Organic Foods, Are They Better For You?

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Organic foods, are they better for you?

We pride ourselves on being fully organic at FitBites, but if you’ve ever wondered what the big deal is, why anyone would bother paying extra for organic food, we’ve got a few answers. In short, if you asked us whether it pays to go organic, we’d say yes, absolutely. The debate goes on as to what extent organic food is better, but the consensus is that it is better for us.

What makes a food organic? Organic foods are generally foods which contain no artificial substances. With meat and dairy, that means the food comes from animals which were not fed on antibiotics or other hormones. For fruits and vegetables, organic means they’ve been grown without the use of chemical pesticides.

Why would producers use hormones and pesticides? Most prepared and processed foods contain preservatives, E numbers and flavourings. Manufacturers include them to both extend the product’s shelf life, and ensure consistency. It’s the same deal with hormones and pesticides. For supermarkets, consistency is key. Using preservatives and other chemicals to regulate how foods grow, what they look like and so on, means that you can find apples and oranges that look the same, even though they’re 200 miles apart. The price for this, is potentially harmful chemicals and hormones, being introduced into your body.

Organic food doesn’t contain chemical preservatives, which is why it often looks different to non-organic food. It’s why it even looks different compared to itself. A pack of organic apples might be slightly different shapes, sizes and colours, because the natural growing process was interfered with less.

Why is organic food more expensive? Because organic food isn’t ‘protected’ by pesticides or hormones, it’s more labour-intensive. With organic food, there’s also an increased risk of wastage, something growers and sellers need to factor in when pricing products.

Does organic food taste better? In some cases, almost certainly. Without the interference of chemical preservatives, the natural flavour of food is allowed to shine through. In other cases, it may come down to personal preference, and what you choose to tell yourself.

So, is organic healthier? Yes, in a nutshell. Organic food is less harmful to the environment and to your body. It also contains on average, more nutrients than non-organic food, and given the choice, we will always, always make FitBites organic.

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5 Ways To Use FitBites Superfood Blends

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Finding all of the right ingredients for your recovery or pre-workout smoothies can be both challenging and expensive. That’s why we created our superfood blends, so that you’d have more of what you need to create healthy, high-energy, high-protein smoothies in one pouch. There are loads more ways to use our blends, though, and most of them are pretty simple. Here are five of our favourite ways to use them to help power you through exercise, recover from a tough workout, or just feel fabulous.

What’s in FitBites Superfood Blends?

All three of our blends are a carefully selected combination of plant proteins and superfoods. They’re vegan and paleo-friendly, as well as gluten and dairy-free.

Alkalising Detox Blend

Hemp protein | Spirulina | Barley grass | Wheatgrass | Chlorella

Replenish Blend

Hemp protein | Pea protein | Cacao | Lucuma | Himalayan pink salt

Energising Blend

Maca | Baobab | Goji | Guarana | Beetroot

How to use FitBites Superfood Blends

Fruit smoothies

The simplest way to use our blends is to just add a scoop or two into your favourite smoothie mixture during blending. The scoop is pretty small, which means you can add the blend to almost anything without changing the texture too much.

Here’s a lovely one:

  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 handful frozen blueberries
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 200ml cashew or almond milk
  • 1-2 scoops of FitBites Superfood Blend

Milkshakes

For something richer, try a milkshake instead. You can use dairy-free ice-cream, but if you’re fine with dairy, regular ice-cream is a real treat.

Try this:

  • 200ml cashew or almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream
  • 1-2 scoops of FitBites Superfood Blend

Oatmeal

Prepare your oatmeal as usual, whether it’s on the hob, in the microwave, or instant, and just swirl a couple of scoops in at the last second.

Green tea

For the ultimate detox experience, we love stirring a scoop of FitBites Superfood Blend into a hot cup of green tea. Also works really well as part of an iced green tea (or fruit tea.)

Ice cream

If you’re making your own ice-cream, the key is have everything as cold as possible before adding it, that includes powders. Just add a scoop or two into the mix when it’s almost ready. Alternatively, you can just sprinkle a little powder over ice-cream you’ve bought.
Visit the FitBites online shop to see the full range of superfood blends.