Energy – It’s what every athlete wants, right? The ability to wake up in the wee hours, train hard, go to work, enjoy family time, and maybe get a few chores done all before heading to bed just to do it again the next day
That sort of energy is bottled up in children and somehow gets dispersed and evaporated out of our pores with each passing year. Energy is something we are all searching to keep and maintain. It gives athletes that little extra edge to push harder or go the extra mile.
Energy supplements are booming in the athletic world. Everywhere you turn someone is selling energy. I googled “energy for athletes” and it gave me over 13 million results!
It’s big business. As a triathlete, I have tried many of these products from energy bars, drinks & gels to supplements and pills, you name it, I’ve tried it.
Recently, I have been given the opportunity to try two different products that provide energy for athletes. The first is PocketFuel’s Cold Brew Energy Shots and the second is Energybits.
Energybits are algae. It doesn’t get simpler than that. The little green tablets have one ingredient – Spriulina algae. Spriulina algae is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The big hype for taking spirulina as a supplement is the protein content. The University of Maryland Medical Center website states, “Amino acids make up 62% of spirulina. Because it is a rich source of protein and other nutrients, spirulina has been used as a nutritional supplement. However, although spirulina contains a certain level of protein, you would need to take very large quantities to see any effect. Other sources of protein, such as nuts, legumes, whole grains, and meat, provide protein in smaller servings.”
I received the sample packets on Saturday. Perfect timing, I was racing the half marathon on Sunday and thought that would be a great time to test them. I received two of these small packs along with a wealth of information about the product. With everything I read and all the hype surrounding these little green pills I was super excited to try them.
I didn’t take a picture of the pills so here is one from the Energybits website.
I was excited to try them until I realized I wasn’t going to be just taking one little pill. I was going to have to take the whole packet of pills. One single serving is 30 pills. YES, 30 PILLS! Sunday morning, about 90 minutes before the race, I gaggingly took 30 green pills. That a lot of pills for someone who hates taking pills. I wonder if there is a way to increase the potency in order to reduce the number of pills in a single serving…
I had plenty of energy come race time. I felt like I had a better run than I expected.
Here’s a little know fact about me…I love naps! I love naps after races. I get home, curl up in bed and crash for a couple of hours. I feel like it speeds up my recovery and I just like it!
Sunday after the race, I did just that. I got all curled up in my down comforter. It was pure bliss EXCEPT I couldn’t sleep. I was wide awake. Sleep was not an option. Damn pills!
Pros of Energybits:
Energy and plenty of it!
Non GMO algae
Cons of Energybits:
Cost – $115 dollars for 1000 pills or 33 servings (That’s $3.48/serving!)
30 pills per serving
Inability to take a nap (yes, this is a con!)
PocketFuel’s Cold Brew Energy Shots are single serve (1.15 oz) packets. They come in three flavors – Java, Mocha and Vanilla. Like Energybits, they are 100% natural energy. Each packet has 70 mg of caffeine from organic coffee. The studies on caffeine and performance in athletes are numerous. An article on Fitday.com titled “Consuming Caffeine before Working Out” states “caffeine is thought to help endurance athletes by reducing the muscles’ consumption of glycogen, the stored energy used up during exercise. There’s only a certain amount of glycogen available, and once it’s used up, muscle fatigue sets in. Caffeine is thought to delay the onset of muscle fatigue by helping your body use its own fat reserves as energy instead, reducing the glycogen burn rate. This is known as “glycogen sparing.” The longer your glycogen lasts, the longer your muscles can function. Caffeine consumed during a marathon has also been found to be an effective aid, helping to release pain-reducing endorphins as well as reducing mental fatigue.” This article also mentions that caffeine has been found to benefit long distance endurance athletes as well as sprint athletes.
I received three Cold Brew Energy Shots to try – one of each flavor.
It took me a couple of days to try them. I kept thinking in my head that it was going to taste like coffee grounds. Really, Michelle, coffee grounds? I know, I know. The first one I tried was the Vanilla Energy Shot. Holy canoli, it was amazing. I was in vanilla coffee heaven. I took it about 30 minutes before hitting the pool for a long session. As I started my swim, I could feel my energy growing. All the sudden, I was Michael Phelps winning the gold medal (but in girl version). I felt like I could swim for hours. I was shocked how much energy this little packet provided me. I actually swam my furthest distance this the season – 2250 meters. I definitely owe that to my energy shot…oh, and I was able to sleep like a baby that night!
As you know, health and organics are very important to me. What I love about this product is that it is 100% organic AND FAIR TRADE. Double goodness. It is also Vegan and Soy, Dairy & Gluten Free. The ingredients for the Java Energy Shot are cold brew coffee, organic coconut milk, organic evaporated cane juice and tapioca flour. It passes my ingredients test. I can pronouce and have knowledge of all the ingredients listed!
Cons of Cold Brew Energy Shots:
I am being very honest when I say I can honestly not find a con.
Pros of Cold Brew Energy Shots
Cost – $49.17 for 33 servings (That’s only $1.49/serving, which is well below any standard energy gel)
Instant energy when you need it
Convenient and easy-to-use
Organic and Fair Trade
After reviewing both sources of energy, my choice would be the Cold Brew Energy Shots hands down. I truly wanted to enjoy Energybits but I just didn’t. It took me a couple of days to get it out of my system and I ended up feeling “a crash” for two days. The pick me up that the Cold Brew Energy Shots gave me was a perfect blend of “beast mode”. Enough to increase my endurance and athletic ability without keeping me awake for hours. I can’t imagine taking Energybits for a night workout. I would never sleep.
PocketFuel Naturals was created by athletes for athletes. It’s whole food that will sustain and fuel you. To learn more about this amazing company, visit their website.
NOW, IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! PocketFuel Naturals has been generous enough to offer a giveaway to my readers. Up for grabs is a PocketFuel sample pack which includes one of each of their favorites, INCLUDING the Cold Brew Energy Shots!
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Disclosure: I received Energy Bits and PocketFuel Naturals for review purposes only. No other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.