A long time ago, I made it my goal to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I hate water, but when I tried to disguise it by turning it into iced tea with lemon and two packs of sugar each, I defeated my own purpose.
So I tried to go back to water. However, I just couldn't stay on track with regular water, there is just NO FLAVOR! At my friend's place for dinner one night, I was hoping for an excuse to drink a diet soda, but for once in her life, she was drinking something new - Hint water. So, I tried it. It's fruit-flavored water that I didn't expect to like, but I loved it!
I ordered enough Hint water online to help me meet my personal daily H2O challenge and that's when I really became a fan.
Here are the 5 things I was surprised to discover about Hint:
It's sugar-free and diet sweetener-free. No sugar, no stevia, no diet sweeteners, no nothin'. Fruit is high in sugars, but Hint's process doesn't leave any sugar behind; just a fun, fruity flavor.
There are so many flavors! There's mango, blackberry, cherry, strawberry-kiwi, raspberry, lemon, peach, blood orange…. I still haven't tried them all! Watermelon's my favorite so far.
It's calorie-free. Hint gets its flavor by boiling the skin of the fruit, so there are no leftover calories. No preservatives either!
It's available for delivery. Online, you can build your own pack and order a mix of flavors: 36 bottles of Hint Pineapple, or half mango-grapefruit, half peach. You can also become a subscriber to your favorite flavors to have it delivered to your door every month!
It's super tasty. Somehow refreshing enough to drink post-workout, yet yummy enough to substitute for sodas.
Hint gives me a better boost than water and it's ten times tastier. There's no catch! I like drinking something fun and fruity that helps me maintain a healthy blood sugar level and a healthy weight. It satisfies my sweet tooth, without diet sweeteners or preservatives. Now I have the opposite problem - I have to conserve my Hint bottles so I don't run out every month. Hint turned me into a water-drinker.
Eat like a pop idol.
Chef Paul Wahlberg always knows when his brother, Donnie Wahlberg, is in town. How? A mass of fans will turn up to their Wahlburgers restaurant chain, signaling that the New Kids on the Block singer is on his way!
"I know Donnie's coming because the Blockheads come beforehand," Paul tells us. "The message gets out there, everyone comes and that unity is amazing."
Donnie and Paul teamed up with actor brother Mark Wahlberg to launch their first Wahlburgers in Massachusetts in 2011, and the business, now global, was also the focus of reality TV series, Wahlburgers.
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Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.