Recently at Costco someone was giving out samples of zipfizz. Contest Closed.
I saw that it was an electrolyte drink (made from a tube of that powder dissolved in 16-20 ounces of water), and I knew I needed more electrolytes for my longer runs, so I tried it.
I don't drink Gatorade (eww, eww, blech!!), and am not too fond of Nuun (another dissolvable electrolyte drink marketed to runners), but this stuff tasted good! I picked up a box of 30 for $27.99 ($37.99 on Amazon.) The next time I was at Costco I saw that they were having a sale--$5 off each box--so I got three more boxes. The Engineer and I are set, with zipfizz coming out of our ears. (Well, not literally; that would be gross.)
But even the 120 little tubes of zipfizz we've bought may not last that long; we both love the stuff. I have to stop myself from drinking it on a daily basis; I don't want to waste it, so I generally save it for days that I'm running and need the energy (long runs, and some shorter runs), or days that I need a pick-me-up. Sometimes I only use half a tube, dissolving it in about 10 ounces of water instead of the 16-20 ounces required for a full tube.
Zipfizz is marketed as a drink that provides electrolytes, vitamins, and energy. Energy? I drink decaf coffee because I despise the jittery feeling regular coffee gives me. But zipfizz gives me energy and somehow doesn't make me jittery. It does have caffeine in it, from the guarana plant. (Maybe that's better than caffeine from coffee beans?)
But zipfizz's big selling point is that it's got tons of Vitamin B12. When people are having energy issues, they get shots of B12. So maybe it's the B12 that makes us feel so good; I don't know--I just know both The Engineer and I love the lift we get when we drink zipfizz. And I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but during my last two zipfizz runs, I've been surprised at my pace--I was a lot faster than I expected based on my level of effort.
The Engineer stays away from most artificial sweeteners, but he likes zipfizz despite its sucralose and xylitol. Because it doesn't have "real sugar" in it, it's only 10 calories. With the caffeine and artificial sweeteners in it, however, I don't let my kids drink it. (More for me!)
If you want to know where to buy zipfizz, click here for their store locator. Or just get it from Amazon (who totally has better deals than the zipfizz site.)
Anyway, zipfizz doesn't know me from Eve, and has nothing to do with this post. I'm just getting hooked on the stuff and wanted to share. So I am sharing--literally!
Leave a comment here telling me when you need electrolytes or energy, and you'll be entered in this giveaway. The Grand Prize will be three tubes of zipfizz, in the three flavors we have (Grape, Pink Lemonade, and Orange Soda.) Yeah, I know that's not really that Grand of a Prize, but hey, it's coming out of my own pocket, and I'm on a budget! Two First Prize winners will get one tube, in a flavor of your choice. That's three winners! Even if you have terrible luck on online giveaways, maybe this time is your time!
Just to make it fun, your entry is worth TWO entries if it's in rhyming poetic form. Entertain me!
I'll randomly pick the winner next Thursday, 9/30, and will announce it by Friday, 10/1. Good luck!