coffee. There is nothing wrong with that (and if you leave out the sweeteners there may even be some health benefits), however I never could manage to catch the 'coffee bug,' and instead looked to Diet Pepsi, which unlike coffee, is completely devoid of nutritional merit, for my morning pick-me-up.
Needless to say, when racing season arrives, Pepsi has to go. Easier said than done, the stuff is like crack. So to soften the blow, I like to replace it with unsweetened Lipton Pure Leaf black iced tea, that way I get my caffeine (30mg / 8 fl oz.), without the artificial sweeteners, and body-bloating excess sodium. For these reasons, I like to think of Pure Leaf as a nutritional supplement in my training arsenal.
Let me just say that its remarkably hard, these days, to find bottles of unsweetened / unflavored tea on local shelves. Luckily, Pure Leaf is good. Damn good actually. Zero calories, zero fat, zero sodium, carbohydrates and protein. Each bottle contains only real tea brewed from real leaves (no power or concentrate), and just a little bit of citric acid to help preserve the tart freshness.
At just under $6 for a six pack 18.5 oz bottles its a bit pricey, however the 64oz jugs going for under $3 at Wal-Mart (gasp, i shop there sometimes) are more reasonably priced, for those of us not willing to take the time to brew our own tea at home.
Also available in THESE flavors, but plain unsweetened black tea is where its at!
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