By: Kristen Susienka
As an avid runner, I’m always on the lookout for a refreshing recovery drink to follow up a tough training session, something with a distinct flavor that most importantly leaves me comfortably rehydrated. One of my favorite go-tos is switchel. Since first trying it, I’ve been hooked and can’t recommend it enough.
What is switchel? Well, the short answer is it’s an extremely delicious, slightly carbonated, all-natural electrolyte drink that benefits many aspects of your life.
Where It All Started
Switchel has its origins in the agricultural industry, given to farmers after a hard day in the fields. (Think of it as the healthier, seventeenth-century version of Gatorade!) Today it’s making a surge in the health drink market.
Why It’s Good
The ingredients in it are simple—apple cider vinegar, ginger, an unrefined sweetener and water—but they all have their benefits. Elements of apple cider vinegar are thought to kill harmful bacteria in food and in the gut, control blood sugar levels, soothe an upset stomach and improve heart health. Ginger’s medicinal benefits are varied too, including reducing inflammation, aiding in digestion, helping decrease muscle pain and soreness and easing nausea symptoms. Traditionally, blackstrap molasses was used to sweeten switchel, but now you’ll see honey or maple syrup taking on that role. Both of these unrefined sweeteners contain inherent plusses, like minerals, B vitamins, natural energy, and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They’re also considered to be lower glycemic, meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar as high or as quickly. Last, these three ingredients are blended with water—the elixir of life. As you can see, your body benefits with every sip!
Make the Switch
So when you’re completing your next workout, consider switching to switchel. These days, there are a lot of companies out there trying to make the perfect switchel, but Superior Switchel was one of the first—and in my opinion, it’s the best. Their beverages are the perfect balance of tart, spicy, and sweet, making them not only healthy choices, but also delicious ones. All three of their flavors are only lightly sweetened (less than 1 Tbsp per 12-oz. bottle), bubbly, and USDA Certified Organic. They’re also a woman-owned business and donate to Great Lakes conservation efforts!
Don’t wait. Pick up an ice-cold switchel today and give it a try. You just might want more!