We are excited to offer Hüma Energy Gels on the course this year and also as SWAG for the Montgomery Half and 5K runners. Read on to learn the fascinating inspiration and science behind these energy gels that taste great and are easily digestible!
What is Hüma?
Huma is a 100% all-natural, great-tasting energy gel and protein smoothie —promoting a healthy lifestyle while providing nutrients to help runners better endure whatever comes their way.
Hüma Gels were inspired by the Tarahumara, a tribe of Mexican Indians. These great runners have been known to run 100 miles+ journeys wearing a smile and homemade shoes made of rubber tires. Their diets contain little to no meat and consist mainly of beans, tortillas, avocado, salsa and some type of vegetable. They drink Chia seeds and add them to just about every part of their meal. It was this connection to chia seeds that inspired the Hüma Gel recipe.
What are Hüma Energy Gels made of?
Chia seeds are the core ingredient for Hüma energy gels and provide the ideal daily amount of essential amino acids. Sea Salt is included to provide sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. The citric acid is produced from oranges, lemons, grapefruits and other members of the citrus family. Keeping everything as natural as possible is important to the Hüma family. No one wants an upset stomach while racing (or training…or anytime really) and the usual culprit to cause tummy issues are unnatural ingredients. Instead of using processed unnatural ingredients (think maltodextrin that is in many energy gels today) Hüma found a way to utilize sugars found in sugar cane and brown rice. These natural sugars have optimum glucose to fructose ratio that naturally increase the carbohydrate absorption rate. This means they work fast and won’t upset your tummy! What is it flavored with you ask? Flavored with real fruit and compared often to a fruit puree or jam, you will enjoy Hüma Gels while training, racing, or just for breakfast on bread! The last ingredient is extra water. This reduces the thickness of the gel and helps it to have a smooth consistency. Extra water is never a bad thing when training!
All Hüma Energy Gels are vegan and gluten free.
Flavors include: Apples & Cinnamon, Blueberries, Cafe Mocha, Chocolate*, Lemonade*, Mangoes, Raspberries*, Strawberries, Strawberry Lemonade*, Berries & Pomegranate, Blackberry Banana, Chocolate Raspberry*, Recovery-Strawberries, Recovery-Mango Banana
*contain 25mg caffeine
All the nutrition facts can be found here.
Where can I find Hüma Gels before race-day?
Montgomery Multisport offers Huma Gels in a variety of flavors so you can start training with them now. The run shop at Montgomery Multisport also carries a variety of high end running shoes, socks, recovery tools, and just about anything else your running heart can desire. They are located at 8107 Vaughn Road and open Tuesday- Saturday from 10am – 6pm.
Race day is coming up very soon. If you have not registered yet to run the half marathon or 5K, be sure to save your spot! It’s going to be a great day and we can’t wait to see you there!