Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review and Giveaway: ENERGYbits

I honestly don't think I'll ever get tired of talking about run fuel. How can you, with phrases like "runner's trots" to guide the conversation?

I've got my tried and true friends (like Salted Caramel Gu and Mott's Fruit Snacks), but I'm always willing to try something new, especially if I hear rave reviews.

Enter ENERGYbits; the run fuel that Twitter is a-talkin' about!

ENERGYbits are little spirulina pills packed with protein and nutrients, created specifically for providing your body with much-needed energy before and during a run. They're gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free, with zero caffeine or sugar to cause stomach problems at an inopportune moment.

Seriously. 100% algae. You can be one with the fishies.

After contacting my new buddy Jonathan, he sent over a sample of ENERGYbits for me to try on my next run and a sample to give away to an intrigued reader (lucky you!). The sample packs are adorable little baggies of 30 bits, a serving size according to the bits experts.

On Thursday, I was on my way home from teaching my kiddos and feeling absolutely uninspired about getting a workout in. You know the feeling; go home, pants off, sweats on, watch Chicago PD and wish you were Sophia Bush.

I've been struggling a bit since my half marathon on the 18th with getting back into the groove, though, so I knew it was important to postpone that mindset until after a run. To get myself revved up, I opened up the packet of bits on my drive home and gave 'em a try.

The package says to swallow them whole (like my BFF ibuprofen) since not everyone is a huge fan of spirulina mouth. Being super edgy, I decided to chew one anyway. They taste like seaweed.

Also notable: I'm still picking green out of my teeth. I shoulda listened when I had the chance!

Okay, one more thing: the package says to swallow them at the same time. Being super intelligent, I thought this might mean all 30 pills in your mouth at once. I sure hope that's not the case, because I got about 10 in there and had a hard time swallowing them without choking. Yes. I'm that smart.

To be honest, I'm not sure if I noticed a huge surge of small sea-plant-generated energy during my 4 miler that day, but the fact that I changed into running gear once I got home instead of sweats was enough of a surprise that I'm willing to bet the bits have something going on.

Will they replace my beloved Salted Caramel Gu? Probably not; Gu's portability, deliciousness, ease of consumption, and lack of accidentally causing an almost-choke reaction all work in my favor, here. Will I try ENERGYbits again? Oh sure thing! I'm always down for an extra source of nutrients!

Interested in giving them a try? Enter my giveaway below!

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ENERGYbits are only available at, 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


  1. Is it open to residents of Canada? I click on "Terms and Conditions" but it didn't show anything

    1. Oh sure, Terry! If you win I'd be happy to send 'em your way. :)

  2. Hey! I've read where tons of bloggers review EnergyBits. I'm so curious to try them myself. I currently use ClifBar shot bloks. I really love them and the fact that they're mostly organic !! Always easy on my tummy too. ;-)

    1. Hi Jess! It's always so helpful to hear what everyone else uses to fuel. :) I've tried shot bloks a few times on courses and can't get past the amount of chewing I need to do! They're not bad, though, and it's always good to find a fuel that doesn't mess with your stomach.

      Good luck!