Do you use pre/post workout fuel in the form of chemically laden energy drinks or bars? Yes, these kinds of things exist. Most pre-packaged foods should have a skull and cross bones across them, but I digress…These include things like Power Bar, Muscle Milk, Zone Perfect, etc. etc.
If you answered yes, then you need to pay attention to this post.
There’s a new kid in town…the protein ball….and she’s beating all these old cats up with her natural forms of energy and healthy nutrients.
I first was introduced to the protein ball about 6 months ago while reading some blogs and figured I’d try to make them myself. The base is usually made with dates, but can also be subbed with anything else you’d like.
These are the equivalent of a smoothie (to me) and also take very little time to make. While I do enjoy making them myself, I haven’t quite gotten the knack down to a science yet. So, when my good blog friend, Maria introduced me to something known as Healthy Bites, I just had to try them.
Basically, Healthy Bites was formed by Lindsay and James Cotter. Lindsay is super awesome, I kind of wouldn’t mind being like her when I grow up. She’s a fitness consultant/nutrition manager and on top of that she also has created her own small business, Healthy Bites.
Okay, so what exactly are they?
According to the website:
Healthy Bites is a company dedicated to providing healthy snack and fuel options for all people. It was started by myself (Lindsay Cotter) and my husband (James Cotter). I am a certified Nutrition Manager and Fitness Consultant and my husband James is a professional triathlete. In an effort to help James have good pre and post recovery snacks I started making him healthy bites. Realizing, that I was onto something I enlisted my friends and colleagues to help me expand my idea into a small business. All of us worked hard to create different flavors and break down nutrition for each Healthy Bite. James and I are grateful for the hard work and direction we received from our friends and family. They are our best supporters! Now about our Healthy Bites……..
We’ve created 4 standard flavors: Apple/Peach/Apricot Cinnamon, Fruit n’ Fiber, Whey Good (Can use Vegan Protein), and Cookie Dough. Each flavor is unique in its taste and function. All are made with mostly all-natural, gluten-free and organic ingredients. The mission is to offer the most minimally processed bites proving to people that eating healthy can taste really good while still being really good for you. Each box comes packaged with the ingredients and nutritional information so that every customer knows exactly what is going into their bodies.
Functions of the Bites
Apple/peach/apricot CinnamonVanilla is also known as the “fuel bite.” It is perfect for a pre-workout energy boost to start the metabolism running and give you those extra carbohydrates you need. It is made with dried apple, apricots, and/or peach, almonds, organic peanut butter, organic flaxseed grounds, honey, and cinnamon.
Fruit n’ Nut Crunch Bite has higher fiber content. It is made with dried fruit, nuts and/or seeds, optional GF cereal/granola, and organic unsweetened dried coconut flakes.
Whey Good is also known as our “recovery bite.” This is the perfect post-workout snack because it offers a nice ratio of carbohydrates to protein to aid in the repair of muscle and tissue breakdown from exercise. It is also a healthy alternative for people looking to increase the amount of protein in their diets. It is made with all-natural protein powder (with Stevia), almond butter, almonds, dried banana, and honey. (can also substitute a plant protein or egg white protein for an extra $1 per dozen)
Cookie Dough is also known as our “goodie bite.” This is a perfect sweet bite that won’t ruin your hard work. Everyone needs a little treat and these bites fit the bill. But surprise…they are healthy! They are made with Organic natural peanut butter, gluten-free chocolate chips, vanilla protein, honey, and almonds.
Ok, let’s get to the good stuff…time for some bite porn!
1st order: (variety pack)
-PB & Jam Crunch
-Mocha PB Brownie
-Orange Creamsicle Whey
….All scarfed down within about 2 days! Also, I want to say that if you aren’t a whey fan (like me), these honestly don’t have that weird after taste. They taste just like the flavor states!
You can read and assume all you want, but don’t knock them until you try them. Here’s my little breakdown of my most recent order…also sorry for the lack of editing and annotations, apparently YouTube knows I’m new at this whole vlogging thing and scorns me for it…(It’s also not letting me embed, but I suppose that could be a wordpress issue…)
I personally nosh on these before or after a workout- but I also find myself going in and grabbing some right before bed as well. The nutritional breakdown isn’t that terrible in fact. I was surprised! (Hence the name, HEALTHY bites.) Check the website for more info. on that. You can also e-mail Lindsay directly: email@example.com
I’d say this is a win win for everyone involved! So what are you waiting for? Chew on these instead of those!