I’m usually more into eating my fruits and vegetables versus drinking them, but I’ve toyed with the idea of trying some Vega One Nutritional Shakes for a while. I was lucky to get to taste-test a couple of flavors thanks to samples sent by the Vega team.
I work out shortly after waking up. Hunger isn’t really an issue right then, but I inevitably go wobbly if I don’t grab a little something (like a Clif or Luna bar) before heading out.
Switching to shakes for a few beats was great: I like to use half a pouch (or half a scoop) per serving. Add 1 cup of unsweetened plain vegan milk (cashew, coconut-almond, or almond are big favorites here.) Throw in 1 small frozen banana. Add about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of frozen strawberries (with vanilla-type flavors) or 1 to 2 tablespoons natural peanut or other nut butter (with the chocolate flavor.) Blend, blend, blend, and drink.
I figured chocolate would be my go-to flavor like always but while I enjoyed it a lot, it turns out that French Vanilla is my favorite. Who knew?
As a nutritional shake newbie, I prefer using half the amount of powder to keep the “healthy” flavor virtually unnoticeable. You still get a big nutrition boost that way, considering Vega reworked their formula for an even more punch-packing outcome. I’m slowly going to work my way up to a full serving to get even more goodness out of the deal.
I wasn’t sure I’d like the shakes since they are sweetened with my archnemesis: stevia. It turns out the flavor didn’t bother me at all, for the first time ever. If you’re normally not into stevia either, the Vega team recommends choosing between Natural, French Vanilla, or Vanilla Chai since these contain less stevia than the other flavors. They also offer the following tip: “Squeeze half a lemon into your shake or smoothie to take the edge off the stevia taste.” Oooh, good to know. Their website is also loaded with recipes, including baked goods and more.
So, how much did I like these Vega One shakes? They kept me satisfyingly full with no bad aftertaste, and no wobbliness in the midst of my workouts. And with the amount of protein, fiber, and greens the shakes contain, I know they make for quite a valuable breakfast or even snack. I will be happy to put them in rotation with my other first meal fuel options.
Thanks again to the Vega Team for sending samples; I raise my glass o’shake to the awesome Trevor in particular. (High-paws to Molly!)