Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cool Product Alert: be-QUENCHED & a Bento


You guys know how much trouble I have getting in water... I am so bad. Most days if it wasn't for the water in my coffee I wouldn't get any in. I just don't like plain water. Blah.

Do not follow my lead. I pay for it. Big time.

I was a kidney stone sufferer pre-op and post-op when it's much easier to get dehydrated I have found myself many a night curled up on my bathroom floor in excruciating pain with a kidney stone attack. This will lead me to a few good weeks of drinking water and then the memory of the pain fades and I slack once again. Not good. Last attack I vowed to do better and I found a product that is helping.

GNC Wellbeing be-QUENCHED Packets

You get 14 in a box for $14.99 so not cheap but neither is an ER visit. So I'm biting the bullet. In this heatwave I've been drinking 1-2 a day. My local GNC carries them and it looks like they also have them at GNC.com online.

They are little drink mix tubes kind of like those Crystal Light on-to-go tubes but soooo much tastier. I don't like Crystal Light's aftertaste.

Serving Size 1 Packet
Calories: 25 calories
Sugars 2 g
Caffeine 50 mg

Sucralose is the sweetener plus fructose from the peach I'm gathering. These have a ton of electrolytes and vitamins in them so great for the summer. I love that they are something I can toss in my bag. Anywhere I go I can buy a bottle of water and have a yummy drink.

Two Flavors: Peach Green Tea (my favorite... it's not too peachy) and Raspberry (my Mum's fav. kind fruit punch-ish it's good but I like the peach green tea way better)

They also fit perfectly along side the knife & fork area in my Super Cool Bento Box so they are great for picnics.


Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Green Bean & Tomato Salad
Green Box (top right): Baby Carrots
Blue Box (bottom left): Lightly Salted Soy Crisps and (in the silicone cup) Assorted Cheeses (Jalapeno Jack, Colby, Cheddar, Swiss)
(bottom right): Tribe Single Serve Hummus (love these)
Along side: Peach Green Tea Drink Stick


Shelly's Green Bean & Tomato Salad

1/2-3/4 pound Green Beans (I used the thin French Haricot Vert beans, steamed & chilled)
6-8 Plum Tomatoes, quartered
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil
1 Tablespoon Parmesan, grated
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
a few twists of Black Pepper
a sprinkle of Kosher Salt

Toss all ingredients together.

9 comments:

Jenn said...

have you tried the propel packets? i'm not a "traditional" dumper, so i really never checked the sweetener in them, but they're not nearly as sweet as crystal light (which i can't stand at half a packet either). much more affordable if it's an option for that muy importante water (this from someone with similar issues)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the drink stick info. I was just going to ask what they were in your last two cool-o bent-os. :)
MK

Lesley said...

The Propel packets have sugar, so I'd avoid those.

I usually have the 4C Totally Light 2 Go packets, because they use sucralose too instead of aspartame (which I hate!). I will have to pick up these be-QUENCHED packets when I go to GNC to stock up on my Max Protein.

OliveOilTan said...

Kidney stones are absolutely the worst! Just spent 4 days in the hosptial a couple weeks ago. Hydration is the key, especially when you are prone to them!

Sara said...

Have you tried some of the other brands at the grocery store? I know what you mean about the after taste that Crystal Light has. I really like the Hawaiian Punch sugar free Lemon berry squeeze. I also like the Ocean Spray sugar free varieties. I don't notice an after taste with those, but then again I don't usually have more than a few per week.

mtgplaner said...

Hi Shelly,

I had RNY in January and since then I have loved your website!!
Thank You!! I've lost 89lbs to date..
My question on the be-Quenched is I noticed it has 50mg of caffeine,
is this amount too much especially if you drink 2 bottles of be-quenched?

Thanks again for all your great ideas.

Cathy

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you guys enjoy them!

***

Caffeine... I don't have restrictions on the amount. I scarily drink 8 cups of fully leaded coffee and toss a starbucks espresso based soy latte in for good measure.

Always follow your DR's advice but it doesn't seem to bother me... well I don't sleep much LOL

;)

~Michelle

mtgplaner said...

Hi Shelly,

I went to GNC and bought the be-Quenched, love it!!! The taste if very good, I am trying the peach tea flavor. The caffeine is not a problem at all and helps especially before a workout.
thanks again for the tip
Cathy

Ravyn said...

GNC provides best and useful health related products!! I bought multivitamins programs from here!!