Hüma Chia Energy Gel

23 Aug

Every time I travel out-of-town I try to stop at a bike shop or two just to see what they have in their display room. Most of the time I don’t find anything new, but occasionally I find a few hidden gems. A few weeks ago I stopped at a small bike shop in southern Indiana—they had all the usual items on display that you would expect to see in a small shop. However, just before I walked out the door I noticed that they had a few packages of an energy gel I’d never seen before, so I bought half a dozen packages to try. You probably have never heard of them before, but Hüma Chia Energy Gels are now one of my favorite carbohydrate gels for distance cycling.

Huma Chia Energy Gel

Hüma Chia Energy Gel

There are two things you need to know about Hüma Chia Energy Gels: First, they taste great, and second, they are all-natural. I love carbohydrate gels that have simple ingredients and are easy on the stomach—and Hüma Chia Energy Gels fit the bill perfectly! They start with fruit puree (either apple or strawberry), then add a bit of evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup for a nice glucose/fructose carbohydrate mix, and a bit of filtered water to smooth things out. They also have one ingredient I’ve never seen in an energy gel before—ground chia seeds. The chia seeds add a bit of fiber to the gel (2g per package), but more importantly they provide all nine essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. In addition, Hüma also adds a small amount of sea salt and citric acid to every gel.

One 43-gram package of Strawberry Hüma Chia Energy Gel will give you 100 calories with 110mg of sodium, 30mg of potassium, 1g of protein, and 21g of carbs. The Apples & Cinnamon Hüma Chia Energy Gel will provide you with 100 calories, 100mg of sodium, 20mg of potassium, 1g of protein, and 20g of carbs. In addition, both flavors will give you 895mg of Omega-3 fatty acids.

I already mentioned that these gels have a great taste, but I need to talk about their texture for a moment. Overall, the gel is very smooth. However, because of the ground chia seeds the gel is slightly gritty—about like you would expect if you ate fresh strawberry jam.

You probably won’t find Hüma Chia Energy Gels at your local bike shop (yet), but you can order them from the Hüma online store. A box of 24 gels retails for $54, plus $3 shipping for one box, or free shipping when you order two boxes or more. I realize that at $2.25 per package these gels are more expensive than most of the other gels on the market—I think this is a case of getting what you pay for. After I went through the six packs I bought in Indiana I bought a box of 24 and am certain I will be ordering more in the future as well.


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24 responses to “Hüma Chia Energy Gel

  1. TdF

    August 23, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    please bring to EU…!!!

  2. Amanda's COREner

    August 23, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    You make your own fabulous “energy” workout drinks by adding chia seeds to coconut water. Fresh, natural, and so good for your body!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Do you grind the chia seeds first? I might sound like a dumb question, but wouldn’t the chia seeds float in the coconut water?

      • Amanda's COREner

        August 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Not a dumb question at all! There is no need to grind them. If chia seeds hang out in any liquid, they will make a “gel”. You can use them in oatmeal or to make homemade jellies and jams, etc… In coconut water, you get the benefit of natural electrolytes, so it’s a perfect concoction for exercise!

  3. Gwen Stephens

    August 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    These sound great – do you think this product is suitable for other sports, or are they made specifically for cyclists? I run a few 5k’s a week and my kids are competitive gymnasts with loooong work-out sessions.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      These would be great for most athletes — especially runners and cyclists. The package is easy to open and the contents will not upset your stomach.

      • Gwen Stephens

        August 23, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Thanks for the info! I will look into it.

  4. Irish Katie

    August 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I just kind of like the name nod nods….and did they make other flavors? (I know I should go to the website….I am being lazy nod nods.)

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      They only have two flavors at the moment, but two more are going to be announced real soon (I don’t think I am supposed to tell you the new flavors, but they are two that I don’t think anyone else makes and they should rock!).

  5. fatguy2triguy

    August 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I cannot get any gels to agree with my. I get an upset stomach everytime I have a couple, not to mention a gagging reflex when I try to eat them.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      What do you consume during long rides? Are you only able to take liquids with you?

      • fatguy2triguy

        August 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        I drink nuun and eat a couple of clif bars. I can get some honey stinger down but too many and my stomach gets upset again.

  6. kathrinjapan

    August 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I have been a chia fan for almost 2 years. It’s a great thickener so I buy it dry in bulk and add to smoothies and juices. Invest in floss sticks.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      You and Gwen (comments above) have now convinced me to go buy a package of chia seeds (and some extra dental floss).

  7. MikeW

    August 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Good to see a gel that doesn’t use caffeine as a filler. At least I don’t think I saw it in the ingredients. Popped a Clif Shot today on a mountain. Had caffeine. Helped for a while, but staying power — not as much as something with complex carbs / sugars.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      I had several of these gels while out on my Pugsley today — the more I use them the more I like them — and the complex carbs don’t give me a sugar crash like some other products do.

  8. triathlonobsession

    August 28, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    These look really good. To start off a long day I usually make myself a simple chia pudding (chia, almond milk, honey and cinnamon) but this seems like a great idea. I’ll have to search for them. Thanks as always for the great suggestions! Elizabeth

  9. Still a Runner

    August 30, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I may try these, although like Amanda’s COREner and triathlonobsession, chia seeds are part of my day. I place a couple of spoonsful in a bottle of water and keep it in the refrigerator. At the end of the day, it should be empty. This encourages me to stay hydrated.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      I am going to the store this weekend and try to find chia seeds so I can try them for myself!

  10. Doug

    August 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I’ve tried using chia seeds, both whole and ground, in various gels and solutions (water, fruit juice, etc.). I’ve eventually come around to following the advice of an ultramarathoner who puts about a tablespoonful of chia seeds straight in his mouth followed by a swig of water. It takes a bit of practice (say a few times) and it becomes the easiest way to take chia on the run. I carry a small Nalgene bottle of chia seeds and use the cap that measures out to be a tablespoon.

  11. thewindykitchen

    September 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I mainly eat the Cliff shot blocks on my runs, but as I start running longer, I may need to find something different for variety’s sake…these sounds good! maybe they’ll bring them at REI at some point…

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      September 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      I too am a big fan of Clif Shot Blocks (black cherry), and I also feel the need for variety — most of my rides are 4 hours and I try to consume 300 calories an hour while riding.


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