Monday, July 14, 2014

Running With ALGAE?!? Don't be afraid! #PoweredByBits

Look what I'm trying out today!
ENERGYbits!
   I've heard the all the rage over the last year or so about the company called EnergyBits. Lots of my runner friends swear by them, say they are fantastic and are even ambassadors for the company!

    I just could not bring myself to try them. Algae??? Oh I just don't know if I could.

    However, I'm a twitter junkie and the @EnergyBits Twitter account is top notch when it comes to being interactive with runners and twitter chats. You can most likely find them hosting or participating in #runchat Twitter Chats. I love companies that REALLY interact with their consumers and for that reason alone, I felt inspired to try these on one of my hot summer runs! Totally worth the hype!

What exactly are EnergyBits???

ENERGYbits® are tiny algae tabs so nutritionally dense, they eliminate fatigue and hunger instantly. Want a healthy, natural way to fuel your game or fire up your brain? ENERGYbits® are for you! NO caffeine, sugar, chemicals, gluten or soy, just pure, plant based nutrition, all for just ONE calorie per tab.

ENERGYbits® have just ONE ingredient - organically grown NON GMO spirulina algae – a super food endorsed by the United Nations and NASA as the most nutritionally dense food in the world. Spirulina has been a favorite of gold medalists for decades. Now it’s your turn. Be powered by BITS™
30 tabs equals 30 calories!
     I set out with my friend Holly for a 5 mile run and decided to try out my Energybits. I ate 30 of the little pieces of Algae, chugged with a big glass of water and then hoped for the best! That's only 30 calories...I can handle that! I gave her a sample too and she said she would definitely try them again. After we ran, we both decided that we did not suffer any stomach issues, nausea or side effects from these tablets. We only felt the positive results....Success!
Me and one of my BRF's Holly!
We were #PoweredByBits
     I have to say that I really did feel energized throughout my entire 5 mile run. The first two miles were pretty much like normal (the hardest two miles) but I did not find myself wondering when I was going to be done.
5 Mile run at a great pace...never felt tired!
     Usually by the end of my run, I'm ready to be done! After trying these, I felt like I could go 5 more miles no problem!

     There is an unusual taste with them but I won't say that it was bad--just unusual. Just like everything else, once you get used to it, you won't even think twice about it. I remember back in the day when I first started using energy gels, I could hardly get those down. They are SO sweet, so thick and some just do not taste good!! These algae supplements are healthy and natural.  I'm a HUGE fan of that!

     I will definitely not hesitate to try Energybits again! Next time, I want to test them out on a longer run...maybe 15 or 20 miler! That's when I will need some serious energy!!


More interesting facts about Algae:
Algae was the first plant life on earth almost 3 billion years ago and is considered a superfood because it contains virtually every nutrient. It has over 60% protein content, over forty vitamins and minerals and a more complete amino acid profile than beef or soy beans. It is also one of the best known food sources of beta carotene, B vitamins, antioxidants and chlorophyll.

Spirulina algae is a cultivated algae which has been consumed for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Africa. It has the highest concentration of protein earth - triple that of steak as well as the second highest concentration of an Essential Fatty Acid called GLA (second only to mother's milk). Its nutrient profile is so similar to mothers milk, it is considered a "perfect food."

Chlorella algae is harvested in fresh water tanks and has been used for over fifty years in Asia. It has a remarkable ability to help remove toxins and help build the immune system. All naturally. Chlorella contains over 40 nutrients including all the B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc  and many minerals. It offers so many benefits we would never have enough room here to list them all.


For more information on energybits, vitalitybits, skinnybits and recoverybits, go check out energybits.com.

**Have you ever hesitated to try something new on a training run??

Disclaimer: I was given a sample of this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.