A few months ago, one of my buds started the cutest blog. Called Raising Daisies, Alli features recipes, her motherhood adventures and all kinds of cute photos of her pets. In addition to being a mom and doing the blog, said friend recently fell in love with Shaklee products—so much so that she became a rep for them. While I’ve heard a lot about the company’s all-natural cleaning products, I didn’t know much about their health and fitness stuff. So when she offered up a couple goodies to review (she raved about them), I agreed. You know how we’re always up for trying something new!
The first thing I tested were the Shaklee Energy Chews. Energy chews seem to be all the rage lately, no? And I can see why. With no artificial flavors, sweeteners, gluten or added preservatives, these are a fantastic thing to pop before a run or a workout—especially if you’re someone who doesn’t do well with a lot in your belly when you exercise. Each chew has a little caffeine from natural green tea extract, plus L-tyrosine, L-theanine, B vitamins and vitamin D. Although they don’t taste super yummy, I really enjoyed having one or two first thing in the morning before I hit the gym. They were just enough to get me going, but not so much that I had to hit the bathroom.
I also tried the Shaklee Performance hydration drink mix in orange. Now, this works like your typical electrolyte and carb mix: Stir a little into water to help boost hydration and help you better perform in a long workout or training session. However, unlike some other brands on the market, this one has no artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives, which is pretty rad. It also has a much more mild and less sweet flavor than most of the mainstream drink mixes on the market, which I liked. My workouts haven’t been topping the 60-minute mark recently, so I haven’t had a chance to fully put this one to the performance test, but I will say that it went down easily during a workout and did seem to help with endurance. It also seemed far more thirst-quenching than water.