Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Try it Tuesday........Sobe Lifewater

With soooo many flavored water brands out there, it's hard to do one post comparing them all. Some have vitamins, some don't. Some are sweetened with Stevia and some are sweetened with Splenda. It's just too hard to compare, so I thought that I'd do a couple Try it Tuesdays in a row about flavored water.

I've already done a post about Crystal Light Immunity.

And also posts about Archer Farms Spring Water, as well as a review of O Water. I've even done a review of Sobe Lifewater in the past! But back then, it was not very tasty in my opinion. To me, the Orange Tangerine flavor tasted like medicine, Read my review here. They still have that flavor by the way, but I'm leery about trying it again.
It seems that now Sobe has MUCH better tasting vitamin enhanced flavors! And ZERO calories to boot! It's flavored with PureVia™, made from the extract of the stevia plant.

We were lucky to receive 2 of the Sobe Lifewater flavors as a sample while we were exiting our local minor league hockey game (Go Lumberjacks!). My girls and I snagged the Fuji Apple Pear flavor, while my husband and son received the Black and Blue Berry. Of course my better half gave his up to me. He is generous that way ;).
Thinking of my last experience trying Sobe Lifewater, I kind of dreaded what lay ahead. But after trying them both, I have to say, whoa baby! They were very tasty. I was pleasantly surprised. Both were flavorful with no after-taste that I could tell. I was worried the Fuji Apple Pear would taste like medicine or worse, but it was yummy. I could taste apple and a bit of pear. The Black and Blue Berry was the clear winner though. So delicious.

Later, while at my local (over-priced...why do I even bother??!) grocery store, I spied another flavor, Yumberry Pomegranate. Surprisingly, it was delicious too, but sticking with the Black and Blue Berry flavor as being the best tried so far. They have a zillion other flavors that you can check out here.
The 3 flavors that I sampled have a hint of color to them, but not enough to stain your clothing and furniture like Crystal Light would. They come in 20 oz. bottles (a lizardy design with cool grips) for $1.69 at the over-priced (see?) grocery store. I'm sure they are cheaper somewhere else.

Oh, and each flavor has certain "properties" for health. Example: the Yumberry Pomegranate has ginger and dandelion (yes, you read it right) for PURITY health. Whatever. I think those things are just a gimmick to get people to buy the product. It does have 100% vitamin C though, so even if they just promoted that, I would be willing to try it.

At our next hockey game.... this time it was a fun trip to see the Detroit Red Wings play (Wee! My first NHL hockey game and so much fun! I'll post about that later), we received Vitamin Water 10 samples. Uh oh. Calorie city. I never liked Vitamin Water and was worried about the calories and the icky taste. My hubby and I were both given the orange flavor. I guess the 10 means 10 calories (duh), so I was at least happy that I wasn't splurging too much. What can I say about this stuff? Eh. It's ok. Nuttin' special. I guess it's better than any other Vitamin Water flavor I've tried. I'd drink it again, but only if there wasn't something else around. It's not saying much, but hey, it's the truth. If you want more opinions on Vitamin Water 10, take a look at the BevNet.com website here. There are lots of reviews for Vitamin Water 10 (as well as other brands too) from people just like you and I.

See you next week for another flavored water review!
Leanne Sig.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Try it Tuesday.....Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds 100 Calorie Pack

Have I mentioned how much I loooove Target? I think I could live there quite happily. I'm always finding just what I need there and just what I love. They have so many things that are my style. From socks to shoes to snacks. Now that my local store has a grocery section, I can try lots of goodies.

Recently, I found Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds. In a 100 calorie pack no less! When I saw that it said, dark chocolate, I was a bit skeptical. I'm not really into dark chocolate. I find it to be bitter. I took a chance and bought them anyway. It was in my favor this time because I really liked these almonds!

The chocolate is a dusting on the almonds. What I like about them is that there is no powdery residue that sticks to your fingers. It's not bitter at all either. It says dark chocolate, but it's actually just a light taste of cocoa. It reminds me of hot cocoa mix. Almost like they dipped the almond in it.

I love almonds. They are my favorite. I love chocolate dipped almonds, but hate the calories that comes with those babies. These Emerald Cocoa Roast almonds are a nice alternative. Actually, I was at a hockey game last weekend and the kids bought some big chocolate dipped almonds. I ate some, but quickly realized that I would have been just as happy eating these Cocoa Roast almonds. I think I'll keep a package or 2 in my purse or diaper bag. Because they come in 100 calorie packs, I will buy them often from now on. I totally love how they are only 2 WW points and very satisfying. Go try them and let me know what YOU think.

*Your Reviews Please*

I am in need of your reviews for the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner system! I'm a Bzz Agent and they recently shipped me my own kit to use. We set it up and have been using it for a couple weeks now. I can't say I notice too much action from it though! I still see white soap scum on my shower door. I thought it was supposed to tackle that? And no, it wasn't there before. This is new scum since we started using the automatic cleaner. Hmmm. I'm not sure if I like this product. I really would like someone else's opinion that uses the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner. Help!

Oh, and if you would like coupons to purchase your own system, let me know (email me at LDSLanie @ gmail dot com) and I will send one to you. I have a few $5 off coupons to be used by June 26, 2009. I believe you can buy the system for about $12-$15 at places like Wal-mart or Meijer.

Leanne Sig.