Kristen R: Energy Bits Review

Energy Bits1The good people over at Energy Bits were kind enough to send me a sample of their “bits” recently, and I was intrigued, to say the least.

What are Energy Bits? Well, they are algae. Yep, little bits of algae loaded with protein to help boost energy and athletic performance.

Here’s some info from their website that better explains their product — much better than I can.

Want more energy, more mental vitality, or a healthy high protein snack you can grab on the go? How about a quick way to boost your athletic performance, supercharge your run or crank up your endurance while working or working out? If so, ENERGYbits® are for you. 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%) all for just one calorie per tab. 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.

Best used for:

  • Increasing Energy
  • Increasing Endurance
  • Increasing Mental Vitality
  • High Protein Snack
  • Curbing Hunger
  • Meal Replacement
  • Balancing Blood Sugar
  • Lowering Blood Pressure
  • Reducing Fatigue

So that’s the gist. Here are my thoughts, the good, the bad and the ugly:

Good
These little bits are packed with protein and are only one calorie per tablet. They also contain iron and nitric oxide, which prevent fatigue; antioxidants, which reduce inflammation; and electrolytes, which preserve chemical balance and prevent dehydration. They are not supplements, but food. Food! And they do all this boosting of energy and brain power without caffeine, chemicals, sugar or gluten.

Energy Bits2Bad
The recommended dose is about 30 of ibuprofen-sized tabs. Let me tell you, that is a lot. It’s also recommended that you swallow them, as the taste is one that is acquired. That’s a lot of Bits to swallow, and it took me a while to get 30 of them down. My question would be why can’t you just make them a little bigger? They recommend you take your Bits about 10-15 minutes before you run, which I did, but it’s tough to down 30 pills — and the water required to swallow all of them — then trot out the door for your long run. I felt like I had about three or four Bits stuck in my throat for a while. I know that was all in my head, but that’s what happens after you down 30 pills. On the flip side, I wasn’t hungry in the least that afternoon/evening, so there’s something to be said for eating Energy Bits to curb hunger.

Ugly
Well, frankly, the Bits are ugly. They are algae, so they are algae-green. And they are algae, so they are stinky. Fish food stinky.

But the real question is did they help my run? I’m still on the fence. I definitely plan to try them again, though. I took them on Saturday when I tackled my first long run since my half marathon about a month ago. I was also coming back from vacation. It was really humid for the first time this year. Needless to say, there were a lot of things to factor in to my state of mind. I’m not sure Energy Bits, or much of anything, for that matter, could have made the outcome of that run any different. It wasn’t a bad run and it wasn’t a good run. It was a run.

But I do wonder, did the Energy Bits help to at least make that run neutral and not bad? Perhaps.

Beyond the product
I was very impressed with the company. I “met” them through a Twitter running chat. I already followed them and really liked the content they message about and connections they make via Twitter.

They also checked in to see if I got my sample and, if so, how I liked being #PoweredbyBits. Good people, I’m telling you. I love that kind of personal contact and customer service.

That’s what they did for me. For you, they are offering a 10% discount if you’re interested in trying them out. Just enter the word “BLOG” into the coupon code box on their website and you can apply that to any bags of bits your heart desires. Big thanks to Energy Bits! They are doing a great job spreading the word about their product, as well as health and fitness, in general.

As for me, I’m going to take the rest of my Energy Bits before my long run this Saturday. I’m sure I’ll be in a better state of mind, and I look forward to making my final call as to whether I’ll be #PoweredByBits for more runs in the near future.

Gotta run!
Kristen R.

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About Kristen R.

Counting down to 40, while juggling motherhood, marriage, the corporate grind & middle-of-the-pack running. It's OK to point & laugh. http://mamaontherunblog.wordpress.com
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8 Responses to Kristen R: Energy Bits Review

  1. I appreciate the honest review. I’m always interested in products that might make you run faster, but you still have to weight the cost of it (not just the financial one).

    I’m interested in Energy Bits but how its it any different than eating a nutritious snack before a run? Also, sounds awful to have to swallow so many bits!

    • Kristen R. says:

      They are pricey, too, but, many people swear by them, so read around. And, I’m giving them another shot, so I’ll follow up if things change.

    • Hey Chris! ENERGYbits is just a veggie, so it is just like having a nutritious snack before a run – but NASA says that 1g of algae is nutritionally equivalent to 1000g worth of fruits and veggies. ENERGYbits are just a veggie, so it’s like eating a handful of another type of food, like nuts or raisins! You wouldn’t have just one, right?

      Hit us up on Twitter @ENERGYbits if you have any other questions 🙂

      • Kristen R. says:

        Excellent point, especially if you’re just eating them. I was so worried about the acquired taste detail, I just went for swallowing them like ibu. I’m sure in a smoothie or something is a much easier way to enjoy them and their benefits.

        And thanks for weighing in! You guys might power us by Bits, but you are powered by good customer service!

  2. khpixler says:

    Let’s bit it up at the half:))

    • Kristen R. says:

      Ok! I’ll save what’s left and we can split them. Will be curious to see what you think. I must warn you, it’s going to be a slow race for me. I’ve been feeling slow and sluggish the last week/week-and-a-half. Have a longish run planned Saturday and I’m hoping I’ll feel more like myself…

  3. khpixler says:

    ugg, it is going to be rough for me too. I still am not breathing right and I have been running but my long runs have not been as frequent or as long as I wanted. This whole thing with my allergies and being stubborn thinking it was a sinus infection has been a disaster. I am sure you will be pulling me along. If I can’t keep up you go girl:) I will be eating my chia seeds for the next ten days and see if I can access the power of the Tarahumara tribe. LOL but seriously I am eating them like crazy this week.

  4. Pingback: Kristen R: The Bits are Back – ENERGYbits! | Making It Daily

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