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Non-caloric flavouring for DIY energy drinks

HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
I want something that adds minimal/negligible calories so I can simply weigh the required amount of carb powder and flavouring. I was thinking either green or black tea, or some sort of herbal tea. Has anyone tried this and are they any good?
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  • jibberjimjibberjim Posts: 2,810
    Why not just use fruit powder? The only calories are from fructose and can take the place of fructose in the mix?
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    I didn't know there was such thing!
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  • danlikesbikesdanlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    Well nuun tablets work out at about 5/6 calories per 500mls & High 5 Zero is almost 0 calories. Lots of different flavours to choose from too, if you didn't go down the DIY route.
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    Is it too late to add 'non-natremic'.
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  • danlikesbikesdanlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    Yep too late "I'm out"

    Edit: Only joking
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • cyco2cyco2 Posts: 593
    I've been mixing my own drink for years using an energy supplement and squash. The type without sugar and preservatives. Very cheap in Tesco. Before that I didn't use a flavour but had to keep cleaning the bottle to remove the black bits that built up inside the mouth piece. I found a really old bottle of squash drink, at least a year, of squash in my training hut and it was perfectly clear. So, after that I added squash to my drinks bottle and have never had to clean it out of any crude since.
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  • jibberjimjibberjim Posts: 2,810
    Herbsman wrote:
    I didn't know there was such thing!

    e.g.
    http://www.healthysupplies.co.uk/freeze ... fruit.html
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    Aye, I had a look already but it seems only specialist online companies sell it. I was hoping to be able to pick some up perhaps from one of the local Indian/Pakistani supermarkets or a health food shop like Holland & Barratt, but neither place stock it. Is there anywhere else that I could actually visit in person, that would likely stock it?

    BTW have you used fruit powders, do they dissolve well?
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  • jibberjimjibberjim Posts: 2,810
    Herbsman wrote:
    BTW have you used fruit powders, do they dissolve well?

    Raspberry and strawberry tend to leave some gritty bits.
    Beetroot dissolves well.

    Not used others.
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    Think I will probably just stick to fruit juice and reduce the amount of carb powder slightly. Less expensive!

    Banana powder would be awesome for flavouring recovery drinks but at nearly £60 a kilo I'll stick to bananas and the hand blender!
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  • GiantMikeGiantMike Posts: 3,139
    Orange squash? Minimal calories.
  • On a side note, is this too much caffeine to put in a 750ml bidon?

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  • brettjmccbrettjmcc Posts: 1,361
    I'd say yes. From MyProtein: http://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutriti ... 30055.html

    As a dietary supplement we recommend consuming 200mg when a physical or mental boost is required.

    Add two thirds of an MP mini scoop (200mg) to your preferred amount of water or fruit juice and consume immediately.

    Do not exceed more than 200mg in one serving (approx. 1/16th of a teaspoon but we recommend using digital scales). Please do not exceed more than 3 servings in 1 day (600mg).

    1 x level MP Plastic Scoop (mini) weighs 290mg (0.29g).
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    On a side note, is this too much caffeine to put in a 750ml bidon?

    banana-pud-heaping-tbspn-of-flour.jpg
    That's definitely not enough.

    If it takes 4 grams to kill you, take three.
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    Ok so it's not powder, but Sainsburys do 250ml bottles of lemon juice for 24p/100ml and lime juice for 21p/100ml. Not that much more expensive than squash and easier than squeezing lemons and limes. Will be buying 8 bottles of each
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  • GiantMikeGiantMike Posts: 3,139
    That might be a bit too bitter. You'll probably need to add some water.
  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    Jesus wept
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    That wasn't even 0.001% funny
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  • GiantMikeGiantMike Posts: 3,139
    Herbsman wrote:
    Jesus wept

    If he's using the same drinks you are, I'm not surprised!
  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    Not funny
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