The Best Datorade Recipe
Datorade is a date based blended drink meant to give a boost of energy and hydration. You know how Gatorade is marketed as a sports drink? Datorade is the natural, homemade alternative. There are a few datorade varieties, but all revolve around blended dates.
Dates are a sweet fruit with a high calorie count. Calories are a measure of energy, so the more calories you consume the more energy you are getting. Dates are sweet, raising your blood sugar levels rapidly. The combination of high energy and sweetness give you a boost in the same way a sports drink is supposed to. You can take a few swallows of datorade while working out and you may see a boost in your energy levels.
Dates are also a great source of potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B-6 and iron.
The datorade recipe that I use also contains coconut water. Like Gatorade, coconut water has a large amount of electrolytes.
When you work out you sweat. When you sweat your body releases water and electrolytes. That is why your sweat is salty. But your body needs electrolytes to function, that is why sports drinks contain electrolytes. Using coconut water in your datorade replenishes the electrolytes in your body.
I first started making and drinking datorade after I started going to a boxing gym. Boxing was the most intense cardio and conditioning workout that I have ever done. I have never sweated as much as when I was boxing. Every session was 1-1.5 hours of high intensity cardio. No matter how much water I drank during my boxing sessions I would leave the gym exhausted and dehydrated.
I started making datorade after these intense boxing sessions. I found that it helped me get my energy back to a normal level faster than other foods.
Eventually I would bring a bottle or jar of datorade to the gym with me and take sips during the one minute rest periods we had between rounds. It might have been placebo, but I feel like it helped keep me energized and going strong.
I like to add a spoonful of Vitamineral Green just to get a bunch of extra vitamins and minerals in my datorade, but you certainly don’t need to.
I’ve experimented with a few different datorade recipes, but I think this one is my favorite.
- 2 Cups Dates
- 2 Cups Coconut Water
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1 Tbsp Vitamineral Green
- Ice (optional)
- Remove the pitts from the dates.
- Soak the dates in water or directly in the coconut water for an hour or longer before blending. This helps with the blending of the dates, otherwise your blender might struggle. If you have a powerful blender, then you are probably OK without having a soak the dates before blending.
- Place everything into a blender and blend. Add as much or as little ice as you would like. The ice makes this smoothie thicker.
- You can use water or almond milk instead of coconut water if you want, but I think the electrolytes are important.
- Some people like their datorade to be thicker. If you want a thicker datorade just add less liquid. I am usually very thirsty when drinking mine, so I don’t want a very thick drink. I just want to chug as much liquid as possible.