sale then I reuse the bottles all summer. I hold on to all store-bought bottles (Gatorade, Soda, good water bottles I don’t keep the flimsy water bottles they get holes in them to quick ) that I can get. I have saved all the ones from last summer so hopefully, I won’t have to buy any more for a long time.

I used to stock up on Kool-Aid when they go on sale for 10 for $1. Oh the looks I get when I buy 100 or more packs of Kool-aid haha. I haven’t had to buy any in a while but I have noticed that they are now 4 for a dollar when on sale. 

Homemade Gatorade

  • 1 pkg unsweetened kool-aid (any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride)
  • 2 quarts water

Just stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Chill.

Andy likes the grape and the orange the best, but they are all good.

I am very low on sodium and electrolytes but I can’t have sugar anymore so I was buying the expensive hydration packs that you add to your water. Then I realized I could just make my own duh. Even though I can’t have sugar. I have been replacing the sugar with 4 to 5 little packs of stevia since stevia and monk fruit are the only sweeteners I can have. So much cheaper and it tastes better. I have been drinking a quart a day to help get my sodium and electrolytes back up.


Home Made Pedialyte

  • 2 Quarts Water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar ( You can add a little more sugar if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride) 
  • 1 packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid   

Mix all together well, and store in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days. You can also freeze this into ice cubes to put into a child’s cup or bottle. You can also make Popsicles from it.    

Never substitute the salt substitute for regular salt. If you don’t have it on hand don’t add it. This recipe has saved a bundle, versus the named brand Pedialyte and even the store versions. I figure that 2 quarts cost about .40 using the regular Kool-aid (even less when using kool-aid bought on sale) 

I like to tape both of these inside a kitchen cabinet door for easy reference. There’s nothing worse than a sick kid in the middle of the night and you know that you have this recipe but can’t find it and/or the stores are closed!


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