Skratch :: Sports Nutrition for Foodies
I like water. I dislike sports drinks. Most rides I typically only take plain water. Until I tried Skratch for the first time, a bottle might have sat in my bottle cage untouched for long stretches. My first try with Skratch, I found my bottles empty before the middle of a long climb…
Careful! Turn around you may be in danger of knocking into a display overstocked with sports nutrition products. Everywhere we turn, a brand new product hits the shelves. How many packets, packages, bottles, jars and bags of sports nutrition product have you purchased only to send the lion’s share to the trash bin? And what is in this trash, anyhow? (Sucralose, synthetic vitamins, sugar, fake sugar, you name it!)
One thing is certain, engineered nutrition has taken over the endurance sports world. The PowerBar was the original product, and I must admit as a long time Pro athlete, I have consumed mass amounts of regular PowerBars. Ever since PowerBar, however, athletes like John Stamstad (the first person to race solo at a 24 hour mountain bike race) have formed what the rest of us eat on the bike. Enter GU, then the proliferation of gels and more and more bars. And then the upset tummy.
It was in recent history when the first murmurings of Drink X began to escape the Pro Peloton and run to the masses. X was widely known as a natural alternative to the heavily engineered and gastro-intestinal distress invoking drink mixes on the market.
The premise of the drink was natural ingredients.
Developed by Dr. Allen Lim, sports physio to stars like Tim Johnson (the top American in the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships), the drink mix, made with real fruit juice, no artificial sweeteners and electrolytes, is considered a food, not a supplement. Bottom line: it tastes great, it works, and I never feel sick to my stomach when I use Skratch.
The Real Test
I like water. I dislike sports drinks. Most rides I typically only take plain water. Until I tried Skratch for the first time, a bottle might have sat in my bottle cage untouched for long stretches. My first try with Skratch, I found my bottles empty before the middle of a long climb. Odd. What I can tell you is the taste is so subtle and so good, it provokes you to drink more, more often. Not a bad idea. To hydrate.
On hotter days, I find myself adding an extra half scoop, and most days I carry an extra single stick for myself and one for my ride partner in crime.
There is no funky science going on here. Just plain, natural, delicious and pure ingredients. This is truly a foodie’s drink mix.
Before I tried Skratch, the mtbchick test kitchen was busy perfecting the lemon juice-agave nectar-Redmond’s sea salt drink mix. But the convenience of a powder soon took over the desire to mix a drink every single ride.
I can tell you all you need to know, but there is only one test, and that is you and the drink in the same room. Give it a try, and I guarantee you will feel great, happy and healthy.
Try the Everyday Hydration Mix, which Skratch touts as beneficial for everyday exercise use and as a hangover remedy. The Exercise Mix has a few more calories per serving for more intense exercise and warmer weather.
Flavors available are: Lemons and Limes, Pineapple, Raspberries, Oranges. There are no bad flavors. Pineapple is my favorite, but I cannot tell if I truly prefer one over any other.
Do yourself and your gastro-intestinal system a favor and try Skratch on your next ride. You won’t be gassy. And stay tuned for my book review of the Skratch labs and Chef Biju collab The Feed Zone cookbook!