Tested: FRS Powdered Energy Drink Mix
As much as I love ‘ready to drink’ sports drinks for their smooth textures and consistent flavor, I can’t argue with the convenience, cost savings, and space savings offered by powdered energy drinks.
While the powders might be hard to mix or maybe they taste chalky, they are usually palatable. Today we’ll be looking at the powder packets from FRS healthy energy (specifically the lemon-lime flavor,) and we’ll see if it measures up.
But first, in case you missed the previous review of FRS liquid concentrate, here’s an overview of the FRS healthy energy formula:
The FRS energy drinks contain powerful antioxidants, namely quercetin and catechins, which fight off free radicals, boost your immune system, boost metabolism, and of course, boost your energy levels. What they do is actually destroy everything that makes you feel tired, therefore allowing your body to regain and utilize its natural energy.
It goes against the strategy of most other energy drinks (i.e. fill your body with tons of artificial stimulants,) but it works well.
Here are the actual ingredients:
Ingredients: Polydextrose, Citric Acid, Gum Arabic, Natural Flavors, Quercetin, Ascorbic Acid, DL-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Green Team Extract, Acesulfame Potassium, Calcium Silicate, Caffeine, Sucralose, Niacinamide (B3), Panax Ginseng Extract, Locust Bean Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Gingko Biloba Extract, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (B1), FD&C Blue #2, Cyanocobalamin (B12).
One serving of this gives you the same amount of antioxidants as 3 servings of blueberries, 6 servings of red onions, or 8 servings of raspberries!
On top of that, the ingredients provide 15% DV of Vitamin A, 200% DV of Vitamin C, 200% DV of Vitamin E, 100% DV of Thiamin, 100% DV of Riboflavin, 100% DV of Niacin, and 100% DV of both Vitamins B6 and B12.
The two ingredients I really don’t care for are acesulfame potassium and sucralose, which are artificial sweeteners, but that’s the only way they can keep the calorie count down to just 10 calories per packet (and still have it taste good.)
I’m not a fan of the artificial coloring either (why does this powder need an artificial color anyway?,) but overall, it’s similar to many other powdered drinks.
Mixing It Up With a Taste Test
First of all, these packets are really neat. Instead of the typical square packet, these are tubes – they remind me of pixie sticks! (You know, those tubes of flavored sugar… those sure were good!)
The first time I opened one, though, I wasn’t pleased! Even though it has a nifty tear tab, I ended up ripping the tube and almost spilling all the powder on the floor… so I decided to use scissors. But after some careful thought, I got it the second time!
If you hold both sides of the tear tab, basically covering the tube with the width of your fingers, then twist in one strong, straight motion, it should open just fine. The key is to twist the tube into two pieces, rather than just trying to rip the top off.
(It should look just like the picture above – the corner rips off smoothly, leaving a nice pour spout.)
But other than the good looks, it’s just like most other powders, except that it mixes a bit better. You can actually mix it with a spoon in a cup of cold water and dissolve most of the powder. It still looks grainy and there will be some clumps on the bottom, but it did better than I expected.
If you want to do a better job, mix it in warm water and then refrigerate it, or shake it in a water bottle. (I can’t complain about this because virtually every other powdered drink is the same. There is one and only one powder I’ve seen that mixes easily and that’s Emergen-C.)
Either way, it tastes good. It was hard for me to believe (even as I was drinking it,) but despite the chalky appearance, you don’t taste the powder at all. It actually goes down smooth!
It has a pretty typical energy drink taste with the thin, water-like consistency. So it’s totally the opposite texture of the FRS liquid concentrate. It’s not like juice at all. I guess it’s a little more on the Gatorade side, but with more bite, like Red Bull or Monster energy drinks.
Energy Drink = Energy Boost
My first test of the FRS powder was before a kayak trip. I used one packet around 12:30 PM. Within 10 minutes, I felt fully energized. There wasn’t a big kick like a caffeine buzz, rather, you just notice that you have energy.
Then I kayaked from around 1:30 to 4:00 PM, and I had three FRS energy chews along the way. Granted it was a casual pace, but I felt great the whole time. I was paddling nice and strong and wasn’t sore afterwards.
Then I was energetic, wide awake, and alert all through the afternoon and into the evening!
On subsequent uses, I didn’t have that “wide awake super energy” feeling all day, but I still got the moderate energy boost. FRS doesn’t give you super-human strength, so you won’t achieve new physical feats, but you’ll be less sore and tired after your usual workouts.
Not that it doesn’t improve workouts slightly. I think it does let you workout a little longer and harder, but what I really love is how I can do something after a workout instead of just taking a nap because I’m too tired to do anything else. The energy just sticks with you (mentally, at least) even if your muscles are physically worn out.
My final verdict is…
As with the FRS energy chews, the powdered drink mix keeps the calories low thanks to sucralose. I’d prefer plain old sugar and the extra calories that come with it, but I understand lots of people just prefer “low calorie.”
So if you want to avoid artificial sweeteners, you’ll have to avoid this. But if you want a convenient energy drink (in powdered form) that’s fairly easy to mix, tastes pretty good, and provides all day energy, this could be the stuff for you.
It’s also great if you like the energy boost from FRS but don’t like their other products that have a consistency like fruit juice. This gives you that boost and it tastes like you’d expect an energy drink to taste.
Official website: www.FRS.com
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
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