Meal planning is something that I really enjoy. I think it’s fun trying new recipes and I love to bake, so coming up with our weekly meal plan is exciting for me. One thing that’s not so exciting is figuring out what to purchase for my family to drink. I love diet soda, my husband loves regular soda and my boys like Kool-Aid and those little drink pouches. My boys also like soda but we only allow them to have it on special occasions. I know that many families drink milk with their dinner meal but unfortunately neither my boys or I enjoy drinking milk.
I have another embarassing confession:
I hate drinking plain water. I seriously cannot stand it! It doesn’t matter if it’s bottled or from the tap, I just don’t like it.
Unfortunately my boys don’t like plain water either. I know that water is an important part of their diet so I normally purchase plain bottled water and add those little flavor packets to it. Until recently I had never thought of buying flavored water and I’m not sure why. I walk right past the flavored water every week at the grocery store but I guess I have just never paid any attention.
Earlier this week I learned about Clear American Flavored Water so I headed to Walmart to pick some up. I hadn’t done a lot of research about the Clear American brand prior to going shopping so I was surprised at the large selection of flavors that were available. Clear American Flavored Water is available in 18 great flavors and in 1-liter bottles, 2 liter bottles and in 4-packs of 16.9 ounce bottles.
I have recently been trying to find a substitute to help me cut back on my 10 can-a-day diet soda habit and I am am hoping that Clear American Flavored Water will help. This flavored sparkling water still has the fizz of soda but without the calories, caffeine or sodium. With my health problems I need to watch my sodium and caffeine intake so I know that drinking Clear American Flavored Water rather than diet soda will be a big help to me. Not to mention that I can get 6 1-liter bottles of Clear American Flavored Water for the same price as a 12-pack of diet soda! Our local Walmart sells the 1-liter bottles for 64¢ each.
I chose to purchase 6 1-liter bottles of Clear American Flavored Water and one 4-pack of 16.9 ounce bottles. I always take my boys shopping with me and I allow them to select their drink flavors. They chose the White Grape flavor and I chose the Pineapple Coconut, Raspberry Blackberry, Black Cherry, Strawberry, Mandarin Orange and Kiwi Strawberry. So far I have tried the White Grape and the Pineapple Coconut and I love the flavor. My boys took the White Grape flavored water in their lunch today and they haven’t returned home yet so I don’t know if they liked it or not. Since the Clear American Flavored Water is carbonated I would guess that they will like it because it will remind them of soda.
There are a few things that I would like to improve or change with Clear American Flavored Water…
- I would like it if the company would consider using a different sweetener (such as Splenda) instead of Aspartame. Some people have bad reactions to Aspartame, not to mention that it is also something I don’t normally allow my kids to have.
- I would like it if they would make the 2 liter bottles and 4-pack bottles available in all 18 flavors.
- It would be great if Clear American would consider making 8 ounce bottles for the kids. There are many times when my boys need a smaller bottle and when eating lunch at school I know that they won’t have time to drink the 16.9 ounce bottle.
So far I am enjoying the Clear American Flavored Water and I can’t wait to try all 18 flavors. If you would like to purchase Clear American Flavored Water it is available exclusively at Walmart. I found it in the aisle with the other brands of bottled water but it could be in a different area in your store.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, which is a vendor for Cott Beverages Inc., the manufacturer of Clear American® brand beverages. Opinions are my own.