I love using the natural power of electrolytes to boost energy, especially while training for new adventures. These natural electrolytes smoothie cubes are a great way to help replenish your body after a workout… and who doesn’t want to try a blue smoothie?!
Have you ever spent an active day outside, and failed to stay hydrated? Chances are your body didn’t receive enough natural electrolytes. That’s why I created a smoothie cube recipe designed to give your body more natural electrolytes. Say goodbye to that electrolyte imbalance, and hello to renewed energy!
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What are Natural Electrolytes?
Electrolytes are minerals that are vital for the body to function normally. Lots of fruits and vegetables contain the electrolytes our bodies need… which is why you often read about them in my blog posts. As a runner + adventure seeker, I work hard to make sure I’ve got the nutrients I need to live my best life.
Electrolyte minerals include:
I love that plants contain these minerals and we can easily get them by adding more plants to our diet! Let’s fuel our bodies with food that works for us, not against us.
How Can We Boost Our Electrolytes?
During the hotter months of the year, one of our team members, Lindsey, likes to use ConcenTrace® Trace Minerals Drops. They add an extra boost of natural electrolytes on days when she’s doing a lot of work outside or perspiring more.
The liquid contains very concentrated levels of minerals sourced from concentrated seawater in Utah’s inland sea. Some home water filtration systems remove these minerals from the water, so this is an easy way to add them back.
A mere 20 drops will remineralize a gallon of water. Lindsey says she uses these drops to successfully prevent as well as treat muscle cramping in her legs and other extremities.
While the below natural electrolytes smoothie cube recipe is great to have on hand, sometimes I need to take electrolytes with me on a long run. If I’m running more than 8 miles (especially in the Florida heat!) I’ve got some go-to ways to keep my body balanced as well as energized:
Skratch Labs sports hydration drink mix offers concentrated minerals that you just add to water. So you can rehydrate as well as replenish electrolytes at the same time.
LMNT drink mix also focuses on a concentrated mix of minerals to recharge your body.
Both of these mixes are super small and can fit in a pocket or running pack, then used when needed.
Are sports drinks good for you?
Sports drinks have long been all the rage as ways to hydrate and replenish whether it’s during a sports game or other times of physical exertion. However, if you look closely at the labels you’ll find some unsavory ingredients including artificial flavors and colors.
In an attempt to appeal to a larger audience, there are even organic, dye-free sports drinks available now. Always read the ingredient list before purchase, and try to choose the most natural electrolyte drink you can find!
Natural Electrolytes Replenishers
There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that provide us with the necessary electrolytes through a varied, healthy diet.
But in the case of an imbalance, there are two excellent, 100% natural electrolyte replenishers that are loads better than sports drinks. Plus, they have fewer ingredients than hydration drink mixes. I’m talking about 100% pure coconut water and bananas.
Coconut water is an incredibly good source of potassium, it is also naturally sweet which can help provide natural, simple carbohydrates for energy.
Bananas are also known for their potassium, which is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure levels and heart function.
Here are some other plant based foods that help maintain as well as balance electrolytes naturally:
- Dill pickles
- vegetable juices (particularly tomato)
- lettuce and other leafy greens (spinach is great!)
- potatoes with skin
- nuts and seeds
- melon and cucumber
- citrus fruits
- sweet potatoes
- other produce with a high water content
In other words, green smoothies and plant-based meals are incredible ways to keep your body balanced + hydrated.
I recommend adding these cubes to the following recipes:
- Mango Melon Madness
- Southern Charm Cantaloupe Smoothie
- Watermelon Acai Smoothie
- Peach Coconut Dream
- Cantaloupe Grape Sweetness
- Chia Berry Green Smoothie
If you love this natural electrolyte smoothie cube recipe, don’t forget to rate + review it below… then check out some other great cube recipes I’ve created.
Natural Electrolytes Smoothie Booster Cubes
- 5 bananas peeled and sliced
- 2 cups coconut water unsweetened, preferably not from concentrate
- 4 tsp Concentrace Trace Minerals optional
- 1-2 tsp butterfly pea powder optional
- pinch sea salt
- pinch baking soda optional, to enhance color
- Place ingredients, including optional ingredients if using, into a blender and puree until smooth. Add a little more baking soda, if needed, to achieve a bluer color.
- Pour into two standard, 16-well ice cube trays. Rap a few times on the counter to help release any bubbles. Freeze for several hours, preferably overnight, until firm.
- Pop frozen smoothie cubes out of trays, then transfer to a freezer proof, airtight container.
- To use add 4 cubes per serving to your favorite smoothie recipe to replace 1/2 cup fruit. Or, blend 8 cubes per serving, plus enough water or coconut water, for use as a quick way to replenish electrolytes.
- Nutrition info includes the optional ingredients.
- The butterfly pea powder adds the blue color, without any other additions, the cubes will be light cream in color. Any superfood juice powder can be used to create other beautiful colors.
I can’t wait to try this recipe out. With summer sports coming up, it will be an ideal replacement for my kids!
This is what I need for the summer! Where do you buy your butterfly pea powder? Thanks!
Great question Erin! We like using an organic butterfly pea powder, like this one on Amazon. Happy summer!
Can’t wait to try these! So many of the store bought electrolyte replacements taste horrible and have yucky chemicals. Thank you for a more natural way of getting my post-workout electrolytes in! 🙂
I’ve been getting more and more into electrolytes. I used to think it was a crock of (you know what), but when I started using them before my runs— I had much better workouts. So YES, I will be using these in my smoothies! Most likely without the pea protein, but the rest is right up my alley.
Oh and also- what booster combos are recommended? (To add more than one to a smoothie)
I think that would probably depend on your personal taste preference. I might combine the alkaline cubes with the antioxidant cubes or the coconut milk cubes with the turmeric cubes. 🙂
Is there a chart that matches the different boosters to recipes they’ll work well with? Thanks!
We don’t have one of those but that’s a great idea!! 🙂
Love the color!! Smoothie cubes are such an easy boost, I love using these.
Yes, LOVE the color!
Excited to try these and have an excuse to get that beautiful butterfly pea powder!
What a great alternative to sports drinks. I’m going to have these ready to go for my post- run cool downs this summer!
They’ll be perfect for that! 🙂
Ok, I’m going to get Butterfly Pea Powder right now – I can’t say no to that blue color!
It really is a vibrant shade of blue. 😀
I’ll probably make mine without the blue pea powder, but doesn’t seem like it should lose it’s electrolyte boost, right?
As an avid runner, I sweat like a pig and could definitely use an electrolyte boost in my smoothie. I always drink one after a run and it helps me recover soooo much. I’m gonna skip the Butterfly Pea protein since I already boost it with your homemade protein powder powder. Thanks Jen!
These cubes are great for adding into workout recovery smoothies!
This sounds like a perfect addition to any workout smoothie!
Thanks Amanda! I love these with my workout too 🙂