|The next few items I tested were from Skratch Labs.|
As I hinted at last week, my second nutritional item to test out was the Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix, flavored Lemon + Lime. Since there was only one more Skratch Labs item left (boo hoo!) I decided to take the Raspberry Fruit Drops Energy Chews with me to the pool on Saturday.
The Skinny: Skratch Labs is a small independently owned company located in Boulder, CO that produces drink mixes and food designed for athletes from “scratch”. Their main focus is to provide products that made from scratch with real ingredients, not something artificially made in a lab. The two products I received to test were a hydration mix and some fruit chews. The Lemon + Lime hydration mix came in a single serve pouch designed to be added to a 16 oz. bottle of water. It only contains 80 calories and is specifically designed to replenish the electrolytes to sweat out when exercising while not having so much sugar. The raspberry fruit drops come in 1.8 oz. single serve pouches and are 160 calories per package (serving size 2). These can be used for when you need a quick source of carbohydrates to give you that boost in blood sugar levels.
Hits and Misses: Wow… I don’t know where to begin. I love the idea behind these products; real ingredients for real people. Yes they do have sugar. But they also are flavored with real fruit. The best part about them is their flavor. Yummy deliciousness is how I would describe it. They have found the perfect balance between flavor and sweetness.
The drink mix isn’t sickly sweet like most sports drinks. It honestly tastes like slightly sweetened lemon/lime flavored water, as is you squeezed some lemon and lime juice into a glass of water and added just a tad bit of sugar. I can see why this would work better than other sports drinks because it didn’t make me feel sick and bloated. It also had enough flavor to help remove that icky taste from my mouth left over from the Clif Bar oatmeal I had consumed earlier in the day.
The fruit chews are a bit sweeter than the drink mix. But you don’t get that overwhelming sugary taste as with regular fruit drops. I honestly found them lighter in taste than say brands like Welch’s. I had these while out at the pool and they provided just enough of a pick-me-up to not have me want to run over and get an ice cream (as tempting as that was on a HOT summer’s day). I could see me packing these, along with the hydration mixes, in my backpack when I go out hiking with our Scouts.
Compared to my previous testing product these two offerings faired quite well. I can definitely see myself going online and purchasing some and sharing them with my Scouts as they prepare for their backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch. Until then keep taking your kids outdoors…