The water wars
I'm all about the water drinking. We all know how important it is to stay hydrate--especially in the summer--so I try to make it easy for myself. I have at least two (okay, possibly closer to five... or six) reusable water bottles that I love to drink from for various purposes, to keep me hydrated at work, on the go and after a sweaty workout.
When it comes down to it I'm a pretty traditional water girl, too. I actually like the refreshing taste (or lack of taste) of pure, clear water. Although you can feel free to debate just how pure and clear London tap water might be!! I do enjoy my Infruition water bottle for a bit of variety now and then, but I'm also quite happy to drink it straight. I don't get bored of it.
But there are so many kinds of flavoured water on the market these days, vying for my attention. Do they know how easy it is to get my attention with pretty packaging? I think they must. Damn them and their clever graphic designers!
And a few companies have been kind enough to send me some free samples recently, so I thought I'd do a little round up of some of the waters that I've tried.
I tried the Sibberi variety of birch water back at Be:Fit London and it was lovely. It's similar to pure water but with a touch of flavour (the exact flavour is hard to describe), although I did find it was a little more on the bitter side, so I probably wouldn't be able to drink very much of this.
Coconut water is taking over the world and there are a million and one varieties to choose from. That said, Vita Coco seems to be the King of the Coconuts at the moment, available at every health & fitness event I can think of in the recent past and advertising everywhere.
I'm going to be a bit controversial and put it out there:
I'm not a huge fan of coconut water. I can just about enjoy the Mango flavour but if there's any other drink on offer, I'd pass by the coconut water for it.
(I do, however, love their coconut oil. Keep up the good work guys!)
This may not technically be a water. It's a little vague. It's an aloe 'drink'... what does that mean?
It's a lot thicker than the other waters and a lot sweeter and has bits in it. I enjoyed it but I'd probably put this in the 'juice' category. Worth a try if you haven't had it, but it's going to be more divisive as a water.
This honey-sweetened water with a touch of natural flavour is one of my favourites. With a very subtle sweetness, it's definitely water first and flavour second.
Plus, some of their proceeds go to saving the bees. Yay!
If you can find it near you, it's definitely worth a try.
This is the closest to natural water out of the bunch here and if you close your eyes and hadn't seen the colour, it would taste just like any other water. This, in my opinion, is a good thing.
It's also full of fulvic minerals. What are those? No idea! They're meant to be good for us, though. I'll have to take blk's word for it.
Maybe it's the fact that I'm Canadian or maybe it's the fact that this is water with just the faintest, tiniest hint of sweet maple flavour, but this is my favourite of them all.
It's refreshing and the taste isn't distracting. The sweetness isn't so much that I couldn't down a bottle after a run or a workout, but I could also enjoy sipping it on a hot day.
What's your favourite 'flavour' of water? Do you like it straight up? Let me know if there's anything I've missed here that you really love -- I'm sure there are loads that I haven't covered!
Disclaimer: Occasionally I am offered free products and opportunities. Those marked with an * were free from the companies, however the opinions expressed in these reviews are my unbiased opinion and are not affected by or paid for by the companies mentioned.