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  • "Chia Seeds Are A Natural Source Of Energy"- Amy Pine

    Amy Pine- Marathon RuMarathons are my passion. I am currently on a mission to complete all six World Marathon Majors, including Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York and Tokyo. I’ve completed three of them (Boston, Berlin and Chicago) and I am still trying to get into the other three via lotteries. The last three are very difficult to get into. I have been trying for three years to get into NY and two years to get into London, but I am still determined.

    Apart from participating in marathons I also enjoy travelling.  I travel to other cities and countries in search of adventure and new experiences and running in places I have never been. I recently ran a marathon in Trinidad & Tobago, an island in the Caribbean, and I am presently getting trained for the Eugene Marathon in Oregon and Dublin, Ireland. I’m really excited about these upcoming races!

    I have used Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement before, but I recently tried the  Chia Surge Energy Gel. It is simply great! I was introduced to chia seeds a few years ago and I have integrated them into my diet in many ways. I am aware of the myriad health benefits chia seeds offer, so when I came across this gel by Vitalyte, I really wanted to try it. I realized that not only is it tasty, but it is also a great natural source of energy, especially during long runs.

    As I get older and learn more about nutrition, recovery, injury prevention, and how to keep my body in great shape, I want to find products that really work and help me overall in all these areas. Vitalyte definitely has the hydration products and energy gels that I need and is a key component in my training.

  • Surf City Recap

    Good Evening Ladies and Gents.

    The Surft City Marathon Expo just came to a close here in Huntington Beach, CA where thousands of runners will gather tomorrow morning to run either a half or full marathon. We will be the official on course beverage, as we have for the last few years now but this year, we were proud to introduce 2 new products into the Vitalyte family.

    You may have heard us mention Chia Essentials, the original Chia bar and our break into the bar market. This awesome, all natural bar weighs in at 180 calories and comes in chocolate peanut butter and blueberry vanilla (more flavors to come). The bars were a huge hit today as we sampled and educated runners and friends alike about the amazing health benefits of chia... and a few chia pet jokes.

    Next up on the announcement lineup is... wait for it.... a brand new flavor of Tri Phase Endurance: Mandarin Orange. This revolutionary pre work out product fuels your body in ways you've never experienced and we're thrilled to add this refreshing new flavor to our lifestyle nutrition line.

    We'd like to wish all competitors the best of luck tomorrow, including our Brand Ambassador Laura Conley. We'll let you know how she does as soon as the results are in. Thanks to everyone who stopped by today and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow during the race!

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  • Chia Bars on the Bike

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    After returning from my trip to Germany, I brought a few Chia bars back with me to try out on my training days.  I have had a lot of problems with other bars and gels during hard workouts because my stomach is extremely sensitive.  I tried them this week and the verdict is in.

    The new Chia Essentials bars prove to be very efficient and easy to eat.  They are the first whole seed chia bar to market, which is pretty awesome if I do say so myself. They didn't break or crumble when I shoved them in my bike's saddle bag.  They were also very neat and easy to chew while on my bike.  The best part is that they never bothered my stomach!  I didn't get any cramps and within 15-30 minutes my energy level was back up and I was riding strong.  I really enjoyed this snack and now I look forward to all my long bike rides because I know I'll get rewarded with a chia bar halfway through!

  • Bikes, Trains, and Chia Seeds

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    By Milena Glusac
    Saturday afternoon around 4:20pm I heard the clip cop of cycling shoes making their way up my stone steps. The knock on the door followed and I knew automatically that Thoryn had arrived safely from his ride from Los Angeles.
    I opened the door and was greeted by Thoryn who is holding an empty Chia Surge Endurance Gel wrapper. He was grinning from ear to ear as he pointed to his GPS watch that read, “99.92”- the exact miles he rode from Long Beach to Cardiff.
    “Come in you crazy,” I told him, “Let’s get you some Vitalyte. I want to hear all about the ride!”
    Thoryn gave me the low down. “It was pretty easy, I just took the 101 highway the whole way. It was nice and overcast. The only major hiccup was that my bike seat fell off with ten miles to go.” The trials and tribulations of Ironman training.
    His race was a little less than four weeks away. Both Thoryn and his mom -also known as Lavamom because of all of her Ironman Hawaii finishes- are going to race the Wales Ironman. After the race, Thoryn will spend a few weeks in London for the UK premier of his band’s (Rage Area) video. The band’s album entitled “Venice Dubtronica” will also be making it’s UK premier.
    I pointed Thoryn to the bathroom so he could shower. Jill my roommate had come into the room by this point and was laughing at the scene: a carbon fiber triathlon bike, a helmet, bike shoes, and a few empty Chia Surge wrappers. Essentially, my living room had become the triathlete graveyard.
    As Thoryn re entered the room, he could tell Jill was laughing at the casualties. “That’s nothing,” he said, “Tomorrow I have a twenty mile run.”
    My friend grabbed his keys, iPhone, and wallet and we ran out the door so he wouldn't miss the train.
    I guess given that I have friends who race Ironman triathlons, I should never be surprised when they call to tell me that they're going to cycle to my house -and they arrive six hours later. That’s what I love about being in the endurance community: the sport brings friends together and makes life fun, by way of bikes, trains, and chia seeds.
  • Save A Little Room For Some Chia

    45407_421773428230_6303869_nI’m a busy woman myself. I work full-time, manage to train for endurance events, maintain my social schedule and time with my family. At the end of the day, how does a busy girl stay sane? Besides reaching for your favorite “skinny” version of the 5 o’clock cocktail, I have my top three ways to keep you calm and cool while still looking great in the latest edition of your Lululemon pants.
    1. Give yourself 30 each day-That can be thirty minutes dedicated to a walk, your favorite book or your favorite Starbucks blend. Spending that time with yourself is like telling the world, “Hey I value myself!” You get time to get back to that space where there is nothing but you and your version of quiet. I do this when I run or go to the gym.  I grab my Chia Surge gel, my Vitalyte and my headphones and I’m out the door. No Mac laptop can catch me, I leave all conference calls in the dust and well, that cute boy that my mom insists I date and give a chance because he “comes from such a good family” gets a busy signal when he calls.
    2. Margin-I read the book Stress Less by Dr. Don Colbert. In the book, Dr. Colbert says that his most stressed and sick clients were those that were the busiest and did not leave enough “margin” in their lives.  By that he meant time in-between events. Here at Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, we support an active, healthy lifestyle. Healthy includes leaving room to recover from strenuous events. Tennis players take a 90 second break in between odd games. Football has time-outs and basketball is famous for their half-times. So take time outs through out your life, your training and your day. Not only will little breaks insure that you don’t have to take a major sabbatical to recharge your batteries properly, but they also allow you time to shift your focus to other aspects of your life that might need attention. So go take that vacation, that 20 minute nap or that weekend off.
    3. Chose healthy-We are constantly presented with choices. Usually those choices include things that add to our health or things that detract from our health. Learning to identify those things that don’t make us feel good is vital to being able to living a healthy lifestyle. At Vitalyte, we have chosen to create products free from artificial sweeteners and preservatives. We made a choice for health. By choosing products such as Chia Surge Endurance Gel and the new Chia Essentials Bar, you are adding to your health. So next time you go to the store, pick whole grains, organic produce and anti-biotic free meats. Add to your health and realize that you do have a choice.
    Good luck with your balancing all that you have on your plate. I guarantee if you take off the french fries and substitute them with some chia seeds, you will feel a whole lot better. Click Here to buy our Chia Surge endurance gel.
  • What I Eat Before a Race

    screen-shot-2012-08-15-at-91322-pmBy Laura Conley

    Laura's eating routine before a 10K or half marathon race is just that...a ROUTINE!

    I eat exactly half a cup of cheerios cereal with half a cup of Honey bunches of Oats with 2tbs cottage cheese and peach yogurt mixed with milk.  I also slice up one banana on top and strawberries or peaches if they are in season.  Then I have a cup of black coffee and a cup of green tea along with it.

    About an hour before my race I drink Tri-phase and load my pockets with chia surge.  Now I know many people want the benefits of Chia, but don't know how to consume it during a race... Chia energy gel is by far the BEST way to eat on the run.  The gel is not very thick so it goes down easily and doesn't choke you like some thick gummy candy. The best part is that it absorbs rapidly with without stomach discomfort. With this pre-race meal and during race nutrition, I am set to run my best and win!!!

  • What Not To Eat When Training for a Race

    images-1By Milena Glusac
    Food being one of my favorite topics, I thought it appropriate I blog about what to eat and probably most importantly, NOT eat, prior to training and racing.  Granted, this is insight coming from someone whose Facebook post this morning read, “A stop at Leucadia Donut Shoppe this morning before heading out for work and a day of tennis.  Not a bad way to start the day.”  I will put aside my glazed twist obsession for now and offer you unbiased nutrition tips.
    Here are my top three nutrition tips during training and racing.
    1. Keep it simple- Your body needs time to digest and start to be able to use what you intake.  When you're training and racing, your digestive system slows down because blood is being shunted to other areas of the body.  Focus on easy to digest foods.  That means pass on the T-bone and go for a half a bagel toasted with a little cream cheese instead.  Good news for all you Vitalyte fans.  The new Chia Surge Endurance Gel is the perfect go to fuel source prior to training.  So easy to digest and an amazing source of fuel and nutrition, Chia Surge can be taken a half hour prior to training and also every 45 minutes during training.
    2. Follow the four hour rule- Your body will not like you so much if you decide to partake in a Denny’s Grand Slam and then head out for a training session.  Eat protein meals no less than four hours prior to training.  Leave the Moon’s Over My-hammy and eggs over easy for the days you need a little hangover help.
    3. Balance the blood sugar- Your body can’t perform if it is not properly fueled.  During training and racing, you must keep your blood sugar balanced while giving your body fuel that it can utilize.  What are your options other than some sugary soupy gu that makes your blood sugar rise and then crash, leaving you feeling lethargic?  Vitalyte’s Chia Gel is the perfect option.  The carbohydrate source that is in the gel provides you with a steady burning fuel source.  Chia seeds offer a great source of fatty acids for optimal nutrition.
    Good luck with your training and racing.  Don’t forget to give Chia a chance and you can still have a bear claw...just leave it for after the 5k!
  • Chia for Runners.

    By Laura Conley
    One sunny day I was out for a run with my friend Phil.  We usually run for about 1hr30min-2 hours but halfway through the run, Phil started slowing down and dragging!  He said he "ran out of gas" and had no more energy to keep running.  I had my usual supply of Chia Gel on me so I offered him one-  (promising he would feel better shortly and finish the run if he ate it).
    This may have been a mistake on my part because in about 15 minutes Phil took off and sprinted up the hill ahead of me!  He ran the entire way home at a 6:15min/mile pace and I couldn't keep up with him!  The benefits of Chia seeds were obvious that day!  Pure Chia energy and speed in Phil's case!  So I warn everyone be careful giving CHIA Seed gel to an opponent....they may beat you from now on!
    If you're interested in stocking up on chia energy gel for your next run, then click here to visit the Chia Surge energy gel page.
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Chia

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    When I mention chia seeds to the non savvy consumer, their first reaction is, "wait, like the chia pet?" Yes ladies and gents - EXACTLY like the chia pet. What you don't know though is that chia seeds have been alive and kicking since far, far before the 90s and they're not going anywhere anytime soon.

    They are naturally gluten and grain free, have more than a glass of milk's worth of calcium, oodles of Omega-3s (more than salmon), and more antioxidants than, wait for it, blueberries. Sounds pretty amazing right? I'd like to introduce you all to the world's next (even though it's been around for hundreds of years) superfood.

    Now they're being used for a bunch of things these days but some items on that laundry list include: aiding nutritional and medicinal healing, aiding regularity, increasing endurance for athletes, suppressing your appetite, for weight loss, and leveling blood sugar.

    Now that you know about these chia nutritional benefits, you want to know what to do with them eh? Allow me to enlighten you.

    1. Make your soup thicker by adding a few tablespoons of chia seeds instead of cornstarch or another thickener.


    2. To thicken meatballs - instead of using bread crumbs - just add a few tablespoons and you'll be good to go!. Make your own sprouts- you know when you were a kid and you had to grow plants? Kick it old school and do it again. Simple pour some water over your seeds and in a few days you'll have home grown sprouts for your salads and sandwiches.


    3. Make your own sprouts- you know when you were a kid and you had to grow plants? Kick it old school and do it again. Simple pour some water over your seeds and in a few days you’ll have home grown sprouts for your salads and sandwiches.

    4. Start your day right with a few spoonfuls washed down with some coffee - if you're hard core. Otherwise just add them to smoothies, yogurt,whole grain toast with avocado, you name it. You'll notice the energy for hours.


    5. During your workout, pack one chia surge gel, the first whole seed chia gel to market

    and notice 2 hours of sustained energy.  You can buy our chia seed gel at any of our retailers, including REI or on the Vitalyte website.

    Want to know more about Chia gel and chia seed concoctions? Stay tuned. There's plenty more where this came from.

  • The Many Benefits of Chia

    The Many Health Benefits of Chia

    The word “Chia” is derived from the Mayan word for strength, because the Mayans and Aztecs fully understood the power that one can derive from these amazing seeds. Quite often, manufacturers and sellers will drastically overstate the health benefits associated with a seed or supplement, but the benefits of chia are backed up by science as well as history.

    In the early Aztec and Mayan empires, people knew there was something special about chia. These seeds, which come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, comprised one of four essential grains used as part of everyday consumption, and were also incorporated into medicines and used by Aztec warriors as a source of strength and vitality.

    Fast-forward more than 5,000 years, and scientists are coming to prove what the Aztecs and Mayans knew all along: Chia is an amazing nutrient source. For starters, chia seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than fatty acids. These fats are essential for human health, but most people do not get enough of them. Chia seeds are also so rich in antioxidants that the seeds can be stored for extremely long periods of time without becoming rancid.

    But omega-3's and antioxidants are just the tip of the iceberg. Chia is also very rich in fiber, as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous and zinc. It can enhance the nutritional value of other food when used as an additive, and with its nut-like flavor, it can enhance the taste of your favorite foods as well.

    For these reasons and more, chia is being heralded as a “superfood.” You may have heard a lot about other superfoods like blueberries, broccoli, spinach and salmon, and these foods are all great, but many of them contain only a subset of the vast array of nutrients that you will find in chia. For instance, blueberries—like chia—contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, but they lack the omega-3 fatty acids. With its diverse selection of nutrients, vitamins and essential fats, chia is arguably the perfect food.

    Chia can be consumed in many ways. The grain is completely beneficial on its own, and unlike flax, you can derive its benefits without grinding the seeds. You can also use chia as a food additive or as a liquid. Unlike most seeds, you can even find chia in gel form, which is extremely beneficial in its own right. The gel causes a reaction in the stomach, drastically slowing the conversion process of carbohydrates into sugar. Chia gel can also help to balance your electrolytes.

    Like the Aztecs and the Mayans who lived centuries ago, you can enhance your own health and vitality by incorporating chia into your everyday diet. Whether you want to increase your energy or just ensure that you get those essential vitamins and nutrients every day, chia can set you on the right path.  Check out our Chia gel, Chia Surge.

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