All three of my kids are active in sports activities, and I was joking with their dad that he needs to buy me a TAXI sign for my car, because I now spend more time shuttling them around than I do anywhere else! The kids are in 2 different schools, with different start and dismissal times, across town from one another. Morning carpool isn’t too bad, but once the afternoon trip starts around 2, I am on the go with them until about 9 each night, and the weekends are an entirely different level. Often, their dad and I find ourselves in 2 different towns across the state with kids competing in their respective sports AT THE SAME TIME. We both try to make every game for every child, but logistically that isn’t always possible. In fact, there are days that one of them has to ride with a teammate, coach, or friend, because with 3 kids we can get outnumbered and it is logistically impossible to be in three places at the same time.
To help us all make the healthiest and wisest choices, we keep coolers in our vehicles filled with healthy snacks, bottles of water, and sports drinks. Hydration is very important, and even though we aren’t in a state that has extreme high temperatures very often, we do get high humidity, which can be taxing on an athletes body, in addition to the typical re-hydration needs that athletes deal with.
It’s important to us to ensure that their electrolytes are being properly replenished, but try to avoid artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners whenever possible. The middle child had an allergic reaction after drinking a leading sports drink a couple of years ago, and we are careful to monitor ingredients on food and drink he ingests, to prevent a recurrence.
As you can see from the pictures above, BodyArmor sent us each of their 6 flavors to sample. I took some small disposable cups with us to practice on an extra humid day this week, and during each water break I opened a new flavor and poured some in a cup for each child so we could all sample each flavor. Every single one was a hit! We all especially liked that it didn’t taste as salty as other brands we’ve tried in the past. As I was preparing to write this, I kept trying to decide which flavor was my favorite, and honestly, there were several. I kept changing my mind, thinking: “Strawberry Banana. No! Mixed Berry. Wait! Tropical Punch. But the Orange Mango. Don’t forget that one, it was so good!” (The grape and Fruit Punch were good too, I can’t leave them out!).
BODYARMOR has more electrolytes than the leading sports drink, coconut water, and vitamins and contains NO artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. BODYARMOR is also low in sodium and high in potassium. Many of the top professional athletes have chosen BODYARMOR over all other sports drinks, including Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, Mike Trout and James Harden – and Kobe Bryant is a major investor in the brand. We think that it’s time to educate all athletes – big and little, young and old – that there is a better for you sports drink out there.