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. 

Cottage Cheese Stuffed Chicken

I randomly found the most amazing chicken recipe recently and it has definitely become a regular item I’ll make from now on. My family loved it, especially my two girls. It was so easy to make and was still delicious the next day! It’s always a winner when the leftover are just as good.

Ingredients:

-3 chicken breast

-12 ounces Cottage Cheese (I will use reduced fat next time, the fat free was too runny)

-6 spinach leaves, chopped

-1/4 red onion, chopped (I used white because its what I had and it turned out fine)

-3 teaspoons garlic powder

Directions:

-Cut a hole in the chicken so you can stuff it (this was a challenge for me, but I ended up stuffing/dumping the rest on top and it turned out fine)

-In a large bowl combine cottage cheese, spinach, onion, and garlic powered and stir this all together

-Stuff this mixture into the “hole” you cut in the chicken (I dumped any excess I had on top once it was “stuffed”)

-Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked through)

That’s it…so simple and delicious. I made a vegetable for a side and put it over quinoa. Simple, quick, healthy, and done!20140206-223225.jpg

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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

I have two children and a busy schedule, so I am always looking for good fix it and forget it healthy recipes for either the crock pot or that I can make and serve in 30 minutes or less. Usually all I have to do is throw together a side or a vegetable and we’re ready to eat. This saves my life and my sanity most days. Most of these make enough for leftovers for another dinner or a lunch as well. 

 

My favorite recipe is the easiest and one of the moistest chicken recipes in the book.

-Grab a bag of frozen chicken (or use chicken breast)

-Place chicken in crock pot

-Cover with salsa (I buy mine from a local Mexican restaurant, but store bought works too)

-add optional ingredients (I love to throw mushrooms in mine and sometimes pearl onions)

-Cook on low for 6 hrs (frozen) or 4 hrs (thawed)

That’s it. So easy. The aroma is delicious. I usually make rice or qunioa with it and sometimes I just throw the chicken over a salad. This reheats really well too.