Long distance runners know what it takes to prepare for a half-marathon or an ultra-marathon. To drain all the energy you have week after week and to consistently do that to develop the cardiovascular capacity to run for such a long period of time. It takes an incredible amount of courage, persistence and determination to achieve that.
Obviously when a person is dedicated to a sport like that, they make sure that they are maxxing out their diet and recovery to make sure that they are performing at their best when the race day comes.
But many people ask if there are any best energy gels that they should keep in their back pocket if they feel like they are running out of of energy in the middle of the race.
Well, this week we are going to be reviewing the Huma Chia Energy Gels and seeing if you can rely on them or if you should stick to one of the tried and true energy gels that we have reviewed before?
Lets get started.
How Is Huma Chia Energy Gel Plus Different From All Other Energy Gels?
Well, to be honest, there’s only one reason why that is – Chia seeds.
Huma Plus uses chia seeds in their energy gels to give you that quick energy boost. But like GU Roctane, this boost will last you a longer time compared to some other gels that might only give you a short boost of 10-15 minutes and starts to wear off.
Huma Energy also claims to make all their energy gels with real food, fruit purees and chia seeds. And to some people, like me, that is an attractive thing because I prefer to go for anything organic given the choice.
One interesting thing about this energy gel that usually goes under the radar is that with the use chia seeds, you also get natural fiber. This is great because this will allow you to get that energy boost when you eat it but not have to go through the post-race crash. A lot of other energy gels that do not contain fiber and a very high amount of sugar like fructose or some other form, will cause a post-race crash in almost every marathon runner.
Another thing they mention is that they keep a 2:1 ratio of glucose to fructose to make sure that your body can easily and quickly convert this gel into energy. I personally think that this is just industry standard at this point. And almost every energy gel company uses this as marketing material to somehow show that their product is widely different than others.
They all say the same thing in different words, so keep an eye out for that.
But there is nothing wrong with saying that because that is true.
Huma’s Chia Energy Plus gels also contain all the essential amino acids to make sure that when your muscles are being pushed to their limits, they are being nourished instantly so you don’t have to worry about cramps mid-run.
And if you are vegan and like to have gluten-free, dairy-free energy gels, this is it.
Huma has covered all the basis to make sure that you consume their energy gels and no one else’s. I do have to commend them for going above and beyond to make sure that this product is also suitable for vegans and people that prefer to consume gluten-free products.
What Flavors Do They Offer?
There are 3 different lines of energy gels that they offer. And each line has their own list of flavors.
- Huma Gel Originals (maybe they were trying something similar to Adidas Originals?):
- Apples and Cinnamon
- Huma Gel Originals with Caffeine
- Cafe Mocha
- Huma Energy Gel Plus
This line has been their most successful line of energy gels yet because they have doubled the amount of electrolytes the gels contain in these ones.
So what does that mean and why is that such a big deal?
Well, when you eat an energy gel, you really aren’t expecting them to contain electrolytes. You drink a sports drink like Gatorade to get your electrolytes in while you are in a race, or just practicing.
With the Huma Energy Gel Plus line having double the number of electrolytes, you don’t have to drink the Gatorade because you are getting all your electrolytes from this gel. So no need to carry an extra bottle on you while running that marathon. And trust me, that makes a huge difference.
Here’s all the flavors they offer in this line:
- Strawberry lemonade
- Blackberry banana
- Berries and pomegranate
- Chocolate raspberry
Huma Gel Recovery Smoothie
Yes, there’s a smoothie as well.
Now this is something that got my attention because I don’t think I have seen other energy gel companies offer recovery smoothies. And if they do, they need to market it better.
Huma offers a post-run recovery smoothie that is just as convenient to carry as all their other products. And that’s the part that I love about it.
I don’t have to carry anything bulky just so I can get some protein in instantly after a run. I can just carry this small pouch and drink a good 14g of plant-based protein with more electrolytes, real fruit-based carbs, etc. and start recovery immediately after the race.
And to be honest, I wasn’t really sold on their energy gels at all. I have seen GU Roctane work incredibly well for me. So I’ll stick to that for now.
But when it comes to recovery smoothies, I’m going to have to recommend that you try them out. The flavor, the incredibly-convenient packaging, etc. makes it a no-brainer for me.