12.12.2014

Friday Favorites: huma chia energy gel

At one point or another when a runner chooses to run longer distances they will turn to some sort of fuel to ingest during their run. In my years of running long I have tried many options with some not being as clean and natural as I hoped. In fact, in the beginning I turned to more processed options since that was all I heard about.

So today I am going to tell you about one of my favorites - huma chia energy gel...blueberry to be exact.

Ironically, it was during a blogger gift exchange that I was introduced to this product. Prior to this I was using something natural but it just didn't go down well and was a wee bit chunky. That is not nice during a long run but I endured since I needed fuel and wanted something natural. In fact, I started alternating this fuel with applesauce to go to try to not have to swallow that chunk too much. It wasn't nice and the huma gels were a pleasant surprise. They tasted good AND they were smooth. No chunk. And great ingredients!

When I first "met" huma they had only a few flavors: strawberries, apple & cinnamon, mangoes, blueberries, and raspberries. Hopefully you can figure out what the first ingredient in each was. Yes, fruit puree. That made me smile! After that you have evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, filtered water, ground chia seeds, sea salt, perhaps citric acid and perhaps caffeine. Today I noticed they have a few more flavors on the list: lemonade, chocolate, and cafe mocha. These do not have the fruit purees.

Each does contain the chia seeds, which inspired me to read up some on chia seeds. They come from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica, and contain omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Each gel packet is 100 calories with 1g of fat, 105-110 mg sodium, 25-50 mg of potassium, 21-25 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 14-15 g sugar, and 1 g protein.

Let's chat! What do you ingest on long runs?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that I was introduced to this gel. I just wish I could remember who gave it to me!
Daily Affirmation: I have a loving heart.

4 comments:

  1. I'd love to try their gels. I've always used GU. I don't think I've seen these in stores. Good luck with your marathon!

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  2. It has been a lot of trial and error on my part. I finally learned that I cannot have anything with even a trace of Xylitol (sugar alcohol.) I've mostly used Hammer Nutrition products, although they do have one product with Xylitol that I stay away from.

    Have a great run on Sunday! I'll be on the course as well (marathon #3 for me!) My husband gets the really fun job - he's part of the cycling team that escorts the wheelchair competitors. He'll be on the course, but finishing long before me!

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    1. It is always good when you find what works for you. Good luck Sunday! There are so many wonderful people on the course and I love that we will all be "running together." Your hubby does have an awesome job! Mine has won hubby of the year since he will be cheering and watching darling daughter.

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