Liquid refreshment for before, during or after your run.
Whether you need to hydrate before a run or refuel after, the options are aplenty. Here are eight new sports drinks to try.
If you like your sports drink with a lighter flavor, this coconut water comes in Hibiscus, Mandarin, Mango Lime and Lemon Lime—good if you dislike that distinctive coconut water taste but like natural electrolytes and potassium for muscle recovery. ($2.30 for 20 ounces; vivagolazo.com)
Maple water has been touted as the new coconut water, with half the sugar. It’s actually sap—what comes out of trees before being boiled down to make maple syrup—but it isn’t sticky or particularly sweet, or even very flavorful. It’s full of naturally occurring electrolytes, vitamins and more, and is best when cool. ($2.50 for 8.5 ounces; drinkmaple.com)
BeetElite Neo Shot
This is a pre-run shot—30 minutes beforehand mix the packet with 4 ounces of water. Beets help improve circulation and muscle recovery, since they are high in nitric oxide. Word to the beet averse: The black cherry flavor still has a light beet flavor. ($35 for 10 packets; beetelite.com)
Karma Wellness Water
Since vitamins loose their potency in water over time, Karma’s bottle is designed with the ingredients in the cap, so you can release them when you’re ready. Labeled as a “fitness accelerator,” this sugar- and stevia-sweetened Raspberry Guava Jackfruit water is chock-full of electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. ($2.50 for 18 ounces; drinkkarma.com)
Organic Valley Organic Fuel
This is an ideal post-run fuel that’s packed with protein (26 grams!) and tastes more like thick chocolate milk than a true “shake.” There’s also a lighter version, Organic Balance, with 16 grams of protein. Both come in chocolate and vanilla. ($3.90 for 11 ounces; organicvalley.coop)
If you like a little caffeine with your electrolytes, the latest low-cal Nuun tablets come in Wild Berry, Cherry Limeade and Lemon Lime. Just drop one tablet in a 16-ounce bottle and add water. Once the tablet dissolves, get ready for the zing! ($8 for 10 tablets; nuun.com)
Osmo Active Hydration
Men and women get their own formulas from Osmo. The mango women’s version takes the menstrual cycle into account, and both the women’s and men’s orange or blackberry options are supposed to increase power and endurance. ($20 for 40 8-ounce servings; osmonutrition.com)
Bon Affair Wine Spritzer
A bubbly with added electrolytes? Time to grab your girlfriends and go for a run, just so you can drink this afterward. With zero sugar and half the calories of regular wine, it’s a guilt-free treat made with Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling water. ($14 for 750ml; bonaffair.com)