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Old 03-11-04, 01:19 PM   #1
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Gatorade Sports Drink Powder

I've been wanting to save on my sports supplements & since I the liquid form of gatorade is so expensive I'm in search of the powder form. I know they sell it on the web but wanted to consult with you guys as to the best & cheapest alternatives either on the web or markets that you know of. I live in NYC - the lower east side & where ever I look I can't find gatorade powder in supermarkets or deli's. I tend to workout alot so $2 a bottle multiplied by 25 days a month well that's money spent unnecessarily when you can get the same drink for cheaper buying in bulk.
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CostCo sells a 76 oz container of Lemon Lime Gatorade for around $8-9. It makes around 9 gallons. Wish they carried other flavors, though.

Every once in a while, Walmart has a 2 lb tub in different flavors.
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I don't know where to buy it online (I go to costco) but the powder stuff is great. Mixes well and you can mix it to flavour (which I like) haha
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Costco in my area doesn't carry the 76 oz container anymore (unless its seasonal). Target has the smaller two gallon containers.
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Powerade is cheaper and better than Gatorade
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Costco stopped carrying gatorade a while back here but I pay a dollar more at Smart & Final for the Lemon Lime same size I think it's almost $10. They also have 3 other flavors in half the size of the big one. Not sure of the size exactly. It's all I use!
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Forgot to mention this...here's a recipe from the roadbikerider.com web site:

"You won't believe how close this sports drink recipe is to a commercial product. It has 110 mg of sodium and 38 mg of potassium per 8-oz. serving. Cost is only about 30 cents per half gallon. Compare that to $3 for Gatorade! You can adjust the sweetness to taste. -- John R.

► 1 packet any flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid or similar product for making 2 quarts
► 8 tablespoons sugar
► 3/8 teaspoon of salt
► 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute that contains potassium chloride
► 2 quarts of water"
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Forgot to mention this...here's a recipe from the roadbikerider.com web site:

"You won't believe how close this sports drink recipe is to a commercial product. It has 110 mg of sodium and 38 mg of potassium per 8-oz. serving. Cost is only about 30 cents per half gallon. Compare that to $3 for Gatorade! You can adjust the sweetness to taste. -- John R.

► 1 packet any flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid or similar product for making 2 quarts
► 8 tablespoons sugar
► 3/8 teaspoon of salt
► 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute that contains potassium chloride
► 2 quarts of water"

And you can replace the SUGAR with SPLENDA if your diabetic!
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Thanks for the recipe SSP. I have heard that honey is a better source of carbs than sugar, wonder what it would taste like if you replaced the sugar with honey? Maybe I'll try...
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I don't know about NYC but in Dallas, TX Walmart carries powdered Gatorade.
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Powerade can be had in power also. And its cheaper.
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guys. it is so cruel to tell a guy living on the east side of the island to get powdered gatorade at wal-mart or costco. geez.

i doubt you could mail order it, and i doubt that you could pedal over the bridge and get it efficiently.
i use 1/2 and 1/2 orange juice with water in a pinch. plenty of sugar and carbs.

or the next time i'm in i'll drop some by. i usually stay on the east side.
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found site with reasonable prices

I called gatorade, walmart, costco...turns out they don't sell it until way into the summer. so I found this website which sells the 2.5 gallon mixes for a bit more than gatorade does but after $25 it offers free shipping. Plus I don't have to depend on just having one flavor or buying the required 8 packs of 2.5 gallon packs they come in individual packs.

Here it is if interested:
http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/QKR03970.html
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Our Walmart has Powdered Fruit Punch Gatorade - Makes 20 qts. for under $8
But I only use Gatorade during summer months, when I sweat alot.

Here's another recipe. I have not tried it yet.

Lemon-orange sports drink
Water
1 caffeine-free lemon tea bag
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons orange juice

Bring 16 ounces of water to a boil. Steep lemon tea bag. Dissolve sugar and salt in the tea and let cool. Combine the tea and orange juice and chill.

Nutritional info per 8 ounce serving: 60 calories; less than 1g protein; 15g carbohydrates; 130mg sodium; less than 1g fat

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Originally Posted by SSP
Forgot to mention this...here's a recipe from the roadbikerider.com web site:

"You won't believe how close this sports drink recipe is to a commercial product. It has 110 mg of sodium and 38 mg of potassium per 8-oz. serving. Cost is only about 30 cents per half gallon. Compare that to $3 for Gatorade! You can adjust the sweetness to taste. -- John R.

► 1 packet any flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid or similar product for making 2 quarts
► 8 tablespoons sugar
► 3/8 teaspoon of salt
► 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute that contains potassium chloride
► 2 quarts of water"

I have tried this recipe, with lemon-lime KoolAid, and ya know, it is pretty decent.

If you try honey, I suggest starting at 5 tablspoons, mixing and tasting, then adding more to taste.
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whenever i do a ride..i tend to dilute my gatorade mix..now it lasts 2x as long
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I also mix mine diluted, it does taste better and isn't as "sticky". For a long ride I put the appropriate amount into a small plastic "poly" bag and seal it with an iron. At a rest stop I break open a bag and pour it all in, then add water.
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If you're looking for an alternative to Gatorade or Powerade, have a look at your local GNC for something called "Endurance". It comes in a huge jug, and I believe costs roughly the same as Gatorade. However, the flavor is better (at least for me) and I believe it has a higher concentration of carbs - around 90% of it's weight. It also contains some type of tea extract and various other ingredients; which will supposedly help with endurance, stop muscle cramping, etc.

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Instead of Gatorade, I have found this works about as well:

Fill a 20oz water bottle about 1/4 full with orange juice.
Add a small amount of table salt. I don't really measure, I use a pinch or two.
Fill the rest of the bottle with ordinary water.

I have found that I use sports drinks and gels much less now compared to the way I used to. Now I use a gel or sports drink only if an aerobic workout lasts longer than about 90 minutes. For sessions 90 minutes or less, I use plain water. I have also found (the hard way) that being properly hydrated before you even start a workout has done me more good than sports drinks, especially on shorter outings.

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I don't know where to buy it online (I go to costco) but the powder stuff is great. Mixes well and you can mix it to flavour (which I like) haha
A Google on Gatorade had results in .002 seconds. The gatorade site has an online store also.
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I've been wanting to save on my sports supplements & since I the liquid form of gatorade is so expensive I'm in search of the powder form. I know they sell it on the web but wanted to consult with you guys as to the best & cheapest alternatives either on the web or markets that you know of. I live in NYC - the lower east side & where ever I look I can't find gatorade powder in supermarkets or deli's. I tend to workout alot so $2 a bottle multiplied by 25 days a month well that's money spent unnecessarily when you can get the same drink for cheaper buying in bulk.
thank you
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Try this link: http://www.sharpesafety.com/catalog/...ay.php3?ID=189. Cheapest around, comes out to between $0.22 and $0.26 per quart depending if you buy the 2.5 gal bag v. 6 gal bag. But - you will have to go with one flavor unless you go for the one with four mixed flavors. The price is right - $74 to $84 plus shipping and you get between 80 and 84 gallons of the stuff ! Voila
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Originally Posted by SSP
Forgot to mention this...here's a recipe from the roadbikerider.com web site:

"You won't believe how close this sports drink recipe is to a commercial product. It has 110 mg of sodium and 38 mg of potassium per 8-oz. serving. Cost is only about 30 cents per half gallon. Compare that to $3 for Gatorade! You can adjust the sweetness to taste. -- John R.

► 1 packet any flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid or similar product for making 2 quarts
► 8 tablespoons sugar
► 3/8 teaspoon of salt
► 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute that contains potassium chloride
► 2 quarts of water"



Damn you americans.... we don't get Kool-Aid!

I take it I can use unsweetened fruit drink that you normally dilutr with water instead?

And what is a quart exactly?
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Damn you americans.... we don't get Kool-Aid!

I take it I can use unsweetened fruit drink that you normally dilutr with water instead?

And what is a quart exactly?
LOL...

Kool-Aid is a powdered flavoring for water, marketed mostly as a summertime drink for children. It comes in a variety of colors and flavors. You can purchase it with or without sugar already added. The "without sugar" variety is normally sold in a small paper envelope containing 0.5 g of the flavoring and coloring agent. Presumably, something similar is sold on your side of the pond...

A quart is 0.95 liters (or, litres, if you prefer).

Now, if you'll tell me how games are won and loss in cricket, we'll be even . FWIW - even after several years of listening to the cricket scores on BBC, I'm still clueless about what all the various terms mean.
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Now, if you'll tell me how games are won and loss in cricket, we'll be even . FWIW - even after several years of listening to the cricket scores on BBC, I'm still clueless about what all the various terms mean.


Cheers for the info!

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http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/0606.htm

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The subjects, all of whom completed an average of 2.5 hours of cycling per week as well as other endurance activities, carried out three 60-minute trials under the following conditions:
1. no fluid at all;
2. 1,200ml of distilled water;
3. 1,200ml of the sports drink Gatorade.
Following a warm-up, the subjects cycled for 60 minutes at their highest possible power output, maintaining 40-80rpm. Heart rate, RPE (rating of perceived exertion) and power output were monitored at regular intervals throughout the trial.
Are you sitting comfortably? Well, this study found that fluid replacement with Gatorade during an hour of moderately intense exercise did not produce any meaningful effects on power output, heart rate, sweat rate, rate of perceived exertion or urine electrolyte concentrations when compared with no fluid ingestion or water alone. In other words, the sports drink didn't work.
Although we shouldn't dismiss all of the previous research suggesting that commercial sports drinks can help improve performance, it may be that they only have a substantial impact during longer-term activities. More research is needed, but this study does raise a valid point: do we need to spend substantial amount of money on sports drinks when plain old water will do?
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