How many times have you thought, “if only I could do both,” “be at both,” “have both?”
But sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Fluffy white delicious birthday cake. I could stare at it for hours, but lets be honest, I would rather have it on my taste buds and in my belly. That’s not always the right choice though.
I feel this way about a lot of the things I put in my body. Justin and I had a conversation about this a few days ago. We were talking specifically about protein, but it’s a good example regardless. We were talking about getting more protein after a workout. I don’t always get enough being a vegetarian. But I just can’t do protein powders. I know people L-O-V-E themselves protein powders and shakes and energy drink mixes, and I am sure its wonderful and effective for a lot of people. But me, I read those labels and think, “wow! vitamins! oh, and acids, and chemicals, and…” That’s just me.
(I am by no means a clean-eating queen. I eat store bought hummus, microwave meals, and can smash a pizza like a BOSS.)
Sometimes these things are unavoidable. Ok not completely unavoidable, but I have been known to turn a blind eye when I need to – like I said, not perfect. When I’m running, I know I need fuel. I need a good kick, a jump of carbs and caffeine. I do honey stingers mostly and in the past I was a Chocolate Outrage GU junkie. But I have never been able to do the drinks. Not only because of all the additives and chemicals in things like gatorade, but it gives me heartburn when I run. I’m such a weirdo. So I only ever drink water when I’m running or working out.
I was recently approached by the folks over at Avitae Caffeinated Water to give their product a try. Caffeinated water? How is water caffeinated? What would that taste like? I was curious so I said yes. I would give it a try. Could you get these two things at once? As I waited for my samples to arrive I imagined a series of things. First I figured that it would be carbonated and flavored. Like Red Bull or Mountain Dew Kick Start. Then I read that its neither carbonated or flavored. So what? It’s just water and caffeine? I bet it’s kind of like Benefiber or something and it will have a floury, chalking, coat your tongue type after taste.
Guess what, it’s not. It seriously just tastes like water. Plain old water, like you bought a bottle of spring water from the store. It just so happens to have caffeine in it.
Caffeine and hydration? Amazing.
Caffeine really does aid in your workout. With about 90mg’s of caffeine, about the same as a cup of coffee, you can ride or run longer with clearer thinking. You can increase your sprint speed and stimulate your reaction time. Some think that drinking caffeine can dehydrate you, when in all actuality, you can have close to 5 cups of coffee before you experience any affects of dehydration, and besides, Avitae is water.
Avitae comes in two different caffeine amounts. They make bottles containing 45mg of caffeine (about the same as a can of diet coke) and a bottle with 90mg of caffeine (that of a cup of coffee). I drank a 45mg bottle on my way to work one morning and was excited that there was no taste to it at all. It was just water and I quenched my dry mouth before stopping at Starbucks. I’m a baller like that. Avitae is just purified water and natural caffeine. Thats it. No calories, no sugar or flavors, and no additives. The caffeine in Avitae is all natural made from coffee beans, not manufactured in a laboratory. I think you’ll be surprised.
If caffeine during your workout is not a supplement to you, there are plenty of other times you can drink Avitae. I would like to site specifically a hangover. I always need some caffeine to get the blood moving after a night of drinking, how amazing would it be if you could have caffeine AND get hydrated? You know you want some.
If you’d like to try any of the different Avitae Caffeinated Waters (45mg or 90mg), here’s your chance! One lucky winner will receive a case of Avitae to try themselves. All you have to do is a few simple things…
Enter to win my Avitae Giveaway by commenting below. Let me know your thoughts on caffeine fueling your day and let me know if you would like to try the 45mg water or if you need more of a kick with the 90mg.
You have until Sunday night, October 27th, at midnight to enter. Winners will be announced in the morning the following Tuesday. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I received free Avitae Caffeinated Water tasting samples (both 45mg and 90mg) to try, review, and host a giveaway on this blog. All opinions are 100% my own.***