These frozen fuels will keep you energized and refreshed during the hot summer months.
August is the perfect time to work icy refreshments into your routine, if you haven’t already.
The heat of those hot summer runs seems to add up over time and you need to make sure you’re cooling down your body. A cold shower will help, but frozen treats will chill from the inside.
These flavored ices are a good sports drink substitute. In lime, orange, grape and pomegranate-raspberry, PowerIce will make you feel like a kid again as you hydrate and replenish electrolytes either before or after a run. ($6 for six-pack, powerice.com)
Since the main point of eating out of the freezer in summer is to get frosty, consider whether there’s something in your fridge or pantry that might work well as an icy snack. Siggi’s makes an easy-to-eat frozen yogurt pop. The Icelandic-style skyr has a distinctive tart flavor sweetened by either strawberry or blueberry. ($4 for eight, siggisdairy.com)
Brr-ing on the Fruit
Our number one fruit to freeze? Grapes! Whether you like red or green, the tasty nibbles have a lightly sweet flavor and are a good source of carbs and hydration any time of day. The low-cal snack is just about the easiest way to keep cool. We also keep our freezer stocked with frozen fruits for smoothies. For loaded flavor, bananas won’t disappoint or for a more subtle palate, try peach or mango. Blueberries provide a color that will make you feel flush with antioxidants, while pale pineapple adds fiber. After a long run, we blend strawberries with our chocolate milk for a healthy milkshake with a good combo of carbs and protein for muscle recovery.