Disclaimer: I kindly received samples of Aila products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed below are my own.
I am a coffee addict. My bio says so, my husband would probably say so, my coworkers would probably say so, and Starbucks would probably say so. It didn’t use to be this way but then I had kids. I need all the energy and extra push I can get to wake up in the morning, get my butt out the door, and keep up with the kids when I get home.
I have been trying to cut down on my coffee habit. It hasn’t been too difficult to do at work, where the OK coffee was recently replaced by icky brown water that is supposed to be coffee, but it is hard at home. I love hazelnut coffee creamer and I have tried to cut down on how much creamer I use and have dramatically, but still, I know that I am consuming too much sugar with my coffee.
I was intrigued when I first read about aila matcha energy powder mix. I wondered if this supplement could help me kick my coffee habit and still have the energy I need to get through my day.
I’ve always been dubious of supplements and powders touted as “healthy,” so I wanted to be sure that aila was truly a supplement I could trust and not full of a ton of additives that I couldn’t even pronounce. The ingredients consist of matcha green tea, beetroot, bee pollen, spirulina, b6+b12, purcaf (organic caffeine derived from green coffee), biotin, and stevia. Each serving comes in a pre-measured amount in a small packet, not much larger than a tea bag packet.
According to aila, a female-founded company, “the Matcha energy product was created as a replacement for the conventional, somewhat masculine and intimidating “pre-workout supplement.” We’ve taken a clean and food-based ingredient approach to energy for before your workout.”
The first time I tried aila I added a packet to my favorite shaker cup and added water. Once shaken I drank it in place of my morning coffee.
The taste was reminiscent of matcha green tea I had tried before and spirulina, which I buy from Whole Foods and keep in my office desk drawer (where I actually remember to take it). It was lightly sweet and did not have a heavy taste, and although I don’t care much for the taste of stevia, I liked it. I will say that the taste may not appeal to some, but that may be remedied by the upcoming peach energy and berry recover flavors.
That day I made it past my usual 10:30 a.m. slump when I usually head to the cafeteria for the free coffee or fork out the $1.50 for a “latte.” In fact, I felt focused and energized way past the next time I normally have coffee at 3:15 p.m. I never felt jittery, as I sometimes do when I drink too much coffee, and I never felt a sugar crash like I sometimes get from my hazelnut creamer or overly-sweet Starbucks.
A week later I tried aila again in the morning, but this time I drank it and then spent 45 minutes on my treadmill. I felt energized and awake and felt that way all day long.
A few days ago I was feeling tired and run down, busy from all of the holiday hustle and bustle. Instead of having an afternoon coffee I poured an aila packet into my water bottle and drank it at my desk. The monotony of spreadsheets and audits I had been working on will often just about put me to sleep, but instead I felt like I had tons of energy and had no problem finishing out my workday. When I arrived at home I didn’t feel like I needed to veg out on the couch and was able to get down on the floor and have fun with my kids.
OK – so by now you may be asking where the subscription part of this review comes in. With aila you can sign up to have the product delivered right to your door so you don’t have to worry about forgetting it when you’re at the grocery store. I’m all for that!
8-Pack = $18.00
16-pack = $34.00
24-pack = $45.00
If you opt-in for a monthly subscription you’ll save 10% off the price of ordering aila without a subscription. That means an 8-pack is $16.20, a 16-pack is $30.60, and a 24-pack is $40.50 – pretty cheap compared to the big jars of questionable protein and energy powders.
aila suggests the 8-pack for 1-2 workouts a week, 16-pack for 3-4 workouts a week, and the 24 pack for 5-6 workouts a week.
Honestly, I love aila. I love that it is a female-led company (girl power!). I love the product and how it makes me feel. I am definitely ordering more!
To find out more about aila, head to their website.
Thank you, aila, for allowing me to try your product and to share it with all of my friends and readers!
Have you tried aila? I would love to know what you think!