Go Ultima! Hydration Option Review

Disclosure: I received samples of Ultima Replenisher to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

When I’m in the midst of training, I tend to get a little sick of water even though it’s essential to a successful training regimen. Luckily I found out about Ultima Replenisher, and
I have to say it has made it so much easier to get my daily water and essential nutrients in.
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What is Ultima? It’s a powdered electrolyte drink mix that you simply mix in to your water and drink! It adds the vitamins and minerals you need for successful workouts back into your system without extra carbs or sugar.

You may have heard of Ultima previously, but I’d encourage you to try it again for yourself. They recently reformulated – one package now fills a whole 16.9 oz. water bottle.

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So how does Ultima stack up in the things that are most important to me in a nutrition product? Let’s find out.

Calories

While calories don’t necessarily have a bearing on the overall healthiness of a product, they do help me keep track of how much I’m eating overall on a daily basis. It’s nice that Ultima contains no calories, so I can stay on track, which brings me to my next point…

Nutrition

Despite containing no calories, Ultima is au naturale – the colors are all-natural, flavors are naturally derived, sweetened with stevia, etc. I can rest easy knowing that it isn’t full of chemicals! Ultima also contains a ton of Vitamin C, among other essential nutrients. You can view the nutrition facts on their website.

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Working with my Stomach

I usually prefer to take in more food-like substances when running long distances, but I still need to hydrate (and sometimes need more sodium than I can take in reasonably with Gu’s). Ultima satisfies that need, and it agrees really well with my stomach while I’m working out. This is not always the case – Gatorade and others have been known to make me a little queasy.

Taste

Perhaps most importantly, Ultima tastes great! It is not overpoweringly sweet, but it does not taste salty either. I sampled the Raspberry and Lemonade flavors, and both actually tasted true to what I expected – a rarity with nutrition products. It comes in five different flavors, and you can mix ’em if you want (I mixed mine together to make Raspberry Lemonade). My husband, Chris, even likes it, which is the ultima-te test! We make a point to go work out together at least once a week, and now I am always having to make him a bottle of the Lemonade flavor. They also have some delicious recipes on their website… I like adding a little squeeze of lime to mine!

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Price

All Ultima servings are measured per 16 oz serving – the equivalent of a standard packaged bottle of water. A 20 pack of single-serve packets is $19.99 (roughly $1 each). What I love about the single-serve packets are that they are so convenient to take on the go. You can also purchase a 30-serving or 90-serving canister, which is what I recommend in terms of being cost-effective. Each serving ends up being around 66 cents (for the 30-serving) and if you really love it, purchasing the 90-serving canister makes each serving a super-affordable 44 cents! I also prefer this option because it makes it easier to add enough drink mixture to a larger bottle, like my Camelbak that holds about 26 oz. of water.

Are you ready to try Ultima Replenisher for yourself?

Visit www.ultimareplenisher.com and the code “BIBRAVE2016” gets you 35% off of their already reasonable prices (plus free shipping).

Cheers to hydrating well!

Supercharge Your Sports Drink with MeStrength (Product Review)

Disclosure: I received a 10 Pack of MeStrength Hydration to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! This post also contains an affiliate link, meaning I will receive a small amount of monetary compensation if you purchase something from the link. All opinions are my own.

Looking for a great way to add some nutrients to your water in a delicious way? MeStrength does the trick!

mestrengthboxWith running, it is essential to be consuming fluids regularly so that your body can perform at an optimal level. I try to consume 8 glasses a day. I know that might be a little over what I need, but I want to make sure I don’t get thirsty, since that can mean you’re already dehydrated. However, water alone can get a little bit boring sometimes. While I try not to drink Coke, I really like to switch things up with my beverages.

When I heard about MeStrength Electrolyte Drink Mix and the fact that it was zero calories, my reaction was, “what kind of chemicals are in that?” The answer is, none! MeStrength offers 5 essential electrolytes and a little bit of creatine, which can help build muscle and aid in your overall workout performance. This is something anyone who works out can use, regardless of if they run or not, and it’s way better than sports drinks out there that are filled with sugar.

mestrengthflavorsAvailable in 5 flavors (Lemon-Lime, Orange, Grape, Fruit Punch and Strawberry Kiwi), you are sure to find something that tastes good to you. My favorites were the Lemon-Lime, which tastes like Chick-Fil-A Lemonade, and Strawberry Kiwi. It is sweetened with Stevia, so it’s certainly not full of sugar like Gatorade and Powerade are. I like to drink my MeStrength before my workout – it helps me get that last bit of hydration in before I go kick my own butt.

While the package calls for a 16.9 oz. water bottle, I personally prefer to dilute the drink a bit more than recommended. I put one drink packet in my favorite Camelbak water bottle with ice; the water bottle holds about 3 cups of water total, so with ice I probably dilute it with an extra half cup.

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Some other things I loved about MeStrength were:

  • Variety of flavors.
  • Minimal ingredients… and no artificial red food coloring here!
  • It still tastes good because it is sweetened with Stevia; according to the MeStrength website, this also means it absorbs into the bloodstream more quickly.
  • Considered a clean drink – it doesn’t contain any preservatives, stimulants, high fructose corn syrup, sugar or stabilizers.
  • Gluten-free and vegan means that pretty much anyone can drink it.
  • Can be made conveniently with a regular old bottle of water (or with however much water you prefer).
  • Zero calories (!!!).

Some of the drawbacks were:

  • Salty aftertaste in some flavors.
  • I couldn’t drink it during workouts. I tried it, but it didn’t agree with me, and I felt super thirsty because of the salt, I think.
  • Price – while premium ingredients are used for this unique drink formula, the price point is a bit higher than others on the market (but you do get what you pay for).

Overall, I definitely would recommend MeStrength if you are looking to supercharge your water in a way that is healthier than other sports drinks like Gatorade. You can stock up on MeStrength via their website, or on Amazon, if you have Prime like I do!

What’s your pre-run fueling routine?

Today I’m raising my glass to MeStrength – cheers!