Natural Electrolytes Smoothie Booster Cubes

POSTED ON 8.27.2019

Do you drink plenty of fluids, yet still feel your energy drag? I’ve got a great natural electrolyte recipe to help keep you balanced.

Have you ever spent an active day outside, but failed to stay hydrated? Chances are your body didn’t receive enough natural electrolytes. That’s why I created a smoothie booster cube recipe designed to give your body more natural electrolytes. Here’s why it’s important:

What are natural electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals that are vital for normal functioning of the human body at a cellular level. They conduct electrical impulses through water that are relayed between cells and organ systems.

Potassium, sodium, calcium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium are all electrolytes used by the body and are sourced from the foods we eat. This includes many fruits and vegetables you probably eat every day.

Most every system in the body relies on these electrolytes, but especially the nervous system, circulatory system, and muscular system.

Our bodies rely on a this delicate balance of vitamins, minerals, and water to keep things humming along. When something gets out of whack, such as with an electrolyte balance, it can make us feel “off” and even cause more serious symptoms like muscle cramping, dehydration, headaches, fatigue, blood pressure issues, and more.

What do natural electrolytes do?

To contract properly, the body’s muscles, including the heart, need calcium, sodium, and potassium. When an imbalance occurs, the muscles may twitch, become weak, or contract excessively (cramping). This includes skeletal muscles and smooth muscles within the digestive system, heart, and other systems.

Because electrolytes us water to conduct the impulses, it is vital to stay properly hydrated. If there’s not enough water, the signals can’t be sent properly. Conversely, if there’s too much water or a concentration of electrolytes, the same thing can happen. So an electrolyte imbalance can occur when there is a deficit or overabundance.

Electrolytes leave the body mainly through the skin (sweating) and filtration through the kidneys (urination). If there is too little water in the body, the electrolytes are filtered out of the kidneys to achieve a normal balance. Likewise, if there is too much water, the body would rid itself of the excess to restore balance.

During the hotter months of the year, one of our team members, Lindsey, likes to use ConcenTrace® Trace Minerals Drops to add an extra boost of electrolytes on days when she’s doing a lot of work outside or perspiring more. The liquid contains very concentrated levels of minerals magnesium, chloride, sodium, potassium, sulfate, lithium, and boron sourced from concentrated seawater from Utah’s inland sea. Some home water filtration systems remove these minerals from the water, so it can be 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 and treat muscle cramping in her legs and other extremities.

Most common electrolyte imbalances

Sodium and potassium are the most common electrolyte imbalances that occur, generally through sweating due to heat and/or exertion. However, other factors can create an imbalance such as illnesses or diseases that cause dehydration or prevent proper filtration of the blood. Viruses, infections, cancer and cancer treatments, eating disorders, heart problems, a decline in kidney function, blood levels that are either too acidic or too alkaline, and even side effects of medications may also contribute to imbalances.

When there is an excessive concentration of magnesium, sodium, potassium, or calcium, this can affect the body by inducing an irregular heartbeat, blood pressure changes (too high or too low), weakness and fatigue, nervous system problems including numbness, mental fog and confusion, muscle spasms and cramping or twitching.

How to treat an electrolyte imbalance

Treatment for electrolyte imbalances depends on the cause and severity. Generally it’s a simple fix of replenishing electrolytes though rehydration with liquid that contains naturally occurring or added sodium and potassium, and other electrolytes as needed.

For severe hydration, it may be necessary to rehydrate through an IV in a hospital or clinical setting. In the case where water is depleted but there is a concentration of electrolytes, the person with be given IV fluids that contain a combination of water and glucose to help facilitate a balance. (Note: for serious diseases such as kidney disease, it may not be possible to prevent electrolyte imbalances and may be hard to treat.)

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.

Natural Electrolytes Replenishers

As mentioned above, 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, natural electrolyte replenishers that are loads better for you than sports drinks – 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. There are accounts of medics injecting fresh coconut water straight into the IVs of soldiers who were suffering from dehydration, effects of being out in the elements, injuries, or other ailments.

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 or balance electrolyte imbalances:

  • Dill pickles
  • vegetable juices (particularly tomato)
  • lettuce and other leafy greens (spinach is great!)
  • olives
  • potatoes with skin
  • bananas
  • nuts and seeds
  • melon and cucumber
  • citrus fruits
  • broccoli
  • sweet potatoes
  • berries
  • other produce with a high water content

In other words, green smoothies and plant-based meals are amazing for keeping your body’s electrolytes in balance and staying hydrated. 🙂

Butterfly Pea Powder

Butterfly pea powder is another ingredient included in this recipe. It’s not a source of electrolytes, we just love the pretty blue color it adds. It is a superjuice powder that is derived from the vibrant blue blossom of a type of pea plant native to Asia. The flavor is reminiscent of matcha (though much milder) and other herbal teas. Fun fact: the color remains blue in neutral or basic pH levels and turns purple to pinkish purple when mixed with acidic liquids. To keep these cubes on the bluer side (think: water and hydration!) I added a little pinch of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) which is another electrolyte replenisher, as well as a little bit of pink salt (not pictured).

We 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

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Natural Electrolytes Smoothie Booster Cubes

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Replenish your electrolytes naturally with these smoothie booster cubes made with plant-based ingredients.


  • 5 large bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups 100% pure coconut water, unsweetened, preferably not from concentrate
  • 4 teaspoons Concentrace Trace Minerals (optional)
  • 12 teaspoons butterfly pea powder (optional)
  • Pinch himalayan or other sea salt
  • Big pinch baking soda (optional, to enhance color)


  1. 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, if desired.
  2. 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.
  3. Pop frozen smoothie cubes out of trays and transfer to a freezer-proof, airtight container.
  4. 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.
  • Category: smoothie
  • Method: blending
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: smoothie cubes, electrolytes, coconut water, banana

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Alice says:

    Oh and also- what booster combos are recommended? (To add more than one to a smoothie)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      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. 🙂

  2. Alice says:

    Is there a chart that matches the different boosters to recipes they’ll work well with? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      We don’t have one of those but that’s a great idea!! 🙂

  3. Ashlee says:

    Love the color!! Smoothie cubes are such an easy boost, I love using these.

  4. Jessica says:

    Excited to try these and have an excuse to get that beautiful butterfly pea powder!

  5. Kim says:

    What a great alternative to sports drinks. I’m going to have these ready to go for my post- run cool downs this summer!

  6. Amanda says:

    Ok, I’m going to get Butterfly Pea Powder right now – I can’t say no to that blue color!

  7. Olivia says:

    I’ll probably make mine without the blue pea powder, but doesn’t seem like it should lose it’s electrolyte boost, right?

  8. Dani Mitchell says:

    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 Protein Smoothie Boost powder. Thanks Jen!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      These cubes are great for adding into workout recovery smoothies!

  9. Amanda says:

    This sounds like a perfect addition to any workout smoothie!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Amanda! I love these with my workout too 🙂


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