Between watching Olympic women’s road cycling (where Great Britain won silver!) and swimming on Sunday, I managed to get in an 8 mile run and a 50 mile ride. I had a 3 hour break between the run and the ride so was looking for something to recover from my run but also prepare me for my ride. So I reached for some Pringles…just kidding. But only just. I do love Pringles.
I actually reached for something I’ve been trying out all week: Vega energizing smoothie. I have the big Vega containers of Vega Sport and Vega One and, while the plant-based protein doesn’t bother my stomach like whey and soy does, I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the taste. As my running friend Lisa mentioned a few weeks back, “Vega’s great…once you get used to the pond water taste.” So I tend to add a lot of fruit (fresh and frozen) to mask the taste, which means I have to make a smoothie every time, which isn’t very portable.
Vega energizing smoothie is different because it’s designed to be mixed with water, juice, or a non-dairy beverage. You can get it in single-serve or resealable packages so it’s great for on-the-go fuel. Flavors are:
Choc a Lot
Each serving contains approx 90 calories, 2g fat, 8g carb, 5g fiber, 1g sugar, 10g protein, and 90mg sodium. The protein is a combination of pea protein, SaviSeed (sacha inchi) protein, hemp seed protein, and sprouted whole gain brown rice protein. The mixes also contain flax seed, inulin, alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, and kale, as well as a digestive enzyme blend. What a great way to get your veggies! In fact, each package contains two servings of veggies as well as omega-3.
I went with the tropical tango first. Since this flavor sounded good I figured I didn’t need to mix it with juice so I went with water. I filled a bottle with 8oz water, added the powder, shook it up, and took a sip.
First impression: great taste. A little chalky but I can handle that.
Next up was the Bodacious Berry. I mixed it with water and liked it almost as much as the Tango. When I mixed the Choc a Lot, it clumped a bit in the bottle and I had to shake it a lot harder than the others. I mixed the Choc a Lot with some almond milk because I thought it might taste like a milkshake. It didn’t. This turned out to be my least favorite flavor and I gave up trying to drink it. I tried the Oh Natural with almond milk as well, since I figured it needed some flavor. It was drinkable but I was beginning to sense that the fruit flavors were the winners. For the Vanilla Almondilla I tried water with crushed ice, to see if making it ice cold would improve the taste. Eh. I wanted to like it but…just…couldn’t.
Bottom line: fruit flavors Tropical Tango and Bodacious Berry are real winners. I drank these with water that wasn’t even ice cold and really enjoyed them. They mixed well, had a slightly chalky taste, but were very drinkable. I would buy these but steer clear of the other flavors.
Because I’m picky, high maintenance, and a general pain in the neck, I would recommend Vega make the packaging narrower so it’s easier to pour it into a bottle. I know, I don’t ask for much do I?
Not surprisingly, the opinions in this review are my own. Vega sent me the products free of charge to review but did not compensate me in any way for my review. Vega was not guaranteed a positive review.