We all have hectic and busy lives and we all like the idea of healthy sports drinks that we grab and drink on the go as an alternative to high calorie, sugar loaded sodas. The first major player in the game was Vitamin Water over a decade ago, but since then many competitors and imitators have entered the field. Always claiming to be healthy, and usually promising that they’re full of vitamins and/or antioxidants these drinks fill the shelves right next to Coke and Pepsi at your local market.
The dirty little secret that all these beverages share is that traditional bottling allows vitamins and antioxidants to degrade and lose their potency while sitting on the shelf. Now comes, TOAK: Tea Of A Kind, by Gizmo Beverages to the rescue. They wanted to find a solution to overcome the nutrient degradation and preservative use that comes with traditional bottling. What they came up with was the “Gizmo Closure and Delivery System” an innovative, pressurized bottle cap that infuses the bottle filled with purified water with fresh, preservative-free ingredients upon opening with no need for shaking of mixing on your part. Its really kind of amazing to see and having sampled all the flavors I can tell you they are all very light and refreshing. Available in Peach Ginger Black Tea, Citrus Mint Green Tea, and Pomegranate Acai White Tea, Tea of a Kind is 100% natural, loaded with antioxidants (between 406mg and 2188mg depending on flavor), and contains only 20 calories per 16 ounce bottle. The company also recently launched a USDA certified organic, fair trade, unsweetened, zero calorie, black tea available exclusively at Whole Foods. I highly suggest you grab one on your next trip to the market!