Supermarket shelves are crammed with squillions of drinks in brightly coloured cans, promising us everything from energy, alertness, improved sports performance and more. But they usually come packaged with a massive hit of caffeine, sugar or other things that are less than desirable from a health perspective.
So when I was offered a free sample of a new drink that claims that it's a bit different to the others, I was keen to give it a try. The advertising blurb says: "bChill helps provide that happy, relaxed feeling we all crave. So... Drink. Chill. Relax."
|More details are available from the website at www.drinkbchill.com.au|
Of course the first thing I did was check out the nutrition panel. The ingredients include passion flower extract, lemon balm, rhodiola, chamomile, tryptophan, B vitamins and magnesium. There is some sweetener, but nothing nasty (and I was pleased to notice stevia in there) and the colours and flavours are all natural.
The herbs and flowers listed are widely claimed to induce calmness, reduce anxiety, relax muscles, reduce stress and promote feelings of well-being. The way my week's been, I want me some of that! Perhaps I should have packed it for my drive to work through the hell that is Melbourne's Ring Road.
As for taste - it has a sweet (but not too sweet) tropical fruity flavour. It's hard to describe but there's a hint of passionfruit and some citrus tang as well. It's also lightly carbonated; not fizzy, but kind of tingly. Bike Boy willingly joined me as taste-testing guinea pig and we both decreed it tasty and refreshing.
The other good news is that the entire can contains only 50 Calories, so you can indulge without guilt.
So: Would I buy it? Absolutely. I don't ever drink energy drinks, rarely touch soft drinks - diet or otherwise - and use sports drinks only occasionally during lengthy training sessions. This though, I'd happily chug down on a hot day.
The only problem is that the product is initially being launched in Queensland only, so I'm not going to find it in my local shops for a while yet. If you're dying to try it and don't want to wait, you can order it online though.
Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I did not receive payment or other remuneration for writing this post, although I did receive a free sample of the product. The opinions expressed here are my own and are given frankly and honestly.