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 2)
on Feb 29, 2012

VistArtXPosed, I grant you karma for being creative with your beverages, and having the courage to post about it. 

on Feb 29, 2012

k10w3
yellow 5

Will trigger asthma symptoms in those who react asthmatically to aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.

k10w3
caffeine

Speaks for itself. Adds to any other you might have... can cause arrhythmias.

k10w3
propylene glycol

Anti-freeze.

k10w3
I occasionally drink MiO.

Me too. Mango peach.

 

MiO is more innocent... doesn't boost "energy". Enjoy.

 

on Feb 29, 2012

@k10w3, Thank you.

@Sinperium, no it wasn't you.  It may of just been all in my head because i'm not used to taking criticism from others. (It could of been just "imaginary criticism")

@DrJBHL, I already knew Mio had anti-freeze in it. But being the "young whipper-snapper" that I am, I drink it anyway. 

I realize that not everybody at WinCustomize is a twenty-something male such as myself.  So this site wasn't the best place to post this article.  I just like to stand out and be different.  You only live once, so why waste it by conforming to what society wants or needs? (i.e. like buying stuff without tweaking it a little)  Conforming=No Imagination.

It's a good thing i'm not selling this. It would flop, partially because people are now flocking over to the next big thing, Caffeine inhalers.  It's not like i'm a huge energy-drink addict or anything (but sadly, I still enjoy my caffeine). In fact, the whole point of this experiment was to avoid the common energy drink, because i'm starting to think canned energy beverages are becoming obsolete (WAY too much sugar and carbs for people who aren't even active).  I've had Monster and Red Bull and others before, and they don't really do much for me.  They're just like soda on steroids.  Maybe it's just me.

Another reason I did this experiment is because simply put, I HATE being tired.  And other drinks out on the market don't do me justice.  However, Starbucks drinks do a good job at just keeping me awake, but they don't provide much of an energy boost.  I know my body's telling me to sleep, but when i'm working at my job, that's not an option.  I need to get through the day without crashing and burning.  And don't think that you coffee & soda drinkers are any different.  You drink those for the same reason I drink my stuff.  To get an energy boost and/or adrenaline rush to get through the day.  And I can go on an entire work day feeling great on under 6 hours of sleep.  I know, it's not the best idea. 

on Feb 29, 2012

VistArtXPosed
You only live once, so why waste it by conforming to what society wants or needs? (i.e. like buying stuff without tweaking it a little) Conforming=No Imagination.

So take this crap and die young.

I saw 'propylene glycol' and didn't need to look it up.

I've lived long enough to actually KNOW what some of this shit really is.

Energy drinks are nothing more than [supposedly alchohol-free] JUNK they can market to the naive and impressionable......

....because it's illegal to market alcohol to them.  That comes later IF they live.

 

Like all those 'sports' drinks...

Simply open a can of coke....let it go flat...add a teaspoon of salt.....

...and you're done.

on Feb 29, 2012

Here's a tip for you. Slow down...take it easy...and you won't need all those energy drinks. And you'll probably live longer without all the stress. What's the hurry anyway? People always in a hurry to go nowhere fast. And if you need to wake up....smack your thumb with a hammer...that will wake you right up!

on Feb 29, 2012

WebGizmos
Here's a tip for you. Slow down...take it easy...and you won't need all those energy drinks. And you'll probably live longer without all the stress. What's the hurry anyway? People always in a hurry to go nowhere fast. And if you need to wake up....smack your thumb with a hammer...that will wake you right up!

on Feb 29, 2012

I'm with Web And Jafo on this one. I never could understand why anyone would want to 'boost' their energy levels, go for that 'rush' thinking it will make them somehow better than what they already are. All it is is a head rush, an illusion, something to trick your body into going to overdrive. The brain does that naturally, Doc can attest to that. Endorphins I think they're called. That and adrenalin can be pretty persuasive and its all natural. No need for any artificial anything. This is not a dig at you VistaArtExposed. This is just my opinion for whatever its worth. You see me...I don't stress over anything. Not even when my laptop was stolen. My blood pressure is consistently normal. I just don't see the need. But to each his own.

 

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on Feb 29, 2012

Good energy drink-grape juice, 1 egg, banana, 1 half teaspoon inst. coffee OR milk, inst. brkfst, banana, and an egg. Instant energy from nature!

on Feb 29, 2012

I must admit the BIGGEST disappointment in visiting the US was......

...the coffee.

I managed only one that was half-decent... in a Motel Diner in the 'Hollywood Hills'.... noticed a couple of cops in there....which was probably a good sign....

on Feb 29, 2012

Who's to say that this Mio stuff is going to be on the market for very long anyway?  It might not be.  And if it's not, something new and probably worse will take it's place.  I wonder how the FDA allows these sort of things to pass through inspections anyway. 

And don't think that just because you eat fruits and veggies mean that you're 100% artificial proof.  There's still pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and other chemicals on produce.  And don't buy into the "Natural or Health Food Store" hype.  The FDA can still allow trace amounts of chemicals to pass through inspection and still label foods as "natural".  Health Food Stores are still in business for the same reasons as "regular" grocery stores, to make money and lure suckers.  It's a step forward from regular grocers, but no food is 100% natural anymore (I don't think), unless you relocate to a remote island with no farms, factories, or civilization.

Back on topic, i've been eating artificial, processed crap my whole life, and i'm only 131 pounds @ 5'8" and haven't needed to see a doctor for any health concern whatsoever.  But it isn't too late to slowly change my eating habits.  I am aware that my body won't be able to process all this junk forever, so i'm trying to cut back on pop, drink more plain water, and don't drink "regular" energy drinks very often, like once every few months maybe.  It's okay to have junk food every once in a while, it's called "eating in moderation".  But sometimes, people get lured into temptations and make habits out of them (like me with caffeine, along with 90% of the population).  People act like eating anything man-made is the devil. 

I could very well just be irresponsible and drink the whole bottle of Mio straight up like an idiot, but I don't.  I follow the label on everything I buy.  Especially if it comes with warnings.  I know my limits.

on Feb 29, 2012

Y'all are kinda being hypocrites.  You're all "oh, you're poisoning your body with energy drinks" but nobody here is a purist when it comes to what they consume.  You'll drink beer, eat beef, some of you smoke. 

All things in moderation.

"Slow down...take it easy..." - you don't get ahead in business that way.  Quicker, faster, more efficient, THAT'S what gets rewarded.

I'll admit it -- I'll drink an occasional energy beverage.  I work second shift and sometimes it's hard to make it that last hour, hour and a half.  I might even be a little hypothyroid for all I know, but the bottom line is that last hour and a half has to get worked and a glass of MiO energy gets me to the end of the shift, alert and on the ball.

on Mar 01, 2012

Y'all are kinda being hypocrites.  You're all "oh, you're poisoning your body with energy drinks" but nobody here is a purist when it comes to what they consume.  You'll drink beer, eat beef, some of you smoke. 

All things in moderation.

"Slow down...take it easy..." - you don't get ahead in business that way.  Quicker, faster, more efficient, THAT'S what gets rewarded.

I'll admit it -- I'll drink an occasional energy beverage.  I work second shift and sometimes it's hard to make it that last hour, hour and a half.  I might even be a little hypothyroid for all I know, but the bottom line is that last hour and a half has to get worked and a glass of MiO energy gets me to the end of the shift, alert and on the ball.

I wonder if the 'slow downs' and 'speed ups' aren't due to not eating at proper intervals... but hey - what do I know?

on Mar 01, 2012

An 'energy drink' in 'moderation' is an oxymoron ..... .... Spell checker