Tasty Tuesdays: Homemade Sports Drink

Since I am an avid tennis player and love working out during the summer I need constant hydration. It is key to get  the electrolytes and sugar to restore my energy so I don’t get dehydrated on the courts when it’s 80 degrees out. Last summer, I was drinking Vitamin Water.  After discovering how terrible Vitamin Water is for you my mom told me I couldn’t bring it into the house. I needed to come up with a health, homemade alternative that would do the same thing. What I came up with is pretty delicious and very easy to make. I am sharing my homemade sports drink recipe for the #SummerBloggerChallenge and the first of what I hope will be a weekly post called “Tasty Tuesdays”. For a long time I have wanted to do a weekly recipe and this is the perfect opportunity to start.

Homemade Sports Drink: 

Take Note: this recipe will fill a 100 ml size bottle.

Ingredients: 

1/3 cup pureed strawberries (to do this blend strawberries together in a Vitamix until smooth. Just strawberries.)

3 1/2 cups of cold water

1/4 cup hot water

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cups orange juice (fresh or bottled)

Directions: 

1. Dissolve the salt in the hot water. Once it fully dissolves, pour it into the water bottle of your choice.

2. Add the pureed strawberries

3. Add the cold water

4. Add the orange juice

5. Shake the bottle until all contents are mixed. Make sure the top is closed tightly so nothing will leak out.

6. Put in the fridge to chill until ready to drink. If you want you can add ice to keep it cold.

7. Enjoy before, during or after  your workout!

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If you try it, I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if any cool tweaks or flavors are totally awesome! Keep an eye out for another recipe next week!

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Weekly Pinterest Loves

Two weeks ago I got an idea to do a weekly post on Pins I liked from the Her Campus Bloggers Network Pinterest board. I kind of dropped the ball  last Friday so here are the ones I found last week (that I forgot to post) and some I found this week!

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Random Ones I Loved: 

http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/organization/my-planner-erin-condren-splurge from Coffee Beans and High Heels. I am a total freak about organizing and I have accepted the fact I will need to use a planner this coming year. Between my four school clubs and student teaching, it will be the one thing keeping me sane. This is great inspiration for me!

http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/randomness/my-summer-essentials from Coffee Beans and High Heels. I am also taking part in the #SummerBloggerChallenge and her take on the prompt was unexpected but really inspirational. I agree with most of this list.

Beauty: 

http://sartorialspice.com/2014/06/25/june-2014-julep-box/ from Satorial Spice. Seeing her review of the Julep box was such a happy coincidence! I have been contemplating ordering one and trying it for a while. This review encouraged me to try the free first box.

Lifestyle: 

http://alellzey.blogspot.com/2014/06/five-ways-to-relax-after-work.html from Because I Said So. This totally speaks to my mood everyday when I get home from class. I’m sure I will be utilizing some or all of these tips once the school year starts and I fall back into my crazy busy schedule.

http://thesls.blogspot.com/2014/07/6-reasons-i-deleted-you-from-facebook.html?showComment=1404313628641 from The Student’s Lifestyle. I love this post. This is a constant debate for me: to delete or not to delete. Her reasons for deleting were 100% spot on!

Food: 

http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/2014/05/chocolate-peanut-butter-smoothie-recipe.html from My Newest Addiction. This looks AWESOME. I can’t eat peanut butter but I can imagine alternative nut butters that would totally work. A hazelnut butter and chocolate smoothie is basically Nutella in liquid form.

http://keepingupwithcourtney.weebly.com/food/eating-healthy-while-dining-out-part-i-tips-from-a-waitress from Keeping Up With Courtney Lynn. This is a constant struggle. My friends at school love eating out for birthdays or just to take a break from cooking. I am worried about how it would work while gluten free, kosher and picky but her amazing advice helps.

Technology/Blogging: 

http://mediajunkiejungle.com/2014/07/02/how-do-you-know-if-you-are-a-successful-blogger/ from Media Junkie Jungle. Preach. Since I started blogging there is always a part of me that questions if I am successful and giving people things they want to read. I’m glad to know I am not the only one and her definition of a successful blogger is great.

http://www.colormebrave.com/2014/06/free-stock-photos.html from Color Me Brave. The hardest part is definitely picking pictures if I don’t have any that work. This list is a lifesaver.

Health: 

http://www.thepreppyscientist.com/2014/07/infused-water-recipes.html from The Preppy Scientist. This summer I have been experimenting with homemade flavored water and sports drinks. I am definitely trying some of these!

 

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Summer Necessities and Basics #SummerBloggerChallenge

Since my summer basically consists of playing tennis, writing and reading, my necessities are pretty low. The basics I have in my bag every day and what I use at home are different because I don’t carry my laptop to the courts.  Both are integral parts to my summer. When I first got this prompt weeks ago as part of the #SummerBloggerChallenge my mindset was in a totally different place. I was carrying a bag with my wallet, camera and phone through Europe. Now, my bag is a tennis bag and its contents are quite different than what I typically carry on a daily basis.

My Tennis Bag Contents

My Tennis Bag Contents

A) My tennis racket. My racket has practically become an extension of my arm. I am playing six days a week for three hours at the most and one at the least. I am very active and rely on it.

B) Tennis balls. It’s always good to have a spare set of tennis balls in my bag. I might end up playing a match someone outside of the practices or lessons with the coaches.

C) A spare hat. It gets warm in the Cape. Having a hat in case of an emergency was a trick I learned last year. I rarely wear it but when the weather is brutal it is a great relief from the sun and the hot summer temperatures.

D) Sunscreen. I said it’s hot. I love the Neutrogena spray sunscreen. It is easy to put on and easy to carry. I have a face one also since my skin is pretty sensitive and I don’t think using a spray on my face would do it any good. It is a lifesaver when the sun is beating down on you. The last thing I want is to get sunburned.

E) Wristlet. My Vera Bradley wristlet comes everywhere with me. It has all the basics I would need in an emergency and my keys are attached so I won’t lose them when I move from the courts to the gym or between courts in the clinics.

F) Water bottle. Staying hydrated was always my downfall last year. Now that I have this water bottle from Pink by Victoria’s Secret, it has only been a problem once. They hold more than your regular Poland Spring water bottles, are reusable and it shows my personality.

G) Phone. This is where my entire life lives. I have all my tennis lessons on my ICal. Having it in immediate reach makes it easy when a scheduling question comes up or I need to reach someone about a time change. It also makes me feel better knowing I have a way to contact someone in the rare case I run into car trouble on the ride to or from the club.

My other necessities, which don’t usually go in my tennis bag are my computer so I can write and blog, whatever book I am reading and occasionally the external hard drive with my photos on it. These three things combined with my tennis bag keep me organized and define my summer so far.

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