ENERGYbits…have you tried these?

I had first heard about ENERGYbits from my sister who had sampled them. She seemed to like them but she said they were too pricey for her. I saw them once and I wasn’t too intrigued about swallowing the recommended thirty to forty bits, which is a serving. They also looked like pills and smelled funny. A couple months later, since I was following ENERGYbits on Twitter, they asked how my training was going and one thing led to another and they offered me a sample to try. I was eager to try them since I kept hearing great things about them on social media. A big thing to note is that they are not pills or a supplement. They are bits of real green food (algae that is harvested and air dried).

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According to energybits.com:

 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. They are made from 100% organicallly grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients. The tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab.

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ENERGYbits® Health Benefits

  • Helps improve physical energy
  • Helps improve endurance
  • Helps reduce fatigue
  • Helps speed athletic recovery
  • Helps reduce brain fog
  • Helps build muscle
  • Helps improve mental focus
  • Helps reduce hunger
  • Provides natural nitric oxide
  • Provides a replacement for greens 
  • Provides a replacement for  protein
  • Helps fight free radicals with high concentration of antioxidants
  • Helps balances body functions and is100% alkaline
  • Helps improve skin, hair, nails, bones and eye health
  • Helps improve mood
  • Healthy snack on the run
  • Raw food, great for vegans or those who hate greens
  • Safe nutrition for anyone of any age, from children to seniors

Nutritional highlights of Spirulina:

  • Ten times the amount of bio-available protein as steak
  • Contains 64% protein compared to meat (22%)
  • More beta carotene than carrots
  • 48 times more iron than raw spinach
  • 12 times more iron than beef liver
  • Richest source of antioxidants – necessary for health, and anti-aging
  • Richest source of vitamin A (which helps your eyesight)
  • Richest plant source of GLA (an Essential Fatty Acid similar to Omega 3)

Below is the sample size I received. It’s about 2.5 servings. The picture on the right shows a serving of thirty tabs in the front tin.

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So the first time I tried them, I took thirty bits about fifteen minutes before I went for an eleven mile run. They weren’t too bad to swallow. I just took a few at a time and followed them with water. You can chew them but I didn’t want to. I’ve read about people chewing them and having green teeth lol. They do smell fishy but it doesn’t taste like anything when you swallow, so I would recommend swallowing them. I felt good throughout the run and my energy was great. But for some reason I got a side stitch around mile 8. I don’t think it was due to the ENERGYbits. I had been getting them lately. But I still got a great time on my 11 mile run. I felt like my energy was good during the run despite the side stitch but was eager to see how I’d do using the bits on another run.

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Then the next time I took the ENERGYbits was last Saturday, for the Oregon Half Marathon. I took thirty bits about twenty minutes before the race started. I felt great especially at the beginning through the middle of the run. It wasn’t until after mile eleven when I started losing steam. I think if I had used more bits throughout the race, I wouldn’t have felt like my legs were tiring. But I felt good and energized for most of the run. It wasn’t like a burst of energy but was just steady. I was running fast and it didn’t even feel like it. It wasn’t until towards the end, when my legs felt heavy that I knew I was running slower. But I PR’d on my half time!! My previous record was 1:53:00 and I got 1:51:10. IMG_8216.JPGMy experience with ENERGYbits has been great overall. I think I’ll be buying a bag. I want to experiment more with running with just bits. I used gels during the race too, but I’m thinking the bits are a lot better, especially since they are all natural. There are no chemicals, fillers or artificial ingredients. The only downside to ENERGYbits is the cost. They are expensive. A bag of 1000 bits costs $115. Ambassadors have codes that you can use for 30% off, so would be $80.50 per bag or $2.44 per serving if you use thirty bits as a serving. The price isn’t too bad if you consider how much some gels are and other types of fuel.

What do you think? Have you tried ENERGYbits or Spirulina algae?

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Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary sample to try but my opinions are my own.

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