I Drank V8 Every Morning for a Week. Here’s What Happened

I’m always up for a food-related experiment, so when I had the opportunity to try drinking a can of V8 Original every morning for a week, it was a no-brainer. Each morning, I sipped on an itty-bitty, 5.5-ounce can of V8 (I like it super cold, over ice). Here are three things that I noticed during this little trial.

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My Post-workout Routine Was Way More Enjoyable

After morning workouts, I’m typically famished (exercise does stimulate your appetite, after all), but the last thing I have time to do while rushing to get ready for work is cook a meal. V8 is an ideal post-workout snack that sets a positive tone for the rest of my day. With no added sugar and as much potassium as a small banana, a 5.5-ounce can leaves me feeling refreshed, satisfied and not wanting to eat a bagel slathered in cream cheese.

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I Looked Forward To Drinking It

Before I started this experiment, I did some research on what to expect. It turns out, each 5.5-ounce can of V8 has only 30 calories and no added sugar. One can contains a full serving of vegetables and is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as 11mg lycopene. Sounds good, right? I hadn’t tasted V8 since I was a kid (my grandparents always had it in their kitchen), and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Spoiler alert: It’s actually really delicious and surprisingly refreshing. The 5.5-ounce can is also the perfect size: It’s not too much in the morning, and it’s super easy to stash a can in your bag if you’re on the go. Ideal.

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I Made Better Food Choices Throughout The Day

Aside from being tasty, starting my morning off with V8 impacted the food choices I made for the rest of the day. Because of all its benefits, drinking V8 inspired me to make better choices all day long. I was way less likely to reach for an afternoon cookie from the office kitchen, for example, knowing that I started my day on such a positive note. (I stuck to raw almonds instead, thank you very much.)

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Sarah Stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
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