Laura Lea's Workout Water

This refreshing workout water is from Laura Lea's Balanced Cookbook.

She writes, I developed this recipe when my husband was working long hours in the hot Tennessee sun, opening a restaurant in the Nashville Sounds’ baseball stadium. I wanted him to stay hydrated, but no-way-no-how was he getting some pre-packaged beverage full of artificial ingredients and preservatives. This refreshing drink has natural electrolytes from coconut water and sea salt, vitamin C to help protect skin from harsh rays, and just enough sweetness for a gentle energy boost. This quickly became a summer staple in our family, and I think it will for you as well! 


June 01, 2017


In a small sauce pot, combine coconut water, tea bags, and honey. Set heat to medium and bring to a simmer. As soon as mixture is simmering, remove from heat and set aside. Allow to steep 5 minutes, then remove tea bags. At this point, you can allow tea to cool as much or as little as you like—I suggest choosing based on whether or not your pitcher is heatproof. 

In a large pitcher or other container, combine tea and all remaining ingredients. Refrigerate 2 hours, or until completely chilled through, before serving. Beverage will last for 1 week in the refrigerator.



  • 3 cups water
  • 2 herbal tea bags* I like using hibiscus of strawberry tea or something else fruity and refreshing. You could also use green tea, if you want a little caffeine boost
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey (sub maple syrup; suggest 3 if using grapefruit juice)
  • 24 ounces coconut water
  • 1 1/2 cups orange or grapefruit juice (can use 100% juice, bottled; 4 navel oranges; or 3 grapefruits)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
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