This summer has been a scorcher. The heat and humidity has made me sluggish, and I feel like my whole body is parched. However, I do blame myself for the constant state of dehydration. I don’t drink enough. I steer clear of sugary drinks and ones with artificial flavors, so that leaves me with water. I’m never in the mood for plain water, so my intake isn’t what it should be.
Over the years, I have argued with my children about Gatorade and other sugary sports drinks. They want them for every athletic endeavor. Most of their sports were not high intensity and did not warrant anything except a thermos filled with water. I have run long races and played many soccer games, and water has always worked just fine.
Fancy sport drinks have been trending for years, and my kids want them. Occasionally, I buy them as a treat, but they are not the norm. The other day, my daughter begged for a drink called Liquid I.V. She had a very intense dance camp, so I promised to look for this special electrolyte beverage. When I finally found the drink, I was flabbergasted by the high price. I’m a good mom, but one sleeve of the powdered mix cost over $2 and only came in a multi pack. I was like no thank you. Instead, I returned home with Propel for a fraction of the cost. The ingredient list was similar. The higher priced powder had an extra dose of sugar and sodium. I’m not a nutritionist, so don’t feel compelled to follow my lead. I just read the label and made an educated decision based on ingredients and price.
Because hydration is all the rage right now, I thought I would mention a local company that has entered this hydration category and seems to be quite popular among many locals.
Megan Riggs is CEO and founder of Crunchy Hydration. You may have come across the slim and stylish 12-ounce cans at local stores and at area farmers markets. Her functional sparkling water launched in 2019 and has six product offerings, each with a different set of adaptogenic herbs. Fun flavors include lime, watermelon, grapefruit, raspberry, mango and tangerine. The drinks have zero calories, zero sugar and no added artificial sweeteners. Riggs said Crunchy Hydration is unlike most hydration solutions because they keep it simple.
“Every can contains adaptogens, nootropics and Himalayan salt to ensure optimal hydration on a cellular level,” said Riggs. “If you need natural energy, we’ve got you. If you need to relax, try our calm blends.” You can find Crunchy Hydration at Whole Foods, Green Cat, Heritage Natural Market, Taste and at many other locations. Consumers can enter their zip code on the website for a full list of retailers. Visit crunchyhydration.com for more information.
As I mentioned earlier, I mostly drink water. It doesn’t excite me. If you want to stay hydrated with some fun flavors minus the fake sweeteners, support local and give Crunchy Hydration a try. As for my kids, they’ll be sticking with good old fashioned water.
Lee Belote, firstname.lastname@example.org