A friend, Ironman and ultramarathoner, recently introduced me to Vita Coco (HERE). This stuff is HEAVEN!!! Since being given the opportunity to try several of the yummy flavors, I've been seeing it everywhere ... including my local grocery stores and in the pages of my running and weightloss magazines.
Vita Coco offers several coconut waters in several different flavor combinations. Vita Coco is an all-natural, super-hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free, nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked, mega-electrolyte coconut water! It's packed with five electrolytes and perfect for pre-run, during your workout or post-workout.
I have a hard time hydrating with something that contains calories, especially since I'm already consuming calories through my energy gels. But, this stuff is great. I used it on shorter runs and have honestly not tried it during long training runs, because I'm worried it may upset my stomach a bit (I'm sensitive). It's been a great way to hydrate before runs, however. I've been keeping bottles in the refrigerator at work and enjoying a tasty treat at the end of my workday, before heading out for my evening runs with clients. It's given me a great boost of energy. I still have carried a handheld bottle with water on my runs, because that is what I'm comfortable with doing. But, I have not been overly thirsty and not been guzzling down tons of water during my runs, because I've felt more hydrated.
The tasty, tropical flavors are perfect for the warmer summertime runs. I can't wait. With flavors (HERE) like Acai & Pomegrantate, Passion Fruit, Peach & Mango, Pineapple and more ... you will definitely want to treat yourself during each training run. My favorite was the Pineapple Vita Coco. YUM! I have a feeling these would also taste great in breakfast smoothies! And would be a great alternative to giving the kids ice cream treats this summer.
My only beef is the price is around $30 for a twelve pack online and the indiviuals cartons at the grocery store are quite pricey. Although, if it's an occassional indulgence, it can totally be justifable.
a case of Vita Coco(12 - 16.9 oz bottles of the flavor of your choice/