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Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Fizzique Sparkling Protein Water

“Sparkling Protein Water” wasn’t something I’d ever heard of, but when I did a few weeks ago, I was intrigued because I’m always looking for more non-red-meat ways to work more protein into my diet. The initial information that I had about Fizzique Sparkling Protein Water was that it contained 20g of protein, which is a good amount, especially since drinks (aside from protein shakes) don’t usually contain much. A 4-oz chicken breast is about 35g of protein, and a serving of tofu is about 10g. I also like that the name is a portmanteau (“fizzy” and “unique”).

Fizzique is “Sparkling Protein Water” developed by a 3-time Olympian.

For runners, protein is important so that your muscles can keep rebuilding themselves. Protein is especially important to give your body longer-lasting energy (as opposed to “quick” energy like sugar or carbs) for training runs. Runners need protein as a regular part of their diet, and as part of their recovery food after long runs to minimize soreness from creeping up on you the following day.

I figured I’d give Fizzique a try, and when my samples arrived I immediately looked at the calories. Just like any food, you have to weigh the calories with the protein, iron, fiber, and other “good” things – and look at the calories from sugar, as well. One can of Fizzique contains 80 calories, no carbs, and 0g of sugar. So, knowing that it had 20g of protein and 80 calories, the last question I had was, “How does it taste?”

Surprisingly good! I wasn’t expecting it to taste like much more than sparkling water, but it actually had a good flavor. The Strawberry Watermelon is a little sweeter than the Tropical Limon, to me, but neither flavor is overwhelmingly sweet. Fizzique is more flavorful than other sparkling waters I’ve tried, including LaCroix, Polar, and the Dasani line of sparkling waters. Like other sparkling waters, Fizzique is clear, and is suggested to be served chilled or on ice.

I received 12 of each flavor, so I kept half of them for my house (because I’m selfish) and took the other half to work, because two of my co-workers are really into lifting and their food intake. They aren’t dieting – they’re trying to eat enough healthy calories to support their routines, and both of them usually have a meal of chicken, quinoa, sweet potatoes, or other grains three times during the work day … plus whatever they eat outside of work hours! I wanted them to try it because I knew they’re always looking for more ways to get protein.

Both of them really liked the flavor and felt that it would be a good way to boost their protein intake. The two flavors were both hits with my co-workers. One of them also noted that the drink is gluten-free, which is important to him because his wife has celiac disease (where gluten makes her really, really sick). Even my husband, who doesn’t typically like sparkling flavored water, tried one after his most recent 20-milers, and said, “It’s actually good.”

After trying Fizzique out and deciding I wanted to review it Run Oregon, I reached out to the company to get a little more information about the product and company. Fizzique is made in the U.S. and distributed out of California, but the idea behind it came from across the pond. The creator is David Jenkins, a 3-time Olympian, who founded NEXT Proteins back in 1988. He’s still very active – but now spends a lot of time on his bike, doing yoga, and dynamic exercises and lifting with guidance from his physical therapist and kinesiologist. The Scottish sprinter answered a few questions for Run Oregon, but first, if you’re interested in trying it out, here’s how:

The two-pack gives you a chance to try both flavors. Photo from InTouchRugby.com.

Find Fizzique online here or use their store locator to find where you can buy it locally. If you order the 2-pack trial online, the only cost is $5.99 shipping. You can also order a case of 12 cans for about $36, once you decide which flavor you like the most!

Run Oregon: What was the inspiration for the sparkling water and protein? 

I have been in protein industry before 1976 Olympics, and guys were into protein products but never saw it in UK and Britain.

There was a time where I got injured and recovered quickly from taking protein and will never forget that. In the UK in early 80’s in Scotland where I grew up, [and when] I was living in London, sparkling water was a big deal. Water there did not taste so great, you had to go near the mountains to get the good water. So we always bought sparkling water and became huge fan. … I wondered what would happen if I added protein to sparkling water [and from there] it was a 10+ year journey.

Run Oregon: If someone is a vegetarian, can it act as substitute for someone’s recommended protein intake?

The basis of our protein is whey, so if someone is strictly vegan, Fizzique wouldn’t be an option. [If you are okay with whey, then yes, it will work for you!]

The bottom line: if you like sparkling water and want another great source of protein, give Fizzique a try!

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About Kelly Barten (919 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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