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Product Reviews: Mio Drink Mix
Sugar Free Drinks
I sometimes write product reviews, and this one is about Mio drink mix. I drink only sugar free drinks, except when I have a glass of milk. I drink a lot of plain water, but sometimes water is just too boring. One of my problems with sugar free drinks is that in local restaurants, about the only sugar free drinks offered are diet Coke, diet Pepsi, or unsweetend tea. I’m not supposed to have much caffeine because of cardiac arrhythmia, so I was left with water as my only choice of beverage when dining out. My youngest daughter, Melissa, introduced me to Mio drink mix a few weeks ago, and I’m totally hooked! We were eating dinner outdoors at a restaurant, and she ordered ice water. I looked at her questioningly because she never orders plain water. When her water arrived, she reached into her purse, pulled out a little gray bottle, and squirted a red liquid into her glass. She passed it to me to take a sip, and I loved it! Mio drink is delicious, refreshing, portable, and super easy to use. I’ll explain more in the product reviews of Mio drink mix below.
Mio liquid is a concentrated drink mix that can be added to water. In fact, it’s sometimes referred to as Mio water enhancer. It comes in a small plastic bottle that contains 1.62 fluid ounces. Sounds tiny, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, that little amount makes 24 drinks when added to typical glasses of water. And those servings of Mio are for full flavored sugar free drinks, based on my experience. In fact, I often add less than the one-half teaspoon suggested by the manufacturer, so a single bottle of Mio liquid lasts me for a long time. Because the bottles are so small, I keep several different flavors in my purse at all times. That way, no matter what flavor I’m in the mood for, I’m always prepared with my Mio liquid.
I think this is a pretty neat concept – you get to decide just how strong you want your beverage to be. Mio liquid is very easy to use. You just pop the cap, squirt in a little concentrate, and stir or shake. Remember, though, that the flavors are very concentrated, so start with just a little of the Mio liquid. After tasting your drink, you can always add more Mio if the flavor isn’t strong enough.
I try to write honest product reviews, and I strive to use the opinions of several people – myself, my family members, and my friends. My Mio reviews are no exception. We’ve all tried all the Mio liquid flavors available, except for the energy drinks. I haven’t tried the energy drink Mio flavors because of the caffeine, but my friends and daughters have. I’m using their feedback for those product reviews. As you read these Mio reviews, remember that product reviews are personal opinions, in most cases. That being said, however, when everyone I talk to agrees on a product’s good or bad qualities, I think that really says something from which others can benefit. And most of us agreed on the different Mio flavors – but not completely.
Overall, my Mio review is very positive. I like all but one of the Mio liquid flavors – the peach tea. I’m just not wild about it, and only one in our group likes the flavor. The general consensus is that the two best Mio liquid flavors are the strawberry-watermelon and the sweet tea. This was sort of surprising to me because although I love real watermelon, I don’t usually care for watermelon-flavored products. With the Mio drink, however, the strawberry flavor seems to dominate the watermelon flavor, so it’s a nice combination. As for the sweet tea, that was another surprise. I mean, I’m a southerner! We like real iced tea, and I don’t like instant iced tea, but I do like the Mio sweet tea.
Now, for the bottle itself. As I said, the plastic bottle is small, so it’s very portable. It has a lid that’s attached to the bottle, so there’s no worrying about losing the top. The lid snaps open and shut easily, and it’s leak proof. I’ve never had a problem with any Mio liquid leaking into my handbag. Something else I like about the bottle is how it dispenses the Mio drink. The opening is tiny, so you have to give the bottle a little squeeze. I like this because it makes it possible to avoid accidentally adding too much liquid at one time.
I usually use the product as Mio water enhancer, but it can also give a flavor boost to other liquids. For example, I sometimes add a splash of Mio flavors to diet ginger ale, diet 7-Up, and diet Sprite. You can also create new flavors by combining one or more of the Mio liquid flavors.
Mio Liquid Flavors
As I’ve already said, our favorite Mio liquid flavors are the strawberry watermelon and the sweet tea. I especially like the sweet tea with a meal. Other Mio liquid flavors include fruit punch, lemonade, blueberry lemonade, berry pomegranate, orange-tangerine, and mango-peach. I already commented on the peach tea. If I want something very refreshing and thirst-quenching, the strawberry-watermelon and the orange-tangerine seem to fit the bill the best. In this case, I don’t use the Mio liquid full strength – I just give my water a slight boost.
The Mio liquid flavors are sweet, slightly tart, and flavorful. They contain no calories, no carbs, and very little or no sodium. The sodium thing is important to me. Lots of diet drinks are loaded with sodium, but Mio isn’t. By the way, Mio is sweetened with sucralose.
Mio Drink Mix:
Mio also makes energy drink concentrates. As I mentioned, I haven’t tried the energy drinks because I can’t have much caffeine. My daughters and friends, however, like the energy drink flavors. Mio energy drinks are available in black cherry, Thunder Punch, and Green Thunder, which is a mixed fruit flavor. These energy drinks contain B vitamins like niacin, B6, and B12. They also contain caffeine, guarana extract, and ginseng extract. A surprise ingredient in Mio energy drinks – at least, to me – is taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that helps improve mental and athletic performance, according to some studies. It might also work as an antioxidant. And, like the regular Mio drink mix, the energy versions are extremely low in sodium and are calorie and sugar free. Better than those high sugar bottled energy drinks!
The great thing about Mio energy drink is that you control the amount of energy boosters you want. With bottled energy drinks, you don’t have this control – you have to take whatever the manufacturers decide. You might want to squeeze just a few drops in your water for a quick pick-me-up, or you might decide you need a more substantial amount for running a 5K. Add Mio to your bottled water and give it a quick shake, or stir it into a glass of ice water. Some of my pals like adding the black cherry energy drink liquid to their diet cokes, for a cherry cola that packs an energy drink punch.
Mio Energy Drinks:
Try Mio Drink Mix!
I hope that after reading my product reviews of Mio drink mix, you’re ready to give it a try. Honestly, I haven’t found anyone whose overall impression of Mio was negative. You can carry it anywhere – on runs, while jogging, to restaurants, and to picnics and other outdoor events. My next project is to make some Mio popsicles! You can sometimes find Mio liquid flavors on Amazon for about $10 for four bottles. That’s $2.50 per bottle, which makes at least 24 eight-ounce servings when combined with a cup of water. Do the math – that’s just a little over a dime per serving. Beats the heck out of those expensive energy drinks, and it sure beats paying two or three bucks in a restaurant for a glass of tea or a soft drink, too. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this product. I really hope you found these product reviews for Mio drink mix useful!