Drinking Naturally

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As athletes, we’re always on the lookout for that magical elixir that might give us an extra burst of energy. Lucky for us there are a number of new all-natural options to choose from.

Amazon Energy is a new organic energy drink made from four superfoods: açaí (ah-sigh-ee), a berry that grows in the Brazilian Amazon and is loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants; acerola, a super fruit chock full of vitamin C; guarana, a plant used by the Amazonian people that helps improve focus and increase metabolism and stamina; and yerba maté, a plant harvested in South America’s rainforest that is full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The combination of ingredients makes for a tasty, healthy drink that delivers great nutrition and sustained energy. $1.99/can. www.sambazon.com

Organic Energy Tea is the latest creation from Pixie Maté, makers of organic yerba maté tea blends. One 16-ounce bottle of Organic Energy Tea provides more than five times the antioxidants of a serving of green tea, plus enough naturally occurring energy to rival two cans of Red Bull. Available in three flavors—authentic yerba maté, lemon ginger black tea maté and green tea yerba maté. $1.69/bottle. www.pixiemate.com

Owater Infused is a new, all-natural drink that is a nice alternative to sugar-loaded vitamin and sport drinks. Owater is infused with replenishing electrolytes, revitalizing antioxidants and energizing natural caffeine and comes in six fruit flavors including peach mango, black raspberry, lime lemon, strawberry, blueberry and coconut. $1.49/bottle. www.owater.com

Zico Ccoconut Water is made from 100% pure coconut water and is a healthy option for hydration. Coconut water (different from coconut milk) is a great source of potassium— one box of Zico has more potassium than a banana—and essential electrolytes, but it contains no fat. Available in three all-natural flavors—natural, mango and passion fruit-orange peel. $2/box. www.zico.com

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Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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