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Monster Muscle Chocolate

Monster Muscle Chocolate

This little guy proved to be a minor conundrum for me. You see I generally drink the protein shakes we are sent after I work out. That is what I was originally told to do when I first started going to the gym, so it’s what I always followed. With this it seemed like I should drink it beforehand. Who needs an energy boost after a workout? Get that in there beforehand to give yourself a little extra push and stretch your limits a bit. Being that this is the terrifying modern age, I took this question to Google and found out that there is actually an argument amongst professionals as to when is the best time to consume protein in the work out world. Some say after because it helps repair muscles, while others say before because it will give you extra strength during the workout. You know what? I’m not that serious about this whole thing. I go to the gym so that I don’t become a fat, lazy slob like so many Americans who are approaching middle age. I’m not looking to get ripped, I just want to stay remotely healthy and work off some of these unnecessary Thirsty Dudes calories. Since there was no definitive answer I chose to go with before the gym for this round. Let me tell you I certainly got an energy rush from it. I worked out longer and harder than I normally do, and now I’m a gross sweaty mess in desperate need of a shower, but I forced myself to write this review first.

A lot of protein drinks are chalky, due to the whey protein, but this is nothing if not creamy. It’s also thick, as if a milkshake was halfway thawed and you pounded it. Luckily no brain freeze accompanied this ingestion. I think the greatest thing that Monster pulled off with these is that it’s incredibly chocolaty and it doesn’t taste a thing like an energy drink. I think this may be the only beverage that includes taurine that I have tasted that doesn’t make me question if I’m being poisoned or not with chemicals. Sure the use of sucralose along with the sugar gives it a bit of a diet taste, but that is something you come to expect and accept with protein drinks. If they were laden with sugar they would kind of defeat the purpose of the workout. The 16g of sugar in here is pushing it a bit as it is.

At the end of it all, this tasted fantastic and I’m still buzzing with energy after a fairly intense workout by my standards. Who’d have known that Monster had this in them?

Website
http://www.monsterenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 22nd, 2014
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8 Pack - Monster Muscle Energy Shake Chocolate - 15oz.

Skinny Girl Sparklers Pink Grapefruit

Skinny Girl Sparklers Pink Grapefruit

2014 is winding down, and if someone were to ask me as a professional imbiber of beverages to sum up the year I would have to say that these 365 days have been all about low/zero calorie sparkling waters. The past couple years have been owned by fake Vitamin Water, but man sparkling water is everywhere this year.

While I may not be the biggest fan of these drinks, I do appreciate their growth and that humans are taking more interest in what they ingest, particularly their sugar intake. Americans drink far too much soda, diet or not it’s just too much. Since I’ve cut most of it out of my diet (minus reviews) I feel better and I dropped pounds pretty quickly. Now a lot of these sparkling water companies are just dumping some sucralose into flavored water and calling it a day, and their lack of effort is very noticeable. Skinny Girl (I still hate the name) takes things a bit further. They use fruit juice (albeit from concentrate), sweeten it with honey, cane sugar and sucralose (culminating in only 2g of sugar per bottle) and then add some vitamins and super fruits so your body is actually getting something beneficial from this drink. That’s right they have combined the former champion with the reigning one, and they mingle oh so well.

This is made with grapefruit juice and it tastes like it. It’s not an overly strong taste, but it’s stronger than if you just left some grapefruit soak in water. It has a bit of a diet taste to it, but it’s not bad at all. Arizona it’s hard to stay mad at you for your dumb brand name, when you make it taste so good. Who needs garbage grapefruit pop that doesn’t even taste like fruit when this is available with only the slightest fraction of calories?

Website
http://drinkarizona.com/skinnygirl/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Diet, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement, Water
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 12th, 2014
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Skinnygirl Sparklers Variety Sparkling Water 17 FL OZ (12 Bottles in Total)

Polar Sparkling Frost Lemonade

Polar Sparkling Frost Lemonade

Guys, I finally cracked the secret. The reason all of these zero calorie, flavored, sparkling waters are all named after things ice related is that they taste their best just above the freezing point. You see when they are that cold the taste of the (normally) artificial sweetener is harder to detect. That’s nice because colder drinks are generally more refreshing. The downside of that is that you have to either drink them really fast, water them down with ice, or be a big shot and use whiskey stones. The issue with the latter two solutions are the drinking hole of the bottle (the mouth, I know) isn’t big enough for either to fit in, and I like drinking out of bottles, more than glasses. I’m a savage.

This drink tastes like a cleaner, and I somehow mean that in a good way. It doesn’t so much taste like chemicals, because it doesn’t at all, it more smells like lemon pledge. I know lemon pledge smells like lemons, but it also has a little something else in the odor, and it’s perfectly captured in the taste of this beverage. I like the way it tasted, well that is until it started to warm up and the sucralose became more apparent.

Polar has taken this line a bit further than its competition by adding vitamins, antioxidants and caffeine, which they felt the need to list in all caps. Keep in mind the vitamins are at low levels (10% of your daily intake at most), but at least you’re getting a little something extra for your time. Now chug folks, you don’t want this warming up on you.

Website
http://www.polarbev.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Lemonade, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 30th, 2014
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Powerade Zero Grape

Powerade Zero Grape

You like sports, bro? I love sports. I love them. I love winning. Hashtag winning, right, bro? Remember that? Charlie Sheen? That dude rules. Yeah, present tense. He still rules. You know who else rules? Our local sports team. They're awesome. Hey, I'm thirsty. You know what a thirsty dude drinks when he's thirsty? No. Not water you munch? Water is for chess players. I mean a real sportsman like you and I. Powerade, that's right. Specifically grape Powerade. This stuff goes down smooth, doesn't taste like poison and tastes like regular grape drinks should. It's good and really helps me when it comes down to baseball time. I'm permanently in the mental state of a homerun derby, bro. All day every day.

What did you say, Miss Catherine? We're done role playing for the day? Oh, man. Thank you. I don't know how much more of that I could have done. Maybe I don't want to play the role of "the jock" in the school play. Can I keep this grape Powerade, though? It's pretty good and actually does taste good. For a diet drink, it's not gross at all.

Website
http://www.powerade.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on November 17th, 2014
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Powerade Zero Grape 20 Oz Case of 24

truBrain Think Drink Turbo

truBrain Think Drink Turbo

Once, in high school, a bunch of us went to a grocery store and my friend bought a bottle of Hawaiian Punch. The thing that he did not realize was that he had grabbed a bottle of concentrate and not the ready to drink variety. He took a big gulp and spit the red syrupy concentrate everywhere. I nearly had a similar experience with this pouch of truBrain. This may not taste as much like poison as the other flavor I tried did, but it certainly tastes like it should be mixed into a glass of water.

This is supposed to be strawberry banana flavored, which I guess it is if you took that flavored candy and boiled it down to a potent extract. Oh yeah they also made it taste diet. This is a function “beverage” though. Its purpose is to boost cognitive function by blending blends cognitive enhancers, nootropic nutrients, and neurochemical modulators. When things involve this kind of science chances of them actually tasting good are very low. Everything I have read about this company seems to say that it actually works if you order a subscription and stick with it. That’s gonna be a lot of gross tasting pouches, but hey, your brain is worth it, isn’t it?

Website
http://trubrain.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Stevia
Categories
Diet, Shot, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 11th, 2014
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Glaceau Vitamin Water Energy Berry Punch

Glaceau Vitamin Water Energy Berry Punch

I don’t really know why that I am shocked that I like this, but I am. It just sounds like something that would be terrible. Whenever companies try to grasp outside of their safe zone, I am always very skeptical. For some reason with this line I expect the results to be less than stellar, even though I have had several other flavors that I have enjoyed. Each time I expect my mouth to be greeted with a gush of grossness. You can just tell looking at this that it has a zero calorie sweetener in it somewhere. The thing is that the stevia mixed with the cane sugar works in here. It has a bit of a diet taste to it, but the actual berry flavoring is much stronger, and that is all that you can ask for.

I think the saving grace for Glaceau is that they went for their own thing. They didn’t take a classic energy drink and try to mix it with their pre-existing products. They took what they were good at and added green coffee bean extract an B vitamins to give it a little energy push. There’s no chemical garbage in here, and as a result it just tastes like a carbonated Vitamin Water. It may not give you the crazy rush as other products do, but you can feel better about drinking it, and really when in your life did you actually need the shot to your heart that the other players give? To me it just seems like overkill.

I'm glad that I have continuously been wrong about the Vitamin Water Energy line. It's nice to be surprised in a positive way.

Website
http://www.glaceau.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 24th, 2014
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Vitamin Water Energy Punch 11.5 Oz (12 Pack)

Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage Chocolate Truffle

Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage Chocolate Truffle

Rarely on the side of never do I drink "meal replacement" drinks as such but today I did not eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day, so I did not have a choice. First thing I noticed, and this could just be me, is that this was a leaky drink. So leaky. The package was constantly leaking from the cap. Don't let that sway you from getting it. Let my review sway you from buying it.

This was completely laced with Stevia. It was so sharp. Calming down on that and letting some of the chocolate shine through would probably do wonders to this drink. It was thin, so do not expect a shake. It was closer to a thin chocolate milk. Or if you made chocolate milk with skim milk or some other poor life choice.

What would I do to fix this? Number one? Real sugar. I know it would increase the calorie count but it wouldn't leave me with a taste on the tip of my tongue. Look, I drank the whole thing. It wasn't terrible but it was kind of thin and overly fake.

Website
http://drinkiconic.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Stevia
Categories
Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 9th, 2014
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ICONIC Healthy Lifestyle Beverage, Ready-to-Drink, Chocolate Truffle, 11oz (Pack of 12)

Nawgan Alertness Beverage Strawberry Kiwi

Nawgan Alertness Beverage Strawberry Kiwi

Every time I drink one of these alertness beverages, Nawgan or other, I find myself wondering if there would be a time in my life when I would actually need one. I am long done with school; where this would have been greatly welcomed for late night study sessions. Okay who am I kidding I very rarely did school work outside of school, but I can see where kids would want this beverage for that. I have an accountant that does my taxes, due to my business, so I’m not going to be annoyingly trying to figure out what form mean. As much as I would like to pretend that I am at times, I’m certainly not an intellectual; logic rules my life. So where do such beverages fit into my life? The closest I can come to is when I’m figuring out how to play a bass line for a song, and that doesn’t take too much concentration.

It looks like these drinks were not made for me in at current station in life. I do know many people who would benefit from them though. I wish I had something that I needed to concentrate on so I could have tested the true functionality of this, but as much as I think I felt more alert, it could have all been placebo.

I can write about the flavor though. This has a light strawberry kiwi flavor to it, and that is due to the fact that they thankfully did not go overboard with the sweetener. So many drinks of this flavor are so full of sugar that they taste like candy. This at least tastes minimally like fruit. The use of erythritol/stevia along with the cane sugar gives it a bit of that natural diet taste, but it’s not very strong. The thing that will always through me for a loop with drinks in skinny cans is when they are not carbonated. I believe I’ve said that with each flavor of this I have tried, but I always expect bubbles, and when you don’t get them it takes a bit to adjust. Flex your head.

Website
http://www.nawgan.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Diet, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 6th, 2014
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Nawgan Energy Drink Strawberry Kiwi -- 11.5 fl oz

Phenoh Alkaline Sports Drink 7.4

Phenoh Alkaline Sports Drink 7.4

Hey you. Yeah you, over there running on the corner. Why don't you come over here for a drink? I've got just the thing for you. Yeah. You'll love it. It's new. It's alkalinized or whatever. It's good for you. It's low in calories and is good for something I think you kids are talking about; paleo or whatever. It doesn't taste half bad either. What does it taste like? Why don't you just come into the shop and grab one. It's on me. You look thirsty and very attractive. What? Was that out of line? I thought you would think it was a compliment. Sorry, I guess. Sorry I find you attractive. No, I mean it. Take it. It's for you. We just got them in. It's supposed to be really good for you.

Do you like it? It's good, right? It's lightly sweetened and tastes like an aloe coconut water even though there is no coconut water in it. It's also the biggest carton of a sports drink I think I've ever seen. No, I'm not creeping on you. Jesus, lady. Calm down. You were running and were clearly sweating and I thought I would be nice and give you a drink. You've got me all wrong and I'd like you to kindly leave my store and take your drink with you.

Website
http://www.phenoh.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Agave Nectar
Categories
Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 5th, 2014
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Phenoh 7.4 Alkaline Sports Drink

Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage Pure Vanilla Bean

Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage Pure Vanilla Bean

Sometimes I wish that nutritional/protein drinks came in a wider range of flavors. There are many fruits that would pair well with whey protein/milk type drinks. There is a whole world of flavors out there that are being neglected, but when a company comes along that is fruity in the back of my mind I’m always thinking, man I wish this were chocolate or vanilla. It’s been programmed into my being that those are the only true satiating flavors that can be nutritional. It’s dumb, but that’s how I work.

Iconic has mixed protein, fiber, B12 (for energy) as well as choline and amino acids (to keep you focused) into a nice non-chalky vanilla beverage. It’s like thick vanilla milk. The vanilla isn’t too overwhelming, but it’s there enough for you to say, “Hey, this is a decent vanilla drink.” I would have preferred it to be dairy free, but they went the whole soy, gluten and lactose free route, which I can respect. There are people out there who need their diets to be free of these things, while I just find dairy gross in theory (although I still eat far too much ice cream).

It seems like we’ve been reviewing a decent amount of beverages of this type lately and they each have their own specific attributes. Iconic is more milk-like than the others. There is no grit to it at all, and the use of agave as a sweetener was a great choice. Sure they use stevia as well, but it’s nice and hidden.

Website
http://drinkiconic.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Blue Agave
Categories
Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 3rd, 2014
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ICONIC Healthy Lifestyle Beverage, Ready-to-Drink, Pure Vanilla Bean, 11oz (Pack of 12)
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