Power Ice…an “electrolyte ice bar?” Sounds interesting…I came across the Power Ice bar a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a try. It makes sense, cooling the athlete’s body core temperature before, during and after exercise while providing necessary electrolytes and carbohydrates. They call it the “Science of Frozen…” According to Power Ice, “the concept of cooling isn’t new to many elite athletes. Rising temperatures, both external and internal, lead to muscle fatigue and dehydration, which in turn diminish your ability to perform.” Eating Power Ice bars cools from the inside out, a more effective, and enjoyable way of lowering core body temperature.

Several studies, like those performed in New Zealand and at the Australian Institute of Sport found that “pre-cooling” with ice bars was more effective than drinking cold water alone or even pre-cooling ice baths. In addition, the American Council on Exercise recommends a sports hydration product (like Power Ice) that includes electrolytes and carbohydrates for exercise lasting longer than 60 minutes. Electrolyte replacement is important because it helps the body absorb and retain fluids and utilize carbohydrates.

What I love most is that Power Ice is made of all natural ingredients. It provides 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C with no artificial colors, flavors, or high fructose corn syrup. Each Power Ice bar provides 30 calories, 8 grams of carbohydrates and electrolytes like sodium (25 mg) and potassium (20 mg). The bars are also kosher, gluten-free, and caffeine free.

Another interesting use I found for Power Ice is for rehydration during illness, especially for kids. Kids with fever, vomiting, diarrhea…always a challenge to keep rehydrated, but popsicles! Easy sell! These electrolyte frozen bars come in four delicious, all-natural flavors; orange blast, lime kicker, pomegranate raspberry rip and grape score, and for $5.99 for a pack of 6, worth the price! I have personally seen many “clear liquid diets” at the hospital that have LOTS of sugar and artificial ingredients, so an all-natural alternative is great news! They can be purchased on line at http://www.powerice.com/store/.

So next time you are looking for a way to cool down and rehydrate your young athlete or help your sick kiddo feel better, look no further! Power Ice is the answer. And the taste? Well, I ordered a box of each flavor to try at home, and my 8 year old hockey player said this: “mom, you remember those popsicles with the bright colors you use to buy (Otter Pops)? By the way, why don’t you buy those anymore? Haha…these bars taste just like them…only a little saltier…I LOVE them!” And that’s all I needed to hear.

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