I have to admit. When the folks at ENERGYbits offered to send me a sample for review, I was a bit skeptical. Could these little Spirulina Algae tablets really make a difference in my performance? Before I tried them, I did a little research.
ENERGYbits are made of 100% spirulina algae. From past experience, I always thought of spirulina as that green add-in at smoothie joints. It was supposed to be wonderful for you but was kind of stinky and, frankly, didn’t taste very good. When I started my research though, I found that Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). (source)
ENERGYbits are certified Non-GMO, organically grown and 100% spirulina algae (many other sources of spirulina don’t guarantee this, so be careful). They are also vegan. Although the word supplement is used, the folks behind ENERGYbits want you to know that they are a food. Their spirulina algae is a crop that is grown and harvested, not created in a lab. One gram of spirulina algea has the nutritional equivalent of 1,000 grams of fruits and vegetables! You can read more about spirulina algae on the ENERGYbit’s About Spirulina page.
So, what about my experience? The suggested “dose” of ENERGYbits is 30 tablets about 30 minutes before your workout. The first day I tried them was before my Las Vegas Strip Workout. Now, while ENERGYbits are a real food, and considered a “high protein, high performance snack food,” the nice peeps who sent me the sample suggested that because they are an acquired taste, that I take my dose with water. I did so, but I also wanted to see what they tasted like. The answer, not bad. I could have chewed them up, but 30 is an awfully big bunch, so I swallowed them down with a glass of water.
To be honest, I’m not sure that I felt a difference in my energy level from the ENERGYbits. It was so hot that I struggled through the workout, barely managing three miles. I had so much going on that morning, though, recovering from a migraine, poor sleep, extreme temperatures, that it didn’t seem fair to use that as the total basis for my review. Possibly the fact that I was even out there running was due in part to the ENERGYbits. Fortunately, I had a large enough sample that I was able to try ENERGYbits one more time.
Today was still not the best scenario for a run. It was close to 90 degrees, the humidity was around 70%. I had been in a car for about six hours yesterday and was again fighting a bit of a headache. On top of that, I didn’t have my regular pre-run “breakfast,” a banana. We were out. Still, I decided to go ahead with my test of ENERGYbits.
This time, I swallowed my ENERGYbits about 45 minutes before my run. It made a big difference. When I headed out for my run, it was hot, humid, and miserable, but somehow I felt energized. My pace was quicker than I expected, and even without my banana, I felt fueled for the run. My headache even disappeared! That feeling held for the entire workout and I finished my four mile run feeling strong.
My final assessment: While I only used the ENERGYbits twice, I felt enough of a difference on my second try to be really positive about using Spirulina Algae on a regular basis. I really like the fact that, because ENERGYbits are real food, they took the place of my pre-run meal, leaving me feeling strong and not even a bit hungry.
If you are interested in placing an order, the nice folks at ENERGYbits will help you save some money! You can save 10% by using the offer code BLOG when you check out. Be sure to let me know what you think. Plus, today (Friday) is #freesamplefriday over at the ENERGYbits facebook page. Head over there and comment on this post for a free sample!
Disclosure: While ENERGYbits sent me a sample to try out and review, I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.
Have you tried ENERGYbits? What did you think?