But rather than beefing up the mix with extra protein, Patel says they stuck with just five grams of BCAAs. “Our athletes say they find it difficult to drink or eat something immediately after a workout with high calories, carbs and protein,” he says. “So, we wanted to create a solution that got the process going, so that they could wait one to two hours before consuming a meal, rather than 30 minutes right after.”
What’s in it:
A serving contains 6g of protein, but Nuun says the BCAA blend delivers the same muscle recovery benefits of 30g of protein, roughly the amount women need to properly recover from exercise.
“When you ‘audit’ 30g of whey protein you find roughly 3 grams of L-Leucine, which is a component of our BCAA blend.
The reason it has 5g of BCAAs and not 30g of protein is that we heard from our athletes that they found it difficult to drink or eat something immediately after a workout with high calories, carbs and protein.”
Flavors: Lemonade, Blackberry Lemon
What our reviewers said:
“The Lemonade flavor is so refreshing right after a hot, sweaty workout. I started to keep a pre-mixed bottle with ice in my car when I come back from the track. I like knowing I’m getting the nutrients I need right after I run without rushing to make a meal when I’m really tired.”
“I tried the Blackberry Lemon and the flavor took some getting used to. But the recovery benefits are well-worth it! I often don’t have time to eat right after my run because I’m rushing to get the rest of my family ready for the day. And this mix saved me.”
By Kate Schwartz. Schwartz has been running competitively for 20 years, and she currently runs with the Asheville Running Collective. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband, Alex, and their cat, Clementine.