Good morning lovelies! Today I’m super excited to share my very first blog review and giveaway! I have a few more in the works too (I’m just behind on writing).
A few weeks ago, ENERGYbits was kind enough to send me a sample to review.
About the Product
ENERGYbits are made from 100% algae and can help fuel a workout or as a snack on their own. Here is more about them from the company:
ENERGYbits is a new Boston based sports nutrition company. Our “bits” are rapidly becoming the fuel of choice for athletes and people looking to lead active lifestyles. Made from 100% organicallly grown spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits® algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) and deliver a steady stream of energy, all naturally and all without sugar, caffeine, chemicals or stomach distress. Even better, ENERGYbits are the only protein in the world that also contain natural antioxidants and Omega 3 which reduce muscle inflammation, iron which prevents fatigue, chlorophyll which builds the immune system and electrolytes which replenish mineral imbalances, all for just one calorie per tab. No other protein offers all this. Endorsed by the United Nations as the most nutritious food on earth, spirulina algae has been a favorite of Olympic gold medalists for decades and is a super food in every sense of the word, delivering instant and enduring energy to your brain and body.
And here is some nutritional information, also from the company:
Pros – What I Liked
I love that the bits are food, not supplements, and that they are organically grown (yay earth!). Algae is a plant, a very healthy plant, so I like that you’re eating something real. The nutritional information is also really impressive in my opinion. In the information they sent me, they suggested that you start out swallowing them (so I did), since the taste may be hard to take at first, but I like that you could add them to salads or yogurt or whatever you like for an added boost.
I also liked that it’s a “slow” energy. Since there is no caffeine or stimulants or anything, it’s energizing in the way that eating something healthy is energizing. It comes on slowly. This can be a bummer if you really need a pick me up, but I personally think it’s a better approach and it means you don’t crash afterwards. Even more than energy, what I noticed was that I wasn’t as hungry. I carried the tin with me for about a week and would eat 5-10 (less than a serving) if I got hungry and didn’t have a snack on me. I didn’t expect it to make a difference, but it did. They certainly didn’t fill me up – they are tiny and only one calorie each – but they took the edge off my hunger, and I feel like a full 30 bit serving would do even more.
I took a full serving once, about an hour before teaching Zumba. I wanted to see how they would sit in my stomach during a workout. They didn’t bother me at all, which is saying something since with my food intolerance practically everything bothers me.
Last pro, the company itself seems amazing. I love that they are in Boston, and the rep I worked with, Jonathan, was super friendly. He answered all my questions AND told me about this awesome fitness group called November Project. I’m pretty much obsessed with them now. Definitely obsessed. Am I like the last fit blogger to find out they exist? Probably.
Even though I liked the bits, I did see a couple potential downsides. First, when I took them before my workout, I’m not sure I could feel a difference. However, my one-time sample size may not be representative of how I would feel overall during workouts if I took them all the time. I was pretty exhausted and overworked in general that week, so feeling “normal” may have actually been an improvement over how I would have felt without them. AND, if nothing else, algae is so healthy that you would definitely reap benefits in one way or another.
Second con, they are pretty expensive, but you do get a huge bag for the money. And if you would otherwise be taking supplements or snacking or using another fuel, then replacing it with ENERGYbits is less likely to significantly impact your budget.
If I wasn’t on a student budget, I would buy them. I really love that they are such a healthy, portable snack option. I prefer to get my vitamins from real food, and even though the bits are like pills, they aren’t, they’re all algae and nothing else. If you’re worried about the cost, Jonathan (their Brand Manager) has shared with me that he’d be happy to connect anyone with a current ambassador to share a discount on a bag of bits – you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com. Lucky for you guys, ENERGYbits has offered to give one reader a free sample of their own! The giveaway is open through next Wednesday. Open to U.S. residents only, sorry!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I was provided with a sample to try without charge. All opinions are my own.