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

Smoothies, juices, beverages, drinks variety

 

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.

 

Baobab Bounce! That’s Bay-Oh-Bab

Baobab

FitBites Superfood energy balls - Baobab Bounce

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

spirulina

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.