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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Smoothie Heaven - Vega Energizing Smoothies

I love smoothies.  LOVE them.  Especially in the summer when we have so many delicious fresh and local fruits and vegetables to throw in them.  They taste amazing and give me a boost of energy to get through the day.  Whether it's before my run or after, I pretty much think any time is a good time for a smoothie.
YUM.
I keep my recipes very simple and don't measure anything.  I take whatever is on hand - in the fridge, the freezer or on the counter (fresh peaches, bananas, blueberries and strawberries are my favorites) - and mix them up in my mini blender with some vanilla soy milk or orange juice.  It's quick and yummy and never ever disappoints.

Sometimes though, even grabbing all those ingredients and throwing them in a blender is too time consuming for this busy running mom of three.  Sometimes I miss out on my smoothie because I can't handle pulling even the simplest of ingredients together.  I know that sounds silly, but it's just the truth.

When I was introduced to Vega products a few weeks ago, I have to admit I wasn't really expecting to love them.  The idea behind the Energizing Smoothies is that you just mix them with a cold dairy-free beverage like soy milk, water or juice and shake them up (no blender required) and then they are ready to drink.  I honestly figured I would try that but that I would want to just add the powder to my regular smoothies in order to truly enjoy them.  That was okay with me - it's what I have done with other flavored protein powders I have tried for that same reason.  I am telling you though, the Vega smoothies are the best ones I have ever ever tasted.


Vega sent me five flavors to try.  I tried the Vanilla Almondilla first.  I put the powder in my Blender Bottle (which I bought at Target for about $9) - it is a plastic bottle with a little stainless steel whisk ball.  I mixed it with one cup of vanilla soy milk and shook it.  When I tasted it I was AMAZED.  It was not just tolerable or okay - it was hands down DELICIOUS!  I was sad I only had one packet of it.


I felt the same way about the Choc-a-Lot flavor when I mixed it with cold soy milk.  SO good.

Next I tried the Bodacious Berry.  This flavor was not for me.  I mixed it with cold water and I just did not love it.  It wasn't bad, but when compared to how good tasting the other two were, it was just not nearly as good.  If I were to have this flavor again I would just add it to one of my awesome fresh-fruit smoothie concoctions in my mini blender for an energizing boost to that.  I assumed I would feel the same way about the Oh Natural flavor, so when I used that one I added it to my smoothie and it was great.  On its own, I am pretty sure I would not have loved it.  I have a sweet tooth and that would just not be satisfying to me on its own.  The Tropical Tango flavor was SO good when I mixed it with a cup of cold orange juice though -- I would definitely have that one again.

Here is what Vega has to say about their Energizing Smoothies:

Energize your day with a convenient, on-the-go nutrient boost. Energizing Smoothie gives you the all-natural, plant-based goodness you expect from Vega—compete with protein, fiber and Omega-3—but unlike traditional smoothies, you only need water to shake and go. In four mouth-watering flavors: mixed tropical fruits, chocolate, vanilla almond and berries (plus an unflavored natural), Energizing Smoothie is so delicious it will make you forget how healthy it is.

One serving of Vega Energizing Smoothie features
  • Two servings of veggies
  • 10 g of complete, plant-based protein
  • 5 g of fiber
  • 1 g of Omega-3
Just add water, shake and go!

Formulated by Brendan Brazier, vegan professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling health author on plant-based nutrition, Vega Energizing Smoothie is alkaline-forming, free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. Available in Bodacious Berry, Choc-a-lot, Oh Natural, Tropical Tango and Vanilla Almondilla flavors.

As someone who has a sensitive stomach and tries to stick to a plant based diet, this company is right up my alley.  I am so excited to try some of their other products for this very reason.  I'm really grateful that there are performance and recovery products out there that are vegan and gluten free but also high in protein because this is something I struggle with as a person and as a runner.  I am always on the hunt for products I can count on and now I know Vega will be at the top of this list.

Have you ever tried Vega Energizing Smoothies or recovery drinks?  Do you love smoothies as much as I do?

What are your favorite ingredients and recipes?  I am especially interested in those of you who add green veggies like kale and spinach to your smoothies and would love to hear your favorite recipes that include those ingredients!

8 comments:

I absolutely love smoothies but I enjoy the process of choosing my ingredients and putting them together. I`m sure this is a great idea, having the full thing in a packet but it would take the fun out of it for me.
Smoothies are really great, though! Especially for us runners that are pressed for time and want to get something fresh and healthy that at times you can even take out of the door and drink on your commute - at least that`s what I like doing.

I'm also a big smoothie fan, love them as much as you do? Yes, I'd say so. I stock my freezer with the fresh fruits of summer so I can enjoy them all year long.
Some of my favorite combinations (which always in clued bananas!) are...
Vanilla yogurt, peaches and blueberries and banana
Strawberry banana and orange juice
Coconut milk, pineapple and banana (this is a good one in winter when pineapple are so sweet and most other fruits aren't)
I'd love to try some with green veggies too!!!
I've got so much collard greens in my garden, do you think they would work in a smoothie?

I totally love these things. I really FEEL their quality ingredients, like in a good way, lol.

I love smoothies, I use to use chocolate hemp protein powder but since I tasted the Vega Energizing Chocolate and VanillaI am HOOKED on them, so tasty!

Where do you get them? I don't really like fruity smoothie drinks, so I usually avoid them..and most vanilla or chocolate smoothies are just milkshakes. I might love these with my almond milk!

I've tried those before, and the chocolate one was my favorite. Its pretty delicious.

I have never tried Vega, but I am seeing quite a few reviews. The funny thing is, all of the reviews are so different when it comes to flavors, but all seem to like the product . I can see myself using these when on a road trip. It would nice to have something like this in your hotel room to get your day started.

funny, i just bought a few packs of vega this week and have been adding them to my smoothies. i haven’t tried it alone but this convinced me to go buy some soy milk and do so. :) i tend to do the same thing you do-whatever fruit is frozen/fresh on hand goes in my blender. i usually add a handful of spinach. you can’t really taste it-or maybe i’ve just gotten used to it!

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