I feel like we didn’t get much of a spring this year. Our temperatures bounced from winter to summer and back again without only a few pauses for spring-like weather. Although the summer solstice is a few weeks away, since Memorial Day weekend already is behind us and we will be turning our calendars to June on Monday, I’m definitely feeling like it’s summer.
Before summer really heats up, I thought I’d share five new things I am loving for this summer.
1. Orange Mud HydraQuiver. I first heard about this product on Twitter, and knew I had to try it. I was so frustrated with my fuel belt during my spring races–I feel like I was constantly readjusting it and you can see in my race pictures that it had slid around to the side again during my push to the finish. I had resolved to use my Nathan hydration pack for races, but wasn’t completely satisfied with that plan because it’s more than I need for shorter runs. The Orange Mud HydraQuiver is the best of both products, since it is a backpack style but holds a water bottle.
It is easy to grab and replace the water bottle while I’m running. The straps can be adjusted for a snug fit, and so far I haven’t had any issues with chafing. There is a large, thin zipper pocket behind the water bottle (which fits my iPhone 5S in its case), and the straps have stretchy pockets on the front that expand to fit my bulky car key and even my phone.
2. SLS3 Compression Socks. You know I love compression socks, so when SLS3 offered me an opportunity to review their line of butterfly compression socks I didn’t hesitate. They are designed to provide 20-30 mmHG of graduated pressure to help increase bloodflow and provide muscle stability. They are made with a fabric that’s designed to absorb less moisture, which is important for summer running.
Check out all the cute colors on their website!
3. Blue Diamond Nut Thins Crackers. As a Blue Diamond Tastemaker, I was offered an opportunity to review Blue Diamond Nut Thins crackers. Luckily I’ve had them before because my husband demolished the boxes they sent me before I had a chance to do anything fancy with them. He ate them right out the box–probably instead of chips–so I guess that’s a pretty good endorsement!
There were just enough left to take this picture!
4. Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Almonds. After that experience with the crackers, I made sure to hide the Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt almonds that Blue Diamond sent me to review.
I think the dark chocolate variety goes nicely with a cup of coffee to fend off runger!
Serving both together satisfies that sweet and salty craving!
It works great on zucchini and cucumbers, and even handled sweet potatoes with a bit of effort.
29Baked sweet and white potato hash browns.
Have you zoodled?