A couple of weeks ago, I had an Usana gift basket dropped off by a chica I had been in touch with named Danielle. Danielle owns her own Usana business and we spent some time discussing some products that I could try out to increase my energy levels.
I’d say 5 days out of 7 every week, my energy levels are SO LOW. As a working mama with 2 active little girls, I seem to have the same “crash and burn” time every afternoon. It’s usually around 2:30/3pm that I suddenly start dragging my feet and my eyes would love nothing more than to just close.
On days when taking a nap is impossible (everyday?), I definitely need some form of pick-me-up in the afternoon. I’d prefer not to drink coffee ALL DAY long, so I was pretty excited to give Usana a go.
I started with a Rev3 Energy drink. This is the Usana product that caught my eye initially. I can’t do those regular energy drinks. Red Bull and the like make my heart feel like it’s going to pound right out of my chest and they are so sugary that I get heart burn. Not good. The nice thing about this Rev3 drink is that it has ALL NATURAL ingredients.
Rev3 drinks have:
- No artificial flavors
- No artificial sweeteners
- No artificial preservatives
- No artificial colors
I found it to be much less sweet than your average energy drink which made it much tastier to drink. I actually quite enjoyed the drink (and my husband REALLY enjoyed them).
What makes Rev3 Energy unique is that it contains a significant amount of L-carnitine. This ingredient offers two important functions in energy production: first it shuttles fatty acids into the mitochondria where they can be turned into energy, and secondly L-carnitine helps transport the toxic byproduct of energy combustion out of the mitochondria to prevent accumulation. Rev3 is also distinguished by its low-glycemic formula. The total glycemic load from Rev3 is three to four times lower than traditional energy drinks. Typical energy drinks spike your blood sugar levels for a quick burst of energy, but lead to a crash soon after, leaving you feeling drained. Rev3’s proprietary formula creates more of a sustained feeling of energy.
I brought a couple of the drinks to work on days I was teaching and I think they really gave me the boost that I needed after work to get my grocery shopping done, pick the girls up from daycare, and do the whole afternoon/evening dinner/bedtime routine. Sometimes I am literally so tired at this point in the day that all I can manage is a lot of blank staring straight ahead. The Rev3 energy drinks and the Rev3 Energy Surge Packs may just be my new go-to on these days!
I also had a chance to try out some of the Protein Snacks. I have a terrible habit of skipping meals and I know this has a lot to do with my exhaustion midday. I kept some of the Fudge Delite bars in my purse and was so happy to find them in there on days where I had missed lunch. Oops! I felt full enough to keep going with the day and I felt satisfied knowing that I had fuelled my body with a little sumthin’ sumthin’ (that conveniently tastes like chocolate).
Since hearing about Usana through Danielle, I have actually heard from another friend that they really think it’s a great product too and that’s always an extra nice reassurance!
~~ WIN ~~
Need an energy boost of your own? Danielle is generously giving away an Usana prize pack to a lucky North Shore Mama reader! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to WIN everything displayed in the image at the top of this post!
(This giveaway is open to residents of the Lower Mainland and the winner will be contacted via email. (Please make sure you have firstname.lastname@example.org saved to your address book!) Good luck! 😉 )