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Electro-Bites from Fuel100 – Innovative Fueling Option for Endurance Athletes

Electro Bites
Fueling myself for running is the bane of my existence. Or… at least one of the bigger challenges of my endurance running career hobby.  I had recently seen Electro-Bites by Fuel100 and was eager to try them. When the opportunity arose to get some and post a review, I was completely on board. (FTC Disclosure: that means I was sent one free package of each flavor to test/review.)

The bites are a 100 calories per bag and they contain pretty simple, yet unique and different, ingredients. I say unique and different because they’re not straight sugar. So…. What’s in Electro-Bites?

Ingredients

  •  Organic Coconut Oil
  •  Organic Agave Syrup
  •  Potato Starch
  •  Sodium (190mg) , Magnesium (46mg), Potassium (55mg)

 

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Why those ingredients in a product that is designed as nutrition for athletes? Why not a variety of sugars? The creators were pretty focused with their research and development. Some details in particular I found interesting:

  • Coconut Oil: reduces inflammation, digestive aid, improves utilization of blood glucose (and more)
  • Agave: faster acting sugar, rapidly absorbed, healthy bacteria that are good for digestion (and more)
  • Potato Starch: It’s a good carbohydrate source

Flavor

Electro-Bites come in 5 flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Salty Vanilla, Simply Salty and Salty Vinegar.

Wait, what? Vinegar?!

Yeah, I was a little apprehensive about that one. But you know what? It’s good… the vinegar flavor is hardly there at all… it’s not like you’re eating a pickle juice bite. But I think my favorite flavor of all was Salty Vanilla.

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Effective

I used Electro-Bites to train for the half marathon I ran in May. In terms of fueling, they were great! I never felt like I had some kind of sugar overload and they tasted good. They dissolve pretty quickly in your mouth so they are easy to chew up and they didn’t bother my sensitive gut. I didn’t like the actual package they came in, because I didn’t eat the entire pack at once (that would have been too much to chew) and preferred to pull a few out and eat them, then grab a few more about 10 minutes later. So instead, I dumped them in a small snack-size zip-top bag. I carried them in the shoulder pocket on my Orange Mud pack, so they weren’t too squished but jamming them into a tightly packed waist band could potentially leave you with dust if you’re not careful.

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Electro-Bites Final Notes

Electro-Bites were created by two women, both mothers and both super speedy… you can read their bios, see their times and learn more about how the product came about. Hint: It involved one of them losing a crown during a race due to a chewy fuel. They are based out of Mukilteo, WA… they should bring samples to runners at Ragnar Northwest Passage! (I say this because I’m going to be at that event! LOL!)

They retail for $13.20 for a 6 pack via the website. So that’s about $2.20 a pack, pretty much in line with some of the more premium fuel options I’ve seen.

I would buy these for future races, it was a different form of fuel but it works for me. I like that it’s a potato-based product, something I’ve considered due to popularity at ultra aid stations, but in a more convenient form!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Fuel100 Electro Bites for free from Fuel100 as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for gear review publication.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Wacky Yogurt Flavors With Heat

Does this have anything to do with running? Nope. But yogurt is frequently considered a health food. (or a demon food, depending on which audience you talk to!) So… whatever. Yogurt it is today!

Chobani Chipotle Pineapple yogurt

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Saw this on the shelves at the grocery store. The oddity, when compared with the overall dessert-ish vibe of the yogurt section, stood out and I knew I wanted to try it.

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Pineapple flavor of yogurt is nice, with little pieces of pineapple interspersed. It was a little thin or watery compared to many Greek yogurts.

Crunchy stuff isn’t sweet. The seeds have a tiny bit of flavor from the granola and the almonds have a subtle smokiness. The heat is there in the granola, but not overpowering. A big spoonful of the granola straight might be too much

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Mixed together, it’s just a nice crunch to the yogurt with a hint of heat underneath it all. It’s just enough to sense it but it’s not going to burn out your mouth. I have a fair amount of tolerance for heat and felt this super subtle but if you are sensitive this may burn more. Overall, kind of a pleasant mix!

Sriracha Mango yogurt


I was scared of this yogurt yet really excited to try it. Sriracha ketchup is a fabulous condiment, but I’d never dream of putting sriracha directly in my yogurt.

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The yogurt was pleasant, not overly sweet with just a few small pieces of mango. Again, this variety seemed thinner than most Greek yogurts.

All of the crunchy topping stuff was tasty. The sriracha heat was just right. I think I might be tempted to eat it as a snack.


Combining the mango yogurt and the sriracha crunchy things was awesome. Seriously, this was just yummy. The heat was just a faint background burn. Calling it a burn might be too strong, it was just slight intensity. I’d totally buy this again. Oh! Wait… I already have bought it again.

Disclaimer: Because people ask, I bought this with my own money after seeing it on grocery shelves. Nobody prompted me to buy or eat this. I did post a pic on Instagram and had people ask for my feedback on it, so I thought, “Why not write a post? That sounds like something you’d have done before blogging got wacky.”

Bottle of Play Again Now

Play Again Now

 

About 5 days after I ran the Parowan Half Marathon earlier this year, I was at the tail end of my post-race soreness when I received an email telling me about the virtues of this product that helped reduce soreness so athletes can get moving again. Still feeling the residual pain from running downhill for two hours, I was eager to take a look.

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Play Again Now is a bottle of liquid hyaluronic acid that is taken orally. It contains no calories, gluten, carbs or caffeine. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally produced substance that helps cushion joins and provide elasticity to muscles. By taking it orally, it is readily absorbed by the mouth and lining of throat for use by the body to combat stiffness and soreness.

It tastes kind of like berries and if you are used to gels for sport, you shouldn’t have any problem with this. It’s not nearly as viscous as most sports gels.

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They recommend a loading phase for the first two weeks, people who are over 250 pounds take 4 tablespoons a day and those who are less than 250 take 3 tablespoons a day. Once the loading phase is over you are supposed to drop down to 1-2 or 2-3 tablespoons a day, depending on your weight.

I’ll be honest with you, it seemed weird that somebody who weighs 249 pounds would have the same dosage as someone who weighs 120 pounds. So I did the loading phase but I just did 2 tablespoons a day.

I finished up my loading phase and was a couple of days into maintenance when I did the Cedar Half Marathon. I had zero soreness after that event. It’s very possible that I had already inflicted all those micro-tears in my downhill running muscles 4 weeks earlier in my race before and they were all healed and rebuilt into a stronger system. But it’s also very possible that Play Again Now helped.

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They have success stories on their site from athletes (strongman competitors, cyclists, ninja warrior), medical professionals (MD, chiropractor, physical therapist) and everyday people. Basically they’re trying to convey that pretty much anyone can benefit from this product.

My running lately has felt pretty smooth and I bounce back from harder workouts pretty easily. I am willing to assume it has helped me. In fact, I ordered another bottle of it from Amazon to keep trying it. If I can keep my joints and muscles feeling overall pretty happy, I’m on board!

It retails for $49.95 per bottle on the Play Again Now website, but it’s about $10 cheaper on Amazon. (affiliate) You can also get it through GNC.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Nutrimatix

The Badwater 135 race kicks off today… For those of you who are unaware of this unique torture, the race takes runners on a 135-mile journey through Death Valley in the heat of the summer. There’s a lot of different stuff happening this year compared to previous years after last year’s event couldn’t even go through the park as it usually did. Some of the significant changes this year are: a new night start instead of a morning start so runners are running through the night hours so runners are above 2000 feet elevation by 10 am (to avoid the highest heat), runners can only have one support vehicle and the event has to take place during a full moon. [Change details]

Another change this year is the addition of title sponsor Nutrimatix. And since I owe you (and Nutrimatix) a review of their product, I figured the timing to coincide with Badwater was as good of time as any!

Disclaimer: This means I was a sent a product for free to review.

Nutrimatix is a vitamin drink packet.

Packet of Nutrimatix drink mix

When combined with a glass of water, it turns into a tasty orange beverage. Kind of like Tang. (Mmmm…. Tang. Like the astronauts drink!) Okay, I haven’t had Tang to drink since sometime in the 1980’s… so this is based on my vague recollection of what Tang tasted like.

Orange Nutrimatix drink in a cup

That makes it sound so simple, huh? But it’s pretty much WAY MORE than that.

So while yes, Nutrimatix is a vitamin drink packet, it’s also a CUSTOM blend. And how is that blend determined?

The user downloads the Nutrimatix app. (iOS and Android) The first step it offers is to connect a tracker/platform/app to share your fitness habits with the app. This step can be skipped if there is no tracker available. But the services you can connect to as of this writing: Strava, RunKeeper, Dailymile, MapMyRun, Fitbit, Jawbone, MapMyRide, Withings.




Next step is to add your basic measurements of gender, age, height and weight.

Then we move onto a questionnaire. It asks about your dietary habits/preference. It asks about your smoking/alcohol/caffeine habits. Do you have joint discomfort? Are you training for an event? Sleep, mental energy, physical energy, stress, and more… The questionnaire covers a wide range of topics, but it’s very easy to answer as the interface is easy to use, and the answers are all multiple choice.

So after all this, it evaluates everything and spits out results just for you. The app even took into account my location to determine that I probably don’t have a Vitamin D deficiency due to my “location below the 37th parallel” and it adjusted my formula to account for that. It gives explanations for why the questions were asked and how that can play a role in your health. And it delivers a list of nutrients that are to be placed in your blend, complete with an explanation of why that item was included, uses, and possible side effects.

Partial list of recommended custom blend of nutrients from Nutrimatix.
Partial list of recommended nutrients. Add on several more above this and you’d see the complete picture. There were a lot of them.

 

Honestly, the whole thing fascinates me. Both the sports nutrition nut and the geek sides of me are satisfied with this experience. I mean… it’s a drink that uses an APP to make a blend that is designed for an individual. And that app ties into other apps to gather a more complete picture. That just really makes my inner-nerd-girl giddy!

Once you’ve got your blend, it comes time to order. The packets are dairy, soy, nut, artificial sweetener and artificial coloring free. They are made in a pharmaceutical-grade facility in the US. They’re vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free… pretty much everything people might look for.

The price? $48 for a 4 week supply. But the more weeks you buy, the more you can save. (12 week supply, you save 6%, 24 weeks = 12% savings, 48 weeks = 24% savings). Although, my shipment came in a fancy-pants box. If they could chop some of the price off by sending the packets to me just loose in a box, or shoved in a zip-top bag… I would be fine with that! The box loses its WOW factor after the first couple openings.

I’m very tempted to purchase more… but my inner cheapskate is fighting that. I’m sure if I add up all of the costs of taking supplements and replace it with this it would balance out or possibly be more cost-effective. Also, it seems that perhaps you wouldn’t want to order too many weeks in advance in case your goals changed. What if you were training for a marathon, but then in 3 months you were going to be done with that and wanted to focus on weights? I’m sure the nutrients it recommends would change.

That said, I’m fascinated by this approach, and they’ve done a great job with their app, as well as with their product. With their new title-sponsorship for the Badwater 135, it appears they’re moving up in the industry and want to make themselves known with endurance athletes, especially those tackling the BIG stuff.

Check them out, download the free app and play around with it. It’s fascinating to see what is recommended and why!

Final Disclosure: I was sent a box of Nutrimatix drink packets for free to review on the site. The words posted here are, as always, my own.