Along with the Snapple Green Tea Metabolism (Original), another beverage I bought at the same time to review, was the SoBe Lean Honey Green Tea. Both are "all natural", but the SoBe tea has no calories, whereas the Snapple has 60 calories per serving. Both are "green tea" flavors though, so I wanted to see if i could find a refreshing zero calorie alternative to the very tasty Snapple Green Tea Metabolism. I was hoping I would have 2 winners on my hands, but alas, this was not meant to be.
The first sip of the SoBe Lean Honey Green Tea was dominated by a weird, awful flavor - it's so hard to describe ... maybe like when lemons go bad, but not as intense (since this has water & other stuff added). In subsequent sips, this god-awful taste seemed a little less pronounced and a lemony taste seemed to come through as well. But there was no saving this. I drank about 1/3rd of the bottle, gave the boyfriend the rest to taste test (which he hates doing because he claims I only want him to try the bad stuff). He took a sip and that's all he could handle.
At the supermarket, I was looking to try one of the various flavors of SoBe LifeWater. In the end, I settled on the Cerimoya Punch because I had never heard of that fruit before the flavor was something totally new to me - and I love learning about new things. When I got home, I looked up some information on Cherimoya and it turns out that another name for it is "Custard Apple" which I'm very familiar with. From what I remember of the taste of the fruit, it's sweet and sort of creamy.
When I took a sip of the Cherimoya SoBe Lifewater, the flavor was sweet, with a slight hint of sour. It was definitely a little different although I couldn't associate it with any particular fruit. SoBe Lifewater uses the sweeteners erythritol and rebiana (stevia PureVia brand) to make this a zero calorie beverage. There weren't any odd 'notes' in the drink - and I've had some bad experiences with Stevia sweetened drinks like VitaminWater Zero Lemonade Flavor.
In addition to being a zero calorie beverage, there is also 35% of the daily value for chromium. 10% for a variety of B vitamins, 40% vitamin C and 20% for vitamin E.
After my pleasant experience with the SoBe Lean Cranberry Grapefruit Flavored Beverage, I wanted to try another flavor. I kept an eye out on future shopping trips, and finally spotted Sobe Lean Mango Melon - now that's an interesting flavor combination! I must admit that I'm not the biggest mango fan but I do love melons of all kinds, so into my shopping cart went the big 20-ounce glass bottle on sale for just 99 cents.
I popped off the cap (or unscrewed it, as the case may be), and sampled what SoBe Lean had to offer, all I could think was wow ! SoBe really has a hit with this flavorful flavor combination. It's so rich and fruity without being overwhelmingly sweet, and the mango-melon pairing is a match made in heaven. I had to turn the bottle over a couple of times to make sure it really only has 5 calories per serving - it just tastes too good to be true!
Those 5 calories per 8 ounce serving of SoBe Lean Mango Melon Flavored Beverage comes from 1 gram of carbohydrates. There is also 100% of the daily value for vitamin C and 35% of the RDA for chromium.
I have fond memories of drinking SoBe Elixir in Orange Carrot when I was younger, but now the 90 calories and 23 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving (adding up to a whopping 230 calories and 57 grams of sugar per 20-ounce bottle) are not what I want to be putting into my body. Heck, I could have a candy bar for those nutritional stats! That's why SoBe Lean drinks are so great - they have minimal calories, and they taste delicious. Alas, there's no Orange Carrot flavor in the lean variety, so I decided to spring the 99 cents for a 20-ounce bottle of the Sobe Lean Cranberry Grapefruit flavor.
I love the bottles of this beverage - they're so interesting, with the lizards crawling around, and the bright colors advertising herbal content (citrimax, chromium, and ginseng) are visually appealing. Maybe it's just me, but it makes the whole drinking experience even more fun for me. It sure is a lot more interesting than a glass of water!
I uncapped the bottle and took a nice long gulp. The flavor has a nice berry base with a kick of citrusy grapefruit. It's pretty sweet, so don't drink this if you're looking for flavored water (which it's not), but it's a great juice substitute.
Sobe Lifewater was reviewed as Diet Trash because of the unexpected 50 calories per 8 ounce serving. But that was before they came up with their new 0 calorie formulation sweetened with the "natural" sweeteners, Stevia and erythritol. Given my affinity for said 0 calorie beverages, I was eager to try it. It didn't hurt that the bottles were on sale at 10 for $10! I snapped up a bottle of the Sobe Lifewater Black and Blueberry flavor and wondered what my "forti-fight" drink would taste like.
The taste was just okay; it certainly tastes way more like blueberry than any other drink I've had that's purported to taste like the wonder fruit. It wasn't my absolute favorite - the taste was somewhat overpowering for me, and I prefer citrusy beverages. However, it was refreshing. There are no 'off' flavors that some of the other 0-calorie flavored waters have.