August 21, 2012

Nuun review and giveaway

If you haven't heard of Nuun before now, this might be the first running blog you've ever read. This stuff is everywhere you look on the interwebs! Nuun (pronounced like the noon hour of the day, not like the lady in a habit) is a tube of tablets that you can pop into your water bottle, and the tablets then fizz out electrolytes into your water. No shaking required. The past few weeks I've been testing Nuun out to see if it stacks up to its fanfare.


Why Nuun?

So why are people so over the moon about Nuun (oh, the rhymes)? They were the first company that separated electrolyte replacement from carb replacement.

Nuun has electrolytes like you would get in your old pal Gatorade without all the sugars. It does better than less sugar -- it has no sugar. To get the slightly sweet flavor, Nuun's active hydration tablets include sorbitol, a sugar alcohol which is also found naturally in some fruits, and acesulfame potassium, an artificial sweetener. See the label below for the ingredients included in one tablet.


Nuun also offers a new product line called U Natural Hydration that doesn't include any artificial sweeteners.

How to Nuun? 

Another reason that Nuun is so popular is that it is really convenient. The tube comes with 12 tablets that each can be added to 16 ounces of water. They make the tablets so that you can easily half them if you only want 8 ounces.

Over the period of testing, I kept two tubes in my gym bag with barely any added weight and zero inconvenience. I also carried a water bottle that I could fill up once I was at the gym. After you fill up your water bottle, you just drop (the tablet into the water) and go. Below is some Nuun working its fizzy magic in my water bottle.


I always opened the water bottle spout when I was letting the Nuun fizz because I was nervous about pressure building up in the bottle. Has anyone ever had a Nuun explosion in their water bottle? I just assumed it would happen but didn't actually want to test that out.

Nuun's taste? 

And this is where I was thrown off at first. Because everyone adores Nuun, I assumed that I would love it at first sip. Not so much. I tried Lemon Lime first, and I gagged a little. Not the reaction you want to have when you are testing something that you hope will be awesome. It tasted more alka-seltzery than heavenly. But like a lot of things that gagged me at first try (chia seeds and GU, anyone?), I started to get used to the flavor. Tri-berry was not gaggy at first sip, but maybe by then I was already used to the fizzy, electrolyte-ness of it from trying Lemon+Lime first. But after a couple of bottles of each flavor, I actually started to enjoy the fresh fizz (which goes away if you wait a long time before drinking it) and light flavors.

They have tons of flavors to try, but of the two I tested, Tri-Berry was my favorite.



When to Nuun?

Nuun is for you if you don't want to get your calories and sugars from a drink but you want to make sure you are replacing the electrolytes your body uses during your sweaty workout sessions. It has less than 8 calories per tablet and no sugars.

I liked using it during my shorter weekday runs, where I'd still like to replace some electrolytes lost but without adding extra calories that I don't need for my workout.

Also, it would be great to use if you prefer not to use Gatorade, GUs, Honey Stingers or Shot Bloks on your long runs. So if you're into fueling with Sour Patch Kids or PB&Js, this would be an excellent means of rounding out your electrolyte intake without eating electrolyte-enhanced foods.

It is comparable to GU Brew, which uses sorbitol, fructose and stevia leaf extract for sweeteners and has 10 calories per serving. Nuun is less expensive at $6/12-tablet tube versus GU's $6.50/12-tablet tube. Also, if you purchase eight tubes or more, Nuun's price goes down to $5.50/tube.


Would you like to try some Nuun or (more likely) add to your Nuun stash? Nuun sent me an extra tube of Tri-Berry and Lemon+Lime so I could share them with one of you awesome readers.

To enter: 

In the comments of this post, tell me why you need some Nuun right now.

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend Connect. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow Nuun on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like Nuun on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

I'll pick a winner on Friday, August 24th.

Nuun sent me two tubes of Nuun to try and two tubes to share with Yo Momma readers. I received no payment for my review, and as always the thoughts and opinions are all my own.

90 comments:

  1. I'm training for 2 marathons and need Nuun to help me stay hydrated!!!

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  2. I liked Yo Momma runs on Facebook

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  3. I'm following Nuun on Twitter

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  4. I'm following Yo Momma Runs on Twitter

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  5. I need Nuun because I am bored and a Nuun experiment explosion could cure that boredom...just kidding. I want to try it because I hate all the sugar and extra calories that Gatorade puts in me, but love electrolytes.

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  6. And I like you on facebook!

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  7. Ohhhh, I'm all over this one!!!! I drink nuun on every run. I think it's brilliant. Electrolytes with no sugar. halleluja!! I'm in love with teh stuff, especially now that I;m carrying two:)

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  8. I am a new follower of Nuun on tweeter

    @bouffeebambini

    great giveaway Lisa....thanks

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  9. I am running a 1/2 marathon in September and Chicago Marathon in October. Last year at marathon time it got hot...I mean killer hot for October. I can't stand how sticky sweet gatorade is, it upsets my tummy when I run. I use to drink GU but since I tried NUUN tropical I am hooked.

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  10. I need nuun because I am obsessed with it and can never have enough.

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  11. I need some nuun for my daily runs in the am, great rehydration!

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  12. I like them on fb

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  13. I like you on fb

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  14. I follow them on twitter

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  15. I follow you on twitter

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  16. While I haven't had an exploding bottle, I have had it spew out of the nozzle the first time I opened it after putting the tablet in. Now I remember to open it once before I start my run so it doesnt spray all over the place :) fruit punch and strawberry lemonade are my favorites :)

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  17. I actually tried the lemon lime and grape a few times and it still gives me a bite, lol...I was hoping I'd fall in love but not so much...I do keep them in my gym bag just in case I need something, :)

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  18. I need nuun because I stink at fueling up during runs - I usually fly solo for all, including my long runs. And I'm following you on twitter. :)

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  19. I am in desperate need of NUUN!!! Only 2 stores near me sell it, and can you believe this weeekend one sold out???
    hook a fellow runner up!!! awesome. i wish all the flavours you guys have in America were avail here in Canada!. :-)

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  20. I also follow you on Twitter! I am @crantina

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  21. I already follow Nuun on Twitter

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  22. I shared on TWITTER:
    https://twitter.com/crantina/status/238077694565306368

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  23. I need Nuun right now because I'm down to the last 5 tablets in my current bottle. :-)

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  24. I follow you on Twitter.

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  25. I follow Nuun on Twitter.

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  26. I need some NUUN to deal with all this hot weather running!

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  27. I like you on FB!

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  28. I like Nuun on FB!

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  29. I need some Nuun right now because my tap water tastes like chlorine, even when I filter it. Nuun would help me mask the chemicals.

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  30. I need me some Nuun! I'm dying to try it out!

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  31. I love Nuun! I need it for my kickboxing class so I can rehydrate while I work out

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  32. I already liked Nuun on facebook

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  33. I follow Nuun on twitter
    @j_mosh

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  34. I need some Nuun to train for my first marathon !

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  35. I follow you on twitter, too
    @j_mosh

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  36. I like to try new things. Nuun, I have yet to try.

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  37. I need some nuun right now BC I haven't tied the two flavours your giving away!

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  38. I already follow Yo Momma Runs...

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  39. I already follow nuun on twitter...

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  40. And I already like nuun on Facebook...

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  41. And I follow you on twitter to!

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  42. I need some because my own stock is way low! The strawberry lemonade one is SO good! oh, and the fruit punch too!

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  43. follow you on the twitter spot!

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  44. follow nuun on twitter too

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  45. i clearly want to win this :P
    like yo momma on face book

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  46. i like Nuun on the book!

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  47. and I tweeted too!
    https://twitter.com/GeMRuns

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  48. umm, i told my husband that you can't just EAT IT. and he did. because i said he couldn't. anyway, now i need more, and i live in the middle of no where, they don't sell it very close to me!!

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  49. Lastly, tweeting ya right now ;-)

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  50. I'm so torn in Nuun. Everyone I read loves the stuff, I don't like it!!! Thanks for the honest review. Interesting you got used to it. Maybe I should try Tri berry because I generally love berry stuff!! So here's my entry, to try again!!!!

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  51. I already follow you on FB

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  52. And I already follow you on twitter too. Stalker!!!

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  53. I need Nuun because I ran out last fall and have been too cheap...errr...busy to purchase more. I have just been gagging as I finish off all the other hydration powders/tablets I have tried and not liked in the past.

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  54. Nuun is an excellent product that I purchase from Rush Running!

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  55. I have had my water bottle caps shoot off before LOL. Now I leave the cap off. Lesson learned.

    I need Nuun simply because I want more! I use is all of the time: at work, before runs, during runs, after runs, at home, mixed with alcoholic beverages and after a night of drinking alcoholic beverages :)

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  56. I follow you on twitter (via @runningbun)

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  57. I follow Nuun on Twitter! (via @runningbun)

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  58. I've heard a lot about noun! Thinking I need to give it a try as I train for my second half Mary this fall. Gatorade and gels are too sweet for my sensitive tummy...nuun may be the answer!

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  59. I need Nuun because I need electrolytes.

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  60. I follow Yo Momma on twitter

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  61. Getting ready to do warrior dash so would love this.

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  62. I follow nuun on twitter. Love lemon/lime. Would love to try tri berry. I have that komen/pink lemonade flavor and it's ok, but I'm not all about the politics, so won't buy that flavor again.

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  63. Very amazing? product, without any doubt this works..
    RhondaLee Quaresma

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  64. Also- I recently purchased and tried Kona cola and Lemon tea Nuun. my taste buds are not happy with Nuun and my poor choices. Definitely sticking with strawberry lemonade or fruitier flavors!

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  65. I follow your blog! Mmmmhmmmm I do!

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  66. And on Twitter! I must have a crush on you or something! :oP

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