A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a Gatorade rep who asked me if I'd be interested in reviewing Gatorade's new G Series Energy Chews. Having tried them before, I welcomed the opportunity and was looking forward to analyzing them a little more closely.
And then I wasn't able to run anymore and couldn't give them a good review, so I enlisted the help of my brother who was training for a 5k. (Don't worry, Gatorade rep knew all about it.)
If you aren't familiar with Gatorade's new products, they've created series to fit into every athlete's life. G Series is for athletes who need an edge during training and competition. This line includes the 01 Prime, which includes the carb and B vitamin energy chews that are taken prior to a workout or competition. The chews come in three different flavors and contain 25 grams of carbohydrates per serving, 90 mg of sodium, 30 mg potassium, and 20% of your daily value of B vitamins that help break down carbs into fuel (according to their website). B vitamins can help energize you, too, so that's another plus.
When I asked my brother, Martin, if he would help me out by reviewing the chews, he seemed rather excited and offered up this gem, "Most people would say that an athlete's goal is to win their most desired event; I say that an athlete's goal is to be sponsored by Gatorade so that they can use their products." I think he was happy to help. Here's what he had to say about the chews:
The G-Chews are an A+ product. They taste good, and right away I noticed the positive effect they had during my run. If you're curious about trying G Series Chews, I urge you to give them a try, at least for a few key workouts or competitions.
Each chew is a small square and come six to a pack. The directions say to take them 15 minutes before an activity. It's nice that an exact time is given since another company's equivalent product offers just a vague timeline.
Flavor-wise, it tasted a little salty-sweet, but neither taste is overly prominent. The consistency of the chews is thick and gummy, but not sticky to the touch. Don't make the mistake of refrigerating the chews, though; I did this by accident and it made them pretty difficult to chew.
Fifteen minutes before an evening 3-miler, I ate the fruit punch chews. At the halfway mark, I noticed the positive effect the chews had on my muscles. My legs didn't feel fatigued and had a sensation of wanting to run faster than I knew I should, so I reigned myself in.
I ate the remaining pack before my 5k on June 2nd. Again, I noticed a positive difference in my race. Instead of struggling to increase my pace during the end, I had enough energy remaining for a nice sprint across the finish line. Mark it down as another positive experience from the G Chews.
My only con was the blue dye in the cool blue flavor. After eating the cool blue chews, the dye had lightly coated my teeth and reminded me of Smeagol as he transitioned over to Gollum. I had a good laugh over that one. I'm not sure if the Fruit Punch Chews dyed my teeth at all because I didn't look in the mirror. But my guess is that even if it did, it wouldn't have been as noticeable. (If you're a blue fan like me, you probably won't care. It might even scare your opponents!)
Just like my brother (minus the blue teeth), I noticed that the chews staved off fatigue during the end of a challenging bike ride. It was windy, there were hills, but I didn't feel drained during the last few miles like I've felt during similar rides. If I ever start running again, I'd be interested in seeing how they work for me then.
Want to try the chews for yourself? Gatorade is offering one of my readers the chance to win a full case of G Series Energy Chews! That's quite the prize, folks.
Here's how to enter:
- Leave a comment and tell me when you'd try the chews.
- Tweet this giveaway, including a link to this post and @runningfoodie. Leave a second comment to let me know.
The giveaway is open to US readers and ends Thursday, June 14th. Good luck!