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DIY Pedialyte and thank you, delphipsmith!

Sodium, potassium, and water—these are what one needs in an electrolyte solution during an illness or after heavy exercise. One could spend $4.99 on a liter of, say, Mixed Fruit Pedialyte (with all its artificial additives that make it taste like unnatural, fruit-like ass), or one could shake up the following ingredients in a bottle and take a glass of it without gagging or gouging one's wallet:

2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups orange juice (I use a no-pulp/low-acid orange juice)
1/4 teaspoon salt

MFP, 8 oz: 25 calories, 240 mg sodium, 180 mg potassium, 6.0 g carbohydrate, and 6.0 g sugars.
DIY, 8 oz: 42 calories, 152 mg sodium, 188 mg potassium, 9.7 g carbohydrate, and 7.8 g sugars.

MFP is approximately $1.25 per serving; the DIY version is about 14¢, yes, cents, per serving! How's that for simple and inexpensive?


delphipsmith! The book arrived. Thank you so much! I'll let you know what I think of it once I've read it. :D


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Aug. 3rd, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
The DIY version sounds very tasty. Could you use pureed watermelon or just the juice in it as well?
Aug. 3rd, 2017 09:26 pm (UTC)
I think that watermelon would work well. It's high in potassium and low in sodium, so I might increase the salt if sodium isn't a problem for you. If you try that, would you please let me know how it is? :D
Aug. 3rd, 2017 09:40 pm (UTC)
It's just a theoretical question as I don't foresee the kind of activity (and hopefully never get sick and become that dehydrated) anytime in the near future. :)

I recall pureeing a tasteless 'seedless' watermelon and turning it into watermelon lemonade rather than pitching something I paid good money for. I figure I still got the nutrients and the fiber/bulk.
Aug. 3rd, 2017 10:01 pm (UTC)
Watermelon lemonade sounds really good. I have a lonely dragon fruit in the fridge; I think I'll try it in lemonade. Oh! And I have a tiny little melon in the fridge, too, which I keep meaning to turn into a granita. After the day I've just had, I think I might make it a vodka and melon granita. Aha! I'll puree the fruit together with lemonade and vodka; that should make a refreshing granita. *pleased*

Thank you for the inspiration!
Aug. 3rd, 2017 10:47 pm (UTC)
Make three and we'll all come over and have one with you lol
Aug. 4th, 2017 12:16 am (UTC)
Tomorrow, I'm making a pitcher, so there will be enough to share. :D (Shog made me the best grilled cheese ever, so I decided to eschew alcohol; cheese, bread, and a hot pan make most everything better, I find.)
Aug. 3rd, 2017 11:11 pm (UTC)
I thought it was pretty funny. Turning lemons into lemonade. Or not sweet watermelon into lemonade. :)


Finding the post/pic was just faster on my blog.
Aug. 4th, 2017 12:12 am (UTC)
It makes me weep that we're not neighbors. *hugs*
Aug. 4th, 2017 12:22 am (UTC)
I have a boring life in which trying new recipes is the highlight. :(
Aug. 4th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
My life is the same kind of boring, then, because I also like trying new recipes. Cookbooks rule! (You remember that I collect grammar books, too, right?) We can be boring together.

Shog is fussing at me to rest, now, but he told me to tell you that watermelon Pedialyte sounds amazing and that we will definitely be trying it. *g*
Aug. 4th, 2017 02:13 am (UTC)
I haven't opened my cookbooks in ages. There are too many recipes on line that are much easier to search for ingredients that I have available. I went on a book buying binge in the mid to late 80s but then took a LONG hiatus from buying any more. :)

I didn't know that you collected grammar books. I only have two myself:

Dare to be a Great Writer - 32 Keys to Powerful Fiction
The Oxford Guide to Writing

from my brief sojourn into the field of writing fanfiction. :)

PS: I was wrong, I also have:

Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers

Edited at 2017-08-04 02:15 am (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2017 11:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't have those books. *adds them to list*

I inherited a lot of Grandma and Mom's cookbooks, as well as a lot of scrawled recipes of theirs and others (which I never have gotten around to typing up properly). Grandma, my kitchen inspiration, never followed recipes and measured with her hands, so I tend to read a bit and then wing it when I want to make something (that is not always good, but I do enjoy it; I think being stuck on a recipe is boring {as evidenced by my heavy hand with seasoning}).

Thinking about it, I suspect that Grandma was a walking collection of recipes; I expect that she made everything look easy and never discussed the times when things weren't for her. ;P
Aug. 4th, 2017 02:54 pm (UTC)
In the old country they adapted coffee cups, mugs, ladles etc into their measuring utensils. And, of course hands. Unfortunately with time, a number of your Grandma's recipes probably got 'lost' I bet.
Aug. 14th, 2017 12:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure some of them have been altered due to the loss of Grandma's "hand" measures, no matter on what utensils they were based, but they're still good. I paid a lot of attention to her measurements while she taught me to cook, so I have the basic recipes down. Some special occasion ones will just never be the same.
Aug. 14th, 2017 04:09 pm (UTC)
I figured out how to make the crepes and the cream puffs. The strudel ... still not there.
Aug. 4th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
Good night.
Aug. 4th, 2017 11:20 am (UTC)
Good morning!

And Shog's still fussing at me because I pretty much sprained my left everything yesterday (I tripped over a concrete something or other and lunged to catch the boxes that I was carrying instead of just letting them fall) and I wanted to do—okay, that's too strong a statement—I intended to do some weeding this morning. He gave that the thumbs down and set me up in the recliner (which I admit is quite nice).

That said, I do not plan to sit here all damn day. I hate sitting still for long!
Aug. 4th, 2017 02:51 pm (UTC)
I'm with Shog. Sit yourself down and rest. DOES he have some liniment that he can rub into the sore places?
Aug. 14th, 2017 12:33 pm (UTC)
We didn't have anything proper to rub into my ankle, but it's healing quite well and quickly; I almost have my full use of it again. :D
Aug. 14th, 2017 04:08 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear. In the old days, Ben-Gay ... the stinky stuff, was ready available at the pharmacy/drug store.
Aug. 3rd, 2017 10:47 pm (UTC)
Yay! Yes, do let me know what you think :)
Aug. 4th, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
Will do! :D
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