My usual go to protein powder for breakfast smoothies is Sun Warrior Protein Powder, it’s smooth, sweetish and has a nice, mild chocolate or vanilla flavor pairing perfectly with fruit and overpowering all the veggies I cram in. But sometimes I gotta change things up and try something new. I figured while my half-marathon training is really starting to kick into high gear, perfect timing to try a powder with a little extra “power”. I’ve been wanting to try Vega products for awhile now, but price has been stopping me. I gave in and selected Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer in Chocolate because it’s a lot more than a protein powder designed to be a standalone meal when an entire serving is mixed with water or a partial serving can be added to smoothies for a nutrient boast.
When I received the powder, I was a bit in shock that the $67 jug only had 15 servings! But a serving is 2 huge scoops packing 260 calories and a whole heap of vitamins. It says on the package that those with “smaller” appetites could only use one scoop which is what I’ll be adding to my smoothies and stretching this jug to 30 servings. Among the long list of nutrients the powder contains, I was comforted to know it’s a great source of vitamin b12 and calcium as well as packing 100% values of many other vitamins, it’s nice knowing I’m getting the added nutrients in the morning.
I was looking forward to trying it in my smoothie this morning, using only 1 scoop with a frozen banana, spinach and a carrot. When I sampled the powder by itself, it reminded me a lot of Ovaltine, only a slightly grittier and less sweet version. So I added a packet of stevia to my smoothie too.
Sadly, I was not too impressed with the flavor, it’s grittier than the Sun Warrior powder, barely sweet with a very mild chocolate flavor and a slight bitterness. It wasn’t bad, definitely drinkable. But I wouldn’t call it a treat and not something I’d use in protein ice kream.
However, it did go down well, no problems digesting and I think I actually felt slightly more energized at work this morning and it did hold me til lunch nicely. I’m not totally sure that’s worth the price or flavor, but I will keep working my way through this jug to see how I feel. I can say that this is something I couldn’t afford on a regular basis and would only buy for training and maybe emergency travel breakfasts. Or even great to have when sick or recovering from illness when the body might be nutritionally compromised.
For lunch I met a friend at Tres Agaves, a unique Mexican restaurant with classier food, or entrees that aren’t paired with 14 lbs. of beans, rice and cheese. They have an amazing all raw or mostly raw vegan entree – a jicama salad with pumpkin seeds, oranges, cabbage and plenty of chili powder and citrus flair.
It’s rare to find something this divine at a Mexican place and I cleaned the plate! I wish I could have had one of their amazing margaritas, but there was that having to return to work thing. :-P
And since it was a super busy day, I went with a comfort food dinner using my creamy tomato soup base with green lentils, chopped zucchini, red onion and spinach.
Easy and now I have plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Now I’m gonna vent the stresses of the day in my home gym! :-)