Fit & Active On The Go Drink Mix

Aldi doesn’t lack in the drinks department. A significant portion of the low inventory retailer’s shelf space is dedicated to drinks of all kinds, including imitation Capri Suns, soda, alcohol, flavored water, name-brand fruit-enhanced water, sparkling water, and bottled water.

If you’re a fan of products like Crystal Light and are looking for a way to doctor up a plain bottle of water, Aldi also sells powdered mixes that go into water bottles to make individual servings of iced tea, lemonade, or fruit punch.

Fit and Active On the Go Drink Mix

 

Fit & Active On The Go Drink Mix costs $1.19 for a box containing ten individual drink mix packets (about 12 cents per serving). That’s cheaper than buying name-brand Crystal Light on-the-go mix from Walmart, where the lowest price I saw at the time of publication was $2.48 for a box containing 10 drink packets (about 25 cents per serving).

The Fit & Active Drink Mix is a Regular Buy, which means it’s in stores year round.

The drink mixes come in four flavors: lemonade, raspberry lemonade, fruit punch, and iced tea with lemon.

To prepare these drinks, take a sip from a 16.9-fluid ounce bottle of water if the bottle is filled to the top. Empty the contents of one packet into the bottle of water. Replace the bottle’s lid and shake until dissolved.

The instructions state the packet can also be mixed with a 20-oz. bottle of water for a lighter flavor.

Sometimes my kids will empty a drink packet into a reusable water bottle filled from the tap, thus avoiding single-use plastic bottles.

Fit and Active Drink Mix

An individual drink mix “stick.” Just tear it open and empty the contents into a water bottle.

These are sweetened primarily with aspartame, an artificial sweetener sold under name brands such as NutraSweet and Equal.

Aspartame has been around since the early 1980s and is generally deemed safe, but it can pose a problem for people with a rare genetic disorder called phenylketonuria, in which the body cannot break down phenylalanine, an amino acid found in many foods and in aspartame. As a result, food and medicine containing aspartame must carry the warning: “PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE.” These drink mixes have that warning.

Something to also be aware of regarding artificial sweeteners such as aspartame is that they can cause people to crave more sweets and, in turn, sabotage efforts to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. For that reason, and because I often don’t care for the taste of diet sweeteners, I usually stick to regular sugar and try to limit consumption.

These drink mixes do contain a small amount of sugar, but it’s so trivial that sugar isn’t even a factor in the nutrition information panel, and the front of the box advertises that these mixes are sugar free.

They’re also kosher and low in calories, with one serving netting you between 5 and 10 calories. All of the flavors are caffeine free, including the iced tea.

In keeping with Aldi’s commitment to avoid synthetic colors, most of these drinks use fruit and vegetable concentrates and turmeric or annatto extracts for color. The lemonade mix also uses titanium dioxide for coloring, which seems questionable in light of Aldi’s standards, but it is considered safe and is commonly used to improve the color of white or light-colored foods.

My kids are familiar with and enjoy Crystal Light individual drink mixes as a treat from their grandparents, and they liked all of the Aldi flavors. These have more chemicals and processed ingredients than I prefer, including corn syrup solids and maltodextrin (also corn), so I’ll save these for occasional splurges or camping trips.

Read on for a closer look at the three flavors we sampled.

Fit & Active Lemonade Drink Mix

Fit and Active Drink Mix

This is sold in a box containing ten 0.15-oz. packets, for a net weight of 1.5 oz.

It has a good lemonade flavor, with a hint of artificial sweetener. It’s not as good as homemade lemonade made with real lemons, but it’s a decent substitute that doesn’t require using a lemon juicer.

One serving has 10 calories, 70 mg of sodium (3% DV), and 4 grams of total carbohydrates (1% DV).

Fit and Active Drink Mix

Lemonade nutrition information and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

Ingredients are: citric acid, sodium citrate, aspartame, magnesium oxide, potassium citrate, maltodextrin, and less than 1% of  sugar, acesulfame potassium, calcium silicate, natural flavors, titanium dioxide (color), lemon juice solids, turmeric extract (color), and annatto extract (color).

Fit & Active Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix

Fit and Active Drink Mix

This is sold in a box containing ten 0.09-oz. packets, for a net weight of 0.91 oz.

This tastes as expected: lemonade with berry notes.

One serving has 5 calories and 2 grams of total carbohydrates (1% DV).

Fit and Active Drink Mix

Raspberry Lemonade nutrition information and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

Ingredients are: citric acid, maltodextrin, potassium citrate, calcium phosphate, aspartame, and less than 1% of acesulfame potassium, fruit and vegetable juice concentrate (color), sugar, natural and artificial flavors, calcium silicate, and beta carotene (color).

Fit & Active Fruit Punch Drink Mix

Fit and Active Drink Mix

This is sold in a box containing ten 0.09-oz., for a net weight of 0.9 oz.

This is a pretty good take on fruit punch, and it was my favorite flavor of the three we tried. The artificial sweetener seems less noticeable in this flavor.

One serving has 5 calories, 20 mg of sodium (1% DV), and 2 grams of total carbohydrates (1% DV).

Fit and Active Drink Mix

Fruit Punch nutrition information and ingredients. Click to enlarge.)

Ingredients are: citric acid, maltodextrin, aspartame, sodium citrate, calcium phosphate, fruit and vegetable juice concentrate (for color), and less than 2% of acesulfame potassium, potassium citrate, natural and artificial flavors, corn syrup solids, magnesium oxide, silicon dioxide, sugar, and beta carotene (color).

Fit & Active Iced Tea with Lemon Drink Mix

Fit and Active On the Go Drink Mix

This is sold in a 0.8-oz. box containing ten 0.08-oz. packets.

This tastes like instant iced tea, because it is. So if you’re an iced tea purist, this may not be for you. It also has plenty of zippy lemon flavor. Overall, it’s not bad for a drink mix.

One serving has 5 calories and 2 grams of total carbohydrates (1% DV).

Fit and Active Iced Tea with Lemon Drink Mix

Iced Tea with Lemon nutrition information and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

Ingredients are: citric acid, maltodextrin, instant tea, aspartame, and less than 2% of magnesium oxide, acesulfame potassium, calcium phosphate, fruit and vegetable juice concentrate (color), calcium silicate, natural flavors, sugar, and beta carotene (color).

The Verdict:

Fit & Active On The Go Drink Mix is Aldi’s take on the popular name-brand Crystal Light. These individual drink mixes come in four flavors: iced tea with lemon, lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and fruit punch. They’re sweetened with aspartame.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and collecting house plants. You can learn more about her at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

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