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Vega Sports Performance Protein

Posted Dec 27 2010 3:18pm

How is everyone’s Christmas Recovery coming along?

Monday Workout

Running: 10.12 miles

It was cold and windy (and I didn’t bring any tights home with me), but I really wanted to run outside today. After a few days of indoor workouts, I just really needed to get outside for a few miles.

First, I stopped at the gym to do my  hip strengthening exercises , then I drove to the lake by my house and ran along the running path there. I very rarely run around the neighborhoods by my house anymore because I just can’t stay focused looking at house after house after house…

Going to the lake really makes run so much more enjoyable.

It actually wasn’t that enjoyable at all… I was cold and miserable pretty much the whole time, but I made the best of it and felt like a million dollars afterwards.

That is what counts rights?

And the rest of the day will be spent relaxing. Laying around all weekend really wore me out ;)

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A few days ago, I decided to pick up a few packets of the Vega products that are currently being sold. The tubs are outrageously expensive, so I am starting with the packets to make sure I actually enjoy them before I spend $60 on a tub of powder.

This morning, I tried the Vega Sports Performance Protein (Vanilla Flavor) after my run. I try to incorporate some sort of protein source into every meal (especially my post workout meal), so this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

Vega Sport Protein provides a complete array of key performance enhancing benefits including:



  • Improves exercise performance
  • Maintains strength during workouts
  • Increases muscle protein synthesis
  • Develops and maintains bone strength
  • Assists in muscle cell repair after exercise
  • Reduces inflammation, soreness and fatigue
  • Reduces length of recovery between training
  • Provides immune support following exercise

Diana tweeted me that the Vega products are awesome, so I had to see for myself ;)

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Check out those ingredients and the nutritional information!

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Since it was 26* during my run this morning, oatmeal was on the menu for breakfast. Actually, I eat oatmeal when it is 100* outside. Yes, I am a little obsessed ;)

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I’m going to be 100% honest here, but when I dumped out the packet and I saw that it was GREEN, I almost tossed this bowl and made a new one.

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Bama-dad paid $2.99 for this packet (I love free food at home), so I had to at least give it a shot. I knew in the back of my mind that there was a fresh carton of eggs in the refrigerator, so I wasn’t too worried about having a back up.

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We all know that peanut butter is essential ;)

The Taste

This doesn’t exactly taste like a cookie, but it actually is not that bad. The first bite kind of tasted like vegetables, but by the end of the bowl, I was totally digging the taste. I think it is just something that you acquire a taste for, like Kombucha.

Seriously though, do not let the funky green color freak you out. It scared me at first, but it really is not that bad ;)

The Ingredients

If you know anything about Vega , you know that the ingredients are stellar.

With ingredients like these, there is no reason not to try it. It might not taste like candy, but I thought it was fairly decent and it is something that I will continue to buy.

Coconut Oil

Prized for its rich, natural source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), coconut oil is a raw healthy fat, which does not require digestion prior to its energy-boosting effect. Coconut oil goes straight to the liver to provide near-instant fuel and helps the body access and burn body fat as fuel to improve body composition.

Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein (98%)

Raw and sprouted for exceptional digestibility, our unique brown rice protein includes the bran, germ and endosperm of the whole rice grain. It is a complete and bioavailable protein (PDCAAS = 1) sporting a 96% correlation to whey protein and 98% correlation to human milk. Organically grown and produced via a proprietary, low temperature enzymatic biofermentation process, our rice protein is made without any chemicals, acids or solvents.

Organic Green Pea Protein

Pea is one of the best plant based sources of protein for human consumption due to its rich amino acid profile and bioavailability. Particularly high in pea protein is lysine, an essential amino acid that helps convert fatty acids into energy, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, enhances calcium absorption and promotes collagen formation. Our green pea protein is chlorophyll-rich, alkaline-forming, highly digestible and organically grown and processed.

Hemp Protein

Raw, alkaline-forming and complete, hemp protein contains all the amino acids, including all eight essential amino acids. Because it is comprised of primarily edestin and albumin, two of the most common types of proteins found in the human body, hemp protein is very easy to digest and assimilate. Clean and green, hemp protein is also a quality source of arginine, histidine, branch-chained amino acids and Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids.

Organic alfalfa juice protein

Our alfalfa juice protein comes from young alfalfa plants, harvested at their peak and gently processed to maintain optimal nutritional properties. A raw, alkaline-forming and easily digestible source of complete protein, alfalfa juice protein is rich in chlorophyll and xanthophyll and provides all the essential and non essential amino acids plus 21 vitamins and minerals including beta carotene, vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Spirulina

Exceptionally nutrient-dense, spirulina is a fresh water blue green algae that contains over 60% protein, among the highest of any food. Grown without pesticides or herbicides, spirulina yields 20 times more protein per acre than soybeans and 200 times more than beef. Raw, alkaline-forming and sporting a rich array of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, spirulina protects from oxidant stress, supports the immune system and reduces inflammation.

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)

Among the most vital for enhanced athletic performance are the essential branch chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine as they cannot be made by the body and must be acquired through food. BCAAs are also metabolized in muscle tissue, rather than in the liver for faster utilization and they are proven to increase strength, endurance and muscle synthesis, enhance recovery, reduce muscle soreness and inflammation and improve energy and mood. Glutamine. Proven to support and enhance recovery after training, glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in the body. Because your body will digest its own muscle to get glutamine, supplementing with this amino acid during times of heavy training or dieting is key to preventing muscle catabolism. Used in conjunction with proper training, glutamine can produce exceptional results in strength, muscle growth, and accelerated fat loss.

Digestive Enzymes

Our unique digestive enzyme blend was specially formulated to enhance the digestibility, absorption and overall nutrition of our ProVega plant-based protein blend. We included plant and bacterial based proteolytic enzymes, aminopeptidase and hemicellulase to help eliminate any side effects like gas, bloating and discomfort. It also helps reduce inflammation, speed up recovery after exercise, and maintain strength during workouts.

Have you ever tried any Vega Products?

Tomorrow I plan on trying the Chocolate Whole Health Optimizer :)

Is it sad that I feel healthier just by typing that?

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