My daughter and I both started on the Weight Watchers diet two weeks ago, and I have lost 3 1/2 pounds so far. I am loving this diet and I find it very easy to adhere to. If you are not familiar with Weight Watchers, you have a daily number of points you cannot exceed, and each food and drink has a point total.
While dieting I am supposed to drink 8 glasses of water each day, and water gets pretty boring. I have a Camel Bak water bottle and would love to buy those little packets of drink mixes such as Crystal Light, but I don’t consume artificial sweeteners and they are sweetened with aspartame. But wait! On a recent grocery shopping trip at Walmart I found boxes of Crystal Light Pure, and these packets contain no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives!
The small box retailed for $2.68 and contains seven powdered packets of Crystal Light Pure. These are twice the size of the artificially sweetened Crystal Light, but they are still very small, measuring only 1 1/4″ wide and 5 1/4″ long. My daughter purchased Mixed Berry while I purchased Tropical Blend. The Mixed Berry version showed a picture of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries while the Tropical Blend pictured blackberries, oranges and and what looks like a plum.
When I saw this product I was very excited! And it carries zero points on my Weight Watchers diet. There are only 15 calories per serving and 75% fewer calories than “Leading beverages”. I did find the “Nutrition Facts” a bit interesting, however. One serving size is one half packet, so there are technically 14 servings per container, even though there are only seven packets.
One serving contains only 15 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15 milligrams of sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugars, and 0 grams of protein. Ingredients include sugar, citric acid, malic acid, maltodextrin, calcium lactate, less than 2% of natural flavor, rebiana (Truvia brand sweetener), magnesium oxide, sodium citrate, carrot and hibiscus blossom extracts (for color).
The packets are easy to open and contain a finely ground powder which is added to 16.9 ounces of water in a water bottle, or 2 cups of water in a glass. The powder dissolves very quickly and easily, and the taste isn’t too bad. Stevia sometimes has a bitter flavor, but that isn’t something I notice with Crystal Light Pure. With the Tropical Blend I can taste the citric acid, and there isn’t really one flavor that stands out. It has what I would call a berry flavor.
Being on a diet is difficult and I often feel deprived, but now I can enjoy a good tasting low calorie drink that does not have the unwanted artificial sweeteners.