Many small drinks are on the market right now and some options might help runners avoid sickness, cut down on inflammation, or increase energy. We recommend the following four. Bottoms up!
Suja Immunity Wellness Shot
This refrigerated, organic shot contains 5,000 mg of anti-inflammatory turmeric, 200 mg of white blood cell–increasing echinacea, and 1 billion CFUs of live probiotics in a spicy, intense juice shot (it’s made up of 99 percent juice, including pineapple, ginger, orange and lime). The spiciness partly comes from the black pepper, which helps your body absorb the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits of curcumin in the turmeric. Take this when you feel the start of a cold coming on, or daily to keep your immune system ready to fight off anything. $50 for 15-pack, sujajuice.com
Ethan’s Apple Cider Vinegar Shot Blueberry
Used for centuries as a traditional remedy, apple cider vinegar now has some research to back up its claims of helping to lower blood sugar and increasing satiety. Less scientifically supported benefits include antioxidant properties, immune system support and digestion aid. Each shot contains 4 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar made much more drinkable by the addition of antioxidant-packed blueberry juice sourced from Washington State and organic Yucatan honey. It was so tasty that we were sad when it was gone, and we love that it’s shelf-stable, so we can drink it on the go. $36 for 12-pack, ethans.com
The Ginger People Ginger Rescue Shots Coconut
Thanks to the naturally stimulating and circulation-enhancing effects of ginger, these teeny bottles can give you a powerful boost of caffeine-free energy (they’re made with 30 percent ginger juice). Because ginger helps to circulatory system versus the adrenal glands (like caffeine), the brand claims that the energy boost offers a more gentle and long-lasting effect than caffeine does. The coconut flavor blends in coconut cream, cane sugar, apple juice and lemon juice for a pleasantly sweet and citrusy drink with a spicy ginger finish. $40 for 12-pack, gingerrescueshots.com