ENERGYbits Review #fueledbybits

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Twitter is a great resource. The amazing people at ENERGYbits reached out to me and offered me a chance to try their products. To be honest, I had heard and read of many people using these amazing bits, as they all claimed, but did not really know much about them. They were kind enough to send me some information in email, as well as a wealth of information via mail, along with a travel tin full of energy bits to try. I tried my bits in the morning before my long run…normally I eat a banana and a bowl of oatmeal about 2 hours before my run, then about 30 minutes before I head out I’ll grab about a half of a protein bar for a last minute shot of carbs. For this run I ate my usual oatmeal/banana combo, but I subbed the bits for my protein bar. I headed out to run feeling good….run went as usual. I can’t say I felt any different running, but I did have sustained energy throughout the 12 miles, could be the bits, could be just a good run. The biggest thing I noticed was that when my run was done, once I was home and showered, I’m usually wiped out, just want to take a nap kind of tired, but I felt great. I stretched, showered, and headed out to the grocery store and ran errands. Then a few hours later I was still feeling great as I headed to spin class that night. Coincidence? Possibly, but I really think the bits may have something to do with just a great steady feeling of sustained energy throughout the day. I felt good enough that I was convinced to buy more bits…if this is the way they make me feel, which natural and whole food ingredients, sign me up. I am always looking for whole food ways to fuel my body. I will grab for a bar if I have to have a quick snack/food source, but I’d prefer to not have the extra added “junk” that many bars contain. I want my body to be fueled as naturally as possible and that is why I am going to continue to try ENERGYbits as a source of fuel.

Here is a short summary that Jonathan sent me of the product:

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. ENERGYbits have the highest concentration of protein in the world 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.

ENERGYbits are all natural too, because they are a food, not a supplement. They have just one ingredient – 100% organically grown spirulina algae. Algae has been used by Olympic athletes for over 50 years, but is still virtually unknown in the USA and Canada. We are the first company to bring algae to national attention as a high protein, high performance snack food for athletes and active consumers.”

Here is a chart they sent me for comparison:

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ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com, and Jonathan (their Community 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, or more info on their sample program – you can email him at jlevitt@energybits.com

#fuelyourbetter (Vega Sport Protein Bar Review)

Thanks to my great partnership in the Sweat Pink Ambassador Program, I was able to try our Vega Sport’s protein recovery bars in chocolate peanut butter flavor. I love trying to energy and recovery products. I work out often and hard and want to make sure I am fueling my body as well as possible. There are many times when leaving the gym or coming home from a run I do not have time to sit down for a recovery meal, so a bar is a great option. 

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I tried to #fuelmybetter through using these bars after a hard workout. I can honestly say the taste is delicious, I felt like I was treating myself to an indulgence, and it was food for me. The upside to a recovery bar, vs a shake, is that it has a little more “sticking” power for my stomach. I hate feeling so hungry shortly after a workout. I ate these bars on several occasions and felt pleasantly full until it was time for my next meal. 

The day after a hard workout I am usually ready for my rest, but I was able to keep up my energy and not feel sluggish, I think the combination of ingredients in these bars definitely helped. 

These bars are a great combo of ingredients Vega Sport Protein Bars contain:

15 g complete, multisource, plant-based protein
2.5 g BCAAs
2 g glutamine
1 g Omega-3
27g carbs
260 calories

I allowed a few other people to try these bars out as well and they were all satisfied with the taste and texture, as I was. I am glad that I was able to review the bars and know that I can #fuelmybetter with smart choices that help me reach my goals. 

That Post Where I Recap all the Races I’m behind on…..

So in an effort to not bombard you with numerous posts for each of my last races that I haven’t talked about…I’ll do a group recap and highlight each of my favorite (or not so favorite) things about my last several races.

Rock N Roll Dallas 1/2 Marathon: 1:57:51 (PR)

I headed up for a weekend in Dallas with my best friend and we met up with 2 of her daughters (which are my sisters for all intents and purposes) 🙂 and we had a fun weekend of catching up and hanging out. We enjoyed a nice meal Saturday night and were up bright and early Sunday for the race. There is a definite perk to staying at the host hotel…you are literally at the starting line and can relax, stay warm (it was chilly) and use the restroom all before heading out to start the race. I hung out and 10 mins before the start headed out with a huge crowd to the corrals and we were off. This course was HILLY, more than I had expected. I had looked at the elevation chart, but still wasn’t prepared for the hills, I’m a Houston girl….flat as it gets! So needless to say it was a challenge to get up those hills, and the minute we crested the top, another one was waiting it seemed. By mile 10 I thought I was done…I was exhausted, my legs didn’t want to climb another hill, but I knew it was just 3 to go….and I hung in there. As we neared the park where the finish line was I glanced at my watch and saw I was getting really close to my time from my first half (I thought I had well passed that time) and I knew with an extra push I could PR. So I RAN….and crossed the finish line with a 8 second PR. I’ll take it. It was a fun weekend, it was awesome to have the support of friends cheering for me (this always gives me and extra UMPH)….and it was GREAT to finish with a PR and all!

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Tri Color Sprint Triathlon: 51:45 (PR)

This was my first ever triathlon….EVER! I had no clue what I was doing. I’d googled a lot, read a lot of blogs, and looked up every Pinterest article on what I thought I’d need to know. I know how to swim, I have a bike and am proficient in riding….and I can run. I mean, lets just combine the three and see what happens. So I entered….on a COLD Saturday morning I showed up at 5:30 to set up in transition (and eye everyone around me to make sure I could figure out what I was doing.) So I set up, lined up and before I could freak out I jumped into a FREEZING cold pool and attempted to swim while hyperventilating from the cold. (I survived.) Then onto a nice bike ride, I enjoyed it a lot…then off to run! Crossed the finish line in 51:something and really had fun! Was about to get my bike once transition reopened and leave and I find out I placed FIRST in my age group. Really?!? How did that happen??? I still don’t know…but it was a really fun moment getting to be on the podium for the first time ever! Tri’s are fun…I have a few more on the schedule already.

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Texas 10 Huntsville: 1:39:01 (PR)

So to complete my craziness, the next weekend….and weekend before my half marathon in Washington D.C., I decided to participate in a 10 mile race in Huntsville. Can we say hills….thats all I can say about the race, we climbed from the minute we left the chute! It was a good race, exhausting….and I set a 10 mile PR. Great last long run before taper week.

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Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon, Washington, DC: 2:02:38

Wow, what a race. This is put on by Nike, so my expectations were high to start, and they did not disappoint. The race course was perfect, starting off with running towards the capitol buildings and past many great sights in Washington. We started at 7AM so it was still cool out and I was excited to run in cooler weather again, but the 2 days of sight seeing before hand made my legs feel like lead from the start. Even still, I kept my pace strong and consistent for the first 5-6 miles. Then it kept hitting me I needed to stop and use the restroom, which all seemed to have lines, so I skipped each one I saw…..however by mile 7-8ish, I knew I had to stop and wait if thats what had to happen. So 5 mins later after a line of about 4 people, I was off again. I was frustrated I’d lost the time, but I felt I wasn’t running my best anyways, so I figured I’d just settle in and enjoy the scenery. I really didn’t even glance at my watch those last few miles, just enjoyed the run and the sights as we turned the corner and headed back into the main streets of DC. I crossed the finish line and looked down at my watch 2:02….4 mins off of my PR. I was frustrated knowing that if I hadn’t stopped I would have had a great time, but it was still an amazing race and I LOVED my little blue box at the finish line. Nike knows the way to a woman’s heart! I would love to do another Nike Women’s race at some point, a great all around experience.

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