Jawbone Up – Another Geeky Bracelet Review

Jawbone Up

I’ve never been one for jewellery but I don’t seem to be able to resist the lure of a bit of black rubber around my wrist.

Jawbone UpI started with the Nike Fuelband, complete with Star Trek inspired flashing lights and have now discarded that in favour of the more subdued Jawbone Up. For a few weeks I had both bands on simultaneously but fortunately I got over that fashion faux pas fairly quickly.

I think the Nike Fuelband is fab but I gradually became disillusioned with the unfathomable Fuel currency which seemed to reward an hour of ironing with more Fuel than two hours of running. I probably wouldn’t complain if I did much ironing but the fact is I don’t.

I’ve decided that the best currently available measure of daily activity is a step counter. Whether it’s a £10 fob for your waist or a stylish £100 wristband, its the step count that indicates if you’ve been sat on your arse all day or run yourself ragged. If I want detailed stats for a specific workout then I’ll supplement that with the output from a garmin watch or other heart rate monitor.

The Jawbone Up has been available for a while but they had a disastrous first launch and had to pull the model for re-work. I’ve had the re-launched wrist strap for a few months now and haven’t had a single technical glitch and I believe the iPhone app has been greatly improved in the interim.

So the Jawbone Up is a body monitor, recording steps, sleep, mood and nutritional info. I haven’t really bothered with the mood feature, I find it hard to decide exactly how I feel and the thought of assigning myself to a happy or sad face feels too constrained. For the purpose of this review I’ve just tested the feature out and discovered that I have an entire sliding scale of moods to choose from and feel somewhat inspired to try and define my spirit for a few weeks. It could be quite telling.



I’ve opted for Good right now but if I’d been using this feature on Saturday’s London2Brighton walk I’d have oscillated between all 8 moods over the course of the day.

The graphics available on the iPhone app are suitably satisfying and informative. These two snapshots show my limited and restless sleep the night before the London2Brighton and then my step distribution during the event.


The sleep function requires you to press a button on the bracelet when you intend to go to sleep and then press it again when you’ve woken up. This suggests that it clearly can’t tell when I’m asleep or awake if I have to prompt it in this way. However I’ve had the same problem with other monitors which will record deep sleep in the middle of the day if I happen to lift my feet up while engrossed in some rubbish on the telly.

Other features that set this monitor apart are the vibration reminders and alarms. You can set a smart alarm to wake you with a vague buzzing when it recognises you are in light sleep mode. It’s never worked well for me, either buzzing at me a full hour before necessary or not until I’m downstairs making the morning cuppa. Good idea though.

The inactivity reminders are quite telling. I’ve set mine to remind me when I’ve been idle for 2 hours (the longest setting) and on a work day it buzzes me like clockwork, every two hours. It does shame me into taking a trip to the toilet or coffee point so has some motivational uses.

The Jawbone Up syncs and charges by way of a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is fairly slick but does require an adaptor to charge. It comes boxed with the adaptor but if gets lost you’ll be scuppered as its a bit of a one off. The charge last 10 days.

I’m really happy with the Jawbone Up, it encourages me towards a healthy 10,000 steps per day and it will stay on my wrist until I find something with more bells and whistles to entice me away. I prefer it to the Nike Fuelband (although its missing the watch functionality) and the KiFit.

It’s a stylish pedometer, with an accomplished app and a designer price tag to match.


Strangely enough, not more than 3 days after I published this review, my Jawbone UP died. Quite tragic.

I’ve contacted Jawbone support and after a bit of too-ing and fro-ing they’ve agreed to send me a replacement. Hopefully that one will last a bit longer.

Upbeat Protein Drink Review

Upbeat Protein Drink

Its not unusual for me to review my diet and decide that there is an excessive proportion of carbohydrate in the fuel mix.

Then I’ll embark on a period of clean living where the bread, potatoes and pasta are rejected in favour of lean meats, eggs, fish and vegetables. If I want to stick a label on the new eating plan I might call it Paleo but the aim is to have a balanced plate of protein and veg for each meal.

I always find that breakfasts are the hardest meal to slot protein into. Of course there are eggs, with enough cooking options to add interest to every day of the week, but I rarely fancy cooking when I’ve just got up, I’m just too used to the ease of cereal or toast.

I’ve recently taken to whizzing up a protein shake first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to get a perfect balance of carbs and proteins and if you are lucky with your brand choice it can even taste pretty good. Since my days trying out the Body for Life program I’ve been a fan of Myoplex Diet. It comes in 200 calorie sachets and makes a pint of very tasty (chocolate or strawberry) shake. The texture doesn’t appeal to everyone though, I’ve tried to encourage the teenage vegetarian to take a sip and risk a dose of protein but it is greeted with grimaces as the consistency has a slight similarity to raw egg white.

Upbeat Protein DrinkI was happy to be sent a few samples of the latest health drink Upbeat to try out last week. These come ready mixed in small bottles and have about 150 cals for a 250ml bottle. They have two flavours, strawberry and mango. Mango is my favourite and tastes likes a fresh smoothie – you wouldn’t really know you were drinking protein and there is no texture issues.

Upbeat have achieved something quite impressive in making such a tasty shake in the convenience of a ready made chilled drink. My experience with assorted powders is that they don’t last well after you’ve mixed them, they tend to separate and turn lumpy so if you want to take a shake for later you’ll need to have access to a whisk or one of those shakers that marks you out as a bodybuilder, so Upbeat could corner the market in tasty, whey based, protein drinks.

I can see myself buying these Upbeat protein shakes as a convenience snack when I’m desperately in need of sustenance but want to avoid the lure of high carb treats.

Adidas Energy Boost Review


Adidas have created quite a stir with their latest shoe release. On launch date I walked past a substantial queue of eager runners outside the Oxford Street branch.

I may have been excited by the product but I was not tempted to camp out for running shoe even if they do promise a significant energy boost. I had to wait a couple of days for mine to be posted direct to home.

20130303-144452.jpgIf you’ve heard any of the hype you’ll know that the Adidas Energy Boost introduces the running world to a whole new kind of foam. The usual EVA foam is replaced by a substance that looks remarkably like polystyrene but is to be called “Boost”.

It’s bouncy.

Apparently dropped marbles bounce more on Boost than on EVA and it’s so technologically advanced that Haile Gebrselassie asked at the launch “is it legal?”

When I attempted to sell my rash purchase to “her indoors”, I had the comment:

“They’d have to be good to give you a boost”

and to be fair, having tried them on treadmill and trail, they just aren’t that good. I felt neither a spring nor a bounce. I suppose I was hoping for a new-fangled anti-gravity device or at least a Kangoo-jump style of rebound.

They just felt like shoes to me. Comfortable running shoes but still just shoes without any appreciable bounce or boost.

I think I may have been had by the marketeers and not for the first time.

20130303-144415.jpgThey are very comfortable in a Nike Free slipper kind of way. The sole is cushioned but with a firm after bite (perhaps the boost?) and the upper is soft and has the feel of a compression sock. I found them to be a tiny bit narrow and they came up relatively high around the heel.

I love the look of them. Running shoes have a tendency to be pretty garish at the moment and I think it’s interesting that Adidas were prepared to launch such an understated design with such fanfare.

So all in all I’m happy with the look and the comfort level but they didn’t deliver the performance boost I’d hoped for and when they compare so closely with the Nike Free on everything other than price, I wonder why I would I want to fork out another £30 over the Nike price tag.

I’m hardly Olympic standard though and maybe, if you’re a racing whippet in the market for marginal gains of even tiny proportions, you may be happy to fork out £110 for these trainers.

A Second Look at the Ki Fit Body Monitor

Ki Fit armband

Two years ago, inspired by the Biggest Loser, I purchased the Ki Fit Body Monitor.

There followed a relatively short-lived love affair with the gizmo which promised so much gadgety joy but delivered more frustration – check here for the review of the Ki Fit.

The idea is that the armband is a 24/7 body monitor that registers a whole host of metrics such as sleep length and efficiency, calorie burn, steps and exercise intensity. Combined with an accurate measure of your calorie intake you should be able to apply a “scientific” approach to weight loss – balancing the calorie intake and burn or tipping the balance to achieve the rate of weight loss required.

I became disillusioned with Ki Fit because I had doubts over the accuracy of particular elements, the food input options were restrictive and the syncing process was extremely painful and unreliable.

In terms of accuracy, I found that motorbike riding seemed to cause havoc with the calorie burn calculation, if I were to believe the gadget I burned more calories riding my Bonneville into work than I would have walking into work. Given the number of fat bikers out there I don’t think motorbiking is generally considered to be a high intensity work out option.

After 3 months I’d packed the gadget back in its box and flogged it on eBay.

This week I rekindled my interest in the Ki Fit body monitor after Fortnightflo raved about hers. I love the idea of 24/7 body monitors – I’ve been wearing the Nike Fuelband for over 6 months but its out of action at the moment and I’m waiting for a replacement from Nike. While I’ve been waiting my eyes have wandered and I’m now sporting a replacement Ki Fit on my arm.

It seems that the Ki Fit offering has moved on a bit. In an act of brilliance they have linked with MyFitnessPal to enable you to enter food details from their website or app. MyFitnessPal offers the most intuitive and British focussed calorie logging system that I’ve seen and is a huge improvement on the Ki Fit system. There is also an app from Bodymedia that enables you to view the activity dashboard from your phone.

20130213-224705.jpgDespite the enhancements I’m afraid I am still disappointed with this gadget. The data is great, oodles of detail and beautiful charts but unless you physically connect it up to a PC you can’t access the data. I’m particularly cross about it as I’d managed to convince myself that the Ki Fit monitor was now Bluetooth enabled and that it would link wirelessly to the iPhone app. I think the US version works in this way and despite scouring the UK website I didn’t find anything that contradicted my impression. Having spoken to Ki Fit I can now confirm that Bluetooth armbands are not yet available in the UK and that the iPhone app acts only as a window to the last synced position of the dashboard.

20130213-224715.jpgIf you want to view your activity or burn status without access to the computer where you’ve installed the sync software, you’ll need to purchase another gadget – the Ki display. At another £60 I find the overall package a bit steep. It seems strange to create such a potentially motivational body monitor and then make it so hard to access the data. If you have to wait until the end of the day to see how the day panned out you’ve lost most of the opportunity to act on the information collected.

I may have to bite the bullet and buy the additional display though. I’m planning a DIY Biggest Loser style boot camp starting next week and this could be the perfect gadget to help me commit to the silly levels of intense exercise.

IceSpike and Yaktrax for Snow Running


For an urbanite living in a city where snow falls for approximately 2 days in every 365, it does seem a little excessive that I have 2 different sets of ice cleats and snow grips.

As London transport tends to collapse at the first hint of a snow flake, and commuters are left to fend for themselves in the harsh cold streets, I’ve developed a slight -ism. Call it what you like but my -ism means that from October to May I carry a set of Yaktrax in the bottom of my bag just in case I should find myself stranded at Victoria again and have to walk home through miles of slippy slush.

We’ve just had the annual weekend of snowfall so I was quick to take the IceSpikes and the Yaktrax Pro on a head to head test across Mitcham and Tooting Commons.

I was given a pack of IceSpikes at the recent running show. I think they retail around £25 (amazon link) and consist of a pack of hard screws and device for inserting them into your shoe. It took me about 10 mins to get them all set up and screwed in. You could technically remove them from your shoes after use as they only result in a smal puncture hole but really its a bit of a faff. I’ve instead chosen to sacrifice an old pair running shoes to become my permanent snow shoes. They will spend most of their remaining life in the bottom of a cupboard but on their annual outing they’ll become the star of the show.

I’ve had the Yaktrax for a couple of years now, purchased after the “stranded in Victoria” incident, and they haven’t seen snow that often. I’ve just checked on (Amazon) and at £16 they are cheaper than I remember.

The Yaktrax are much quicker to set up than the IceSpike although you have to do it over and over again. You start at the toe and peel them over the sole of the shoe. They are quite a tight squeeze and I’m always worried about trapping my chilled fingers in the coils and taut rubber but so far I have remained injury free. The pro versions have an additional velcro strap across the foot that gives you the confidence to run without fear that the contraption may spring off your foot mid-stride.

In terms of gripability I would say that both the Yaktrax and IceSpike were on a par. They both enabled a confident pace to be maintained across snow covered pavements and trails. The IceSpike were the least conspicuous and unless you walked on cleared tarmac you could forget that you had them on.

So if you can’t distinguish the two grips in terms of their performance on snow I suppose you have to look at the relative convenience factor.

Yaktrax can be carried around with you until required and convert any shoe (barring stilettos) into a snow shoe. Should you encounter patchy road conditions or need to enter a building you can whip them on and off at will. IceSpike, once installed on your shoe can just be left in place but that means if you walk across gritted and cleared roads you would either need to change your shoes or put up with the loud, sticky sound they make.

I think I’ll be sticking to the best of both worlds. My newly IceSpiked shoe will remain my snow running shoe of choice as they are so comfortable   while the Yaktrax will remain in my bag, ready to transform any commuting shoe to an expedition ready mountain shoe – if ever required.

Cloudtec On – The Cloudsurfer Review

On Cloudsurfer

On CloudsurferI’ve been sporting a trial pair of On Cloudsurfer running shoes for the duration of Janathon. They are the odd shoes with built in clouds, otherwise known as the CloudTec system, in the sole. You look at these shoes and either think fad or innovation. When they first came out I probably veered towards the former assessment but since my adoption of Vibram Fivefingers and then Hoka One One I’ve become accustomed to the more extreme end of the running shoe market. It’s interesting that the more innovative or trend bucking shoes seem to be associated with the ultra running scene.

20130106-175255.jpgI opted for the rather classy black and lime green version of the Cloudsurfer which inspired whoops of delight from one of the teenagers in the house who wanted to try them on immediately. My SoftStar RunAmocs did not generate the same level of response from the Yoof.

The On concept is fairly simple – the firm clouds deform or compress on impact thereby providing vertical and horizontal cushioning. The front pods compress fully for take off with the teeth meshing together to form a firm push off point. You can see this very well from the series of animations that On include on their homepage and On claim that their design ensures that you have cushioning only where required and full efficiency is maintained.

I was expecting them to be super bouncy but they have a relatively normal running sensation. I am probably far too heavy for the shoes and as they compress even when I’m standing as delicately as I can manage and as a result I will not experience the cushioning levels of a “standard” sized runner.

20130106-175531.jpgMy first impressions on the run were good, especially for steep downhills where I felt sure and steady. Then I went out one dreary damp night and felt very unsteady on my feet – the soles do not appear to have good wet weather grip. I didn’t exactly slip but I had the sense that I could. Yesterday I went for a 13k run in them along the Thames where they had a variety of surfaces to deal with from tarmac, cobbles, hard trails and thick, deep, gloopy mud.

They didn’t cope well with the ankle high mud but then not many shoes do and they weren’t as bad as I expected. They did attract an awful lot of mud into the pods which made a complete mess of the treadmill this morning but I stayed upright through it all.

I will be wearing these in the future but I’ll probably restrict them to dry conditions and treadmill running.

Other reviews from the blogosphere:

  • American Peyote, loves them but has concerns about long term durability of such an expensive shoe.
  • Ransacker also noticed the lack of traction in wet conditions.

Janathon update:

I had a pre-work trog on the treadmill to satisfy the Janathon gods and another 3k logged.

Stout-athlon update:

I was looking forward to the bottle of Marston’s Oyster Stout. I remember it as one of my all time favourite ales. It poured well with a deep, dark burgundy but the head disappeared before I had chance to take a snap. It turned out to be a one-dimensional brew, with a flat smell and more of a sensation than a taste. It wasn’t unpleasant by any means, it was just a very easy, if uninspiring tipple.


The Yale Keyless Lock for Runners

Yale Digital Keyless Lock

It’s not unusual for me to run with a backpack containing a single fruit sherbet and a bunch of keys.

It may be a bit over the top but keys are a problem for runners.

If I try to unthread the single front door key from the rest of the bunch I run the high risk of a nail and nail bed separation incident. While I may be able to secrete the key in the tiny zipped pocket now present on most running apparel I will spend the whole of the run whining about my throbbing thumb.

The perfect solution for runners is the Yale Keyless Door Lock.

It may not have been specifically designed with runners in mind but who else would feel the joy so acutely – now we can run free.

Not only do I get to leave the house without a key, there is the added bonus of returning and entering the house feeling like Dr Spock. A quick stroke of the keypad illicits a little chirrup and the numbers light up ready for me to enter the code. I love it.

It replaces the standard Yale lock on your front door. The deadlock remains as is so you will still need to carry a key if you need to double lock the door but for those local runs around the block I’m more than happy to leave the door secured by the Yale alone.

It’s proved its worth on the non-running front as well. No longer do I have to drag myself off the sofa to let in the kids who’ve forgotten their keys and nor do I have to sit like a waif on my own doorstep because I’ve accidentally shut myself out in my pyjamas following a quick trip to the bin.

Thanks to Yale for supplying a demo version.

The Nike FuelBand Review

Nike Fuelband Goal

At first sight the Nike Fuelband appears to be little more than a black plastic wristband. If you explore further you’ll find a button, and on pressing you will discover an array of colourful LED lights. It’s quite cool and it tells the time (for a brief moment) but I’m not sure this level of excitement will encourage you to part with £149.

Of course it’s neither a wristband or a watch. Its a daily activity tracker wrapped in a slick Nike package.

When I first saw the ads for the Nike Fuelband, I didn’t think I was interested, I’ve worked my way through a number of body monitors and activity trackers such as the Ki Fit (my KiFit blog review) and the Fitbug pedometer and they are all flawed in some way. These things aren’t 100% accurate or even close actually. You can sit in your armchair and shake your accelerometer device of choice and will eventually record your target number of steps or fuel without budging more than an inch. That is obviously not in the spirit of things and in fact, as a motivational device and as a guide to your activity levels they can all be quite inspirational.

If you are driven by personal goals and like a little virtual pat on the back or social media awards when you achieve the goals, you are likely to increase your activity levels just by wearing this innocuous band.

I really like getting a silent cheer from my wrist. When I reach my target and press the button I get a colourful waterfall of lights and the word GOAL flashing. It makes me feel good.

Although the fuelband will record steps and calories and distance, Nike’s main currency is FUEL. I don’t really know what that is but it has some relationship to movement and an assessment of work or effort expended and supposedly sets an equal playing field so that an hours running around on the football pitch scores the same FUEL award whether you are a weekend warrior or David Beckham. It strikes me as a suitably unfathomable currency but that was probably more by design than accident. Regardless of what it is, you set a daily target of FUEL and work your way towards it by whatever means required.

To give an example of my days:

Day 1: Typical desk based office job required a 30 min treadmill run at the end of the day to hit my target.


Day 2: A mid afternoon 15km run shattered both me and my target and I closed the day with 6256 fuel points.


Day 3: A whole morning spent on the allotment, digging planting, watering and then an afternoon doing similar in the garden. My target was reached before I did any “exercise”.


Day 4 – I felt robbed today. I walked all over the place and managed a whopping 12000 steps but I couldn’t seem to hit my FUEL target. I whacked out a 20 minute rowing session in an attempt to crack the target but indoor rowing proves to be a fairly poor Fuelband exercise. I was quite sulky and ready to quit but was spurred on to greater things and further 20 mins of partner medicine ball exercise did the trick. Playing catch with a 4kg ball seems to be a very effective form of Fuelband exercise.

Being a gadget fiend I have multiple sports gadgets and will use a GPS device to provide detailed analysis of my activity – calories, distance, pace etc, but as my example days show you, that is only a very small part of the picture. Somehow, despite all the running and rowing I still manage to stay fat. Gadgets such as the Nike Fuelband which stay on all day, help to explain part of the missing link and that is, when I’m not partaking in official exercise, I am practically comatose. I’m very good at staying still and this simple target based monitor encourages me to move just a little bit more.

I think its interesting that Nike have moved into the market of activity monitoring and challenged the likes of Fitbit Ultra, Jawbone UP and Bodymedia’s Ki Fit. These monitors are likely to appeal to those in need of motivation to move either for fitness or weightloss rather than the performance athlete but I have to say that Nike have done an exceptional job.

The Fuelband works seamlessly with the free iPhone app called Nike+ FuelBand, all the screenshots above are taken from this app. The syncing occurs via Bluetooth so you don’t need internet access. I’m forever updating mine so that I can see the activity distribution across the day and love the fact that I don’t have to wait until I get home to upload my data. The only flaw that I can see is that the friends function doesn’t seem to work yet, although it says on the website that they are working on it. They need to get that sorted pretty smartish as this gadget is designed for competition and rivalry and I’ve just been out to buy Lynn one so we can have an in-house show down.

The cost of the Nike Fuelband is high at £149 but comparable with the others and I particularly like the fact that it is a one-off purchase. The KiFit and many of the pedometer style monitors require a subscription and the costs mount up very quickly, it’s also cool while the KiFit armband made me feel like an escapee from a young offenders detention centre and I didn’t really want to be seen wearing it.

Activity is only ever part of the answer. If you are concerned about health, fitness and weightloss you obviously need to concern yourself with food intake as well. The KiFit offers nutritional monitoring as part of their subscription package while Nike ignores this side of things. I actually prefer to keep the monitoring separate and track my intake with yet another app, that way I am in complete control.

So in essence I think the Nike Fuelband does an admirable job of tracking activity and rewarding me for going the extra mile. I’m happy with that. What it doesn’t do is track my fuel intake and nor does it accurately collect a whole host of stats relating to my dedicated exercise such as GPS trail, heart rate etc. To me that is not a deal breaker, I have all those other elements covered by other apps and other sports gadgets and I’m really happy to have a cool band sitting on my wrist and collecting data all day without me having to remember to switch the on/off button.

So, the question is, do you want one?

Zombies, Run! The iPhone app

Zombies, Run!

20120329-130933.jpgI’m Runner 5 and I’ve just been dropped into a zombie filled wasteland. It’s 11pm and I am, to put it politely, shitting myself.

I’m the sort of girl who curls into a ball at the mere suggestion of being chased. I may even scream a little.

So, I was a little surprised that I had been tempted to part with £5.49 in order to try out the latest GPS running app – Zombie, Run! Which seems to be a cross between Runkeeper and Resident Evil.

I was on a hill and to be honest I was quite tempted to walk, but the voice over had just kicked in to inform me that zombies had been spotted. It turned out to be the previous Runner 5. Unlike me she was a pretty good runner, only she’d been got by the undead and now she was trying to get me.

Steep hills are not the best place to try and outrun professional running zombies, not unless you turn round and sprint downhill. I will turn round next time. As it is she got me, just yards from the summit, there was a flurry of fast beeping and heavy deathly breathing. I dropped half the items I’d collected enroute, presumably as a distraction and then just continued running until the next chase kicked in.

Given that you don’t have to do anything on screen during a mission, the game play is remarkably engaging. You select a mission, slide to run and then you do just run and listen. The story unfolds and the commentary seems to fit perfectly between gaps in your playlist.

As you run along you hear that you’ve picked up items. My first was a snazzy pair of Y-fronts. You don’t actually have to bend and pick them up, and neither do you have to “run to the tower” or “head east out of the forest”. This is make believe, no need for screaming like a girl when the Zombies swarm but you do need to pick up the pace if you want to escape them.

The first mission lasted about 30 mins and I managed to make it to a place of safety with a few items left intact. Back home I was able to “play” with the app, dragging my items onto areas of the compound – increasing their rating as I did. Not really sure what the point of that is at the moment, I believe it opens up new missions but all that will unfold as I play it a bit more.

It’s an expensive app but it’s pretty accomplished and looks to have an active development crew. The accelerometer mode is already available to try out which means Zombie, Run! will work on a treadmill without the need for GPS engagement.

20120329-131023.jpgThe app keeps a record of your missions so you can review your typical running stats as well as reviewing the number of times the Zombies got you! You can’t as yet review the GPS route, so there is no mapping functionality and I don’t think they’ve built in any social interaction so you can link up with other terrified runners or upload the GPS data to web logs.

This review by Doug is the best I’ve found so far.

iTunes link to : Zombies, Run! – Six to Start

Zico Coconut Water Sports Drink Review

Zico Insanity

I arrived home today to find about a gallon of coconut water samples sitting on my doorstep.

For a brief moment I wondered why no one offers me any Stella samples to review but 5 mins into my latest exercise fad routine I was desperate for a refreshing and healthy sports drink.

I’ve started Insanity the 60 Day Extreme Challenge (Amazon link) which is a crazy, high intensity, max interval training phenomenon. I’ll talk more about that later but needless to say it’s a severe workout and I was mighty grateful for a few sport drink samples.

Zico Coconut Water is billed as the healthy alternative to typical sugar laden sports drinks. I buy into that ideal but was a bit disappointed that Zico was made from concentrate and unspecified “flavours”. It tastes pretty convincing though and takes me back to tropical beach holidays and freshly cracked green nuts.

The best thing about Zico is the calorie content, I get vitamins and minerals and a tastier alternative to water for just 15 cals per 100 ml. That’s about 60 cals for the bottle and I deserved 60 calories today!

If you’re not familiar with coconut water it’s an odd flavour, it seems ever so slightly dusty but still refreshing. I’m a big fan, it takes me back to my childhood and trips to the autumn fair. If I was lucky I won a coconut from the shy and got to smash it for the juice. I probably got an egg cup full every other year as they were either dried up old nuts or I smashed it into smithereens at the cracking stage. Its quite a treat to get a full bottle without all the angst. I miss the associated toffee apples and goldfish though.

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