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​Having fun with hydration: Keeping your kids healthy and hydrated

Staying properly hydrated is important no matter what your shape or size, even if you’re a pint-sized peanut! Most kids don’t recognize the signs of dehydration, so it’s important to keep fluids available and abundant to make sure they can rehydrate all day long. Finding ways to keep your kids excited about hydration can be tough, so we’ve put together some helpful tips to make hydration more fun!

And yes! Our products are kid-friendly made with plant-base ingredients and low amounts of sugar. A handful of our products DO contain caffeine, which Nuun does not recommended for kids.

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Nuun and the Ketogenic Diet

Being a lifestyle hydration product, Nuun seeks to use and source ingredients that are clean, and inclusive of as many diets as possible. The Ketogenic (or “Keto”) diet is no exception.

The Keto diet follows the primary principles of limiting carbohydrate intake (to less than 20g or 5% of overall caloric intake per day). This diet focuses on a high-fat, and adequate protein plan to supplement the necessary nutrients and calories needed per day.

Over time, the body adapts to rely on fats for its primary source of energy (vs. carbohydrates). This shift allows the body to tap into fat stores (ketones) for energy rather than glucose. The overall goal is to reach a metabolic state of “ketosis” which is indicative of a certain level of ketones in the blood. Studies have shown that following a keto diet can aid in certain weight loss strategies and help with various body composition efforts.

So where does Nuun fit into all of this?

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​Eat Plants, Get Swole

Your guide to delicious Meatless Monday protein options!

Working protein into your weekly diet/menu doesn’t pose many challenges unless you are looking to minimize meat consumption. Thankfully, there are many options for including a healthy dose of plant-based protein in your meal. Many combinations of legumes and grains create a complete protein profile, so mix it up and keep your protein levels in check!

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​Chef Vishal: Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa

This delicious breakfast recipe is a great meal option for days when you have a hard workout in the schedule.

Your muscles will thank you for the blast of plant-based protein this meal provides from both the quinoa and almond milk! Pecans provide a balance of healthy fats in addition to the protein sources, as well as a little extra crunch to break up the texture of the quinoa.

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Chef Vishal: Couscous Scramble

This month’s Chef Vishal featured recipe is a tasty treat that provides for the busy athlete. This quick, easy and healthy meal is packed with healthy carbohydrates and proteins, making for a perfect dish the night before a longer run or intense workout.

Added bonus: this recipe is great to make is bulk and easy to re-heat for next day leftovers!

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Fueling for the Long Haul

Long runs take a lot out of you. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re putting a lot back in! Both hydration and fuel play a major role in maintaining energy levels during a long run, but what is the optimal combination for long-haul success?

As a general rule of thumb, runs lasting less than 90-minutes can usually manage on solid, maintained hydration without the need for regular fuel stops. Workouts outlasting the 90-minute mark begin to take a different toll on your body. Over 90-minutes, carbohydrates play a key role in keeping your body fueled for continued endurance exercise.

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Sugar and Exercise: Friends or Foes?

While recognizing the global conversation around the sugar epidemic, the fact is that sugar is a carbohydrate. More specifically, it’s a carbohydrate that can efficiently fuel our bodies and optimizes fluid absorption, making it a helpful resource in your workout fuel plan (at the proper amounts). Not all sugar comes in the form of refined, white granular sugar that could immediately come to mind. Many nutrient dense foods provide a healthy dose of sugar carbohydrates needed for proper physiological functions and more specifically, endurance performance.

This is not to say that “more is better” when it comes to sugar and exercise. In fact, the near opposite is true. Too much sugar will stress your stomach and lead to GI distress (if you’ve been in this situation, you KNOW it’s not a good time). Additionally, too much sugar does have detrimental effects on your health. So, how much sugar is the “right” amount of sugar, and how should it be consumed with respect to exercise?

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Chef Vishal: Double Stuffed Southwest Sweet Potatoes

These delicious stuffed sweet potatoes are perfect for an easy recovery meal after a long or intense workout. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, which helps to promote muscle recovery. When paired with plant-based protein from the black beans and quinoa, you’ve got yourself a muscle recovery powerhouse!

The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and chili also aid recovery from any internal inflammation built up from your workout.

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Cashew Chili with Chef Vishal

This flavorful chili will satisfy your taste-buds and is perfect for a post long-run recovery meal. It packs a major protein punch through plant-based protein sources (legumes/beans), and is full of essential and non-essential amino acids for muscle recovery. To top it all off, this recovery meal provides a balanced blend of key vitamins and minerals!

This chili should be served over brown rice to round out your proteins, and avocado slices for some of those healthy fats.

For a little EXTRA yum, sprinkle with some shredded cheese just before serving!

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Chef Vishal: 20 Minute M​arinara

By: Chef Vishal

When I eat pasta, I like to keep it simple with a traditional marinara only has a hand full of ingredients. This is a base recipe that's quick to make, and it's easy to add additional ingredients to match the flavor of the week. For example, add diced carrots, celery, and your protein of choice to make it into a heart bolognaise sauce.

This sauce freezes well, so you can make a batch in bulk and store it for future weeknight dinners.

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