Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hey, hoo, heat wave! (And a Solixir review.)

Right now, as I'm writing, it's 85 degrees. Holy heat wave. Yesterday was pretty warm but today is simply hot. Hot and sunny.

I felt the warmth when I was out for my run yesterday. It was an OK run, but I was rushing to fit it in before going to my sister's lacrosse game. Whenever I have to rush to fit in a run it always feels a little off. But, I did it.

In my rushing and running around with my toddler yesterday, I failed to post my latest review! So much for keeping to a schedule . . .

So, here it is, a day late:

Solixir Sparkling Botanical Beverage

Solixir is a new line of beverages that launched in early April and is being sold at Whole Foods nationwide. Scott at Solixir sent me a few cans of their first three flavors to sample: blackberry chamomile, pomegranate ginger and orange mate.

Before I get to my review of the actual drinks, I have to give some props to this company. If you check out their website, you'll see why I like them. They are ultra-positive and interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Their values, for example, are, "embrace the entrepreneurial spirit, give back to the community and planet, do everything with a smile." I love that last one! And why not, really? I mean, when I'm struggling through a tough run or that second set of walking push-ups in the level 3 Shred video, a smile tends to ease things up a bit.

So, anyway, back to the beverages. The drinks are what I would call lightly carbonated. They aren't bubbly like soda, more like Pellegrino or some such drink. And, yeah, that figures because the beverages are made with sparkling spring water. They don't contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. Instead, they are sweetened with fruit juice. The result is a drink that has more flavor than sweetness. This is both good and bad.

You may remember me mentioning that I was going to have a bunch of toddlers over for a big Earth Day hoo-ha. Well, the moms came over, too, and I shared the Solixir beverages with them. The pomegranate ginger went over well enough but the blackberry chamomile was a bust. Everyone thought it was too bland and not sweet enough. One mom even tried to sweeten it up by adding a little sugar, but that, well, let's just say that didn't work. We did have some laughs, though.

My favorite of the three beverages is the orange mate. It's meant to energize and is marketed as "the perfect choice before a workout" and that it is. Since it isn't too sweet and it isn't overly carbonated, it is good for before a run. I loved the flavor and the little kick from the 30mg of natural caffeine. I would definitely buy the orange mate. It delivers! (In fact, I'm drinking a can of it now.)

There you have it. A new beverage option.

And now, I am going to get outside and make the most of this sunny, hot day.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~ Felice


Mel-2nd Chances said...

Enjoy the weather, we're getting the same delightful weather here! Great review, haven't seen any here yet, but i'll be on the lookout :)

J said...

Enjoy the weather! It is super hot out there!

Rookie on the Run said...

Thanks for the review! I'll have to look for those. Enjoy your beautiful weather. :D

Marlene said...

We're having a bit of a heat wave up here too! A thunderstorn is passing through now, so it should feel coller for my race oin the morning... I hope!

Those flavours definitely sound interesting. I love sparkling juices!

Aileen said...

The weather just got nice here! Of course, it didn't last long as it is now raining.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the review! I'm heading to Whole Foods tomorrow, so maybe I'll check them out!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds like a yummy drink.

The heat is killing my running too.

ECrunnergirl said...

Great review! Im always looking for something other than plain water...I have a tough time staying hydrated because I cant stand water.

It was hot here (va beach) too and its going to be another one today! Whoa! Have fun!!!

joyRuN said...

It's hot here too! I don't think I'm ready for this. I haven't run in this weather yet - I'm just hoping it'll cool off by the next weekend.

Denise said...

I don't know what's up with this crazy heat! Last week I was running in the freezing cold rain, today I was running in 90 degrees. What happened to spring?

MizFit said...

and I wasnt even there...yet Id so have been the mom who tried to sweeten that chickenbus up with sugar :)

Anonymous said...

The weather was really hot this weekend.

Things for the reviews. I never heard of Solixir, I'll have to check them out.

Marcy said...

The website has no list of retailers. Dang! It will probably take 568923946278934 years before they get that stuff up here HAHA!

Heather said...

Thanks for the review. :) Hope you enjoyed the warm weekend!

Diana said...

Thanks for the review! I will try them (not the blackberry though) as soon as we get some here!

Irish Cream said...

Thanks so much for the review! I'll have to keep an eye out for those--orange mate sounds great! :)

Lindsay said...

thanks for the review! haven't even heard of these before but they sound yummy. i'll take your word on the blackberry flavor though :)

hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend!

N.D. said...

The drinks sound pretty refreshing for a day like today! THat is funny you shared them with the moms : )

RunToTheFinish said...

it's going to rain here all week, so I came to read your post and live vicariously through you...except for the whole bunch of toddlers thing :)

I Run for Fun said...

Boy o boy...this sudden jump from winter to summer is NOT GOOD! I struggled with my run today too.

X-Country2 said...

Thanks for the review. The packaging is pretty. :o)

raulgonemobile said...

When I first read 'blackberry chamomile', my instinct was "whaaaat?" Guess that it tasted like that too.

Alisa said...

I love warm weather, sorry it's gettin' you down. Enjoy the sunshine! (At least it's not raining like it is here...BOOOOOO).

Chamomile is so boring, I'm not surprised that one was a bust.

Orange mate sounds fantastic! I've tried the Kombuchi (sp?) juice at whole foods and love love love the mango one.

Middle-of-the-Pack Girl said...

I'm always willing to try something new! Thanks for the review.

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