Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sneaky Pete

You might remember that in my Vlogmas Day 22 video, I mentioned picking up a Sneaky Pete's Oatstanding Beverage during my grocery trip. I said I'd update you guys on how I liked it, and I ended up LOVING it so much that I contacted the company and asked if I could review their drinks here. They were awesome enough to send me one of each flavor, which made me super happy since I was craving another one, but the closest place to buy them is close to 50 miles away! Plus, I know a lot of you made New Year's resolutions to be healthier, and these fit in with that goal really nicely!

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I love trying out healthy drinks- for some reason I find it way easier to drink something good for me than to eat it! Is that weird? I have trouble finding fruity drinks, though, because I have acid reflux, which means that anything too acidic (think orange juice) makes my stomach super unhappy. These are awesome because they're fruity, but in a very light way.

The only thing I knew about these before I tried them was that they had oats in them, so I expected it to be a  thick drink, maybe even chunky. It's the total opposite! They're closer to a flavored water than the smoothie-type texture I was expecting.

The oats barely show up in the flavor- it's mostly just a hint of something non-fruity, if that makes sense! The hidden oats give each 40 calorie bottle as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, which is rad since I can't stand oatmeal! (It's so gooey and gloopy, you guys!)

One thing that I really like is that these drinks offer a combination you don't see often; they manage to be both a light, refreshing, easy to drink beverage while also being a bit filling thanks to the fiber from the oat bran. The combination means they don't leave you feeling like you've just consumed something heavy, like I sometimes feel after a protein smoothie, but I do feel like I've had something more substantial than just water or juice. These would be awesome to take to work or school with your lunch as a healthier alternative to soda or coffee.

Here are all 5 flavors, in order of my preference!

Apple Away
Apple is the first flavor I tried (the one I picked up at the grocery store). I adore this one! It reminds me of apple cider a bit, but with a slightly "softer" flavor. I wish I could drink this daily!

Peach Perfection
Peach is tied with apple as my favorite. It's a close race! This one is absurdly good.
Grape Escape
Grape was in the middle of the pack for me. I liked it, but I didn't fall head over heels for it like I did the first two flavors. I'll probably buy this flavor again in the future every now and then, but not as often as the first two.

Raspberry Beret
I was actually surprised that I liked the raspberry, since I'm generally not a fan of raspberry-flavored things! There's a hint of creaminess to this flavor that makes me think of raspberry yogurt. Since there's nothing dairy based in the drink, I guess it's the oat bran toning down the tartness of the fruit? Whatever the reason, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor! Not my favorite, but I did enjoy it!

Mango Mystique
If you had tried to tell me that I'd like raspberry more than mango, I would have deemed you crazy, but that's what ended up happening! So strange, since I love mango flavored things in general, but this one just wasn't a hit with me. This one seemed a bit less sweet and more tart than the other flavors. That may make it a favorite if that's the kind of flavor you prefer, of course! I did find that I liked it a lot better if I mixed it with some of the peach flavor! I still wouldn't say that I disliked this flavor, but I'd only rate it as being "ok", vs good and great like the others.

These sell for about $2 at my closest store, so I can probably only afford to get 4 per month and have one as a weekly treat. I'd love to drink them more frequently, but my grocery budget is limited.

Here are some of the places you can currently buy Sneaky Pete's:

I'm really hoping they're more widely available soon! I only make the trip to HyVee once every few months since it's so far away. I'm hoping they get picked up by a larger chain like Target soon, since they'd probably be able to sell them for a bit less. They do offer free shipping if you order online though! And you can use discount code SNEAKYBLOGGER for 15% off your total order! That actually makes them cheaper than buying them in store for me!

For more info, you can check out the Sneaky Pete website, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook!

I received complimentary products in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.

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