an energy drink that actually works! (hold the calories, sugar & carbs please.)
Published on February 29, 2012 By VistArtXPosed In Everything Else
A few weeks back, I discovered by chance a combination of two different products which combined to be quite tasty (and quite a kick too).  As an experiment, I combined MioEnergy Green Thunder and PowerPak Electrolyte packs to make a healthier alternative to an energy drink but without sacrificing the kick.  Here is a picture I took.

So, you might be thinking that because it lacks carbs, sugar, and calories that it's some kind of diet energy drink, right?  Wrong.  Well, kinda wrong.  It does contain a few artificial sweeteners, 5 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of carbs, including 40 calories.  So it is in a way, kinda dietish.

Now comes the fun part, what makes it kick.  The MioEnergy packs in Taurine, Guarana, Ginseng, and 120mg of Caffeine (for 2 squirts), while the PowerPaks (2 of them) hold 4000% Vitamin C, all 4 major electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium) by contrast Gatorade only has 2.  7 different B vitamins, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium and Boron.  These aren't minerals you'd find in your everyday Red Bull or Monster.

But what about the taste?  To me, it tastes like a flat Monster knockoff.  It really does taste like an energy drink (a watered-down one though), just without the carbonation.  It's goes down smooth like water or juice.

And the best part?  This beverage can be customized in different ways.  MioEnergy is the main product (the one that gives it it's kick), and the PowerPaks are to enhance the flavor and to help retain hydration better.  Marketed energy drinks do nothing but dehydrate you, but having all 4 major electrolytes in the same beverage helps cancel out some of the dehydration that is common with caffeinated drinks.

Another great benefit, which you won't get from standard energy drinks is that Vitamin C helps absorb Calcium faster, and calcium helps boost metabolism.  More so than from Caffeine alone.

If anybody's interested in trying it out, here's the link for the PowerPak Electrolyte Packets via Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Trace-Minerals-Electrolyte-Limeade-32-Count/dp/B001Y281R2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330544480&sr=8-1

These can't be found at most grocery stores, but MioEnergy can be found at most grocery stores, so no need to put a link for Mio.  There are also other flavors of PowerPaks available, but it might not taste very good with MioEnergy though.  I use Cherry-Limeade flavored packs.

The best part about all this is that you can customize how much or how little of each product you want, but proceed with caution.  Too much of either one can pose health risks, so try a small amount at first.  It's a shame that commercialized energy drinks don't allow for this kind of customization. 

It's also much cheaper to mix up a couple of Mio squirts and PowerPaks together than to buy a can of Red Bull or Monster.  ($4 for MioEnergy bottle/9 servings per bottle=44 cents, + $0.23/pack (out of 32 on Amazon) *2=46 cents.  Add the 2, and 16oz of THIS stuff sets you back at $0.90.  You can have *THIS* 3 times for the same price as ONE 16oz. can of Monster or Red Bull)  And this stuff's better for you too.

And another cool tip, MioEnergy can be added to more than just water.  I mixed some with Greek Yogurt and Protein Shakes too for an extra kick.  But don't add any to already caffeinated beverages.  It's can be dangerous to do so.

This may not be the best "healthy energy/sports drink alternative" out there, but it's a start.

Would you try this, or come up with some alternative customized beverage of your own to try and outsmart the competition?
Comments would be appreciated.

Comments (Page 1)
on Feb 29, 2012

Please be so kind as to list the ingredients and quantities of each ingredient per individual and then "combined" serving. Thanks.

on Feb 29, 2012

Beats me as to why people think they even need this stuff.

on Feb 29, 2012

LightStar
Beats me as to why people think they even need this stuff.

Because meth is illegal and you can't buy it at Wal-Mart.

on Feb 29, 2012

I'm sorry for posting this.  I think I just made a fool of myself. [e digicons]:'([/e]

Nobody has to try it.  I just wanted to express some customization in some other from than Windows or PCs.

on Feb 29, 2012

MHO, but putting electrolytes in an energy drink is a BAD idea.   Excess electrolytes is an excellent way to raise your blood pressure, but without raising your energy level.  The point is to give yourself an adrenaline rush, and that raises your blood pressure enough as it is.  You want to give your brain a jump start--not a stroke.

on Feb 29, 2012

on Feb 29, 2012

It's hard to maintain ADHD behavior when you aren't ADHD without some sort of strong stimulant.

Alternative Drink (main stimulant is nicotine)...

on Feb 29, 2012

VistArtXPosed
I'm sorry for posting this.  I think I just made a fool of myself. [e digicons]:'([/e]

Nobody has to try it.  I just wanted to express some customization in some other from than Windows or PCs.

It's a big deal asking for the ingredients from the label? You're kidding, right?

Who in his right mind would be convinced to try something without knowing what and how much of it's in the drink?

on Feb 29, 2012

DrJBHL
It's a big deal asking for the ingredients from the label?

MioEnergy liquid water enhancer Incredients: Water, citric acid, propylene glycol,caffeine; contains less than 2% of taurine, guarana extract, ginseng extract (panax), niacinamide, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, natural flavor, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium (sweeteners), sodium citrate, potassium citrate, blue 1, yellow 5, potassium sorbate (preservative).

Nutritional Facts: Serv. size 1/18 bottle (2.5 ml/1/2 tsp), serving 18, amount per serving: Calories 0, total fat 0, sodium 10 mg, total carb 0, sugars 0, protein 0, niacin (vitamin B3) 10% DV), vitamin B6 (10% DV), vitamin B12 (10%).  Not a significant source of other nutrients.  Percent daily values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

(VistArtXPosed - I occasionally drink MiO.  I don't think I'd want to mix it with anything else but water, though).

on Feb 29, 2012

In his defense, a lot of people are really into this.

on Feb 29, 2012

Sinperium
In his defense, a lot of people are really into this.

I understand why that would be so.  It speeds you up and it tastes like green Jolly Ranchers! 

on Feb 29, 2012

Okay Fine, i'll list the ingredients.

PowerPak Electrolytes Ingredients: Crysalline Fructose, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Cherry, berry, & citrus flavors, stevia, silica, and 72 ionic trace minerals (they don't tell what they are).

MioEnergy Green Thunder: Water, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Caffeine, Contains less than 2% of: Taurine, Guarana Extract, Ginseng Extract (Panax), Niacinamide, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Natural Flavor, Sucralose, and Acesulfame Potassium (sweeteners), sodium citrate, Potassium citrate, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Potassium Sorbate (preservative).

I suppose you want all of the nutrition facts too?

If you're not a fan of the artificial stuff (what DOESN'T have artificial additives these days? besides plain water) then don't try it.

on Feb 29, 2012

oh, I didn't see your post k10w3.  So I ended up listing the ingredients for Mio anyway. 

on Feb 29, 2012

@Sinperium.  Yes, a lot of people are into this because some of us like to customize our beverages to our own taste instead of buying the same canned or bottled beverages all the time. 

Aside from the comment above, I thought everybody was flaming at me earlier (and maybe you are), which was why I said I was sorry for posting the article.  I guess it's not such a big deal if I get shot down for something I thought was unique.  But at least my article's generated it's own "buzz".

on Feb 29, 2012

I wasn't flaming (if you meant me).  I know some people who spend a lot of time formulating recipes that work for them.  I have a lot of allergies to many things leafy--or extracts from them.  So things like chamomile, ginger, ginseng and others  I don't take.  They have an opposite effect on me.  I'm one of the lucky 1-2% of people in the world with a strong reaction to chamomile for example.

So ingredients are good to know.

And...it's always cool to have a thread I can post the Japanese Arnold commercials in.