I received some samples of Crystal Light Pure in the mail a couple of days ago and I’ve been hooked. Â I used to drink Crystal Light like in high school religiously, but I stopped somewhere along the way, and now this is a reinvented staple in my diet. Â It’s good that they re-did the produce with stevia versus artificial sweeteners since I don’t consume artificial sweeteners anymore.
I used to live on diet drinks. Â I loved that I could use them as something sweet. Â I drank my weight in all drinks that said “diet” or “light,” but I now know that usually means artificial. Â I can consume all the Crystal Light Pure I feel like and know that it’s not adding a bunch of additives to my body! Â They are convenient… you just add the individualized packet to your water bottle and you’re good to go!
Disclaimer: Kraft Foods sent me samples, but these are my own opinions. Â I do not accept samples that I do not use.
With the samples sent, I received hydration tips from their spokesperson, who is also a registered dietician. Â I thought I would share them with ya!
Hydration Tips fromÂ Crystal LightÂ Pure Spokesperson Molly Kimball, RD
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep a Tally
We canâ€™t actually tell how well weâ€™re hydrated by how thirsty we feel. For many of us, by the time we start to feel thirsty, weâ€™re already dehydrated, but just how much water is enough when it comes to staying hydrated? Keep a running tally of how much fluid youâ€™re getting and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluid per day, plus an extra 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise or work in the heat.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Flavor Up to Drink Up
Want to drink water to stay hydrated, but hate the boring taste? Add the flavor you want and none of what you donâ€™t by sipping on naturally sweetenedÂ Crystal LightÂ Pure. Itâ€™s got no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives and is sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. Itâ€™ll give your water light, refreshing flavor with just 15 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving. And the Grape and Strawberry Kiwi flavors have the added bonus of electrolytes!
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Donâ€™t Forget about Food
Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, preventing muscle cramping and headaches, and more serious issues like heatstroke. But that doesnâ€™t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks. Any type of alcohol-free beverage can count toward your fluid intake â€“ and even some foods! Some of the top electrolyte-rich, hydrating foods include all types of fresh fruit, soups like gazpacho and Greek yogurt.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Watch the Caffeine
For years, the widely-held belief was that caffeinated beverages were dehydrating. An abundance of research has proven otherwise, however. The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee, and soft drinks appears to have no diuretic effect, meaning that these beverages donâ€™t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide. But remember that you donâ€™t want the majority of your fluids to come from caffeinated drinks since most health organizations recommend we limit our caffeine intake. Instead, try to vary what youâ€™re drinking.