I’ve read a lot about sport drinks being good for speeding recovery after distance runs, however I’m not a big fan. I swear by Propel Fitness Water (berry flavor is my fave) because of its light flavoring, low calories, extra vitamins for women (calcium!) and lack of weird unpronounceable stuff. But I’m worried I’ll get burnt out on it, so I’ve decided to take up a mission to find the best possible energy/sport/health drink out there for when I need a change. In the coming weeks I intend to drink (or at least try to drink) one of each drink out there from these categories and then tell you all about it. Super fun, right?

FRSberryAnd why not start right away? First up we have FRS low calorie antioxidant health drink (wild berry flavor). I chose this drink first because it’s low calorie (only 25 calories per can) and also because I received it for free at the finish line of my last 5K (free is always a plus with me).

GNC description:
“FRS is a healthy energy drink that takes you up a level and keeps you there. FRS contains quercetin – a natural, powerful antioxidant found in blueberries, red onions, apples and cocoa. Quercetin helps extend your body’s natural adrenaline as well as neutralizes the oxidants in your body that cause fatigue. Joining quercetin to keep your energy on the level are key vitamins and potent antioxidants from green tea leaves. Inside one can is a daily allowance of enhanced mental focus, increased performance and the energy to keep you going. So rise up, stay up and enjoy your day.

This can of FRS supplies the same amount of flavonoid antioxidants as 3 servings of blueberries, or 8 servings of red onions, or 10 servings of raspberries.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Other flavors: Peach Mango, Orange, Lemon Lime (not low cal)

What I think:

This drink was pretty delicious compared to a lot of energy drinks I’ve tried. It still had a bit of the medicinal taste associated with many energy drinks. But I think most people appreciate this because it makes them feel like they’re doing something healthy. For me, it’s gross though. I want an after-run drink that’s going to replenish any lost nutrients and taste good at the same time. I don’t need the psychological “good stuff.” I need the good stuff.

Also, I don’t know if you’re supposed to shake this first, but at the bottom there was a bunch of weird sediment. I got a mouthful of it and gagged at the feel of it. I had to run to the sink and spit it out. And it looked disgusting for sure (it looked like dirt).

Oh, and you’re supposed to drink it  30 to 60 minutes before your workout for improved energy and recovery, but I wouldn’t suggest it if you have a sensitive stomach (aka you get indigestion from drinking or eating weird stuff before a run or you’re sensitive to caffeine). I drank it after my run because I didn’t read the label first. Let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t drink it before my run because I’d have had to cut it short.

Erm, so I guess this isn’t going to go on the top of my list for future purchases of energy drinks.