Drinking enough throughout the day can be as important as drinking enough during exercise. But I hear from many people who don't like the taste of their tap water. One solution is to use a filter bottle. I got a sample of the Camelbak Groove Insulated Filter Bottle, which removes the chlorine taste from your water. It works well for drinking water throughout the day. I've been using it at work, and it's nice to fill it with water and ice and have refreshing water for hours.
But what if you really want a flavored drink throughout the day, and you don't want to drink empty calories? I have weaned myself away from sodas and any sugared drinks. But TalkingRain sent me a very addictive sample of their Sparkling ICE zero-calorie, lightly carbonated natural fruit juice drinks. They are lightly sweetened with Splenda, but mostly pack a big fruit-flavored punch that is very satisfying. I really loved the Pink Grapefruit flavor, but I have been enjoying the variety pack they sell at Costco that has lemon lime, orange mango, and black raspberry flavors. They contain green tea extract and a range of vitamins, but no caffeine. These help satisfy me when I'm craving a snack or dessert and have made a good substitute when I'm already at my calorie limit for the day.
Finally, I got a sample of the Clean Bottle. I like the Clean Bottle because you can unscrew both the top and bottom and put it in the dishwasher or handwash for a really good cleaning. If you use your walking water bottle for sports drink, you especially need to be able to clean it thoroughly after each use. The Runner version has a smartphone carrier attached, and you can also take along ID, energy gel packs and other small essentials.
Drink responsibly, my friends!
Photo © Wendy Bumgardner 2012
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