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Vega Bar Mania!

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Hello FourC’ers!

 

We had the fabulous opportunity through Sweat Pink and Fit Approach to participate in a review of 8 of Vega’s most popular Vega Bars!

 

We received the following bars:

Vega Bars

 

Vega Snack Bars
- Dark Chocolate Mixed Nuts & Sea Salt
- Cranberry Almond

Vega Sport Protein Bars
- Chocolate Mint
- Chocolate Coconut

Vega Sport Energy Bars
- Chocolate Coconut Almond
- Apple Cherry

Vega One Meal Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Cherry Almond

All of the Vega Bars are Gluten Free, Plant-Based and Non GMO.

Because we love snacks lets start with the Vega Snack Bars.

Cran Almond

Cranberry Almond
This was the first bar we tasted. It was that time in between breakfast and lunch and we were really trying to push our lunch later in the day because we had a late workout that day.

We loved the taste and texture of this bar. It was substantial in size (not skimpy at all) and had all the crunchy, gooey, chewy-ness that totally satisfied in order to hold us over!

Dark Choc

Dark Chocolate Mixed Nuts & Sea Salt
Don’t get us started on this. We are very partial to anything that contains all of these ingredients! So needless to say, we loved it! Just like the Cranberry Almond, the bar was substantial in size and extremely tasty.

Vega Sport Energy Bars
We are always looking for an easy pre-workout “meal” so we had high hopes for the next two bars.

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Apple Cherry
Texture was sticky and the bar was thinner and flimsier than the snack bars. The Apple Cherry felt healthy while eating it and had an earthy taste. The cherry added decent sweetness.

Chocolate Coconut Almond
Texture and size was similar to the Apple Cherry. The bar was chocolaty, not overly sweet and had a surprising crunch!

Overall, we would choose the Chocolate Coconut Almond out of the two!

Vega Sport Protein Bars
Post-workout is even more important to us than the pre-workout meal! And just like the pre-workout, we are always looking for something quick because a lot of the time we don’t make it home immediately after a workout, are very cost conscious and in the big NYC, getting food to-go can be expensive AND we don’t always know what we’re REALLY putting in our mouths!

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Chocolate Mint
The texture of this bar reminded us of marshmallow; spongy I guess is a better way to put it! It was chocolate covered with a cake-like middle. We are not very big on chocolate mint, but if that’s your kind of thing you will probably love this. It was a very good hold-over until we were able to make it home for dinner!

Chocolate Coconut

Chocolate Coconut
This had the same texture as the Chocolate Mint and because we are HUGE into Chocolate Coconut, this was the bar for us. LOVED every bite and wished there was more of it!

There is a good amount of protein in both of these bars – 15 grams to be exact!

Vega One Meal Bars
We are not very big on having a meal bar as an actual meal. Typically because it does not leave us satisfied and we often crave eating “real” food on top of it which means extra calories.

Meal

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Big fans of anything chocolate and peanut butter, this bar was very satisfying. It had a chocolate outside with half a cake-like middle and half crunch. With 270 calories and 13 proteins, it has the substance to hold you like a meal, we would probably opt for having this as lunch if we were in a rush.

Meal 2

Chocolate Cherry Almond
This bar had the same texture and center set as the Chocolate Peanut Butter, including the crunchiness, except it had a fruity sweetness added from the cherry instead of the richness from peanut butter. Again with 260 calories and 12 proteins, its a great alternative to a meal!

Out of the two, we definitely choose the Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Personally, for us, some of the bars were just a smidge high in carbohydrates and sugar. On the plus side, all the major ingredients are organic and this made us very happy and felt good about what we were eating!

Overall these Vega Bars are tasty, satisfying, sustaining, easy and fun! No doubt we would grab one of these if we were on the go!

Check out the Vega Bar Website for more info!

Thanks again to Sweat Pink and Fit Approach for the opportunity!

ENERGYbits – #PoweredByBits

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#PoweredByBits #PoweredByBits #PoweredByBits…

This was pretty much Lisa and I after our first full dose of ENERGYbits during our favorite Kettlebell Kickboxing workout. We had tried the bits two times before, the first time I took 20 to do some work, the next time we each took 20 for a workout, but it wasn’t until we both took the full suggested dose of 30 that we truly felt the full effects of these little green magicians… and we were most certainly hooked!

You may be asking yourself, what the heck are ENERGYbits? Well, here’s a little more information from the amazing folks at ENERGYbits:
“ENERGYbits is a new Boston based sports nutrition company. Our ‘bits’ are rapidly becoming the fuel of choice for athletes and people looking to lead active lifestyles. ENERGYbits have the highest concentration of protein in the world and deliver a steady stream of energy, all naturally and all without sugar, caffeine, chemicals or stomach distress. Even better, ENERGYbits are the only protein in the world that also contain natural antioxidants and Omega 3 which reduce muscle inflammation, iron which prevents fatigue, chlorophyll which builds the immune system and electrolytes which replenish mineral imbalances, all for just one calorie per tab. No other protein offers all this.

ENERGYbits are all natural too, because they are a food, not a supplement. They have just one ingredient – 100% organically grown spirulina algae. Algae has been used by Olympic athletes for over 50 years, but is still virtually unknown in the USA and Canada. We are the first company to bring algae to national attention as a high protein, high performance snack food for athletes and active consumers.”

I had seen ENERGYbits on Twitter, which sparked me to do some research to find out more. Upon exploring their website and finding other reviews, I was interested to give them a try on my own! I reached out to the team at ENERGYbits and they were so amazing to send us a generous sample of ENERGYbits with tons of information on this fantastic product.

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The recommended dose for ENERGYbits is 20-30 bits, swallowed whole, before a workout. We definitely suggest the 30 bits, but you can try 20-25 if you want to ease in. You will certainly notice an increase in energy and alertness! We have heard that they are great for runners and many who have reviewed the bits during a run said that they were able to push themselves without decreased energy throughout their workout. Lisa and I are most definitely believers and we are huge supporters of this awesome product. We don’t like to promote things that we do not believe in, but we definitely feel as though these bits are top notch. If you feel as though you lack energy for your workout or need something to help you focus, we would most certainly suggest giving them a try. There are absolutely no negative side effects and they will help you to feel great without any stimulants or chemicals. The coolest thing is, they don’t just offer ENERGYbits, they also offer RECOVERYbits, VITALITYbits and SKINNYbits! The health benefits of Algae are highly regarded and the fact of the matter is millions of people do not even know about the health and energy benefits that they are missing out on as the power of Algae is unknown to almost everyone, unless of course you have tried ENERGYbits! Here is some more info about the amazing vitamins and minerals found in ENERGYbits!

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Now on to our experience. As we said, we swallowed 30 of the ENERGYbits before our workout. It is not recommended to chew the bits and trust me on this one, as I did try chewing one and it left some green behind in my teeth, which was easily washed away with water, but still not the most pleasant. The bits are so small that it is very easy to swallow 30 and aside from a little fish-food type smell, there is no noticeable taste. They also recommend that you take the bits with plenty of water, as they are high in protein and your body will require extra water to break them down. Within 10 minutes of taking the bits I definitely started to feel more awake and alert and ready to conquer. By our warm up I felt as though I could push myself even harder, when usually I have a hard time getting started. I can definitely see the bits working out best for a sustained activity, as the stop and start of our high intensity interval workout was a bit manic considering my energy was so high. I may try 25 bits next time and 30 for a longer duration steady state workout to keep me going. After our workout we felt great and got on with the rest of our night, grabbing a recovery meal and then our usual Thursday night post workout food shopping at Whole Foods. By the time we got home later that night we weren’t completely zapped like we usually are, yet we were able to sleep fine! The next morning Lisa actually woke up with a LOT of energy and she credited the ENERGYbits for helping her to have some extra pep in her step that next morning!

So, do you want to try ENERGYbits for yourself? Well you are in LUCK! The amazing folks at ENERGYbits have been generous enough to offer a *Free Sample* of ENERGYbits to one of our lucky followers! Just enter the giveaway below from now until 2/3 and we will announce the winner during The FourC Fitness Show on Tuesday 2/4 and contact you to let you know that you have been selected! Just a note from ENERGYbits regarding their products and this giveaway, “ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com, and Jonathan (their Brand Manager) has shared with us 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”. How cool is that? If you don’t happen to win at least you can still try the bits for a discounted price, that’s because the folks at ENERGYbits want you to learn about the benefits of Algae and so do we! Lisa and I loved our experience with ENERGYbits so much that we would love to become Ambassadors for this breakthrough product, so we will be sure to keep everyone posted!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ENTER TO WIN YOUR ENERGYbits TODAY!
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Kettlebell Kickboxing Body Series Giveaway

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Congratulations to Danette Delia and Barbara Diaz-Soca, our first two winners in our Kettlebell Kickboxing Body Series 11 Disc DVD set giveaway! Both Danette and Barbara participated in our Facebook contest to win their sets and are now embarking on the 60 Day Body Series Challenge, way to go ladies! Stay tuned for future giveaways, we will post details on how to win! In the mean time, for more information on The Body Series, visit the Kettlebell Kickboxing website!
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http://www.kettlebellkickboxing.com/dvds/the-body-series/

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