Mix1 – mango

On May 28, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

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philosophy:

It seems our days have become increasingly packed with events as we juggle family, work, and fitness leaving less time to focus on eating right throughout the day.

There are many nutritional products claiming to deliver amazing benefits but in reality fall short on balanced nutrition. With this in mind, we started mix1 with the following mission: to create the highest quality all-natural products that promote health, wellness and performance through truly functional nutrition.

mix1 products deliver all-natural balanced nutrition with multiple benefits in a convenient way. We use the right balance of ingredients, at efficacious levels, to provide the maximum benefit to your body.

Dr. James, ND, co-founder

Someone was talking about how great this stuff was, so I looked up the company.  I decided to drop them a line about their product and they sent me a few samples to try.  In no way did they pay me for the review (other than giving me some yummy stuff!) and they did not ask for anything in return.  Well, other than my honest opinion.  I suppose that counts?  And if you’ve been reading me for awhile — honesty is something that I come by fairly easily.

So I have to say, I really like the Mix1 RTD’s I’ve tried so far.  Well, at least the “protein” ones.  The fiber ones, without additional protein powder in them at least?  Not so much.  But I really have liked the others so far, and have incorporated them into my jogging routine.

This far out from surgery, and doing heavy duty cardiovascular activity?  YOU NEED CARBS.  Period.  You can’t live without carbohydrates for fuel.  It doesn’t work.  If you plan on doing any sort of long term physical activity, you need to incorporate some good carbohydrate sources into your diet.  And for me?  These fit the bill nicely.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them and actually will continue using them as part of my jogging routine after I’m done with my reviews.  That’s honestly how much I like them.  Some of the products I review I like and maybe would purchase again?  But wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.  These I most certainly will because they fill an important need in my life right now.  So if you’re looking at adding heavy duty exercise to your routine, are looking to add some good nutritional carbohydrates and aren’t necessarily wanting to do it with solids — these are a good choice to try.  Keep in mind, though, that it does have sugar in it.  So if you are an easy dumper, be sensible with your choices.

Moving on, I pulled the Mango out to try before my jog last night.  Just for the record, I tend to drink these about 20 minutes before I set off.. gives me plenty of time for the fuel to start hitting my bloodstream properly.  Just in case anyone was wondering.

To me, it tastes very much like orange juice, but not quite as orange-y if that makes sense.  I’m not sure if I’d sit down and say it’s “mango” but it certainly is a good citrus flavor that I like.  Not overpoweringly ORANGE!!!  But not too light that you’re wanting to go find a package of Tang and dump it in, either.

The fruit flavoring easily covers up the flavor of the protein — there’s only a slight “dry” taste on my tongue at the very, very end.  It’s not very noticeable at all, and considering I drink so much water on my jogs due to my NCS, it’s not a big deal at all.

The stats are nice for my pre-jogs.  It’s a bit light on the protein if you are wanting to use this AS a sole protein source, and it does use real sugar in it.  Many of the sugar grams, though, are fruit sugars — so it’s not completely horrible.  But easy dumpers should be aware that this may be a trigger for their dumping.

So like I said, it’s got sugar in it.  But it’s also got a whole lot of other things in it.  Like good vitamins, WHEY ISOLATE protein, and fruit and veggie stuff.  So it’s not a bad drink, especially if you’re about to go do something that you need a higher-than-average carbohydrate count for.

I really do like these drinks for the niche they fit in my life.  I won’t be drinking them as my normal protein drinks — don’t get me wrong.  But these are perfect for right before my jog when I am supposed to have some carbs.  I absolutely will be getting more.  Without a doubt.

In fact?  I only have 2 left.  I know that I saw them at a Kroger’s store in Greenville.. I will be going somewhere this weekend and getting more.  Proof positive that I really do like them.  I can’t say it any plainer than that.

Mix1 is available in a number of places — online through Amazon, and I’ve even seen it at grocery stores like Kroger.  At Amazon, a 12-pack sells for $25.00, making them just over $2 each.  Really cheap for a RTD drink.

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