#fuelyourbetter A Look at Vega Sport Performance Protein

Today is the day (well, one of the days) that I review a product I have been testing.

VEGA SPORT PERFORMANCE PROTEIN

Yeah, did you get that? Cause you should…

Let’s get through the science first…I love science!

What’s the big deal about this protein when there are like a BAJILLION other proteins on the market? Check it out:

  • Vega Sport is a PERFORMANCE protein, not just a meal replacement or tasty protein.
  • Vega Sport is designed to help YOU recover quicker so you can get back out and do what you love sooner.
  • Vega Sport is a CLEAN, plant-based fuel source so it doesn’t upset the digestive system like some protein powders.

What are the claims of Vega Sport?

  1. It’s the very FIRST completely all-natural, plant-based performance recovery drink.
  2. It is dairy, gluten and soy free (the BIG players in food allergies and intolerances).
  3. It burns 100% clean, leaving no extra work for your liver.
  4. It contains NO artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Cool right? Trust me, it is.

So, what does it DO?

  1. Complete, synergistic, alkaline-forming protein blend helps to #fuelyourbetter without creating a stressful environment in the gut as most proteins do. Who needs more stress in their gut?
  2. It contains 5,000 mg of BCAA’s which are basically little magic things that bond and repair to muscle tissue. What does this mean? More recovery + less soreness = a more fun YOU.
  3. Improves strength and exercise performance.
  4. Repairs and builds lean muscle mass, creating a more functional physique.
  5. Reduces recovery time between training.

OK, I was totally sold on that last one there :) I love to train and I would live in my gym if my family didn’t think that was totally weird. All of my training created a whole new world of problems to deal with when it came to recovery. If you know my story, then you know I have to be careful with the food/supplements because my body is a walking, ticking time bomb of inflammation…..and I’m over here just trying to make it da’bomb.

Another nerdy but cool fact about this protein is that it is tested for banned substances. Since the FDA doesn’t control or regulate supplements, we all just trust the packaging until somebody drops dead. Even then, we blame the person and not the company. Well, a few companies (very few) decided to pay the piper and stand out from the crowd with testing from informedchoice.org (that’s a listing for tested products, check it out). This small fact really makes me more apt to reach for this protein as opposed to what passes for protein on the grocery store shelves nowadays.

How about the taste? I mean, we won’t ingest it if it doesn’t taste good right? Unless you’re me… If you’re me then you will chug anything they ask you to test :) but at least I’m honest about it!

I tested the Vanilla flavor. I’ll be honest, of all the flavors of protein, vanilla is my LEAST favorite. Why? No clue. Even when I was younger I felt vanilla was boring, but could be greatly improved by copious amounts of chocolate (as can ANYTHING)….but I digress. Taste: it was actually quite decent on its own, even for vanilla. Let’s take a look at the good points first:

  • It wasn’t gritty! Oh my gosh, plant-based protein scares me due to the fact that it can often times be super gritty….like trying to swallow watered down grits, blech! This was smooth as can be just mixed with water.
  • The vanilla wasn’t overwhelming. I hate when companies pack too much in to the product and you leave your smoothie smelling like a Starbuck’s barista just gave you a sponge bath in vanilla….
  • Absolutely ZERO yucky aftertaste. You know what I’m talking about. You have a protein shake post workout and can still taste it on your tongue 3 days later. Grossness…. The reason for most aftertaste is the crap they put in as fillers.

Anything bad? Not really as far as protein shakes go. The taste was good, but not overwhelming. If you are a protein shake junky (we have a support group that meets every Monday at the smoothie bar…counterproductive), then you’ll notice a HUGE lack of sweetness. Take a deep breath, this is actually a good thing.

What’s a review without a couple of pictures documenting how I’ve been #fuelingmybetter right? PLUS, recipes at the bottom! Don’t scroll down! Cheater…

vega yoga

Me, channeling my best dancer after a killer workout…fueled by Vega Sport, duh

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So, what is the sport I fuel? It’s called life people! I hate running, so much so that I bought a tank top for $20 just to shout it to the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love runners, just not a fan of me running. So, my sports revolve around yoga, MMA, weights and the exhausting task of kicking butt fabulously every single day….

vega mission

I happen to do a little humanitarian work and spent 2 weeks in Chisinau, Moldova (go look it up and come back) with people you would be blessed to know

vega recipe

I promised some recipes right?

Check it out. This made a HUGE blender full….and I drank the whole thing :) Don’t judge me! I’m fabulous, not flawless

INGREDIENTS:

Vitamix (shout out!)

8 oz unsweetened almond milk

1/2 mango

1/2 banana

like 3 handfuls of spinach…just fill the whole blender up

1/2 cucumber

1/2 avocado (no judgement if you eat the other half while the blender is running)

3 celery stalks

Vega Sport Vanilla Protein

Ice if you like it chilly

AND…BLEND.

Second, slightly sweeter, recipe

I had this yesterday after a killer body-weight-based leg day (I never knew my body weighed so much!)

8 oz unsweetened almond milk

1 cup frozen cantaloupe melon cubes

1/2 frozen banana

Vega Sport Vanilla Protein

It blends into ice cream and is light and fluffy and full of deliciousness!!!! Enjoy :)

What to do now? Click on the link and check it out for yourself. I got to try it for free, but have decided it’s so good I think I’ll pay for the stuff :) #fuelyourbetter

That’s high praise right there..

Until next time, stay happy and healthy y’all!

Michelle

 

Tasty Tuesday Recipe: Quest Bars :)

I love to eat! How about you? I mean, what’s the point of having food if you can’t enjoy it?

Welcome to QUEST Nutrition! Quest bars (and now pastas!) came on the scene a few years ago and dramatically changed everything. You can now #cheatclean and stay lean thanks to whole foods ingredients and bio-available protein in every bite. That means more bang for your buck. Follow Quest Nutrition on Twitter and Instagram for delicious recipes and posts on health, wellness and keeping your body its fittest year round. Flexible dieters unite! Quest Bars are totally acceptable in your “meal plan” :)

Need to stock up?

Check them out at Bodybuilding.com below!

 

Quest Bars By Quest Nutrition

Snacky Things

How often do you snack?

It’s a serious question. Most of us snack more than we like to admit really, but in a culture where food is abundant, snacks are in full demand.

If you’re looking to shed some body fat or tighten up your muscle tone, snacking can be detrimental to your goals. Well, let me re-phrase: WHAT you snack on could be detrimental to your goals.

apple

So, what are we supposed to eat? Celery sticks in between every meal? No. I am a realist when it comes to snacking. Here are a few tried and true snacks for anybody with any kind of schedule.

  • An apple with 2 TBSP natural peanut butter
  • Cucumber, baby carrots, and celery with 1/4 cup hummus
  • Medium iced latte made with low-fat milk
  • Peppermint Patty Shakeology (I’m OBSESSED with this recipe right now! 1 scoop chocolate shako, 8 oz almond milk, tiny splash of peppermint extract, ice to taste)
  • P90X protein bars (use sparingly, but they are GREAT to keep in your purse/bag)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with a handful of berries
  • 1 banana and a handful of almonds or walnuts
  • small serving (inner line of your palm) no-salt-added trail mix
  • cup of green tea and 1/2 whole grain sandwich or wrap
  • Quest bar

Keep in mind that real food should always be the focus, but whipping up a shake or putting together a snack isn’t always an option in the car :)

Make sure your portions stay small and your body keeps moving and you’ll be there in NO time!

Peace, love, snacks and lunges!

Michelle