With all these choices for morning alertness drinks, coffee is not necessarily the king anymore. Now, your average convenience store probably carries at least one energy juice, from Monster, Rockstar, Hansens, Kronik, Stoked or one of the many other smaller drink companies, like Vuka, Awake Orange, Kaboom, Lost and Guru. The list goes on and on...
In February, AMP released two versions of their own, the Mixed Berry flavor, and a very classic Orange. Orange drinks are harder to mess up, and easier to mask the overwhelmingly bitter flavor of caffeine and energy enhancing ingredients. While this drink is quite tasty, for energy Juice it did not blow me away. All in all, I was a nice very way to start out my morning.
This was a perfectly nice orange juice. The grape juice filler they use to make the product less expensive is barely noticeable in this, as well as all the caffeine and energy stuff. Even though it has artificial flavors in it, it still is quite clearly an orange juice, just like it was poured from the Minute Maid carton.
Now, for those who know their orange juices, they might feel disappointed. The OJ in here does not compare to a glass jar of Florida Natural not-from-concentrate or fresh-squeezed at all. This is about the quality of OJ that you would find in a frozen store brand tube. Not something to write home about, but if you want cheap fruit juice, you got it.
This is a much better way to start out your day than coffee or or energy drink - hands down. Being that this is actually juice, it has lots of potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, magnesium and Calcuim. Sure, it has 190 calories, but they are anything but empty. There are no added sugars in this - This makes a great start to anyone's morning - and you don't even need to slug down the coffee as well.
The energy in here is a slow and sustained buzz, lasting about 3 hours. It is very mild, but definitely there, as I did not need to hit the coffee pot a work for at least 4 hours. There is a decent 120mg of caffeine in here, along with the usual suspects, including ginseng, taurine and Vitamin B. While not the craziest energy I have had from a juice, it still performed very well.
This is more or less the same packaging as the Mixed Berry flavor. The pet bottle is the perfect size, and the graphics department at Pepsico have outdone themselves.They list caffeine and all their goodies, although the whole 100%juice thing is not counting modified food starch, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Still, it looks healthy and delicious in the clear bottle. I just wish that if they were going to push the healthy and 100% juice thing it .
Monday, March 15, 2010
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