Friday, June 28, 2019

Wendy's Great Eight June 2019: Refreshing Beverages #greateight #tryit #summerttravel #stayhydrated

I've had a great time sharing some of my favorite sweet, savory, and salty road trip snacks with you the past couple of weeks...but something is missing! What's a snack without a refreshing beverage to go along with it? This month's Wendy's Great Eight column is featuring my favorite travel-ready beverages. These drinks are perfect for your Summer travel adventures! Whether you prefer a beverage with a protein punch, a jolt of caffeine, a bit of fizz, or a delicately flavored water? I've got you covered! There's literally something for everyone's favorite flavor profile this month. Ready? Let's dive right in!

(1) La Colombe Nitro Cold Brew Lemonade. What if I told you that you could combine the freshness of lemonade with the bold flavor and caffeine kick of cold brew coffee? Thanks to La Colombe Coffee, this is a Summer dream come true! Their new Nitro Cold Brew Lemonade is made with organic Colombian light roast coffee and lemonade made with Sicilian lemons. The end result is a beverage that's refreshing and lightly sweet...with an earthy backbone from the cold brew coffee. This beverage comes in handy slim cans, making it perfect to stow in the cooler for any Summer road trips. Each 9-ounce can has just 60 calories...and the same amount of caffeine as a typical cup of coffee. For citrus lovers, La Colombe also features a Grapefruit Cold Brew.

(2) ICONIC Protein Drinks. ICONIC's line of ready-to-drink protein drinks are great to have on hand for those mornings where you have to hit the road bright and early. With 20 grams of grass-fed protein, 3 grams of sugar, and 130 calories in each 11.5-ounce bottle? It's a perfect way to start the day healthy...and feel full for hours! ICONIC protein drinks come in five great flavors: Chocolate Truffle, Vanilla Bean, Café Latte, Ginger Turmeric, and Coconut Matcha. As an added bonus, the Café Latte contains Colombian coffee and 180mg of caffeine.

(3) Blossom Water® Natural Essence Water. There's so much to love about Blossom's one of my favorite Summer beverages! These waters combines pure spring water with the flavors of fruit and botanicals...and just a touch of organic cane sugar. The end result is a uniquely refreshing, lightly sweet beverage. My favorite flavor is Lemon Rose with a floral rose background aroma...the rose is not the least bit overpowering. Other flavors include Mango Hibiscus, Plum Jasmine, Pomegranate Geranium, and Grapefruit Lilac. These waters come in handy plastic bottles and are best enjoyed well chilled. Each 16.9-ounce bottle has just 20 calories.

(4) Drinfinity® Enhanced Water System. Drinkfinity® enhanced water system includes a 20-ounce BPA-free Vessel and a variety of flavor infustion Pods that meet specific health goals. The Vessel fit standard cup holders and includes a piercer that pops each single-serve beverage Pod. The Pods include healthy ingredients like green coffee extract, electrolytes, guarana, chia seeds, oats and fiber, and Vitamins C&E. Prefer to pick your Pods by flavor profile? That works too! Each flavor Pod contains 35-80 calories. This video shows how the Drinkfinity system works:

(5) Brooklyn Distillery Ginger Beer. Even though ginger beer has beer in it's name? It doesn't contain any alcohol. Brooklyn Distillery's ginger beer is ginger ale's wild cousin -- the ginger flavor is more pronounced, and it's slightly less fizzy. If you love ginger? This is definitely the Summer beverage for you! As an added bonus? There are several great flavors to choose from, including: Classic, Lemon Lime, and Extra Spicy. We found the flavor was best when served over ice, so make sure to plan ahead! Bonus: when you're NOT DRIVING, this flavor-packed ginger beer also makes a fabulous cocktail mixer. Brooklyn Distillery also produces a line of tasty ginger ales too.

(6) Bones Coffee Company Single Serve Cup Variety Pack. These days, nearly every hotel room features a handy in-room coffee maker that fits individual single-serve cups. We travel with out favorite brands and flavors so we can enjoy a taste of home when we're on the road! One of my latest favorite coffee companies is Bones. Their single-serve cup variety pack features 20 cups -- four each of five different flavors. If you prefer your coffee straight up, this variety pack includes classic Medium Roast and double caffeine High Voltage. Prefer flavored coffees? Bones' features French Vanilla...but they also offer the unique Strawberry Cheesecake and Maple Bacon. What a great way to start the day!

(7) Lori's Original Lemonade. This sweetlhy tart award-winning California organic lemonade provides a true taste of Summer! We have tasted the Original, Wild Strawberry, Ginger, and uniquely delicious Lavender flavors. They're made with a few simple ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic cane sugar, and organic/natural flavors. Each 16-ounce bottle contains 13% juice and 240 calories. To save some calories, share the large bottle over ice with a friend. This lemonade is like liquid sunshine!

(8) Steeped Coffee. Steeped Coffee is a unique new way to enjoy your cup of coffee on the go -- anytime and anywhere! Steeped offers single-serve coffee bags that are filled with 100% specialty coffee -- similar to tea bags. Every bag of Steep coffee is nitro-sealed and comes individually wrapped for immediate coffee gratification. Simply submerge a bag in hot water and steep until your desired strength is achieved. Their Guilt-Free Packaging is better for the environment too. Every coffee bag is made from biodegradable non-GMO materials! Even the boxes the coffee bags are stored in are recyclable. Steeped Coffee comes in five varieties: Light, Medium, Dark, French, and Decaf Roasts. How convenient is that? 

Disclosure: The brands feature in this month's Wendy's Great Eight provided me product samples to facilitate inclusion. I never recommend a product to my readers or social followers that I haven't tried myself and enjoyed.

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