One of the beauties of a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in Northern Minnesota is that in most of the lakes you can dip your cup directly in the water and take a drink. It’s cold and refreshing, but after a while, it tastes like, well, water. The classic solution has been to bring Tang drink powder. You know, the orange elixir that powered John Glenn on his Mercury mission. There is a new choice — MiO.
Tang isn’t a bad choice. It’s lightweight, dry, travels well, and tastes OK.
MiO is better. There are a bunch of flavors. My favorite are Sweet Tea and Peach Tea, but the others are good as well. It has basically no nutritional value, positive or negative. No calories, caffeine, sugar, or sodium. Tang is full of sugar.
When you’re on a week long canoe trip, you can ingest as many calories as are available without it becoming and issue. Still, you want your energy to come from slow burning carbohydrates rather than fast burning sugars. If you drink too much tang, (aside from turning orange :)) your energy will spike and crash.
The MiO container is small and very lightweight. It’ll easily fit in your pocket. You get to choose how much to use to customize the flavor to your liking. Bring a few different flavors and it still takes up less space than the powdered stuff.
Just think of how convenient it would be to have your beverage of choice at hand on your next camping trip.
How do you solve the boring drink problem?