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Tested: FRS Healthy Energy Drink (In Cans)

You can’t have an energy drink without having a cool looking can, so I was pleased to see that FRS Healthy Energy comes in these fancy cans. The cans are neat and FRS offers a wider variety of flavors in cans, but as you would expect, the cans command a much higher price than the FRS powder or liquid concentrate. That’s the price of convenience. But there is nothing like opening a fresh can and enjoying a smooth, consistent texture, no stirring required.

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Tested: Peak Bar ‘Breakfast To Go’ Bar

Many years ago when I first started consuming the delicacies known as energy bars, there was this one giant bar called the Peak Bar. It was big, extremely high in calories, and expensive. I don’t know what happened between then and now, but I just finished a box of Peak Bar “Breakfast to Go” bars. While I’m only 99% positive the bar I remember was actually called a Peak Bar, I’m 100% positive that this Peak Bar is something different, or at least a new formula.

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Tested: FRS Healthy Energy Chews

Along with energy drinks in cans and in powdered form, one of the latest trends is doing energy chews. Clif Bar introduced the Clif Shot Bloks, Jelly Belly entered the market with Sport Beans, and there are also things called Sharkies energy chews. Not to be outdone, FRS (which also does cans and powders) created their own version of energy chews. The FRS antioxidant health chews take the tried and true FRS energy drink formula and condense it into these bite-size chews, perfect for “on the go” workouts such as cycling.

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Tested: FRS Energy Drink Concentrate

The sheer number of energy drinks out there really amazes me. There must be thousands of crazy, disgusting, unhealthy energy drinks around the world. But I take comfort in the fact that there is a handful of healthy energy drinks out there. One of these healthy energy drinks is known as FRS (or Free Radical Scavenger) from New Sun Nutrition. It caught my eye because of FRS’ connection to the cycling world, and now I have had a chance to put it to the test!

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Tested: Kashi TLC Crackers, Fire Roasted Vegetable

I love zesty, spicy flavors, and I love all Kashi’s healthy cereals and granola bars, so it was only a matter of time before I tried out the Kashi TLC crackers. And to fulfill my “zesty” flavor addiction, I had to go with the Fire Roasted Vegetable flavor. This flavor was just spicy enough for me, so it was good, and definitely authentic, but not overly spicy. (Except for a few crackers that got a double-dose of topping, which were amazing!) If you like zesty, but not super spicy, these are a good bet. But if that’s not your thing, there are a variety of other flavors to try: country cheddar, honey sesame, natural ranch, or original 7 grain.

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Tested: Mineral Ice Pain Relieving Gel

Want to soothe your sore, aching muscles for just $7, with no effort required? It’s possible, and the secret lies in a small jar of blue gel known as Therapeutic Mineral Ice pain relieving gel. I rarely see Mineral Ice being used or talked about amongst cyclists, but it’s a common item in most locker rooms. It’s simple – you rub the gel onto your muscles and joints and they feel better.

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Tested: HoMedics PA-100 Therapist Select Percussion Massager

Since the Mini Massager from HoMedics didn’t suit my needs, I had to move up to their PA-100 Professional Massager! This is another hand-held personal massager, but it’s bigger, more powerful, and packed with features. My friend had one of these, and she used it on my back one day when I was really sore, and I swear it made my back good as new!

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Tested: HoMedics PM-30BX On-The-Go Mini Massager

In my search for something that would help soothe my sore muscles (other than getting a professional massage each day,) I came across two neat hand-held massagers from HoMedics. The one I’m reviewing here is the HoMedics PM-30BX On-The-Go Battery Operated Mini 3 Node Massager, because it looked like something I could carry around to my races.

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ACT Energy Drink – The Long Term Test

It has been a while since my initial ACT review, and I had probably been drinking this for a year before that – but my long term test of ACT Energy Drink is finally here! Now I actually drink ACT on a regular basis for the healthy energy boost, recovery benefits, and flavor. It’s much healthier than drinks like Red Bull and Monster, and it tastes better, too.

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Black Cherry Juice – A Natural Anti-Inflammatory

Expensive, exotic juices have been all the rage for the past few years, with claims from “boosts energy levels” to “cures cancer” and everything in between. I’ve used a few of them, from deep sea vegetation to goji and acai berries, and I’ll admit that most do taste pretty awesome. But… they’re expensive, and you can’t really tell if they’re working unless you have some serious illness that gets better.

That’s why I was happy to hear that plain old black cherry juice has been in the headlines this year. It’s much simpler than the exotic juices, it costs just $8 per bottle, and I have seen it work!

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NeverReach: The $99 Water Bottle

What you are looking at is called the NeverReach, which is more than a giant water bottle – it’s actually a “frame mounted hydration system.” It consists of a large water tank that fits behind your saddle, with a tube that runs from the bottle to your handlebars, ending with a bite valve. That means you can carry a lot of water and drink it easily, not having to fumble with normal water bottles.

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