A lot of us tend to sacrifice sleep for more pressing matters, and sometimes the only way to get through this is by guzzling down boatloads of energy drinks throughout the day. Of course, this isn’t the healthiest option, but for those of us who can’t grow accustomed to the taste of black coffee, it may be the only way we can manage to make it through the day without nodding off.
As consumers become more away of the health dangers of sugary beverages, it’s no surprise that the market for diet drinks, and those that boast zero calories, has risen over the past few years. So if you must get your energy drink fix, here’s a list of some of the best low-calorie options to try.
5-Hour Energy Shot
This little burst of energy is currently number one in the States. It’s the original 58ml energy shot and contains a blend of B-vitamins and amino acids that have been proven to work. Its small size makes it perfect for if you’re on the go and just need that quick burst of energy, and with zero herbal stimulants it will make you feel awake without feeling wired. Zero sugar means that the shot only contains four calories and its proven formula means that it’s unlikely that you’ll need more than one within a 24-hour period. A happy compromise.
Ingredients:Purified Water, Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Malic Acid, L-phenylalanine, Caffeine, Choline, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavorings, Sucralose, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Disodium.
Zevia Zero-Calorie Energy
Zevia’s motto is that you should be able to get the energy you need, without having to consume mass amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners. A can of Zevia energy, whichever of the four flavors you go for, contains no calories, no sugar and no artificial ingredients whatsoever and instead, you’ll benefit from 120mg of natural caffeine. As a company, Zevia is proud to be non-GMO project verified meaning their products can be enjoyed by those following vegan, kosher and gluten-free diets too.
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Citric Acid, Stevia Leaf Extract, Natural Flavors, Caffeine.
hi ball Energy Sparkling Water
When you think about energy drinks, it’s probably unlikely that the first word to come into your head will be ‘organic,’ but perhaps that’s because you’ve never heard of hi ball Energy’s Sparkling Water. Available in a range of flavors, hi ball have redefined the energy drink market with a light, refreshing water that has zero carbs, zero sugars, unsweetened and have no artificial preservatives. In a nutshell - completely calorie-free! In a 16 fl oz can you’ll benefit from a natural boost of caffeine, organic guarana extract and organic Panax ginseng extract – a formula proven to wake you up when you need it the most.
Ingredients: Carbonated Purified Water, Natural Flavor, Organic Caffeine, Organic Guarana Extract, Organic Panax Ginseng Extract, Niacinamide (Vit B3), D-Calcium Pantothenate (Vit B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit B6), Cyanocobalamin (Vit B12).
Powerade is one of the more common energy drinks on the market, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a worthy choice. Designed especially for fitness enthusiasts by sports scientists, it provides maximum refreshment without giving you back any of the calories you’ve burnt off during exercise. This means that unlike sugary energy drinks, it can contribute toward your daily fluid intake and help to restore electrolytes without giving you the jittery feeling that regular energy drinks can cause.
Ingredients: Water, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Sweeteners (Sucralose, Acesulfame K), Natural Flavourings, Colour, Vitamin B6.
Red Bull Total Zero
Of course, we couldn’t have completed our list of the best low cal energy drinks without including Red Bull Total Zero. Although its distinct flavor may not be for everyone, for a long time Red Bull has been the first-choice for people who lead highly demanding lives and need to improve their concentration and memory. Total Zero does exactly what it says on the tin – no carbs, no sugars and no calories. An 8-ounce serving will give you an impressive 80 milligrams of caffeine so you should feel the boost before you start to flag.
Ingredients: Alpine Water, Taurine, Caffeine, Aspartame, Sucralose, Acesulfame K, B-Group Vitamins.