Hammer Nutrition in Costa Rica

As you probably know, I am proud to be a Hammer Nutrition Canada athlete. Every activity I do, I proudly fuel and recover with Hammer. Their products are non-gmo, with some of them being organic, with no added sweeteners and all natural ingredients, as well as offering vegan options.

For our second adventure retreat in Costa Rica we brought down their products to share with our retreaters and they loved everything we brought! We incorporated the products into every activity we did to help fuel, recover and hydrate.

Here is what we used and why we loved it so much!

Hammer Vegan Protein

Every morning we made protein pancakes to add in a bit of extra nutrients and fuel our muscles from the previous day activities. I prefer the vegan protein powder as it is soy and dairy free. It has 20g of protein and 5g of carbohydrates. Plus, it’s delicious which helps make morning smoothies, or in our case, pancakes, that much better!

Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Capsules:

In Costa Rica, it’s the tropics, and it can get really hot during the day. It is SO IMPORTANT to replace your electrolytes when doing any kind of physical activity. Electrolytes are essential in preventing muscle cramps and muscle fatigue and are vital for proper tissue functioning. In the tropics, incidentally you sweat way more, and loose more electrolytes. It is common to become dehydrated quicker because you are not used to sweating as much. We provided our retreaters with lots of information on proper hydration including how much they should be drinking, how often they should be peeing, and signs of dehydration. Endurolyte tabs are an awesome way to get your electrolytes in fast. All you have to do is take 1-2 tabs an hour in hot conditions to ensure you are replacing the electrolytes you are losing.

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Endurolyte Fizz Tabs:

For those who didn’t want to take the pills, or felt it was easier to have the electrolytes in their water at all times, the fizz tabs were a good option. They have subtle flavours, and contain 13% salt in each tab. Fizzes contain calcium, magnesium, chloride, sodium and potassium as well as vitamin B12.

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Recoverite:

Seriously the best recovery product I have ever tried. I recently started using it post workout and it has made a huge difference in my recovery time. We served this to everyone immediately after the two long hike days to immediately rehydrate them, and start the recovery process for the next day of adventures! It is so important to get carbs and protein into your body immediately following a workout so that your body can start to repair the damaged tissues. Recoverite contains glutamine which is an essential amino acid that allows protein to enter the muscle cells faster, thus speeding up recovery time. Recoverite contains a 3:1 carb to protein ratio. It also contains:
•Maltodextrin: A complex carbohydrate with a high glycaemic index that is easily digested and rapidly transports other nutrients into your muscles while maximizing restoration of muscle glycogen.
•Whey protein isolate: Virtually fat and lactose free, essential for rebuilding lean muscle tissue and strengthening the immune system.
•L-glutamine: Maximizes muscle recovery
•Chromium polynicotinate: Maximizes muscle glycogen synthesis
•L-carnosine: A powerful antioxidant
•A full-spectrum electrolyte profile: Replenishes depleted minerals
Aka? Magic.

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Hammer Nutrition Bar:
We used the cashew coconut chocolate chip flavour. These bars are very rich but they are packed full of all natural ingredients. They do not have a chocolate coating like a lot of bars do but they are still loaded with chocolate chips and nuts. The first two ingredients are almond paste and date paste. They are high in fat and carbohydrates which makes them the perfect bar for endurance activities. These bars were great for just grabbing a bar on the go. I did find them very rich so I had them less often. But they taste delicious and are made of all natural ingredients. Everyone really enjoyed them. With 220 calories of pure, whole food nutrition, they really are an awesome choice to stay fueled during and endurance event!

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Hammer Gels:
These little packages of power contain 90 calories and 25mg of carbohydrates that your body can access readily. Plus they taste delicious so that is a huge plus! Gels make fueling the run super easy and can get you out of an energy bonk pretty fast. Everyone really loved the new Nocciola flavour (Chocolate and Hazelnut)!

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