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  • Brand Ambassador Takes Second at the Over the Hump Series!

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    Brand Ambassador Karl competed in the final race at Irvine Lake for the Over the Hump series and finished second!

    Check out his pre race regimen:
    Pre race:
    Lemon Electrolyte replacement on my warm-up lap
    30min before:
    Triphase Endurance mandarin orange and a chia surge gel
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  • Vitalyte's Chia Surge Featured in Women's Running Magazine

    Just released in this month's edition of Women's Running Magazine and our very own Chia Surge Energy Gel is the 'Most Tummy Friendly'.

    Add best tasting and most functional and you have a energy powerhouse to get you through your workouts without the stomach distress of all the other garbage out there.

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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.
  • What's A Little Chia Between Friends

    By Milena Glusac
    unknown“So how did you meet Taylor?” my roommate Jill asked me as we were heading out the door this past Friday night. We were on our way to meet up with a group of my friends she had not met before.
    “It’s a funny story,” I told her, as a smile came to my face.  “I was running down Pacific Coast Highway one morning last fall and this guy caught up to me and just hung out right behind me.  I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t shake him, even at our six minute mile pace.
    Neither one of us were going to slow down.  Finally he said to me after about two miles, ‘you keep a pretty good pace.’  We started chatting and as it turned out he coached at the local high school, ran in college and we have a ton of friends in common.
    We decided to meet up for breakfast Sunday morning.  “It’s been so hot out,” our friend Greg commented,  “I’m super dehydrated.”  Of course that was my moment to start talking about one of my favorite subjects: the amazing hydrating capabilities of Vitalyte are the perfect way to recover from a hot day, long run or a stellar Saturday night. I’ve lost count of the number of Sunday morning “house calls” I have had to make to friends who had a long and challenging Saturday night... they call me the hangover fairy but I digress...
    When we walked out to our cars after breakfast, I opened my trunk and tossed everyone a few samples of Vitalyte.  I also tossed Taylor a Chia Surge Endurance Gel.  “What’s this?” he asked.  I told him about the amazing benefits of chia seeds and the other great ingredients that set this gel apart from anything else on the market.  “You better bring it with you on our run tonight!”  I told him.  “You aren’t going to run as fast as you were that first day I met you are you?”  Taylor pensively inquired.  “No I'll take it easy but take Vitalyte and bring your chia.  You'll be happy you did.”
    We all went our separate ways for the afternoon and around 6:20pm, when there was a cool breeze and the sun was lazily dangling towards the horizon, Taylor and I met on the corner of Chesterfield and Pacific Coast Highway in Cardiff, chia gel in hand.  We set out for another great run and I really realized what I love about what I do: I've met some pretty amazing people. Some  friends chat over coffee, but my crew chats over an eight mile run and we chat over chia. After all, all of my friends now love Vitalyte so- what’s little chia between friends!
  • CHIA SURGE- Energy in a different kind of Gel!

    chia-surge3So I've been training and running for many years and I've seen it all:  sugary energy gels loaded with caffeine, chewy gummy blocks, brick-like bars.  But there's never been a great way to get your energy on a run without suffering in one way or another!  The chewy candy blocks get stuck onto your teeth and suffocate you!  The bars are practically impossible to consume while on the run because I hate chewing and running at the same time!  Then you have the energy gels that give you a blast of sugar and caffeine but 15 minutes later you crash again!  The first time I tried Chia Surge, I didn't feel much of anything at first.  I was waiting for that rush of hyper energy during my race I'm used to getting after consuming a gel.  But Chia energy is different; the chia seeds gave me a slow increase in energy until I started feeling great and then it lasted all the way to the finish line and beyond!  I felt a steady strength and growing energy that never faded or crashed!  Not to mention I climbed the last 3mile up-hill with no burning lactic acid in my legs!  That's when I realized how great CHIA energy gel is!  I didn't even think about eating or feeling fatigue once after consuming that first gel!  The benefits of CHIA seeds are well known amongst endurance athletes all over the world...and now I know why!  Those little seeds are packed full of long lasting energy you can run forever!

    Visit http://www.vitalyte.com/products/energy-gel.html for Chia Surge!

  • Chia Energy Gel Review

    chia-surge2By Laura Conley
    So, last weekend I was out for a training bike ride with a few of my friend's racing team called P5.  We rode approx. 20miles up the coast and then stopped at our turnaround point to regroup and head back.  At this point everyone pulls out their nutrition source (i.e. Energy Gels, Bars, etc.)  I grabbed my favorite Chia Surge and of course my friend Chris screams "CHIA SEEDS!"  Because he know the multitude of chia seed benefits such as sustained energy, no crash, and plenty of omega 3's.
    So then of course, we had to explain to everyone on P5 what this Chia Seed Gel is and where to buy it.  I had a couple of extra gels on me so I gave them to two teammates.  They both loved them and felt great because when we returned to our cars, we all ran 1hr40min down the beach to complete our brick workout!  The best part is we didn't need to eat anything else because we had so much energy!  I love sharing such a great product!!!! :)
  • 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.

  • Chia: A Miracle Food in the Aztec Empire and the Modern World

    Health food stores are flooded with seeds, seasonings and supplements that promise some amazing benefits, but there is one incredible seed that has remained largely under the radar in modern times, despite centuries of cultivation. That seed, of course, is chia. Chia boasts numerous health benefits, and has been promoted by health experts like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mehmet Oz, but what exactly is chia and where does it come from? This history of this miracle food is just as remarkable as its benefits.

    By most estimations, chia consumption is believed to date back to approximately 3,500 B.C. The chia seed comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, which belongs to the mint family. The plant grows most abundantly in southern Mexico, and was an everyday part of the Aztec and Mayan diets more than 5,000 years ago. Evidence suggests that between 1,500 and 900 B.C., chia was even an important cash crop in the Aztec empire.

    During their golden age, chia seeds were used and consumed in a myriad of different ways. They could be enjoyed by themselves, mixed with other grains, mixed with water to create beverages, ground into flour, incorporated into various medicines, and pressed into a liquid base for face and body paints. Chia seeds were even traded as currency and presented to the gods during important religious ceremonies.

    The ancient Aztecs actually consumed four essential grains on a daily basis: maize (corn), beans, amaranth, and of course, chia. Incidentally, the combination of these four grains satisfies the current Food and Agriculture Organization-World Health Organization (FAO-WHO) guidelines for healthy eating. Clearly the Aztecs were ahead of their time.

    These seeds were not only consumed for everyday sustenance. They were even essential to Aztec warriors, who could sustain themselves for 24 hours on a single tablespoon. Even the Aztecs' enemies saw how vital and important these seeds were to the culture, health and religion of early Mexico, and the Spanish sought to do something about it.

    When the Spanish conquistadors invaded Latin America, they quickly outlawed the cultivation of chia. Hernando Cortez, who led the invasion, sought to subjugate the Aztecs, and believed that the suppression of chia would serve as a huge blow to the Mesoamericans. The Aztecs, after all, believed that chia had religious significance, supplying them with almost supernatural power. The Spaniards succeeded in eliminating chia from daily life, and it soon became an obscure and almost forgotten crop.

    In recent years, chia has made an incredible comeback, as many scientists have come to the conclusion that the diet of these early Americans was far superior to the typical American diet today. Chia has become popular not only in the United States for its nutrients, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, but it has made an impressive comeback in Mexico as well. It remains a traditional food of the Tarahumara and Chumash peoples of Chiuahua.

    Vitalyte's Chia Surge is a revolutionary new energy gel for runners and athletes looking for a healthier, more natural boost during grueling challenges.

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