I received a sample from Crystal Light Pure right around the holidays, and I figured it is time I get this review out there! After reading quite a few New Years Resolutions and Goals, I noticed a trend: there are so many people out there that do not feel like they drink enough water. Even though the temperatures have plummeted (for those of you that live outside of Florida), it is still incredibly important to stay hydrated! Well, its time to Focus on You and Crystal Light Pure is definitely here to help!
Usually, I tend to stay away from these type of powder drink packets because of the amount of chemicals. The Crystal Light Pure Packets are different – they are naturally sweetened with both sugar and truvia, which comes from the stevia plant (hint: natural).
The packets are easy to bring with you on the go, and just slip in your purse or pocket.
The one thing about the packets I think to be somewhat strange is that one packet it actually two servings. I don’t know about you, but if I open a powdered drink packet, it’s not too likely that I am going to keep it, and then reuse the second half later. A way to get around that? Get a bigger water bottle! I went ahead and put the powder into a 1 Liter water bottle so I could use the entire thing at once.
It was a perfect mix! Not too sweet (I hate that about powder drinks) and had just enough flavor. Sometimes you just need to drink something other than water, and Crystal Light Pure is a great choice. Did I mention it has only 15 calories per serving – so only 30 calories per packet! You can stick with your hydration goal, and your get healthy goal, all at the same time
Need some more ideas on how to up your water intake? Here are some Hydration Tips from Crystal Light Pure Spokesperson Molly Kimball, RD
1. Keep a Tally
During cold weather seasons, we may be at an increased risk for dehydration because it’s not hot out and we may not feel as thirsty, but can’t actually tell how hydrated we are 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. If you’re really not in the mood for cold water, try leaving a pitcher of water out on the counter – allowing it to get to room temperature may make it easier to drink.
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. 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 loaded with vegetables – even fall and winter foods like sweet potatoes and kale can provide much needed fluids.
4. Watch the Caffeine
For years, the widely held belief was that caffeinated beverages were dehydrating. Research has proven otherwise, however. The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee and soft drinks appears to have little diuretic effect. Meaning that these beverages don’t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide. Drink a variety of beverages every day and remember all fluids, including those in foods you eat, contribute to daily water requirements.
Have you ever tried powdered drink mixes? How are you doing keeping hydrated?!
Kraft Foods sent me a sample of Crystal Light Pure to try. All thoughts and opinions are my own.