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.

 

FitBites Love Hemp Protein

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Let’s talk about Hemp Proteinhemp protein

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.

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.

Raspberries

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.

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.