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.