Sunday, April 15, 2012

Homemade pedialyte alternatives

There is a stomach bug going from house to house in the Phoenix area.  The bad news is well-it's a stomach bug so that means vomiting and sometimes diarrhea!  The good news is that it's in and out pretty fast.

We have it at our house and 2/4 of us have gotten it so far.  This means cleaning up vomit from the carpet.  Yuck!

It also means keeping the sickies from getting dehydrated.  For adults we use coconut water, a natural gatorade.  For kids it's usually pedialyte, which is pricey and if you don't have it at home it requires a late-night trip to the pharmacy (been there done that).

Here is an alternative.  I'll give you the "healthy" version and the tastes good version.  Ha!

Healthy (1 serving):

Take 5 oz of filtered water, 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar and 1/8-1/4th a teaspoon of salt.  Mix and serve.  You could add a splash of juice to help with the flavor.

Healthy (1 quart):

1 quart of water
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup orange juice

Mix and serve (better when cold).  Put in the freezer for popsicles.

Tastes good:

1 quart of water
2-3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 pack of unsweetened Koolaid

Mix and serve (better when cold).  This recipe also works well frozen as popsicles.

Stay healthy everyone!

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