After rediscovering my samples of Cranergy Energy Juice Drinks and sampling the Raspberry Cranberry Lift flavor, I decided I of course had to try the Cranberry Lift variety as well - after all, cranberries are what Ocean Spray is known for. Cranergy is an energy drink with less sugar and fewer calories than "traditional" energy drinks, and comes equipped with B vitamins, for a little pick-me-up.
One thing I love about Cranergy is that each bottle contains 20+% fruit juice (the Cranberry Lift flavor has 23% of it). That's much more than in many traditional cranberry juices!
Another bonus is that, even with that fruit juice (and sweetener to help counter the bitterness of straight cranberry juice), each serving provides only 35 calories, and 9 grams of sugar, plus 100% of the RDA for vitamin C, and 70% for each vitamin B2, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and pantothenic acid. This juice is sweetened with sucralose (Splenda), so it tastes sweet and rich but doesn't have huge amounts of sugar or calories.
I got a sample of Cranergy Energy Juice Drinks from the company a while ago, and only just now got around to trying them. To be honest, they had sort of disappeared into my cabinet! I rediscovered them today, though, and picked up a bottle of the Raspberry Cranberry Lift flavor.
This flavor is described as having, "the sweet taste of raspberries and the tart taste of cranberries combined with green tea extract and B vitamins. It also has Vitamin C to help boost immunity ... a delicious and naturally energizing juice drink to help you get stuff done."
I am not a big fan of green tea extract, but I took a sip and decided that I liked the taste very much. There was only the slightest hint of an earthy green tea flavor, and I liked the combo of raspberry and cranberry. It was refreshing and sweet - not a good beverage for after exercising, but good as a juice substitute. But did I get some extra pep in my step from drinking this? Well, I was refreshed and my thirst was quenched, and I suppose that's what really matters. Could I stay up all night cramming for an exam after drink a bottle (or a few bottles of this stuff? Doubtful. Did I feel better after drinking this, than an energy drink full of caffeine and other stimulants? Definitely.
Each 12-ounce bottle of Cranergy Raspberry Cranberry Lift provides 50 calories, 13 grams of sugar, 100% of the daily value for vitamin C and 70% for each vitamin B2, niacin, B6, B12, and pantothenic acid. The sweeteners used is Splenda and there is 55 mg of caffeine per 8 ounce serving (from the green tea extract).