Pros: NO artificial sweeteners; light, refreshing flavor; natural coloring; convenient packaging
Drinking the necessary amount of liquid per day isn't an easy task, for me anyway. Plain water isn't very exciting. There are plenty of drink mixes on the market, but I don't use them because most contain artificial sweeteners that I refuse to consume (not to mention they seriously irritate my throat). As a member of Vocalpoint, I was offered a sample pack of Crystal Light's new line of drink mixes called Pure Fitness. At first I was going to decline, until I looked at the description further and found out that this mix is sweetened with cane sugar and the plant called Stevia. There aren't any artificial sweeteners. I couldn't pass that one up! So here I am, trying out the Strawberry Kiwi flavor today, and sharing it with you.
What it is
Pure Fitness is Crystal Light's newest line of drink mixes. They have a lot of products out there already, but this one is superior in my eyes because it lacks artificial ingredients. The drink mix comes in individual packets that are easy to take with you wherever you go. The notch at the top of each packet tears off cleanly and easily, so you can quickly mix up your drink. Of the two methods on the label, I chose the one where you pour the packet into a cup filled with 16 ounces of water. The other method is to take a sip out of a 16.9 ounce bottle of water and then pour the packet in. Each packet contains .31 ounces (9g) of powder, and it begins to dissolve immediately and within a few seconds, is fully dissolved into a light pink liquid. I noticed no grit at any point during drinking it.
The flavor of Crystal Light's Pure Fitness Strawberry Kiwi is a nice light and refreshing flavor. It isn't overly sweet, and has a nice fruity flavor. I taste mostly the strawberry, but there are hints of kiwi within. I like it. It doesn't have a thick syrupy flavor, and I can tell it isn't loaded with sugar. On the same note, I can also tell it isn't loaded with artificial sweeteners either. It makes a delightfully refreshing drink for a hot summer day. It would also taste good while working, to perk you up during a long shift. There isn't any tartness to it, just a mild sweet flavor that I enjoy.
The taste after swallowing kind of disappears quickly, leaving behind no odd flavors or textures in my mouth.
evaporated cane juice, citric acid, malic acid, maltodextrin, calcium lactate, contains less than 2% of dried kiwi juice, natural flavor, Rebiana (a natural sweetener), potassium citrate, magnesium oxide, sodium citrate, salt, dried purple carrot extract, and dried hibiscus flower extract (for color)
Rebiana is actually the name for the end product of the process of refining certain parts of the Stevia plant, which are said to be the sweetest parts. Stevia itself is a plant, but when it is seen as an ingredient, it refers mainly to the dried leaves. Rebiana isn't mixed with anything, it is just a fancy name for a specific refining method of a specific plant part. You've got to watch some of these new sweeteners coming out that say they have Stevia in them, a lot of them are mixed with sugar or other natural or even artificial sweeteners. From what I've seen, Rebiana is just fine.
I really like the usage of the hibiscus flowers and purple carrots for coloring. They're nice and natural all by themselves and give a fine color without the need for artificial dyes that have health concerns.
Strawberry kiwi has always been a flavor combination I liked. This one is nice and light and very refreshing. It has a good flavor (though a little more kiwi could be nice). The strawberry flavor doesn't taste like it was lab-created, either.
It is a smooth drink mix, no grit which is great. I can't stand a gritty drink mix, kind of defeats the purpose if it doesn't fully dissolve.
The packets are very convenient for me to throw into my purse or lunchbox to keep on hand at work. I'm not happy with the amount of waste it produces, but so far I haven't seen this mix in a bulk, loose-powder container.
The normal price for a box of 7 packets is anywhere from $2 to $4. Two dollars (at Walmart) is alright from time to time, but four (grocery store) is ridiculous! Watch for sales and coupons to be make it more worth it. It is a good product, but not for every day at that regular price!
- Crystal Light is a Kraft company
- Gluten Free
- Carton made from 100% recycled paperboard
- 30 calories per packet (Note: there are two servings (15 cal. each) per packet, so keep that in mind when reading the nutritional information)
If you'd like, you can read my reviews on the other two flavors offered: