Over the weekend, I had the chance to try a new way to fuel for long runs. I was contacted a few weeks ago by ENERGYbits, a Boston-based company, about trying their 100% natural “bits” for review.
As I am still doing my detox, this was a perfect time to try a fuel that wasn’t a typical running gel full of artificial flavors and lots of sugar.
What are they?
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 Endurace
- Increasing Mental Vitality
- High Protein Snack
- Curbing Hunger
- Meal Replacement
- Lowering Blood Pressure
- Reducing Fatigue
You take the bits by taking at least 30 tabs 10-15 minutes before a workout. I chose to take some 10 minutes before my 11 mile long run this past Saturday. I was honestly a little skeptical about taking something in pill form because I don’t do well with swallowing pills.
Thankfully, the bits are very small. I chose to take about 5 bits at a time with plenty of water so they would go down smoothly. Although they have a bit of an odor that reminded me a fish food, they had no taste when swallowed whole. I had no issues taking them.
Truthfully, before the run, I was really not looking forward to it. It was raining hard outside, about 30 degrees, and definitely not the most ideal conditions to run in!
However, my first 5 miles, despite being in total downpour were very zippy! I felt like pushing myself despite the icky circumstances of my run, which is pretty unusual for me. Normally, in the kind of weather, I would be moping along and not going very fast.
Then, of course Boston decided to be funky, and it started snowing about 2/3 of the way through my run. And by snowing, I mean like, huge fluffy flakes that were sticking to everything. Crazy snow. Yet something in me just wanted to push on.
Side note: the same route that I did for this 11 miles I also did for my 10 mile run the week before. At about 7 miles, I felt dead and my hips were on FIRE. My feet hurt, and as soon as I hit 10 miles, I stopped to walk. I literally felt awful at the end of it.
But this run? I was not only soaking freaking wet, with tons of water in my shoes, covered in snow that was sticking to my head and hitting me in the eyes, but I actually ran a little farther than I needed to at the end of this run.
Was it the bits? Unfortunately, I gave my second trial of bits to my husband for this run, so I can’t test them out again. But he also reported feeling really speedy for the first half of our run. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.
How Bits Stack Up
The brand manager shared this chart with me that I found very helpful for understanding that there really is nothing else in bits but algae!
I’m glad there is a form of fueling that isn’t full of garbage. I love that bits are just one ingredient and one calorie each. I really respect a company and a product that is aiming to produce whole food items for athletes like me who desire healtheir fueling options.
Now it’s your turn!
ONE lucky winner will receive their own sample of bits to try!
ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com, and 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.
This is a sponsored post. I was provided a free sample of ENERGYbits in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.