I was grabbing lunch the other day at Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery (my favorite salad bar…so many healthy options!) and came across “Spartos: The first all natural protein water.” The business development manager of Spartan beverages (Joseph) was sampling the product, so of course I wanted to try it! I know there are a lot of different protein powders and shakes out there already. However, Spartos is one of the few that is ALL NATURAL with no artificial colors or flavors added.

Note: photo credit to Steve @ Drink What.

Protein is a macronutrient that plays a central role in biological processes needed by the body (brain, heart, muscle, skin and blood health rely on protein) and form the basis of living tissues. Proteins consist of long chains of amino acids. Each person has different protein needs. Height, weight, activity level (i.e. a person who participates in regular exercise vs. plays on an athletic team vs. completes in ultra endurance / extreme sports) and immune function (i.e. healthy vs. acutely sick vs. chronically sick with a disease) are all contributing factors to your daily estimated protein needs.

Protein builds and repairs human tissues, more importantly in the post workout 30 minute recovery window. Protein also requires energy to break down, digest and metabolize, creating an increased fat burning rate in the body. Protein improves focus, mental acuity and memory, and helps you to feel full for longer, contributing to weight loss or maintenance.

Spartos Sugar Free (made with stevia) contains 20 calories, 10 mg sodium, 20 mg potassium, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein per 8 ounce serving (2 servings per bottle). Therefore, 10 grams of protein total per bottle.

The Goddess (also made with stevia) is another beverage the contains 10 calories, 5 mg sodium, 20 mg potassium, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams of sugar, and 2.5 grams of protein per serving (2 servings per bottle). Therefore, 5 grams of protein total per bottle. This beverage is more for the everyday healthy person and geared to females who want a little protein to curb hunger and increase energy, but not an excessive amount. Other than natural water or coconut water, I love drinking this in the afternoon or post workout!

Other tips about Spartan beverages:

  • They contain vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants
  • The are soy and gluten free
  • They are made from whey isolate (no milky taste or thick texture)
  • They come in a variety of different tasty flavors

For more information about post recovery nutrition or hydration needs, schedule an appointment with Courtney Walberg, Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer and Founder of Nutrition For Body And Mind.