As much as I wish differently, I am not super mom. Surprising I know! I just radiate perfection from every pore. (Can you sense my sarcasm?) Although I have figured out the reason why my children have so much energy; they are leaches! They quite literally drain all of my energy. This way they get enough to be bouncing off the walls and I'm left barely able to climb out of bed in the mornings. There must be some invisible umbilical chord still attached or something of the sort. I can use all the help I can get to increase my energy, but I'm also quite picky. I don't want the glitters, be shaky, or jumpy. I don't want to fill up with harmful stimulants and have a crash when it wears off.
A Natural Energy Boost
I've seen 5 Hour Energy around, honestly if you haven't seen it in the stores you must be completely oblivious or you must live in a very small place. It is everywhere I look in the grocery store, department stores, Walmart and other stores of that sort. I've always been curious about 5 Hour Energy, but never had the guts to try it out on my own, I mean, what if I don't like it? So when I had the opportunity to try it through Smiley360 blogger program I couldn't say no. I've been dying to know what it was really like.
5 Hour Energy is made from natural ingredients, vitamins and other key ingredients that are found in every day food items! It contains:
- zero sugar
- zero herbal stimulants
- high doses of B-Vitamins
- no artificial colors or dyes
- and contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of the leading premium coffee.
And even better, unlike other energy drinks I've seen around, the 5 Hour Energy is only 4 calories for the entire bottle. It's not like drinking a Soda, it won't fill you up and put you over on your calorie intake!
5 Hour Energy allows for a natural boost in energy.
I was mostly excited to try the 5 Hour Energy because I have been so sick the last 2 months and I have been experiencing even more energy draining than usual.
I love that the 5 Hour Energy bottles are just a small dose bottle instead of a full sized soda drink that I have to chug down before I can feel any increase in energy. And even better, you don't even need the entire bottle! Just drink half for a medium amount of energy or the entire thing for a huge dose in energy. And what you don't drink stays good for up to 3 days in the fridge, so you can have one "pick me up" on day 1 and use the rest on day 3.
The bottles are the perfect size to keep stored in your purse, backpack or anywhere when you are on the go and need an energy boost.
The energy never made me feel jumpy or jittery. I simply felt a gradual increase in energy, and it didn't crash out. I loved that it was sustainable for hours instead of just a short 20-40 minutes like a dose of sugar would give you. I could drink it in the morning and not even begin to feel tired until the late afternoon, early evening. Lately I'm wiped out and ready for a nap right after lunch.
When the energy did wear off it didn't feel like a crash. It was a completely natural and gradual decrease as the day went on. I found I was able to get a lot more done in my day before the kid's energy drain kicked in.
5 Hour energy can give you a natural energy boost to combat:
- groggy mornings
- the afternoon lull-2:30 feeling
- long hours on your feet
- hectic schedules
- long drive
- busy weekends
- action-packed vacations
- energy for workouts
- business travel.
What could Possibly be wrong with 5 hour energy?
For all the greatness; I do have to say I didn't enjoy the flavor much at all. It could have been the specific berry flavor or the unique combination of the ingredients. It has a very intense sweet flavor at first and then wears off into a unique after taste. It was the after taste I really couldn't handle. The first taste was very similar to regular energy drinks.
I still found I could manage the after taste long enough to get the few swallows down and then I'd just take a bite of something else to help combat the after taste. I am curious however if this after taste that I don't like is unique purely to the berry flavor and if possibly I might like a different flavor better.
Overall: As far as energy goes I give 5 Hour Energy 4 stars. It gave me a gradual increase, lasted most of the day and gradually wore off. I wasn't jumpy or jittery and there was no crashing when it wore off.
As far as flavor I give it a 3 out of 5 stars. the very first taste is strong on the sweet side, but the after taste is what bit the dust for me. Possibly if you don't mind sugar substitute sweetener's after taste you probably won't mind the after taste as much as I did.
Even still, the 5 Hour energy will still be quite useful as I will be using it on our long drive to visit my sisters, our trip to the zoo, another day at the Air Force Museum, and then my long drive home. 4 Days packed full of fun and two 4 hour drives. Yes, I think the 5 Hour Energy will be coming in quite handy!
UPDATE: I just returned from our family trip, and I just have to say that this 5 Hour Energy really was a life saver! First, although I am not a fan of the flavor, putting it on the fridge and having it cold dramatically improves the flavor! With it cold, it tastes much better and I'm not as adverse to it as I was in the beginning.
On the day of our departure, I had not gotten as much sleep as I had wanted the night before. I was nervous about how alert I could be while driving, especially since i usually get a little drowsy on trips normally even with a good nights sleep. it's just something my body does with traveling, even when I'm driving, so normally I have to take a lot of caffeinated soda drinks to keep me awake while driving. I really dislike that.
I took one 5 Hour Energy before I left, and within 5 minutes I was feeling very alert and refreshed. I wasn't jittery, just alert and awake. I was able to make the 4 hour drive without any symptoms of being drowsy at all. In fact I can't remember the last time I felt that great while driving a long trip.
That night Jade refused to sleep. It was very late when I finally got her to bed, and then she decided to get up at 2AM and would not go back to sleep until 6am. I had to get up at 7am, so we could all get off to the Zoo with my family before it got too hot. I was so exhausted. I used one more 5 hour energy and I again felt great and was alert and refreshed and enjoyed my day at the zoo quite well and never felt tired. In fact I don't know when it wore off, because come 4pm, I was still feeling great, and that was long after 5 hours. But don't worry, it's not yet hindered any sleeping.
I then used it one last time for my drive home. And again, I didn't experience any jitters, but was alert and able to focus on driving safely and never experienced any drowsiness. I think I will always keep 5 Hour energy on hand for our next trips!
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