Wednesday, November 5, 2014

nuun review

I received 4 tubes/flavors to try - thanks Nuun and BibRave!

If you follow me on twitter, or have been reading this blog at all, you know how much I LOVE Nuun. I heard the Mother Runners Sarah and Dimity talk about it at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo, and it peaked my interest, since I have trouble staying hydrated. I bought my first tubes back in March and haven't looked back. I was ok drinking Gatorade during races, but I always found it to be too sweet, so I have to cut it with water. After runs, I would use G2 powder.

My gym essentials.

Nowadays for training runs, I always bring Nuun with me. After already being a lover of the product, I was blessed enough to be sent four tubes from Nuun thanks to being a part of the BibRave Pro program*. The flavors I received were: Lemon-Lime Energy, Grapefruit Orange All Day, Strawberry Lemonade Active, and Tri-Berry Active. 

Nuun keeps me company on my 17 miler.

I love the little bit of fizz and the light flavor of it. It's not harsh, and it doesn't leave a weird taste in my mouth. None of that super sugary taste because there's no sugar! There's also no carbs and is packed with electrolytes. It's easy to tote around, too. I tend to keep a tube in my purse for when I'm out and about, and there's always some in my work drawer. It keeps me hydrated not just when out running, but all the time. I really notice a difference in my hydration after running longer distances when I'm hydrating with Nuun during my run (and the days before). Hydration wins when Nuun is on the docket. I don't get the headaches I used to get when running with Gatorade, and don't feel a crash in energy. You can reuse the tubes when they're empty – I've used mine for keeping loose change in one place.

Nuun is always with me on my runs.

I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of the All Day. There's something just a bit off in the flavor department... I can't quite put my finger on it. I know they're good to drink, since they have some vitamins in there, but I just don't love it like I love the Active and Energy tabs (really enjoy the extra caffeine in the Energy tabs for those days that I'm dragging). I've tried most of the All Day flavors, and though I will drink what I have on hand, I don't think I'll buy any more. I have trouble drinking enough water, and was hoping the All Day would help me with that by adding some delightful flavor and vitamins to regular water, but it just doesn't do it for me. Instead, I just drink the regular stuff. I've also tried the U Natural Hydration, and again, not a big fan. I drink it if it's around, but if I have the Active around, I'd rather drink that. I know most people I've talked to have really liked it, so it's just me and my picky ways, I think.

Drinking Nuun Watermelon with my breakfast.

I take it with me to bars! Gotta stay hydrated while enjoying some brews.

But hey, just because I don't love it doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try. I do my best to try everything at least a few times to give it a fair chance. And it's ok, because I drink plenty of the Active and Energy to make up for not enjoying the All Day or U Natural Hydration.

Nuun Active flavors

Nuun Energy flavors

Nuun All Day and U Natural flavors

Want some more information? Here's some helpful tidbits from their website:

NUUN ACTIVE HYDRATION is formulated specifically for higher intensity activities and/or higher electrolyte replenishment needs. 

U NATURAL HYDRATION is all-natural and contains a lower electrolyte profile to Nuun. 

NUUN ALL DAY HYDRATION helps you drink more water every day with crisp and refreshing flavors and is enhanced with an all-natural blend of vitamins and minerals making it perfect for your daily routine.

You Sweat - Nuun Active Hydration Replenishes


Packed with electrolytes, light flavor, no sugars or carbs, and portable, Nuun Active Hydration is the perfect sports drink.

The electrolytes found in Nuun will help alleviate cramps, help muscles function, communicate and burn energy efficiently.

NUUN ACTIVE HYDRATION comes in 12 flavors: Orange, Lemon Lime, Strawberry Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Kona Cola, Lemon Tea, Tri-Berry, Grape, Tropical, Citrus Fruit, Watermelon, and Lemonade.

Side note - I've had the Lemon Lime, Strawberry Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Kola Cola, Tri-Berry, Grape, Tropical, Watermelon, Lemon Tea, and Lemonade. The only one I wasn't a big fan of was Lemonade, but my husband really liked it. So yeah... big fan over here of Nuun in general.

Nutritional info for Nuun Active.

Stay Balanced & Refreshed With U Natural Hydration


U Natural Hydration makes it easier for people to stay optimally hydrated during less intense activities.

U is all natural, sweetened with stevia, and is only 7 calories per tab.

U NATURAL HYDRATION comes in 4 flavors: Cucumber Mint, Goji Berry Green Tea, Tangerine Ginger, and Lemon Chai.

Nutritional info for Nuun U Natural Hydration.

Add More Water to Your Daily Routine with Nuun All Day


Hydration plays an elemental role in staying healthy, energized and focused. Did you know dehydration is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue?

Sugary and caffeinated drinks take you on a roller coaster ride during the day, but with zero sugar, under 8 calories per tab, and an all-natural blend of 17 vitamins and minerals, Nuun All Day keeps you going.

NUUN ALL DAY comes in 4 flavors: Grapefruit Orange, Tangerine Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate, and Grape Raspberry.

Nutritional info for Nuun All Day

I've even got my husband on the Nuun love train. I talked about it all the time and how much I love it, and he gave it a try a few months back. Suddenly, my tubes were coming up empty faster than normal. The culprit? My husband had started drinking it daily as well. Now we just order more each month so we both can enjoy it. It's saying something that he really likes it – he can be picky when it comes to the flavor, taste, texture, and calories of this kind of stuff. He likes that it isn't chalky and that it doesn't leave any weird tastes or feelings in the mouth afterwards. 

A favorite day time snack - Nuun and Picky Bars.

I've also taken to preparing a bottle prior to heading out on my shorter runs so that it's ready to go when I get back... I'm too impatient to wait those 2 minutes for it to finish dissolving. It is so refreshing to drink when I'm done and I hate having to wait for it to dissolve haha. It's a great companion for my longer runs, too.

So, in closing, I drink Nuun ALL THE TIME! I love it. I get so bored with plain water, and getting to lightly flavor it up while also getting electrolytes is fantastic. I have trouble drinking enough water, and adding Nuun to my day helps me reach my goals. I drink it at work, on the treadmill, at the trails, while pounding pavement (it never bothers my stomach or leaves me with that sloshy water feeling, even if I drink a lot of it), at breweries... and the list can go on and on. 

The free trucker hat I received with my first order
in March - I wear it all the time, including
at Lollapalooza :)

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*Disclaimer: I was sent Nuun to test out as part of the BibRave Pro program. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other form. I was a big fan of Nuun prior to receiving the free tubes as a BibRave Pro, as you can probably tell ;)

Here's what the other BibRave Pros have to say about it:


  1. My sister loves this stuff! I haven't tried it yet. -M

    1. You should give it a try when you get a chance :)


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