This year, I have made a promise to myself to ditch one of my worst habits...energy drinks. Not only are they full of preservatives, colorings, corn syrup, sugar substitutes, etc., but these ingredients have been linked to serious health problems from headaches to cancers. That being said, now I am looking for healthier and more natural solutions for my daily "pick me up".
Needless to say, I was quite excited when Ito En gave me the chance to review their Ito En Shots! Each can contains 152 mg of Catechin Tea Antioxidants per 6.4 fl oz can - 5 times more than the average ready-to-drink green tea!
Not only has Ito En been featured in numerous magazines, but they took first AND second place in the North American Tea Championship in May 2012.
What I love most about the Ito En Shots
This graph pretty much says it all...
Unlike the energy drinks that I used to consume on a daily or weekly basis, the Sencha shot has only 3 ingredients - purified water, green tea, & vitamin C!
In addition, the Ito En shots are...
* All Natural
* Unsweetened and contain no calories
* Infused with vitamin C
* Made without added color or flavors
* Not made from Genetically Modified Ingredients - A HUGE plus since I am trying to eliminate as many GMO's as possible from my diet!
* Brewed from Premium Japanese Loose Tea Leaves
The downside is that I do not benefit from the high caffeine spike from the energy drinks that I am used to, but the 40 mg (a little more than a can of my favorite soda) is definitely enough to get me going. I can also feel good about what I am putting into my body, and no sugar crash!
The Sencha (green tea) shot is a little on the bitter side, especially if you are not a normal green tea drinker, but the Oolong is a milder. I miss the sweet taste of my other energy drinks, but the health risks involved are NOT WORTH IT! If you are not a huge tea fan, you could always add a bit of juice or pure liquid honey.
Is Your New Year's Resolution To Live A Healthier Life?
Here is a special note and some helpful tips from Sandja :
"May 2013 be your healthiest, happiest year!
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions might be, we know how difficult it is to keep them. Research shows that late January signals the trailing off of fitness club visits, healthy eating commitments, and vows to live with less stress.
Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions with These 5 Steps:
1. Do it for you.
The most important part of change is your will to do so. If you change for someone else, you will most likely find it harder to maintain your intention to change. Do what you want to do. Do it for you. You deserve it.
2. Be realistic: change one thing at a time.
Keep it simple and change one thing at a time. It is challenging enough to change one behavior, and taking on too much can disperse your focus and motivation. Stay focused on one change, and follow through. Through your success, you will find the energy and belief in yourself to do anything you set your mind to!
3. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
Before January 1st, write a list of everything you are grateful for. You might want to change something, but focus on the many things that you love, and appreciate. A focus on gratitude gives you strength and a love for yourself that makes it easier to change what you find undesirable. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself when you succeed, AND when you fail. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
4. Make a plan.
Create a plan of action to reach your goal. If you want to eat healthier food, you might create a healthier weekly meal plan. Shop when you are feeling full and content, and choose your groceries carefully. Research healthy, easy recipes online, and create action steps for your success. It may be helpful to consult a nutritionist, or enroll friends and family in your plan so they can support you along the way.
5. Recommit to your goal each day.
One of the biggest challenges for maintaining and reaching goals is to remember the goal. It sounds silly, but the human mind is forgetful, easily distracted, and loves to make excuses. Leave a note with your goal by your bedside, and read it twice daily, morning and evening. Ask yourself if you still want this goal, and recommit to it daily. This will keep your goal top of mind throughout your day, and throughout your state of rest.
Ito En Healthy Living Tip for 2013
HEALTH IN A CAN – quick, strong and invigorating
Instead of your usual morning coffee, we recommend SENCHA SHOT, the Japanese equivalent of an espresso shot - highly antioxidant green tea in a can. You’ll find this tasty beverage quick, strong, invigorating and healthy! With 152 millgrams of the powerful tea polyhenol-Catechin,this green tea has depth of flavor, body, and a robust mouthfeel. Even espresso-lovers will become fans. For a milder flavor, try our Oolong Shot."
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Ito En was also kind enough to offer a promo code for 20% off for the Leettle Baby blog readers! - NewU13
Promocode is also good for the Oolong Shot, and the Fiber Shot. All ITO EN Shots HERE, which are currently on sale for $37.50 per case, so with the coupon code...they are only $1 per can!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Are you a fan of energy drinks, or do you use a healthier alternative? Comment below!