FitBites Love Hemp Protein

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We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to get as much delicious nutrition into our FitBites as possible. So, when we came across hemp protein which not only ticks all of our ‘organic’ and ‘gluten-free’ boxes, but also provides a substantial vegan-friendly protein source, we were pretty excited.

 

Let’s clear something up straight away, though; when we talk about hemp, we are talking about the same family of plants that marijuana comes from, but hemp seeds do not contain anywhere near enough psychoactives to produce an effect (less than 0.3% by weight.)

How is Hemp Protein Made? 

The hemp seed is harvested, before being separated from its husk and pressed to remove the oil. The oil goes on to be used for other purposes, while the resulting seed ‘cake’, is ground into a fine powder – this is the hemp protein that we mix into FitBites Protein HIIT balls.

Amino Acid Jackpot 

Unfortunately, a lot of other non-animal and non-dairy proteins are poor alternatives, having either a pretty low protein content, or other nasty side-effects (usually digestive.) Hemp protein is not only high in protein, it also contains all 21 amino acids, including the nine we can’t make inside our bodies – meaning we have to get them through our diets. Those nine essential amino acids are:

  • histidine
  • leucine
  • isoleucine
  • lysine
  • methionine
  • phenylalanine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • valine

These amino acids aren’t just important for building muscle after hitting the gym, either, they’re crucial to allowing all of your body’s organs and systems to function properly, from your kidneys and liver, to your brain and nervous system.

Fatty acids 

The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are found in hemp protein are naturally occurring, they’re not added in. They’re essential, too, for optimum brain function and for helping to reduce inflammation (omega-3.)

You’ll only find tiny amounts of these fantastic fatty acids in FitBites, because they’re pretty small, but if you’re interested in their health benefits, we would recommend doing a bit more reading about them. You could start here.

Vegan-friendly 

We’ve mentioned it already, but we were incredibly excited to start using hemp protein, because we know that for vegans, finding good sources of protein can sometimes be challenging. We would love it if, after trying our Protein HIIT balls, you bought yourself some hemp protein to use as a regular supplement.

Two tablespoons of hemp protein contains around 15g of protein.

If you have questions about hemp protein, or any of our other ingredients, we’d be happy to discuss them with you. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Organic Healthy Energy Bites and Active Kids: FitBites Q&A

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Organic Snacks and Healthy Kids: FitBites Q&A

 FitBites was founded in 2014 with the ambition of combining healthy eating and sport, with a passion for getting kids active. Now, almost a year on, FitBites are available in yoga studios and independent health food shops across the UK. The product itself,  organic healthy energy bites made from fruits, nuts and superfoods, is also available online and soon from some of the country’s leading retailers.

If you’re curious to learn more about the FitBites mission, here’s a quick Q&A with our founders, Emma and Ramon.

What was the inspiration for starting the company?

It’s a very simple story. Both Ramon and I have a passion for natural healthy food and have been surrounded by sports all our lives. Since starting the business we have certainly seen the demand for clean eating grow and this is what FitBites represents – simple, clean and healthy foods.

We also hope that by donating 10% of our profits to active kids projects, we will see more children enjoy and benefit from sports too.

FitBites is on a mission to get kids physically active again. What are the main challenges we face? Is it still TV and video games?

As with many issues, there is often a combination of challenges which is why society scratches their heads for a solution. If we were to focus on one issue, my personal belief is that in most instances, children’s habits are influenced by their family and teachers. If mum and dad eat junk food and activity extends to pushing a button on the remote then, I think you get the picture.

If both parents and children enjoy a healthy balanced diet, and they share the fun of a family walk, the kick of a football in the park, or a swim at the local pool, then surely this can help mould them for a better future?

As a key influencer, schools also need to take greater responsibility, make lunchtime meals healthier, and inject some fun into PE. Imagine young children being offered a Zumba class rather than being asked to run around a muddy field in the rain. Bootcamp style workouts can be made fun and accessible for children of all ages. Learning good form in these types of classes teaches a child a lot about their bodies. 

How can parents encourage their kids to be more active?

By being more active themselves. Being fit and healthy for your children is so important. Enjoying and sharing activates with them is so much fun. 

And the products themselves, how are they made?

Our processes are very simple; we curate only the highest grade of natural ingredients. These are then blended and hand rolled. So as to maintain the optimal nutritional value, none of the ingredients are heated. 

How do you come up with the flavour combinations? Have there been ones that didn’t quite make the cut?

With lots of testing and the use of many human guinea pigs. We’ve certainly had a few combinations that turned faces and rapidly found the bin but that’s part of the fun. As we avoid the use of binding agents, the tricky part is then ensuring that the ingredients bind well naturally.

FitBites are paleo-friendly, organic and gluten-free. How important was it to you that you covered all of these things?

Our ingredients are fruit, nut and plant-based, so they naturally tick a number of health conscious boxes: paleo, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Where possible we always use organic ingredients because quite simply why wouldn’t you? They taste better and they are free of nasties. If we are ticking lots of boxes then we hope we are satisfying more people.

Tell us about your new Pre/Post pouches. What are they for?

Ah well, our pre/post balls were the brainstorm of hours of marathon training. The pre training balls gives you the burst of energy you need to get you on your way and the post recovery ball provides a little protein and replenishment after your run. Having them in a handy resealable pouch means you can just throw them in your kit bag or pocket and you’re off.

FitBites are free from added sugars, are paleo and vegan friendly and are gluten-free. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and competitions.

 

 

Super Reds and Fabulous Fruits

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Sweet, tangy and absolutely packed with delicious organic fruits, the next in our line of brand new flavours, Super Reds, bring a taste of Summer year-round.

With Super Reds, we wanted to create something that would help you out both immediately before and after your workouts, but that would also benefit your long-term health. We chose raspberries, strawberries and beetroot for Super Reds, not just because they look and taste great together, but as because as a combination, they offer some pretty powerful immunity and anti-inflammatory benefits.

We do a lot of research before deciding which foods to include in FitBites, and while we acknowledge that there are different views on how anti-inflammatories affect recovery and performance, we believe that for regular swimming, running, or other sports which can leave you feeling sore, anti-inflammatory foods are beneficial.

Beetroot

Beetroot has been studied for its effects on performance endurance, with evidence suggesting that it can decrease the amount of oxygen needed to maintain performance. This means less energy expended over time.

Alongside a host of other nutrients such as iron, vitamin C and folic acid, beetroot is a great addition to your diet.

Strawberries

If you love strawberries, you probably don’t need much convincing, but we chose to include them in Super Reds because of their immunity-protecting properties. They’re also rich in nitrates, which help to promote healthy blood oxygen levels and blood flow.

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Raspberries are high in vitamin C, which is important for wound healing, immunity and cell health. They’re also a powerful anti-inflammatory, which can help to reduce some of the soreness you feel post-workout.

The entire FitBites range is designed to help you fuel and refuel naturally, with specific benefits built into each combination, but if an immunity-boost and a reduction in soreness are what you’re after, we recommend giving our Super Reds a try.

FitBites are free from refined sugar, and are gluten-free.

Baobab Bounce! That’s Bay-Oh-Bab

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Some baobab trees still producing fruit have been carbon dated to around 1,000 years old, with estimates of others being even older.  

Reason enough, we think, to want to try the incredible fruit it bears – what an awesome link to the past!

Baobab trees are native to parts of mainland Africa, Madagascar and Australia, and the fruit, known simply as baobab or baobab fruit, comes as large seed-shaped pods. These pods contain powdery white chunks, which although they look pretty drab, have a pleasant tangy flavour.

The flavour isn’t really why we’re so into baobab, though. With around six times the vitamin C of oranges, baobab is outstanding at helping to maintain healthy skin and bones, as well as strong nervous and immune systems. With twice the calcium by weight of milk, baobab powder can be very valuable to those allergic to dairy.

Potassium, iron, magnesium and fibre all go towards making baobab powder one of the most naturally nutritious supplements in the world. In parts of Africa, baobab has been celebrated for nourishing generations of families through hardships, and demand for it in Europe could go some way to helping communities earn a living, or trade resources.

In ground form, the powder can be mixed into porridge, yoghurt and smoothies. We’ve mixed ours with dates, almonds, pineapple and coconut, to give you a highly nutritious and natural way to power your workouts.

Baobab is nutritionally rich 

Vitamin C – skin, bones, immunity and nervous system

Potassium – muscle performance and recovery, healthy blood pressure, kidney function

Iron – red blood cell production, healthy blood oxygen levels

Magnesium – strong bones, nervous system health

All of FitBites products are gluten-free, paleo-friendly. We don’t add any sugar or preservatives

Spirulina Stretch Uncovered

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Did you know that spirulina is the richest source of plant protein in the world? Its protein content is around 60% of its weight, and gram-for-gram, it has more protein than red meat, chicken and eggs. How could we not use it, right?

What is spirulina?

It looks pretty simple – spirulina is a blue-green algae (technically a cyanobacteria) that grows in water. It’s a single-cell protein, but amazingly, is packed with other nutrients like iron, and amino acids like leucine. Leucine is a very popular amino acid in its own right, used by athletes in many sports for healthy, natural muscle recovery.

Our Spirulina Stretch ball is also made from 40% apricots, and with good reason. As well as being high in vitamins A and C, dried apricots are a great source of fibre and catechins, which help to reduce inflammation. That’s good news if you’re running, lifting weights, or putting stress on your joints.

Another ingredient we love in Spirulina Stretch is almonds. As well as being a great protein source, almonds are high in vitamin E (vitamin E is actually a group of 8 different nutrients), a powerful anti-oxidant and healthy heart supporter.

Almonds also contain good amounts of copper. Copper enables all sorts of reactions to take place in the body, and helps to keep blood vessels flexible and healthy.

The other ingredients in Spirulina Stretch are medjool dates and coconut. That’s it. Nothing else. No added sugar or preservatives at all.

FitBites Fuel and Recover the Natural Way

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If you’re new to FitBites, welcome! We started making our products in 2014 because of a love for fitness and for healthy, natural foods. We decided early on that we wanted to help out active children’s programmes, too, since we think that getting kids involved in sports is really important for the health of generations to come.

That’s why we donate 10% of our profits to charities and programmes that support this idea – whether for health, social or educational reasons.

So what do we make?

FitBites are really simple. They’re made from fruits, nuts, seeds and some really special ingredients often referred to as ‘superfoods’. We don’t include these superfoods because they’re trendy, though. We include them because we want to pack as much useful nutrition into our condensed little balls of energy as possible.

The spirulina in our Spirulina Stretch ball, for example, is one of the most protein-rich food sources on the planet, at around 60% of its dry weight – that’s more than beef, milk and eggs!

The sweetness in FitBites comes from fruits, like figs and dates, and our Acai Asana ball is rolled in organic cacao powder, which when combined with that sweet fruit, feels pretty special (if we do say so ourselves!)

We started out with FitBites in the yoga community, but actually, they’re perfect for anything from running, to cycling and even newer sports like CrossFit.

We really are passionate about helping people to fuel their workouts the natural way, with foods that are both effective and taste great. We hope that you’ll enjoy eating FitBites as much as we enjoy coming up with the flavour combinations and making them. Our range currently includes:

Spirulina Stretch – Spriulina, almond, apricot and coconut

Maca Mantra – Maca, almonds and coconut

Acai Asana – Acai, cranberry, fig and cacao

With others planned for release very soon.

We’ve also just released our Pre/Post-workout pouch, the first product of its kind, to combine a ball designed for pre-workout, and a ball designed for post-workout, in a single sporty pouch.

The pre-workout ball contains chia seeds, banana, spirulina and guarana. The post-workout ball contains cherry, beetroot, almond, hemp protein and virgin coconut oil.

We have 50 of these awesome pouches to give away, too! All you need to do, is visit our Facebook or Twitter page, like or favourite the post, and then share it.

Until then, stay healthy!