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Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs Review

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Small, tightly enclosed tube makes these tabs great for on-the-go use.

Small, tightly enclosed tube makes these tabs great for on-the-go use.

Sometimes staying hydrated requires something more than water but without the calories, sugar, or artificial sweeteners contained in many sports drinks.

Enter Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs. These tabs have less than 10 calories and 0 grams of sugar per serving. Just drop one tab in 16 oz. water and wait for a couple of minutes for the tab to dissolve before drinking. Once dissolved, a tab turns water into a mildly flavored, slightly fizzy, electrolyte-enhanced beverage.

They are available in a variety of flavors, all of which are enhanced with sodium, potassium, and vitamins. The Nuun “Energy” line of tabs contain caffeine. Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs are packaged in a small, secured tube that’s perfect for on-the-go use.

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs Summary

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs are designed to keep the body hydrated during and after exercise. I tested the tabs while mountain biking, after running, and while weight lifting.

I found the Tabs worked best when consumed while biking. The electrolytes provided an unexpected and helpful boost mid-ride and the mild flavor and slight fizz offered great refreshment. Plus, the 16 oz. serving fits perfectly in water bottles designed for standard-sized bicycle water bottle holders. For example, I used the BPA-free, dishwasher safe Nuun water bottle that came with my delivery to stow my Nuun beverage while riding.

This BPA-free, dishwasher safe bottle fits nicely into a bicycle bottle holder.

This BPA-free, dishwasher safe bottle fits nicely into a bicycle bottle holder.

When consumed during weight lifting, I found the slight fizz of Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs caused me to feel a bit weighted-down, and as a result, disrupted my workout.

When I tried them after running, Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs provided nice replenishment and hydration. I do have to say that the improvement in hydration when compared with tap water was modest.

In general, it was nice to have the option of consuming tabs with or without caffeine. 

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs Function

Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhanced Drink Tabs are designed to replenish the body with around 360mg sodium, 100mg potassium, and 40mg caffeine per serving. Each Energy tab also contains 100% daily value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet) vitamins B6 and B12, niacin, and pantothenic acid.

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs also are designed to replenish. These tabs contain around 360mg sodium and 100mg potassium per serving plus more than 60% daily value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet) vitamin C.

In my testing, I found both Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs and Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhanced Drink Tabs to be sufficient hydration tools that slightly minimized some of the depletion I feel after a really tough workout.

The taste is pleasant and subtle, yet surprisingly flavorful given their low calorie and 0 sugar content. I suspect that flavor may be due in part to sodium content, about 360mg per serving.

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs Design

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs are easy to use. Just drop one tablet in 16 oz. of chilled water and wait a couple of minutes.

The container says a tab takes 2 minutes to dissolve. However, each time I placed my tab in 16 oz. of water it took longer (about 3 minutes) to fully dissolve.

Who Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs Are For

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs are a great mid- or post-training pick-me-up for those who are interested in hydrating with more than just water.

Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhanced drink Tabs are good for anyone who feels like a slight caffeine boost is beneficial during or after training.

Both types of tabs are great for health-conscious individuals who prefer sports drinks that don’t contain sugar or a lot of calories. Further, based upon my inspection of the ingredients, these tabs are appropriate for gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets.

Sizing

Each Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tab is about the width of one quarter and the thickness of about 2 quarters stacked.

Strawberry Lemonade Flavored Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Energy Drink Tab.

Strawberry Lemonade Flavored Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Energy Drink Tab.

Colors and Flavors

I tested lemonade, wild berry, cherry limeade, and strawberry lemonade flavors. The wild berry and cherry limeade Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhanced Drink Tabs contain 40mg caffeine. The strawberry lemonade and lemonade Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs have 0mg caffeine.

Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhaced Drink Tabs (black tubes) and Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs (light green and pink tubes).

Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhanced Drink Tabs (black tubes) and Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs (light green and pink tubes).

In general the graphic design and colors for Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tab packaging are interesting and appropriately minimalist for a fitness-related product that is low-calorie and contains no sugar. The modern-style graphics suggest cutting-edge technology.

Each flavor is unique but equally delicious. Since I tend to prefer sweeter flavors, I found the strawberry lemonade, cherry limeade, and wild berry to be best suited to my taste. However, the lemonade has a nice subtle flavor as well.

Included In The Box

My Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs arrived in an attractive, light blue-colored rectangular box measuring approximately 4 inches tall by 3 inches wide and weighing a couple of pounds.

Box for a 4-tube set for Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs.

Box for a 4-tube set of Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs.

The box contained 4 tubes with 10 tabs in each Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhanced Drink Tabs tube and 12 tabs in the Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs tube. Each tube contained a different flavor.

I also received a 21 oz. blue water bottle with the Nuun logo painted on the outside. The water bottle was packaged separately.

Final Thoughts

Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs are great for any athlete looking for during or post-workout replenishment with a sports drink that doesn’t contain sugar or a lot of calories.

Because of their caffeine content, I felt uncertain about consuming the Nuun Energy Vitamin B and Caffeine Enhanced Drink Tabs. However, I can understand how the boost of caffeine in combination with B vitamins might be appealing to some athletes, particularly those who do a lot of endurance training.

For more information and purchase please visit: http://www.nuun.com/. MSRP: $24.00. Nuun water bottle sold separately. MSRP: $5.00.

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About Michelle

Michelle is an avid runner and adventurer. She’s completed road races around the globe and continues to find new places to run, hike, and explore. When she’s not blazing new trails, Michelle can be found weightlifting and striking yoga poses. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog and husband. Michelle is author of the popular gluten-free and lactose-free cookbook entitled “Living Luxe Gluten Free.”

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