From time to time, I enjoy the opportunity to do a product review. Kraft Foods recently sent me a sample of Crystal Light Pure. I had genuinely been interested in this product before the review opp too. (This is all keeping w my goal to make sure you all know that my thoughts are my own about a product and that I won’t include something on CSYA that I wouldn’t fit into my life or at least try it!)
I walk over two miles a day at least five days a week. I walk a a pretty quick default speed. Plus I am a multi-tasker. If I don’t drink enough, I get that not-quite cranky headache bleh feeling. If possible, I keep some sort of bottle or giant glass near me (though open glasses stay as far from the pets when possible when I’m home… oh look cat/dog hair!) This review gave me the chance to add something new to the mix, or rather add a new mix to the something.
The kiwi strawberry flavor I preferred over the grape but that was mostly due to opting for kiwi strawberry over grape in general. I was impressed by the samples and I could see myself getting Crystal Light Pure in the future. One of the packets is going to be added once I refuel my snack section in my bag (Yes there is a snack section. No one likes a hungry grumpy pants!)
And now for some tips from someone who has hit the books, paid her dues, and earned those two little letters after her name that many I know aspire to have as well.
Hydration Tips from Crystal Light Pure Spokesperson Molly Kimball, RD
1. Keep a Tally
We can’t actually tell how well we’re hydrated by how thirsty we feel. For many of us, by the time we start to feel thirsty, we’re already dehydrated, but just how much water is enough when it comes to staying hydrated? Keep a running tally of how much fluid you’re getting and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluid per day, plus an extra 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise or work in the heat.
2. Flavor Up to Drink Up
Want to drink water to stay hydrated, but hate the boring taste? Add the flavor you want and none of what you don’t by sipping on naturally sweetened Crystal Light Pure. It’s got no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives and is sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. It’ll give your water light, refreshing flavor with just 15 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving. And the Grape and Strawberry Kiwi flavors have the added bonus of electrolytes!
3. Don’t Forget about Food
Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, preventing muscle cramping and headaches, and more serious issues like heatstroke. But that doesn’t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks. Any type of alcohol-free beverage can count toward your fluid intake – and even some foods! Some of the top electrolyte-rich, hydrating foods include all types of fresh fruit, soups like gazpacho and Greek yogurt.
4. Watch the Caffeine
For years, the widely-held belief was that caffeinated beverages were dehydrating. An abundance of research has proven otherwise, however. The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee, and soft drinks appears to have no diuretic effect, meaning that these beverages don’t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide. But remember that you don’t want the majority of your fluids to come from caffeinated drinks since most health organizations recommend we limit our caffeine intake. Instead, try to vary what you’re drinking.
Note : I received the Crystal Light Pure as a sample product from Kraft Foods. Opinions about the product are my own.