Hello friends! Remember in my post HERE – where I talked about trying Algae as a snack?! Well, I received a sample from ENERGYbits and am excited to share my review with you!
I first heard about ENERGYbits when interacting with the company on Twitter. I was immediately engaged by a friendly staff member, and then further intrigued by the product after stalking the website. The products are all-natural algae-based nutrition to help improve endurance, energy, and health. My sample included a metal tin with about 50 bits, some informational reading, a press release, the founder’s bio, and some postcards. I was impressed that I received so much information from the company – it really helped me to understand what their products are all about.
What Are ENERGYbits?
ENERGYbits are 100% spirulina algae. The cool thing about algae is that it’s a food, not a supplement. It’s grown in water like hydroponic vegetables, then harvested, dried, and packaged. Apparently it’s been sold in American for fifty years, but not marketed very well until now; however, it’s been popular in Asia for years! For just one calorie per bit (recommend dose of 30 bits = 30 calories!), they deliver energy and endurance as a high protein, high performance snack food. Spirulina algae has the highest concentration of protein in the world (about 3 times as much as steak) and the algae ENERGYbits uses is 100% organically grown and contains natural nitric oxide, 40 vitamins and minerals, Omega 3, and 64% protein – all which naturally boost energy, concentration, endurance, and performance without caffeine, chemicals, or sugar. And, since the protein is already in amino acid form, your body absorbs it instantly like a sponge.
Let’s take a look at the nutritional info that came in my packet:
With just one calorie per tab, ENERGYbits claim to stop hunger cravings and give you consistent energy throughout your day or workout. Spirulina algae also boasts many health benefits:
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- Helps reduce the risk of heart disease
- Balances blood sugar
- Helps reduce anemia
- Curbs hunger
- Helps correct brain related disorders and depression
Sounds good to me!!!
How Do You Use Them?
The media packet included some tips on how to use ENERGYbits, which I found very helpful.
Powered By Bits – My Experience
Since my sample tin contained about 50 bits, I decided to break the product into two test runs of 25 bits, just to see if I felt the same after both.
I first tried my ENERGYbits before a 5-mile Tempo run. This was a treadmill run for me, since I didn’t trust myself to maintain the proper pace. And since I’m not a huge fan of Treadmill runs, I thought – What better time to try out ENERGYbits than on a long, boring, treadmill run?!
I opened the tin and my first thought was – this smells like fish food (if you ever had a fish tank, you know what I’m talking about!) It’s true – the bits have a strong odor – so you could be put off by the smell if you aren’t open to trying new things. But I’m sure it not the worst dietary supplement taste you’ve ever tried! I swallowed 25 bits as a late afternoon snack (around 3:30 pm) to prep for my 4 pm run. As with any new product, I wanted to allow myself enough time to get the product in my system to reap the full benefits! I swallowed most of them with water (about 6 at a time) since according to the information packet, the taste is acquired. But of course, to satisfy my curiosity (and yours!) I actually chewed one tab, just to see what the taste and texture was like! And…it tasted odd…but not bad. Kind of like what I imagine chewing on grass would taste like?! What was bad was the way it stuck to my teeth – leaving behind a weird blackish/green residue (FYI – it’s temporary). Oops! I can certainly see why ENERGYbits recommends “swallowing” the bits with water. But I suppose it could be an awesome conversation starter!
While on the treadmill I felt strong and energized and was able to maintain my fast tempo pace. I wouldn’t say I felt more energized than normal, but I didn’t feel fatigued afterwards! I think it was due to the ENERGYbits, because it was the only pre-workout “fuel” I consumed – specifically because I wanted to see how it would affect me. Plus, not once did I burp up the algae taste during my run. That’s a HUGE plus for me!
The second trial of ENERGYbits was before my 7 mile run. I wanted to see if the lil’ bits could keep me full and energized (with nothing else but water) for a workout that lasted over an hour. Same results! I remained full and energized throughout my run…and no bad after-taste!!!
I would definitely try ENERGYbits again, but maybe this time around mix them with a protien shake or fruit smoothie. There are three other types of bits that would be worth trying too: RECOVERYbits (100% chlorella algea), SKINNYbits (100% spirulina algea), and VITALITYbits (50% spirulina and 50% chlorella algea). You, too, can get samples from their Facebook page.
Would you like to try ENERGYbits for yourself? Be sure to enter my giveaway today – running now through midnight of Monday, December 03, 2012 – for your chance to win! Thank you to ENERGYbits for providing me with a sample to review and a sample to give to one of my awesome readers! I will use a random number generator, so please leave a separate comment below for each entry!!! That gives you a total of SIX entries – GOOD LUCK! I will contact the winner via email and announce on the blog on Tuesday, December 04, 2012. (Open to US & Canada.)
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