If you read my blog then you know I don’t have trouble getting enough calories or carbs or struggle with treating myself to pizza, ice cream, or any other delicious foods. But I definitely struggle with getting enough veggies. I’ve talked about the veggie box I have delivered, but even that only forces me to make veggies once a day. So my day is literally carbs for breakfast, carbs and protein for lunch, carbs, protein, and veggie for dinner. Maybe even 2 veggies for dinner if I’m feeling frisky. Basically, I don’t get anywhere near enough of my 5 a day. I also don’t get enough protein, which is why I drink protein shakes after hard workouts. And because I’m in love with dessert, I have cookies and cream flavored protein shakes for afternoon workouts and coffee flavored for morning ones. It definitely helps me get enough, but I heard a while ago about Vega One, which provides protein, half of your daily required nutrients and vitamins (bye bye multivitamin!), and multiple servings of veggies in each shake. Lucky me, my friend RunEmz sent me some to test out! PSA: If you have instagram and you don’t follow her (@RunEmz), you should. She’s a total badass (just finished 3rd in a 100 mile ultra!) and does most of her training on a treadmill. She’s just beyond awesome.
Let’s get first impressions out of the way. I have been very curious to try this but figured I’d be most likely to enjoy Vanilla or Natural because I could easily mix them with strong tasting ingredients like banana and peanut butter or berries if I needed to mask a very green flavor. I pretty much thought this would go one of two ways: a) I’d hate it and the green taste would be overwhelming and disgusting and I couldn’t choke it down (I’ve had this from just standard protein shakes in the past so not a stretch) or b) It would taste too plant-like but be bearable so if I mixed it with tastier stuff, it could be a go-to shake and I would order some to help my veggie intake. There’s a reason I don’t eat enough veggies and it’s because I can’t stand the taste of most of them so a plant-based shake is just a scary proposition.
I mean, how could it not taste gross when you look at the ingredients:
Emz sent me the vanilla chai flavor to try and I will be very honest, I do not like chai as a general flavor, I don’t order it at Starbucks and I just think the spice level is too much when I want some dumb coffee or tea so I was downright terrified opening the packet.
I opened it and stuck my face in and smelled the powder, obviously. Not a good start, let me tell you. But, I wanted an honest opinion so I blended it with nothing but water and sucked it up for my first sip. It was good. Not in the “good enough to keep going” way, like actually good. I drank the whole thing with no need to add anything to my shake. Honestly? I’m completely shocked. I had mentally prepared to hate it since I learned about it, I was just planning to tough it out because I’m so desperately in need of nutrients. Chai still isn’t my thing, but I’m absolutely going to buy a tub of the vanilla. If you can make a flavor I don’t even like taste delicious and keep me healthier, I’m sold.
I feel a little awkward writing a review and wasn’t necessarily planning on it but I looked everywhere for them when I started thinking about VegaOne and it seemed like all the opinions were from super healthy people or vegans (VegaOne is completely vegan) who didn’t struggle with picky eating or hatred of healthy food, in fact they just enjoyed having everything they ate be healthy and so they wanted their protein shakes the same. Well, I was happy with my artificially-sweetened cookie dough shakes and couldn’t possibly imagine that they had the same opinion of cookies>veggies so I thought I’d put this out there for the rest of the picky eater club. It truly is magical, something this healthy for you that tastes this freaking good. I actually can’t wait until my vanilla comes in and I can start drinking it every day. Maybe being a little more on top of my fruit and veggie intake will improve my running 🙂
Speaking of running, intervals today. Doing a ladder set of 400-800-1200-1600-1200-800-400 with 1.5 mile warm up and 1.5 mile cooldown. I sort of love this workout 🙂 Bring on the pain!
Do you drink protein shakes? What kind?
How many of your 5 a day do you typically get?