Algae for Energy!

Hiya eaters!

You’ll be happy to know that my hangover subsided yesterday just in time for me to go to bed.

Don’t you hate the way that always works out?

Oh well, today I felt productive enough for two days so not all was lost.

But let’s talk about productivity, shall we?

I freaking love to be productive. Don’t we all?

I blame our puritanical national history for making us feel like leisure is the equivalent of sloth, but that’s a discussion for another day.

The discussion for today is how we keep ourselves humming along and checking things off our To Do lists.

For most people (myself included), coffee and other forms of caffeine are the answer. And to keep most people (myself included once again) running smoothly and consistently, a cup in the morning doesn’t cut it.

Coffee from Iron Hen Cafe.

And frankly, as someone who grew up in a pretty strict caffeine-free house (Mother is super sensitive), I’m not too thrilled with my now almost daily cup or two or three of coffee.

So one day when I just knew I’d need a second cup of coffee just to make it through work (not to mention homework after work), I went on a spirulina hunt.

If you haven’t heard of spirulina before, it is an algae that has a higher protein concentration than steak. And maybe people believe (including Dr. Oz, which is what sparked my spirulina quest) that all that protein translates into quick energy.

Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Yes, until you have to figure out how to ingest this algae.

On my spirulina hunt I bought some spirulina based Energy Chunks, which worked alright but weren’t worth the 120 calories/chunk and $7/pound, and a couple of green powders boasting high amounts of spirulina, which were a horrendous fail after I added HALF of a single serving packet to a Really Extra Awesome Smoothie and could still taste straight up lawn clippings. And knowing my history with vitamins (read: not taking them ever), I decided not to even waste my money on them.

So I was still in search of a way to essentially mainline spirulina short of swallowing a spirulina seed (so that a spirulina plant would grow in my stomach, just like a watermelon, right?).

Luckily, it wasn’t more than a day or two later when (thanks to Fitfluential) Energy Bits, a company that makes spirulina tablet/pill-things, reached out to me and offered me a free sample.

Free algae?

Sign me up!

And once these little breath mint-looking algae tabs arrived in the mail (very promptly, I might add) I decided to put them to the ultimate test: work!

Because smiling and walking around in circles for 5 hours with the occasional bought of speed walking requires a lot more energy than you’d think.

So for a couple of shifts, when I’d usually be running to the back to chug coffee and counting down the minutes until my magical 15 minute break, I popped a “serving” of Energy Bits.

No clue why they have a "W" on them.

And while I didn’t exactly feel like I could run a marathon or even work a double, I wasn’t yawning and trying to discretely lean against things. I had the energy to fold the demin wall and wrestle with the vacuum and put back racks of hangers.

And that’s saying a lot, because I hate that damn vacuum.

My only qualm with these Energy Bits is the idea of a “serving.” On the nutrition label it said a serving was 12 tabs, but everywhere else on their packaging it said to take 20-30 tabs. Not only is that confusing, but that’s a lot of Bits to swallow!

I took 12 tabs each time I took them and was able to make it through my shift, so maybe I would have been able to run a marathon had I taken 20-30.

So, I guess what it all comes down to, is would I buy these Bits with my own money?

Almost definitely!

I could easily get used to swallowing a small fistful of tabs. And a 1,000 tab bag is only $115. That may seem like a lot, but when you break it down it equals just over 83 12-tab servings for $1.38 a piece. That’s cheaper than Starbucks! Not to mention more convenient. (And if you take 20 tabs for a serving you still get 50 servings costing $2.30, which may or may not be cheaper than your Starbucks order, but is definitely more convenient.)

So there you have it, eaters, an excuse to eat algae and a way to cut down on the coffee without losing steam. What more could you ask for?

Well, a spirulina plant growing in my stomach would still be nice…

Your turn, eaters:

How many cups of coffee do you drink a day? Are you okay with that amount?

Have you ever tried spirulina? What did you think?

G’night eaters!

PS — Energy Bits sent me this sample for free in exchange for this review, but you better believe that these opinions are all mine.

PPS — I just found out that using the code BLOG when you checkout will get you 10% off, which means that each 12-tab serving will only cost you $1.20 and each 20-tab serving will only cost you $2. Now you really have no excuse not the buy them.

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