Stuff I Ate that Showed Up on My Desk

New stuff appears on my desk magically when I’m not looking. Often, the boxes or wrappers say I’m supposed to eat or drink whatever it is because it’ll do something good for my health.

While I have not developed six-pack abs, a better immune system or become more popular from using these products, I can say I’m rather dependent on them, particularly between 3 and 5 p.m. Why? Because they taste darn good, because I get the munchies then, and because these products are, in their own ways, good for my health.

Nutrilite Twist Tubes in Mango Citrus
This is my new favorite drink supplement. I was obsessed with Crystal Light pink lemonade to make my water taste less boring, but I’m now enjoying these little plastic twist tubes that claim to have 2 servings of fruits and veggies in every one, all in 5 calories per serving. Water is boring. This makes it better. And because it’s a liquid, it blends well with the water and makes it taste like a fruit drink, without the calories. Coming soon. Available now in strawberry-kiwi for immunity or blueberry for antioxidants for $12.09 for a box of 20. (These flavors have 20 calories per serving.)

Oxylent Multivitamin Drink
This also falls into the “make my water not taste like nothing” category. It’s less fizzy than Emergen-C and tastes kind of creamy once it’s been in water for more than 2 minutes. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. The office doesn’t know either, so see for yourself. Each 10-calorie packet packs in a boatload of minerals, vitamins and amino acids and is sweetened with Stevia. A 30-packet variety pack of blueberry pomegranate, sparkling mandarin and sparkling berries costs $35.95.

Promax LS
The LS stands for “low sugar.” This is a monster protein bar that claims to have “40-percent less sugar than leading regular energy bars.” If you’re jumping on the “sugar is going to kill us all” bandwagon and trying to x-nay sugar from your diet, you could start by eating one of these. At 220 calories, the LS still contains 9 grams of sugar. Add that to 18 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber, 7 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat and you won’t want to eat for hours. I know. I ate one in a moment of 4:50 p.m. weakness and didn’t feel like eating dinner. Sorry, husband who cooked me dinner that night. Chocolate fudge and peanut butter chocolate are both yummy, for protein bars. A 12-pack costs $16.99.

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