This year I have been riding more than usual, and for a variety of reasons I have sometimes not been bringing my own sports drink powder with me on long, hot rides. Instead, I just worked with what I found either in convenience stores or the coffee shop. It is sometimes a pain to ‘take it all with you,’ but I did do that for years when I had specific needs and a specific nutrition plan I could not deviate from. Not anymore, let’s try something new!
On the July 4th weekend, I ventured out with my boyfriend for another 70+ mile ride on the gorgeous roads of northern Bucks County. Our usual coffee shop stop was closed … oh no! Fortunately, the neighboring health food store, Kimberton Whole Foods, was open. Yay! And it really was a ‘yay,’ as we got to choose between water, cold brew coffee, kombucha and various juices in the refrigerated drinks section. We got lucky for sure!
Much to our surprise, we found Honest Sport electrolyte drink. Yes, it is the same company that makes Honest Tea, and now they make a sports drink that has less sugar and a decent amount of electrolytes. Move over Gatorade – this stuff is way better!
This Honest Sport was also refreshing! We chose the berry and the lemon flavors, finding both of them very tasty and not overly sweet. I then saw it at a Scoogie Events 5K in Doylestown a week later, and had to ask where it was available. Right now, it is available online, and at Whole Foods and other natural foods stores. It’s uncertain when availability will be more mainstream, but they are working on it.
The ingredients were simple: Water, organic cane sugar and various organic fruit juice and juice concentrates, sea salt, citric acid and potassium citrate. The best part, for me, is that they use the fruit juices to get the color, so there’s nothing artificial. And it’s real ingredients, and mostly organic ones to boot. It comes in Berry, Lemon and Orange flavors. One of these days I may blend 2 together …
See if you can get your hands on it, as it does really work with a full 270 mg of sodium and for the 16.9 oz bottle, which only has 100 calories. I hope it does end up in Wawa and convenience stores soon, as this would be a drink I would grab and I think you should too.
Joanna K Chodorowska, BA, NC, TPTH is a holistic sports nutrition coach and multidimensional healer helping you find balance and whole body health using real foods, Path To Heal energy work and essential oils.
Joanna provides her clients with realistic, real foods, movement therapy and stress management options that fit into their busy lives. Joanna helps clients find the way to self-love, self-acceptance and a life of joy honoring their needs, body, mind and soul. Nutrition for body, mind, spirit, and sport. For more information, please visit www.nutrition-in-motion.net.