The 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:
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.
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.
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.