Orbana is a London-based company that produces Orbana Healthy Energy powder, a clean alternative for endurance enthusiasts. When I first received the product, I really liked the packaging, but then was a bit confused as, contrary to US companies, there was no flavor indicated on the package. Hmmmm… After some searching, I discovered, in small print, that this was an orange, lemon and pineapple flavored energy drink mix. I wonder why that isn’t more prominent? Maybe a cultural thing.
Orbana was started by a group with backgrounds in sport, health and nutrition who realized that they shared a common frustration. There were no good tasting healthy energy drinks on the market. Every sport or energy drink was loaded with caffeine, sweeteners, artificial colors and preservatives and tasted synthetic. Orbana decided to formulate drinks containing generous amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which could be easily digested into the blood stream and vital organs to assist in the production of energy in the body and that also promote strong immune systems. They enrolled in a testing program which ensured that the product was free of WADA banned substance (which means it’s clean up to Olympic Drug Testing standards) and worked hard to become the first company to be awarded with the Informed Sport accreditation which was followed by Informed Choice.
When to use? According to Orbana, it’s multi-use healthy energy. Prepare yourself before exercise, stay energized during, re-energize and aid recovery after. Or, any time you need extra energy. Since it’s a powder, it’s portable and customizable – just add as much water as you prefer.
I tried out Orbana before my long runs and enjoyed the clean, simple flavor. It has some sweetness, but is not cloying. After mixing, there are some powder flecks and some foam created, which, with the citrusy flavor, is very reminiscent of Orange Julius to me (remember them? I was surprised they are still around!) I felt like the powder mixed into the water pretty easily, but also used a small whisk to make sure.
There is no jolt or sudden surge of energy with Orbana. The runs felt smooth and easy, with no ups and downs (except for the hills), so perhaps the sustained energy came from the drink. It’s hard to tell after just two times, but I enjoyed Orbana and will look forward to trying it again, along with new products that they say are in development. Anytime a company tries to do things the right way, I’m all for it.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog - courtesy of Orbana. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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