During the hot summer months we try to stay hydrated. Some days are so hot we prefer drinking to eating. While we are a family of tap water drinkers (with ice) and unsweetened ice tea, we drink our share of other products. My son would have lemonade everyday if I’d let him. Some days I feel like having a big glass of diet Dr. Pepper with crushed ice, or an iced coffee, but on other days I want something lighter.
That’s where flavored water comes in; while we don’t drink it on a regular basis, we do purchase it a few times a month. It’s nice and convenient to take with us to the park or in the car. I usually buy Faygo flavored water that is also carbonated. It really wakes you up and has a nice light flavor – not too sweet.
We went on a mission to check out the flavored water selection at Walmart, I also needed to pick up some supplies for a birthday party and to look at their grill selection. I made a list first since I have been known to forget to pick up what I needed the most.
My son and I made a quick stop at JoAnne’s Fabric to pick up a few things to make a father’s day craft and then it was on to Walmart via the orange barrel highway!
Once inside Walmart I was surprised at how many different flavored water products they carry – from Gatorade to Vitamin Water to SOBE lifewater to Walmart’s house product. I noticed several large displays of SOBE right near the front door and another near the check out counter. Some of the flavor combinations were so creative – how about SOBE lifewater in Yumberry Pomegranate or Black Cherry Dragonfruit. These two flavors sounded good to me so I bought them both. They were one dollar each and had zero calories. I liked both of those features. I also purchased a carton of Propel Zero, a new product from Gatorade. I went with the 12 pack of 16 ounce bottles that was priced at $5.98. Propel Zero is a zero calorie nutrient enhanced water beverage. I also picked up bottle of MiO – liquid water flavor that you add to your own water. It comes in a handful of flavors.
For the record, I also picked up a few Daily’s Frozen Margarita foil packets. The alcohol is already mixed it you just have to freeze them. They were priced well at $1.97 each. I’ve had these before and they are pretty good.
The following day we did a taste test. I personally liked the Propel Zero water over the SOBE lifewater. Both had zero calories, the Propel had a lighter flavor and wasn’t as sweet as the SOBE. My husband wasn’t crazy about either. The MiO liquid had a good flavor and I liked the fact that you could control how many drops you put in your water.
While I like the option of having flavored water every now and then, I prefer a glass of ice cold water right from the tap. When I purchase flavored water I look for one that doesn’t have a lot of calories and one that isn’t too expensive. I read the labels on these products and these drinks contain a lot of ingredients that I can’t pronounce – that’s not usually good. As for my young son – he gets plain water or skim milk, but his special treat drink is lemonade.
Check out my ThisMoment story for more on our trip.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are honest and my own.
Fun shop Kathy! I’ve never tried that MiO liquid. You’ll have to let me know what you think.