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Gr3en Organic Energy Drink Review

Gr3en Energy Drink

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Gr3en:

“GR3EN is Pure. Organic. Power. Our philosophy is simple: supercharge with superfoods. Powered by green tea, coconut water, and kale, GR3EN gives a clean energy boost you can feel. It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you first wake up, need a lift, hit the gym, or hit the wall at work.

GR3EN has the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee, but combines the health benefits of coconut water, green tea and kale juice in one can.

GREEN TEA

The original caffeinated beverage. Traditional Chinese medicine links green tea to many health benefits. It’s been used to boost energy and focus, rev up metabolism, relieve headaches, and much more.

COCONUT WATER

A healthy, natural source of hydration that’s been popular in the tropics for centuries. Loaded with micronutrients, enzymes, and essential electrolytes, the water of young green coconuts is often referred to as nature’s ultimate sports drink.

KALE (KING OF GREENS)

Kale may seem like a hot new trend, but it actually dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe. It’s a powerful antioxidant loaded with too much good stuff to list. Just GOOGLE kale and see what you come up with…the hype is real.

CARBONATED KALE? 

We’ll be honest, people don’t know what to expect when we say “carbonated kale”. But, they are pleasantly surprised when they take a sip. GR3EN is a refreshing lightly carbonated organic beverage that infuses coconut water and green tea with kale so your taste buds aren’t overpowered by the flavor of kale. We did many taste tests to get GR3EN just right.

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My Thoughts:

In the world of energy drinks, these are pretty much the bomb-diggity. I say this because they have a very clean ingredient list, they’re certified organic and they utilize healthy superfoods like green tea, coconut water and kale. They’re not full of toxic junk, rather they actually pack a nutrient punch along with the (naturally occurring) caffeine content.

I found these Gr3en drinks to have an interesting and enjoyable flavor. They are like a zippy, zesty soda with a coconutty, green twist. The flavor actually really works!

My little issues with the drinks are that they list “natural flavors” (what’s that?) and they contain about 15g of sugar per drink. This is handy if I am mid-marathon and need quick fuel via sugar. However, on a day to day basis, I aim to limit sugar. Thus, these drinks would not be my go-to. I would rather reach for a low-in-sugar green juice.

To sum up my thoughts: these Gr3en energy drinks are an excellent upgrade and alternative to traditional energy drinks–there’s truly no comparison. So, if you’re looking for a quick boost or electrolyte replenishment, I’d say give these drinks a go!

 

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Natural Force Organic + Paleo Workout Supplement Review

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Natural Force

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Natural Force:

“Our mission is to tap Mother Nature’s bounty of raw superfoods to provide you with the highest quality training supplements ever created.

Just like you, we strive day after day training to improve our bodies and quality of life through hard work and proper nutrition. We formed Natural Force® because we were frustrated with the supplements available to us. We realized that the products we were using contradicted our principles of good nutrition with fillers, artificial flavors, and ingredients our bodies just didn’t need.

Natural Values

Here at Natural Force, we value quality and honesty above all else. Our products are always comprised of the purest, highest quality, all-natural and organic ingredients. They never contain any coloring, flavoring of any kind, and no unnecessary fillers. Each and every one of our products has been carefully and intelligently designed to deliver superior performance for a specific purpose. In doing so, we strive to create a base of loyal and knowledgeable, lifetime Natural Force customers.

A New Approach

Next time you grab your favorite supplement, take a look at the container. Look past the flashy label to the list of ingredients. Do you know what all of them are and what they do? At Natural Force we are dedicated to using only the best ingredients directly from nature that provide you with the performance you need. Period.”

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Raw Tea

About:

Natural Force Raw Tea™ is a unique blend of natural herbs, roots, fruit extracts, and superfoods to help give you a naturally powerful energy boost unlike any other supplement on the market. Although it is natural, don’t let that fool you… its extremely powerful ingredients will help provide you with the energy and endurance you need to meet the demands of your grueling workout. It will nutritionally support a sustained vascular pump and improved sense of well being hours after you work out!

NATURAL FORCE RAW TEA IS DESIGNED TO:

  • Improve blood flow and circulation to the muscles for increased power and endurance.
  • Build, harden, and protect lean muscle mass by providing essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Utilize stored fat as an energy source to decrease body fat.
  • Increase mental concentration to keep you focused on your workout and goals.

CERTIFIED PALEO!

The first and only Certified Paleo Pre-Workout on the market. Certified by The Paleo Foundation. Train like a caveman!

MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!

Natural Force is proud to offer the first line of training supplements ever made with organic ingredients.

100% BS FREE.

There are a ton of pre-workouts on the market, but lucky for you, you have found the cleanest one ever created. Period. Natural Force Raw Tea is entirely whole food based and contains no flavoring whatsoever. What is the point of a great diet if you continue to poison your body with chemical filled supplements? You don’t need fancy flavors or synthesized vitamin powders to get a great workout. In fact, we think using them does more harm than good, so switch today and make your training sessions 100% BS Free™.

FLAVOR:

Natural taste of herbal tea. No flavoring added… Tastes Great!

CONTAINS NO:

Coloring, Flavoring, Unnecessary Fillers.”

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Iskiate Endurance

About:

Natural Force Iskiate Endurance™ is a unique blend of superfoods designed to help provide you with sustained energy during your workouts.  It will nutritionally support intense physical endurance and help delay muscle fatigue so you can train harder and longer.  Let’s be honest: nothing is worse than running out of gas before the finish line.  Drinking Iskiate Endurance before you get there will help your mind and body stay completely fueled and operating at peak efficiency… no matter what you throw at it.

NATURAL FORCE ISKIATE ENDURANCE IS DESIGNED TO:

 

  • Help provide sustained energy for the body and mind from whole food sources.
  • Nutritionally support the delivery of energy efficiently through B-vitamins and minerals.
  • Assist in combating muscle fatigue by providing a full range of amino acids.

CERTIFIED PALEO!

The first and only Certified Paleo Pre-Workout on the market. Certified by The Paleo Foundation. Train like a caveman!

MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!

Natural Force is proud to offer the first line of training supplements ever made with organic ingredients.

IS KIA WHATY?

Alright, so we know it is hard to pronounce… but this stuff is the bee’s knees! Our Iskiate (IS-kee-ah-tay), is a traditional blend of the finest organic chia seeds and honey, plus some other cool stuff for a Natural Force twist. This incredibly refreshing drink is inspired by the Tarahumara, a tribe of super athletes who would drink Iskiate during their runs of up to 200 miles on end without stopping. That is running for two days straight… talk about some serious endurance! The power of Iskiate lies in the carbohydrates, omega-3’s, and amino acids provided to help prolong physical endurance to a remarkable level. You can talk the talk, now make like the Tarahumara and walk the walk—or should we say RUN THE RUN!

FLAVOR:

Natural taste of honey & chia seeds. No flavoring added… Tastes Great!

CONTAINS NO:

Coloring, Flavoring, Unnecessary Fillers.”

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Recovery Nectar

About:

Natural Force Recovery Nectar™ is a unique blend of all-natural plant-based ingredients formulated to help maximize recovery, decrease soreness, and recharge your body. No other supplement on the market can give you a cleaner, more direct way to infuse your body with the nutrients it needs after your intense workouts. It will help you feel completely refreshed and revitalized.

NATURAL FORCE RECOVERY NECTAR IS DESIGNED TO:

  • Help repair torn muscle fibers through clean plant-based protein.
  • Assist in replenishing depleted glycogen stores, lost electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals to decrease recovery time and soreness.
  • Help recharge your body with nutrient-dense superfoods.
  • Aid in combating inflammation of joint tissues and boosting immune function.

MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!

Natural Force is proud to offer the first line of training supplements ever made with organic ingredients.

A WORD ABOUT COCONUT WATER…

We use only the finest Organic Freeze Dried Coconut Water as the base for our Recovery Nectar. So you may be wondering, is coconut water the same thing as coconut milk? And the answer would be: not by a long shot. Coconut Water is the liquid inside a young, green coconut before it matures. It is at its peak electrolyte content when harvested during this specific period. In fact, Coconut Water contains over five different electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorous) and has even been used intravenously during World War II to hydrate and save lives when medicinal saline was not available! Coconut Water is hands down the best natural sports hydration and recovery drink that Mother Nature has to offer!

FLAVOR:

Natural taste of coconut water. No flavoring added… Tastes Great!

CONTAINS NO:

Coloring, Flavoring, Unnecessary Fillers.”

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My Thoughts about what Natural Force calls “The Natural Stack”:

Such a breath of fresh air! This brand has wow-ed me from the beginning. In a supplement market ridden with garbage (for lack of a better word), Natural Force truly stands out to me. Organic ingredients (reading the label, you’ll see that these products are made up of one organic item after the next) and they are even Paleo friendly. Ok–where do i start?!

Trying out these products couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m training for my first full marathon, which will take place in a few weeks! I have been using these supplements daily, before, during and after my runs & workouts.

Here’s the thing about workout supplements (specifically, pre workout supplements). In writing about them, maybe you are expecting to hear that you drink this and you are just bouncing off the walls full of energy, ready to rock and roll. In reality, these organic supplements (specifically, the Raw Tea) have a much more practical, desirable impact on my body. It provides me with a steady uphill incline of energy and alertness. Theres nothing jittery about it & no skin-crawling feeling (strangely enough, I have experienced that with others that are full of malarky and sweetened with Sucralose). It provides a similar feeling for me that coffee does–but with even more vitality as a result of how nutrient dense the Raw Tea is. Supplements, perhaps, effect everyone differently. That said, this one does exactly what I would want it to–give me a gradual increase in energy and intensity. In regards to taste, it is herby with a subtle sweetness–pretty good!

I’m typically not a huge fan of refueling during training runs (during a race is a different story). When training, I want my body to be burning off fuel. Yes, my performance (pace) might suffer, but I train that way to stay lean. I have been using about half of the recommended dose of the Iskiate Endurance powder to experience it, but to not completely replenish myself. It tastes awesome and provides me with a noticeable refueling feeling. I am excited to use this on the day of my race–if I have any left! 🙂

Both the Iskiate endurance powder and recovery nectar taste especially delicious.

When I finish a run, I’m not generally very hungry right in that moment, but my body does feel in need of hydration and vitality replenishment. This recovery nectar is perfect for that. I mix it with water in a blender bottle and gulp it down within 10 minutes of concluding my run/workout. In regards to effectiveness, my energy is not as depleted as I feel it would be without taking it. I also have been running the most mileage and doing intense weight lifting & plyometic exercises without feeling the need for a recovery day. I can’t help but think that these supplements are to thank for that. And–how awesome to have peace of mind knowing that the ingredients are not crappy! So elated to have discovered this great brand–I HIGHLY recommend it!

Percentages: Eating Organic Most of the Time

I think alot about the organic foods and drinks that make up a large portion of my diet. I find myself constantly searching for stability within that–having a stable, doable, enjoyable habit of eating that is never neurotic, too planned out, nor obsessive. I want to have a sensible way of fueling my body that I feel good about.

My “wing it” solution (requires little thought and planning) for myself is to focus on the percentages.

Percentages. I focus on, approximately, the 90%-10% or 80%-20% range. “90 percent of the time, what is my daily intake comprised of?”

For me it is fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, eggs, coffee, kombucha, coconut water, almond milk and coconut milk. Because these items make up so much of what I eat, I buy those foods organic (non-GMO implied) as much as possible.

The other 10%-20%, condiments, cheese, meat, meals eaten at restaurants, items I use very sparingly, etc. are not always items I buy organically because they do not tend to make up a large portion of what I consume.

To sum up these sporadic thoughts, I’ll say this (assuming you are interested in optimizing your health),

If you drink alot of coffee every day, get organic coffee. If you enjoy alot of ketchup every day, buy organic ketchup (it exists, and is delicious).

In all of this, it is counter productive for me to get wrapped up in eating perfectly. If you are buying something that isn’t organic, than just be able to refer to the percentages of your diet and determine how that food item plays into it.

In a way, it is a common thread throughout my fitness and nutrition ventures to have an awareness of percentages. 90%-80% of the time I am eating organically and healthily and running every day. 10%-20% of the time I eat sensibly but not always maximally healthy, as well as taking days off from running and enjoying some rest and relaxation.