Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday Review

*I bought this product with my own money, it is not a company sample. 

In the past few months, I’ve been using more protein powders to boost up my protein before and after strength training workouts.  Of course, I truly believe in using “real food” whenever possible, but being able to drink my protein has made it easier to get something in my stomach before a workout.  (I feel sick if I eat a meal before I workout.)  Awhile back, I read about the new Vega Shake & Go Smoothie mixes.  I checked my local Whole Foods and Sprouts, and was not able to find it.  I was about to order it off the company website, but decided to ask at Sprouts.  It was a special order, but the price still came out better than buying it online.  (Nice!)    The only drawback was waiting the few weeks for it to come in.  Well, it came in right before we left for our week in San Diego, so I didn’t try it until recently.

I went with the vanilla, because I love all things vanilla.  The almond flavor was only the icing on the cake. 

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I was a bit surprised when I opened the bag and saw that the powder had the greenish tinge to it.  I didn’t really think about it, but with all the whole foods added in, it was bound to have some color.  The fresh smell of vanilla and almond more than made up for any lack of color appeal.  It smelled like cake icing! 

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The first time I made it, I used half water and half vanilla almond milk since that is the standard way I mix all my protein shakes.   The flavor was really good, the texture was just a wee bit gritty.  Not in a bad way, just not as smooth as a whey protein or egg white protein powder if that is what you are used to.  The perfect amount of sweetness with spot-on vanilla –y  essence made me completely forget that it had any grittiness.  Trial 2, I used just plain water to see if it would be a good powder to bring to the gym for post-workout.  It was still just as good!  Most of the protein powders taste to thin and watery to me, when I don’t add at least half milk, but this one was unchanged in flavor. 

Also, check out the awesome nutritionals. 

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Mixed with milk, it is the perfect early a.m. pre-workout drink that gives me some ooomph but doesn’t make my stomach overly full.  Post workout, it is a nice snack to tide me over while I shower and have time to get to a full meal. 

(I apologize for not having a picture of the drink once it’s blended.  Just picture an off white thick milk look.) 

Do you drink protein drinks?  What is your favorite?

Speaking of working out, I’m hoping to get in some laps in the pool today.  I am really sore from the cardio muscle class yesterday and am thinking that an easy swim will help the sore muscles.  Have a great Tuesday everyone!!

Finally, a picture of Ava doing “pull ups.”  She is so proud of herself.  I think she can do more than me. 

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6 comments:

  1. How cute is that pic of Ava?! Precious!! :)

    I use protein powders only about once a month... so I don't know too many brands or have a favorite.

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  2. I use protein powders sometimes. I actually have this one in chocolate and I like it a lot. It is grittier than the whey proteins I've tried in the past, but mixed with other things, like a banana, I like it.

    Love the picture of Ava doing pull ups!

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  3. Thanks for the review, I'll have to check the store for that flavor. I tried Vega's Green Protein (can't remember what it is called) but I wasn't a huge fan. I love the idea of hemp protein, but it always seems so gritty. Maybe the vanilla-almond would help cover it up?

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  4. Love the pull up pic of Ava! :)

    I have only used protein powders a few times but have been interested in Vega after reading so much about it. Thanks for the review!

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  5. She is beautiful! Not very familiar with protein powders!

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  6. I think I must just not be a protein powder kind of girl. I sampled this at my local whole foods and it was definitely not for me. Too chalky. Usually I get a plain kind and blend it into smoothies with a LOT of other ingredients.

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