Remember the massive swag bags everyone at the Healthy Living Summit got a few weeks ago?
Ohmigosh. So much STUFF.
It was seriously intimidating, to the point where I had to put it away for awhile. (After, ya know, taking care of all the animal crackers, Blue Diamond almonds, and half the protein bars…) It ended up hanging out in a corner for a few weeks, until a recent OCD-style cleaning episode got me to drag it back out.
So I’m finally going through everything. And—no surprise—it’s loaded with gems. First, I found a home for the OrthoLite insoles:
The fuzzy original insoles on these slippers were totally shot and kept curling up under my feet in the most annoying way. I’m not sure if this is what the OrthoLite folks envisioned for the use of their high tech insoles, but they’re working like a champ.
And no one’s the wiser.
I can’t, however, hide the fact that they’re so old and grubby that they won’t stay tied anymore…
I was also pretty pumped about this coupon book from EcoBonus. No one goes through Silk products the way our family does, and I’ve been wanting to try Meyer’s and Kiss my Face products.
And then there was this modest, unassuming black envelope.
I’d heard of Energybits before but never tried them myself—and, to be honest, I was incredibly skeptical. I’ve tried lots of supplements and energy boosters over the years, and I’ve never been thrilled enough with the results to actually add them to my daily routine. Honestly, with most of them, I didn’t feel a thing.
But, guys, THIS stuff is different. I was SO shocked that it actually delivered exactly what it promised: a constant and steady stream of energy, without a rush or crash.
So far, I’ve tried them 3 different times, at different times of the day:
—The first time, it was the middle of the afternoon and I was feeling the 2 PM energy dip. I popped a full serving of bits (30 of them—don’t worry, they’re teeny) and was AMAZED at how much they perked me up, within minutes. Then, they continued to fuel me through the rest of the day, including a sweaty workout I’d previously been thinking about skipping. (I even hopped on the treadmill for a run after my full Jillian Michaels workout, just because I was still feeling motivated! WHO AM I??)
—The second time, I took some bits around 8 PM. I was exhausted from the day, and even though I’d had big plans to work on a project and run that night, I’d made the mistake of camping out in front of the TV for an hour after Mason went to bed. Usually, once I’m comfortable on that couch, there’s no WAY I’m getting anything done.
So I thought I’d put the bits through the ultimate test—pulling me out of that slump—and, honestly, I didn’t expect much. But the results were somehow even more amazing than the first time. I powered through my project until 10 PM and THEN still went for that run! (Pretty late, I realize, but my legs were itching for it and I was just feeling so, so energized—I couldn’t believe it!)
Afterwards, I was still so energized—my brain was literally spinning with random thoughts—that I started to worry that I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep. (And if anyone’s going to have trouble falling asleep, it’s me. I can’t have caffeine, even a DROP, after 2 PM for this reason.) Luckily: no problems whatsoever. I honestly think I fell asleep even faster than usual somehow.
—The third time was first thing this morning. I’ve been having trouble lately keeping my habit of getting up an hour earlier than Mason to get things done, so I thought I’d take a shot at getting back on track. When my alarm went off, I forced myself to get up right away and down the bits. (Normally, taking pills first thing in the morning would upset my stomach, but since these are just straight plants, they didn’t bother me at all.) Again, within minutes, I could feel the energy kick in.
So what is this crazy, magical stuff??
Energybits are algae, in pill form. The kind I sampled was spirulina algae, which naturally boosts mental and physical energy and endurance. The company also produces bits made of chlorella algae, which helps prevent colds, boosts the immune system, and can even fight hangovers.
Some key stats:
–Energybits are real FOOD, not supplements. They have only one ingredient, algae, which is a crop that’s grown and harvested like any other food.
–No caffeine, chemicals, sugar, gluten, etc…just algae.
–Algae has more beta carotene, more antioxidants, and more iron than any other food in the world and is second only to mothers’ milk in its concentration of GLA, an essential fatty acid that is critical to brain health.
–Algae is well known and documented as the most nutrient dense food in the world. NASA has fed algae to their astronauts for over 50 years and says, “one gram of algae has the nutritional equivalent of 1,000 grams of fruits and vegetables.” Whaat!
–Energybits contain over 40 vitamins and minerals and are made of 64% protein, the highest concentration of protein in the world.
–Each tab is only one calorie. So you can rack up a total of 30 calories if you take a full serving, but I’ve been rationing mine a little to make them last longer (I can still feel the effects on only 5-10 tabs).
The history of algae as a food source is pretty wild too—you can read about it here. The part I found most fascinating was that the Japanese used it to avoid mass starvation after the Hiroshima bomb in WWII, and were surprised by the added bonus that it seemed to help cure their radiation poisoning.
Anyway, I’m officially in love with this stuff. First and foremost, because it works. Secondly, because it’s just food. Which means I don’t have to worry about any weird side effects or secret fake ingredients, or some study 10 years down the road telling me it’s actually horrible for me after all.
It’s just a plant. You really can’t get more innocent than that.
However, there is one minor drawback: it’s a plant. Meaning: it tastes like one. Energybits compresses algae into these teeny tiny tabs specifically so that you don’t have to taste them—you can just swallow them—but it does feel a little weird swallowing 10-30 bits at once. Also, my hands smell terrible afterwards.
But then, we all got used to fish oil, didn’t we?
And, oh my gosh…so WORTH IT.
Now for the best part: giveaway time! It was funny—the day after I started trying the bits, and had already decided I’d write up a review of them, I was contacted by the company with a giveaway offer. Umm, YES please.
Also, 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.
FYI: ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Energybits by attending the Healthy Living Summit. I was not asked to write a review on my blog, and I’m not receiving any other compensation for this post. Energybits is hosting the giveaway.
Winner will be announced next Friday. Good luck!
Have you tried Energybits? What do you think of them??