Energybits review {and giveaway!}

by Kim on October 3, 2013

Remember the massive swag bags everyone at the Healthy Living Summit got a few weeks ago?

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Ohmigosh. So much STUFF.

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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:

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Haha.

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.

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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.

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And then there was this modest, unassuming black envelope.

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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.

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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.

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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 jlevitt@energybits.com.

FYI: ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com.

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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??

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Michelle G. October 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm

My mornings could use a boost. They aren’t a problem during the summer but as soon as it starts getting colder, I need a little motivation to leave my blankets.

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Lynnette October 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

I LOVE Kim’s BLOGS! I always get good information and a few laughs. I totally want to try these bits. It’s around 9:30 am and 3 pm I start to get tired and sluggish at work. 9:30 I can grab some coffee, but at 3 I’m nervous about falling asleep at night after having caffeine so late.

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Jamie October 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm

definitely about an hour before I leave for work, I work usually slows down by then and I can’t keep my eyes open!

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Lisa @ Lisa Living Well October 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm

3 p.m. is definitely the time of day I could use a boost at work!
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Dorcas October 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

My late afternoons.

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Amanda October 5, 2013 at 10:42 am

I’ve been wanting to try these out. I really need a pick me up in the afternoon. Always seem to drag after lunch.

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Becky @ TheBexFactor.com October 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I could use an energy boost around 2pm at work on the days I don’t go to the gym on my lunch break.

I’ve tried energy bits and while they’re gross and super pricey, they are very effective. I wish I could afford to keep stocked up.
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Alex @ Alex Runs For Food October 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

My whole day needs some extra energy!!!!
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Deirdre October 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

Ah would love these to power me through my day…I seem to be lacking energy all day long until late evening, when I can’t workout and I need to sleep!

I run and dance and this could help me not only improve but maintain my physique! :)
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Sara October 4, 2013 at 7:43 am

I’m so surprised by your results! I would love to try them!

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Kim October 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Trust me, no one was more surprised than I was! :) I’m a total skeptic. I hope you get a chance to try them, one way or another! :)

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome October 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I have those same slippers and the knots drive me crazy! Target right????
Love energybits and their natural energizing powers!

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Eugene_Runner October 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I usually need caffeine around 2PM, so I would love to try ENERGYbits instead!

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Katie @ Daily Cup Of Kate October 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Ahh I havent tried these yet…they honestly kind of scare me. I hate swallowing any type of pill no matter what size—just thinking about swallowing 30 at once freaks me out. I wish I could just suck it up and give them a try…maybe they will come up with some sort of powder or something? I’m such a baby…
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Bill@8crazysoles October 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I recently reviewed & have become a bits supporter…I was worried too about having trouble taking so many pills at once but taking between 5 to ten at a time is really easy the bits are small & hardly needed much water at all. you could always mix/crush them up into a smoothy or pre workout drink I used powder suppliments for a while & always hated the taste & upset stomach. The bits are so much better I bought a bag as soon as my sample from Jonathan was finished & look forward to joining the team as an ambassador these little green guys are worth trying different things to enjoy their unique benifits. Hope this helps great review!

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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate October 4, 2013 at 7:25 am

Thanks for the tips, Bill! Maybe I should try crushing them into a smoothie, I think I could handle that!
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Caroline October 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I can usually use a boost around 10 am or 3 pm. I lag around both of these times.
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erika p October 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I’ve tried so many vitamins and supplements to help give me an energy boost-These sound wonderful.

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I could use an energy boost right after school. I need to stay alert for studying!

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Jen October 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Awesome! Love the whole idea of getting pure energy from completely natural sources. I’m definitely giving these a try.

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Katie D. October 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

These look so helpful – especially with work and school right now. I would love to try them!

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