As previously discussed, energy gels are my preferred choice of fuel when I run. I usually take one before any run that is longer than 40 minutes. If I am running a half marathon, I carry them with me to take during the race.
During my first 5 half marathons & training runs, I only bought GU (vanilla or chocolate). During my 6th half marathon & trainings, I tried Power Bar gel and Cliff Shot gel and although they are more liquidy, I do like them too.
Recently, I read about Huma Chia Energy gel on a blog but could not find it in a store. So I contacted the company. They sent me samples and asked me to write a review.
First a little background on how Huma Chia Energy Gel is different than the others.
So Huma sent me 2 samples. I tried the Strawberries first before a 4 mile run and then the Apple-Cinnamon during a 5 mile run.
I liked them both. They tasted good. I preferred the Apple-Cinnamon. But I had no digestion problems with either of them.
It is hard to say if they gave me more or less energy. I would have to do the same run at the same time. Every run feels different (so many factors figure into a good or bad run.)
- all natural ingredients (this is an important one)
- the taste
- no caffeine (if using later in the day)
- cost – more expensive than the others
- availability – not available in all states so you have to order online (& pay $4.99 shipping)
- flavors – only 2 (and not my favorites)
- does not contain caffeine (which I often need in the am before a race)
So if you are looking for a healthy alternative to your current energy gel, I would advise you to try Huma!!
Happy Running! Have you tried these gels? If so, what do you think?
**Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. I contacted Huma and they provided me with two samples of Huma chia energy gel to try for my honest opinion.