Homemade Sports Nutrition - Recipes for DIY Drinks, Gels and Chews

When you exercise for long periods of time or workout vigorously in the heat, you need to replace electrolytes and glycogen lost through sweat. Whether you are training for an endurance event or simply enjoy taking your workout outdoors, it’s important to properly fuel your body. Some commercial sports nutrition brands are expensive and others have ingredients you may prefer not to put into your body. What’s the solution? Try making your own sports nutrition recipes - it’s less expensive, you control the ingredients, and you add the flavorings you enjoy best.

Here are some easy DIY Sports Drinks, Gels and Chews recipes to make at home:

Chia Fresca / Iskiate - A Natural Chia Seed Energy Drink


Get the recipe from Hurry Up The Food.

Tart Cherry Gummy Candy


Get the recipe from Margeaux Vittoria.

Watermelon Workout Drink


Get the recipe from Run Eat Repeat.

Homemade Energy Gel "Sweet Potato Casserole"


Get the recipe from Real Food for Fuel.

Homemade Electrolyte Drink – A Healthy Gatorade Alternative with Four Tasty Flavors


Get the recipe from The Hippy Homemaker.

Strawberry Beet Blast Recipe


Get the recipe from Karen Wojciechowski.

Homemade Mocha Energy Gel Recipe

Get the recipe from Life to the Full.

Homemade Watermelon Running Chews for Fuel


Get the recipe from Fit Disney Mom.

Homemade Electrolyte Ice (to replace sports drinks!)

Get the recipe from Frugal Nutrition.

Make Your Own Energy Gel: Red Tart Cherry & Chia Seed


Get the recipe from

DIY All Natural “Gatorade” Electrolyte Sports DrinkDIY-Gatorade-1

Get the recipe from Little Miss Dexterous.



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