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How to Make Delicious Summer Spritzers – Stay Hydrated!

Summer is finally heating up and there is nothing like a cold drink on a hot day!  Here in Seattle, the weather is still trying to make up it’s mind, but even with a cloud cover, the sun and warmer temps are here! It’s time to fire up the BBQ and enjoy summer! If you are like me, you don’t like to drink your calories. Since I avoid artificial sweeteners & diet sodas, the options can seem limited. That is where these delicious summer spritzers come in. They are tasty without any added sugar or calories! Best part: they are super easy to make & perfect to enjoy solo or take to a party.IMG_4469

One of my favorite parts of summer is all the fresh fruit which is featured in these spritzers. While these are perfect for summer, you can enjoy these any time of year. I’m sharing 4 different recipes, but the sky is the limit with the different combinations you could mix up. IMG_4468

Not only do they make drinking water tastier and easier, they also look beautiful! These spritzers are huge hits at family get togethers and BBQ with friends. They always gets lots of compliments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Like I mentioned before, I also love that I can enjoy a  delicious and lightly flavored  drink without any added sugar or calories!IMG_4466Aren’t these glasses adorable?! Get them here. Only $10 for the set!

Summer Spritzers 

The base recipe for these is very simple:
Fill a large pitcher with water OR sparkling water. Then add fruit combination of your choice (listed below). Let is sit for a least one hour so the flavors infuse into the water. It is best to drink this within 24 hours as the fruit can start to get mushy. 
The amounts listed below are for a full pitcher. They can be adjusted according to your taste preference. While you can make these in individual servings, I prefer to make a lot at once. Trust me, you will drink it quicker than you think! 

Blackberry + Cucumber

15 blackberries, 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced. IMG_4472

Watermelon + Mint

1 cup watermelon, 10 mint leaves. IMG_4473

Pink Lemonade

2 pink lemons. 1 sliced, the other squeezed into water for extra flavor boost. If you cannot find a pink lemon, use regular or meyer lemons. IMG_4470

Strawberry Citrus 

1 lime, sliced. 12 strawberries, tops removed, sliced in half. 1 orange, peeled and sliced. IMG_4474

For a beautiful presentation, place a few pieces of fruit into each glass. You can also add a garnish on the side if you wish & serve in a  cute glass.IMG_4480

Amphipod Hydraform: The First Handheld Bottle I Like!

Disclaimer: I received a Amphipod Handheld to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

If you have been reading my blog for sometime, you know that somehow I managed to survive half marathon training last summer without a good hydration strategy. I tried a hydration belt & didn’t like the bounce. I desperately wanted to use a handheld water bottle, but I didn’t like the feel for long distances. This winter, I found hydration packs, which I love; however sometimes you don’t need a pack, but you still want to bring water on your runs. Enter Amphipod Hydraform – the first handheld that I love! IMG_4868

Amphipod Hydraform

The Amphipod hydraform is the first handheld water bottle that I like to use. The other handheld water bottles that I tried were awkward and uncomfortable to carry and didn’t have any storage. The Amphipod bottles are ergonomically shaped, which makes it very comfortable to carry for short to long distances. The design allows it to fit better in your hand and the thumb/hand strap is very comfortable. You won’t get a hand cramp carrying this bottle! IMG_4903
 
The water bottle cover has a huge pocket that holds my iPhone 6 with enough room for keys, a snack & some tissue. I tried putting a iPhone 6 Plus in the pocket and it fit too! I love all the storage the bottle has. You can take this on your run and not have to bring anything else with you. I love that I can take this water bottle with me & leave my running belt at home. I stay hydrated & can carry all my running essentials. 

How I use it

I have taken this water bottle with me on short 3 mile runs, middle distance 5 to 7 mile runs, and I even ran a half marathon with it!

crossing finish at half marathon!
crossing finish at half marathon!
 
It was so pleasant to use during the half. I carried fuel, my phone, keys & Ultima (electrolyte powder) along with my ID and some cash. So convenient and easy! I was glad I had the handheld with me that race as there were not as many aid stations as I would have liked. IMG_4984

Why Iโ€™m in love! 

  •  Extremely comfortable to hold & run with
  • Insulated sleeve, keeps water colder longer
  • Huge, expandable pocket to hold phone and other running necessities 
  • Squeeze & squirt cap makes for easy drinking while running! No need to open or close the bottle to get a drink. 
  • Very easy to carry despite size & storage. Holds 20oz of H20!
  • BPA free bottle (no chemicals leaching into water)
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • Wide opening on bottle for easy filling + adding ice
  • Lots of storage!
  • BONUS: they are made in Seattle!!!

Hands down, this is the best handheld water bottle I have ever used. There is enough room for storage & plenty of water. IMG_5086

Where to Buy

Amphipod makes several different sizes of handheld water bottles. The one that I have is the Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra. It holds 20oz of water and has the extra large pocket. They also make a 16oz bottle – the pocket is still supposed to be able to hold a iPhone 6. 

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super easy and comfy grip!

They have plenty of other water bottle options available on their website as well. Check them out HERE or use the store locator to find them at a running store near you!

How are the Orange Mud Hydraquiver & Vest Pack Different?

The Orange Mud hydraquiver and hydraquiver vest pack sound very similar. Because of their name, it sounds like almost the same pack. While these packs are similar, they are very different. Like me, many people are curious as to how these packs compare and which one is right for them. Since I own both and have used both packs on many runs, I decided to compare them both and show you the similarities and differences. Check out my comparison video, side by side photos and my personal opinion on the best use for each pack below. By the end of this post, you can decide for yourself which one is best for you!
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Both packs serve the same purpose, easy to use hydration on a run. They share a lot of qualities: comfortable, innovative & adjustable. Figuring out which pack is right for you has a lot to do with what you need, the fit you find comfortable, the distance(s) you run and personal preference.

Deciding between the Hydraquiver and the Hydraquiver Vest Pack?
Donโ€™t worry, Iโ€™ve got you covered!

Watch my comparison video below
OR
You can see a separate review/video review for each pack.
 

In my personal opinion, the Vest Pack is great for really long distances or if you want to keep your essentials within arms reach. It is also the better choice if you want a ton of storage. If you donโ€™t want a pack that takes up so much surface area on your body or you donโ€™t like the feel of a chest strap, then the Hydraquiver is for you. The Hydraquiver offers plenty of storage, but the Vest Pack has even more with four pockets up front and pocket in the back.  
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If you need more water on runs, both the packs come in โ€˜double barrelโ€™ which means they hold two water bottles. On every pack, Orange Mud has made sure the weight of the water bottle(s) is balanced and easy to carry. 
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Both packs are made very well. You can be sure that any Orange Mud product will serve you will and be worth what you pay for it. 
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Canโ€™t decide? You could buy both and use them on difference occasions or interchangeably. 

Meet the Hydraquiver – The Best Way to Hydrate on Runs

Disclaimer: I received a Hydraquiver to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. I value authenticity & honesty; all options are my own. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Last summer, I struggled to find a way to hydrate on my long runs. I had not found a way to successfully bring large amounts of water with me. I was looking for a solution, and I was introduced to Orange Mud. Being already familiar with their products, I was excited to try out the Hydraquiver. Orange Mud hydration packs are a game changer for hydration during a run.  We have had a warm Spring here in the PNW and they Hydraquiver has made those warm runs much more pleasant. It is a simple solution to a problem many runners have: hydration. Want to know if the Hydraquiver is for you? Check out my video review below, my favorite Hydraquiver features and snag an Orange Mud discount code!

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The Hydraquiver

Orange Mud, once again, has thought of everything. The hydraquiver has many features that are much more meaningful if I show them to you versus explain. In the video below, I demonstrate all the things the hydraquiver can do. 

 

How I Use It

My favorite way to use my hydraquiver is on runs, especially long ones. It is easy to carry my run fuel (dried fruit usually), electrolytes and water all in one place. I can stow my keys plus anything else I may need in the back pocket, and there is also a place for my phone. I take it on any run where I am going to need hydration. Now that it is getting warmer, this means I take it on all my shorter runs too. Itโ€™s the easiest way I have found to hydrate on my runs.
Curious how it compares to the Hydraquiver Vest Pack? Check out my comparison review. 
 

Why Iโ€™m in love!

There are lots of reasons!
– very comfortable to wear. Sometimes I forget itโ€™s there on long runs. 
– fully adjustable 
– doesnโ€™t rub
– cute colors! 
– easy to clean bottle, I love this!
– easy to fill & refill
They Hydraquiver solves your hydration problems on runs. It holds much more water than a hydration belt and doesnโ€™t take up hand space like a handheld water bottle. No matter how far I run, it’s comfortable to wear and easy to use. Itโ€™s functional and stylish. You canโ€™t ask for much more!IMG_3357

Where to Buy + Discount code 

Convinced you need your own Hydraquiver? Shop all the Orange Mud gear on their website. If you decide to purchase something, be sure to use the code BIBRAVE for a 15% off! IMG_3660

How I solved My Need for Hydration on Runs

Disclaimer: I received a Hydraquiver Vest Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


“I started Orange Mud with the sole goal of changing the way runners look at hydration” – Josh, the founder of Orange Mud. 

Josh, you were successful! Before trying this hydraquiver vest, I was annoyed with ‘hydration’.  I had a small water bottle attachment that I would carry on my running belt, but only if it was hot. I basically didn’t drink on runs. *gasp* Surprisingly, this never bothered me. I really don’t get thirsty or crave water during runs, except in the summer. My regular runs are shorter distances relatively speaking, 3 to 5 miles, but seeing that I want to start marathon training, I knew I needed a solution. I have found it – the Orange Mud Hydraquiver Vest Pack!

I get really excited when I talk about this, so to avoid rambling & lots of punctuation (!!) let me break it down. ๐Ÿ™‚  
I’ve got a super short video, pros and conspics of me using the hydra quiver in various ways & a discount code at the end! 

Let’s start with the video.

I show you how easy it is to grab the water bottle, you’ll see that the hydraquiver really doesn’t bounce, I’ll show you where I keep all my goodies & you can see first hand how excited it makes me! 

In case you can’t tell from my giddiness, I really like the hydraquiver! Let’s get into detail as to why.IMG_0468

PROS

  • very comfortable
  • adjustable
  • LOTS of pockets
  • breathable
  • easy to put on
  • super easy to clean the bottle
  • easy to refill quickly
  • ZERO bounce
  • easy squeeze bottle
  • made in the USA

CONS

  • none

I know what you are thinking, “really, not a single con??” I seriously sat for a long time trying to come up with at least one ‘con’ and I couldn’t! Orange Mud has literally thought of everything. The hydraquiver covers ALL bases. Storage, ease of use, comfort. It’s all there. 
IMG_0184BONUS feature: you can even use the chest strap to hold your gloves!

This is the best part!

All the ways I’ve used it. I have had so much fun with my hydraquiver and I can’t wait to take it on more adventures with me. 

I’ve used it on almost all my training runs. It doesn’t slow you down!

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on race day
funny story, they ran out of water at this race, so boy was I glad I had AN ENTIRE water bottle for myself! IMG_0359 IMG_0368

I even took the hydraquiver snowboarding! I kept snacks in it, some extra hand warmers & gum. It really came in handy.

the adjustable straps came in handy here to make sure it fit over my coat

Get your own Hydraquiver

One of Orange Mud’s tag lines is ‘innovation from frustration’ and it is very apparent in their products. They have literally thought of everything and solved so many problems that we runners ‘run’ into. While these products were created for endurance athletes, they can be used by any and all athletes. They are high quality and you will not be disappointed. IMG_0016

Wanna shop Orange Mud?

they have lots of other cool gear too!
Be sure to use the code BIBRAVE for 15% off !

As you have probably gathered, I love my hydraquiver! I am really thankful that it is now become part of my favorite running accessories. If you are looking for a easy to use hydration system, this will be a life saver for you. 

Runners, what do you use for hydration? 

XOXO
Stay Sweaty!
Sarah

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