I can’t remember exactly when I started drinking Ultima but it was sometime last fall. I remember buying a container at a race last year. It’s now my go-to for every race.
I loved that it was made with real fruit, has lots of vitamins and minerals, is vegan and gluten free. The original formula that I started using had about 15 calories in it, the new version is zero calories & zero sugar. They do use Non-GMO Malodextrin & Stevia Leaf Extract for a little sweetness.
There are 5 flavors: Grape, Lemonade, Orange, Raspberry and the newest Cherry Pomegranate. My favorite is Grape and then Lemonade.
I like to drink it on it’s own and for races I mix it with CarboPro, which I use for calories, to add in some electrolyte and yummy flavor.
I’ve tried both versions side by side and I don’t notice much difference in taste. I didn’t mind the original formula with the 15 calories because I needed more calories for ultras but I understand why they would want to drop the calorie count.
Ultima comes in 30 serving containers, 90 serving containers and 20 count stick packs. I typically buy the 90 serving containers because they are more cost effective, but the stick packs are super nice for races because they are tiny and easy to put in a bottle wrap or stick in a pocket of my Orange Mud HydraQuiver or even my shorts pocket.
Ultima is the on-course electrolyte at the following San Diego races: The Triple Crown (Carlsbad marathon, LaJolla Half, Americas Finest Half), San Diego Half and the Surfing Madonna.
Have you tried Ultima? What flavor is your favorite or would you most want to try?
Now for the fun stuff!!!! Head over to my Instagram to enter to win an entry to the Carlsbad Marathon or Half Marathon on January 14, 2017!! Thanks to my friends at Ultima, I’m giving away 2 entries + a container of Grape Ultima, which will be the on-course flavor, one for you and a friend!!