Can I interest you in a spot of tea?
How about a tea while you ride?
Unless you’re a serious anglophile who frequently finds yourself on a ride during the hours of afternoon tea, chances are you may never have considered drinking tea while on your bike. Skratch Labs is changing that.
We at Higher Gear love Skratch Labs. The science that goes into their hydration mixes provides the electrolyte ratio that best matches what we lose in sweat and ingredients optimized for absorption in the small intestine to prevent gastrointestinal distress (i.e., gut rot). At the same time, none of their drink mixes contain artificial ingredients or flavors.
All of their drinks have a simple and clean taste that hydrates us while also providing the nutritional benefits associated with the foods they use in their mixes. Most recently, Skratch Labs took this a step further by developing a flavor using Matcha – a type of green tea that is consumed whole rather than brewed, making it convenient and incredibly nutrient dense compared to other teas.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants (more accurately, phytochemicals or phytonutrients). It can also act as a stimulant. (For more on the science behind green tea, visit Skratch Labs’ blog.) As with all of their drink mixes, there is a definite science behind Skratch Labs Matcha + Lemons. But, what really stands out for us is the taste.
“Skratch’s Matcha and Lemons has quickly become my favorite flavor – and my go-to exercise drink for winter training. I drink it hot during winter exercise and again when I come in from the cold to warm up.” – Joy Sherrick
If you’re spending the winter months training indoors, you know how much you’re sweating and you know how important it is to replenish your fluids and electrolytes. For those of us training outdoors in winter temperatures, it’s easy to forget our fuel needs are just as great.
“Beyond the right clothing, it’s just as important to focus on your food and hydration in the winter as it is anytime of the year with some subtle differences. First and foremost, realize that your need for carbohydrate at any given intensity is probably going to be higher when it’s cold. So don’t forget to eat and to bring those simple sugars outdoors with you. Next, just because you may not sense that you are losing a lot of fluid or you may not feel that you need to drink, making sure you stay on top of your hydration, especially with something warm. It’s a lot easier to keep your core temperature up from the inside out than it is from the outside in, so having an insulated bottle and keeping some warm hydration product can be a small but significant thing.” – Allen Lim, founder of Skratch Labs
To keep you hydrated when it’s most important (indoors or out, cold or hot), Skratch Labs developed their Exercise Hydration Mix with Matcha + Lemons. It’s delicious both hot and cold (and even somewhere in between). If tea is not your thing, try their Apple and Cinnamon Exercise Hydration Mix that tastes just like a cup of hot apple cider. (Psst. It’s also great on toast!)
Learn more about the importance of cold weather nutrition >>