Review: Vega One Nutritional Shake
So, I've been doing this new thing where I try to get back into shape. Famous last words, right? While everyone else has just started to give up on their New Year's resolutions, and toss their gym key card to the bottom of their gym bag for good, I have just decided to begin mine. Going hand-in-hand with running and working out more often is the increased hunger and the need for more protein in the diet. And when following a flexible vegan diet it is especially important to make sure the bodies need for protein is met.
Cue vegan protein power.
Through my limited research and discussion with friends, I decided to try something from the Vega brand. Brief background on the product line: Vega was created by Brendan Brazier, a former professional Ironman triathlete and author of the Thrive series of books, which focus on plant-based nutrition.
I went with the product mainly because it is multi-purpose; I could both add it into smoothies and drink on its own. But the more I looked at grocery and health food stores, the more shocked I was by the price of these products. I understand that companies like to exploit the prices of whatever the latest food trend is (i.e. gluten free packaged foods, vegan packaged food) but it's a real knife to the heart of my post-grad bank account.
Thoughts of how much this costs aside, it is quite a remarkable product. It is essentially like taking a multivitamin, Omega-3 and fibre supplements and a protein powder in one very convenient product.
It does come in a variety of flavours, including chocolate, chai, berry and natural. I went with french vanilla and am indifferent about my choice. I'm not the best judge of flavours since I generally prefer the plain or natural flavour for products like this, but I think the vanilla is a bit too sweet for my liking. The sweetness, however, works nicely if the powder is blended into a smoothie that would otherwise be pretty bland.
The breakdown of what's inside:
- 20 g of protein
- 6 servings of greens
- 50% of your daily recommended vitamins and minerals (including 80% of your daily Vitamin C, 100% of your daily Vitamin D and 140% of Vitamin E)
- 160 calories per serving
- 30 mg of sodium
- 230 mg potassium
- 1 g of sugar
Going back to why I purchased this in the first place, I like the versatility of this product. Sometimes, on those days when there's no food in the fridge or I need a quick snack or want something easy before a workout, I will just mix this with water and have an instant snack. Bear in mind, I don't usually use the full scoop provided in the container. I feel full and energized by filling the scoop up halfway. I use a mason jar to mix up the shake, since I am not so intense about working out and having those weird shaking protein powder water bottles. Also, mason jars fit nicely in a small lunch bag to take to work for a mid-afternoon energy boost.
Most commonly, I will add half a scoop of the protein powder to a smoothie and blend it up for breakfast along with other good things like frozen berries, greek yogurt and hemp and flax seeds. If you're interested in seeing the recipe for my favourite breakfast smoothie you can do so here.
For my first foray into the land of protein supplements, I think this made a great first impression. I like that this product is Non-GMO, gluten-free, plant-based, safe for a wide variety of food allergies and limitations and is easy to find in grocery and drug stores. I think it's great to support brands that are trying to make a difference and are very solid in their brand ideals as well as creating quality products.
What are your favourite vegan protein powders?