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Powdered versus pills, caffeinated versus not – there are many options in the beverage mix market. And now there are a few more.
Honey Stinger makes performance chewing and recreational snacks (You know the delicious waffles we are talking about). Now it makes potable fuel too. We checked its new Rapid Hydration Mix products last week before the start.
Honey Stinger undoubtedly has some heavyweight competitors – like Nuun, Skratch Labs, and OSMO – in the hydration market. But Honey Stinger’s mix also has a leg up as it is the first honey-powered hydration mix.
“Our Rapid Hydration Mix is the first of its kind,” said Mike Keown, CEO of Honey Stinger. “Because we believe honey is one of the best sources of energy for athletes, we worked to develop a hydration solution that was scientifically based, convenient to use, and tasted good.”
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Honey Stinger worked with his Hive athletes and a team of nutritionists to develop the blend. It was also ensured that it was developed as a “complete system” – to empower athletes before, during and after training.
Honey Stinger Hydration Mix Options
The Honey Stinger Hydration Blends offer six options in three stages: Prep, Perform, and Recover. Each blend has several flavor options. The Perform blends are available in caffeinated and non-caffeinated options.
Here is the diet breakdown: Each mix contains electrolytes, amino acids, zinc, sodium, potassium, and of course, honey. The Prepare and Recover mixes have a sodium to potassium ratio of 1: 3, while the Perform mixes have a sodium to potassium ratio of 3: 1.
These ratios essentially mean that Honey Stinger will pump you with electrolytes before and after your workout to help maintain fluid balance and maintain healthy muscles. During exercise, the mixes charge you with sodium to replace fluid lost through sweat during activity.
Here are the six flavors:
- Strawberry lemonade
- Pomegranate passion fruit
- Mangomelon (50 mg caffeine)
- Black cherry
- Berry defense
- Defense of mandarins
Honey Stinger recommends mixing 16 ounces of water at a time. Depending on the length of your run or your efforts, you may not want all of these fluids. We tried the Perform mix in 16 ounces and 12 ounces and both tasted great (the 12 ounce version wasn’t too salty or concentrated, although the taste was much stronger).
So far I have tested the Strawberry Lemonade, Mango Melon and Berry Defense flavors. I’m not a huge fan of Rubus berries (in processed foods), but the berry flavor was pretty good. And I enjoyed the performance mix with the added caffeine on an early morning quick run on a particularly busy work day.
As someone who almost always only drinks water while running and exercising, I enjoyed trying something different and feeling a bit of an electrolyte surge. And I’m so pleased with my first taste test that I’ll be trying a few more Honey Stinger hydration blends on my next run.
Fast hydration blends from Honey Stinger Retail at $ 33 per pack of 24, at the level of the prices for bulk beverage mixes of other brands and are available from Amazon.
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