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How do you hydrate?
Even if you’re a newbie runner, you probably know that it’s important to stay hydrated before, during, and after a run. Proper hydration is crucial for both your health and your performance. In some cases, water may be sufficient. But in others, particularly for longer runs, you’ll need to replace sodium and other electrolytes that you lose when you sweat.
There are lots of hydration and electrolyte replacement products on the market these days – you can choose from ready-made sports drinks, powders that you mix with water, or even gel packs. Personally, I’m a fan of good old fashioned Gatorade. Some of my runner friends have experienced cramping or digestion issues with Gatorade, but my body seems to process it well, and I like the way it tastes. That may sound trivial, but if I don’t like the way something tastes, I’m not going to drink it. And if I don’t drink, I’ll get dehydrated. So taste is important, at least to me! I also hate hate HATE anything with artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes – even the natural ones like Stevia. So those products are automatically ruled out for me.
In a nutshell? I’m picky. Really picky. And that often makes me a little reluctant to try new products. But when I read about PowerICE, I was intrigued for 3 reasons:
- They were all natural (no yucky artificial stuff).
- One of my daughters is a poor drinker and is having some digestive issues because of it. I thought this might be a good way to sneak in some extra hydration & electrolytes.
- I love popsicles.
So PowerICE sent us samples of their 4 flavors: grape, raspberry, lime, and orange. Not long after, we stumbled upon the perfect opportunity to try them out – one of my daughters was sent home sick by the school nurse, and the other one threw up in the car on our way home. (Yay, fun afternoon.)
Almost immediately after puking, my daughter started complaining about being thirsty and hungry. So I broke out the PowerICE pops. We each had one – and let me tell you, they are good. Like, really good. Both girls asked for seconds. My little pukey kid asked for thirds. (I drew the line at fourths.)
The easiest way to describe them is that they taste like frozen Gatorade pops. Only they’re not frozen solid like popsicles, where you have to lick them for a long time, and where a bite comes with the risk of major brain freeze. They’re more like the consistency of a slushie, only flat and in a little pouch that makes them easy to eat.
They’re also sweet but not too sweet, at least for my taste. And it’s a natural sweetness, kind of like fruit juice. There’s nothing artificial about them. (Now, keep in mind, I like sweet things. When I mix my own Gatorade from powder, I like it full-strength. My husband, on the other hand, finds my Gatorade way too sweet and dilutes his to half strength.)
PowerICE has some other stuff going for it, besides the great taste. It has:
- Just 30 calories
- 100% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C
- Electrolytes (20 mg of potassium and 25 mg of sodium)
- NO Caffeine
- NO Gluten
- NO High-fructose corn syrup
- NO Artificial preservatives
It also lowers the body’s core temperature before, during, and after a run/workout. And while I didn’t actually run while eating one, the packaging is similar to that of an energy gel – rip off the top and eat on the go. I don’t know about you, but I can’t drink and run – but I can eat and run!
Simply put – PowerICE pops are great. I’m actually craving one now, as I write this. I love them, my kids love them, and I will be using them in the future as both a means of hydration and as a delicious frozen treat for me and the kids!
What’s your favorite way to hydrate? Tell us in the comments below!