A little over a month ago I was contacted by Caitlin about the Crystal Light Pure product. She says that she thought the readers of my blog (that's you guys) along with myself might be interested in some hydration tips from Crystal Light. This email came to me about a week after my triathlon, so I was very interested. She also informed me that two of the flavors - Grape and Strawberry Kiwi – have electrolytes. Being new to running, I'm still learning about electrolytes, when I need them, if I should take them, and how they help me at all. I'm also a complete lover of all Crystal Light products, so of course I jumped at the chance.
Caitlin sent me three flavors to try: Grape, Strawberry Kiwi, and Lemonade.
|Strawberry Kiwi, Lemonade, Grape|
The Pure line also has Tropical Blend and Mixed Berry flavors available.
I had planned to ask her what the difference between Crystal Light and Crystal Light Pure was until I re-checked the e-mail she had sent me and I found this:
“Crystal Light Pure, is naturally sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. It also has no artificial flavors or preservatives.”
The other difference I noticed was Crystal Light Pure has 10 more calories per serving than the regular variety. While that may be a smart idea for fitness and electrolyte reasons, I don’t think I’d choose Pure over my regular Crystal Light for everyday drinking.
In my past experience, my favorite Crystal Light flavor is Lemonade. However, out of the flavors that were sent to me, Grape was my favorite. I enjoyed the Kiwi Strawberry and of course the Lemonade, but I tended to grab the Grape flavor more often.
After ripping one open within moments of getting my package, I tried these little packets of joy over the course of about a month. I wanted to see how much I enjoyed them, how they affected my performance and if I’d stick with them once my samples ran out.
I drank Pure during my speed work runs on the treadmill, hot yoga class that supposedly weren’t hot, outdoor runs in the cold, “long runs”, and finally my most recent 5K race. I have to say, if the point of Crystal Light Pure is to get people hydrated, then it worked. It is tastier than water and got me to keep drinking.
|Hey, Crystal Light, I could be your spokesperson!|
I don’t exactly know how electrolytes work, but if you work out hard, you sweat, and you lose salt. You need something more than water to keep you going. That’s where electrolytes come in; they help you stay hydrated. Or something like that. I don’t really know. Which is why these hydration tips that were sent to me were very helpful to me and they might be helpful to you. So here they are.
Hydration Tips from Crystal Light Pure Spokesperson Molly Kimball, RD
1. Keep a Tally
We can’t actually tell how well we’re hydrated by how thirsty we feel. For many of us, by the time we start to feel thirsty, we’re already dehydrated, but just how much water is enough when it comes to staying hydrated? Keep a running tally of how much fluid you’re getting and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluid per day, plus an extra 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise or work in the heat.
2. Flavor Up to Drink Up
Want to drink water to stay hydrated, but hate the boring taste? Add the flavor you want and none of what you don’t by sipping on naturally sweetened Crystal Light Pure. It’s got no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives and is sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. It’ll give your water light, refreshing flavor with just 15 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving. And the Grape and Strawberry Kiwi flavors have the added bonus of electrolytes!
3. Don’t Forget about Food
Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, preventing muscle cramping and headaches, and more serious issues like heatstroke. But that doesn’t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks. Any type of alcohol-free beverage can count toward your fluid intake – and even some foods! Some of the top electrolyte-rich, hydrating foods include all types of fresh fruit, soups like gazpacho and Greek yogurt.
4. Watch the Caffeine
For years, the widely-held belief was that caffeinated beverages were dehydrating. An abundance of research has proven otherwise, however. The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee, and soft drinks appears to have no diuretic effect, meaning that these beverages don’t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide. But remember that you don’t want the majority of your fluids to come from caffeinated drinks since most health organizations recommend we limit our caffeine intake. Instead, try to vary what you’re drinking.
What is your favorite way to stay hydrated? Do you like Crystal light? What do you drink on long runs? Water? Gatorade? NUUN?
And most importantly: Would you like to try Crystal Light Pure??
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*For disclosure reasons, I need to inform you that I received samples of Crystal Light Pure from Kraft Foods and the opinions I provided are based on my own experience with the product. The giveaway in this post is sponsored by me not Kraft Foods. Please do not contact them for your sample if you win. Contact me at runaroundsara (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!*