Vega Sport Review & Giveaway!!

A few months ago, Vega sent me a sample pack of their new Vega Sport like to test out and review. The box itself was pretty creative – opening to review tons of goodies when you removed the top!

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There was a little bit of everything in this box, from pre-workout to recovery. I was really excited to give it a try during my training. I had been in the market for a new nutrition system one that would sit a little better in my stomach. Vega is 100% plant-based and all-natural, which fits in perfectly with my food philosophy.

Keep reading – there’s an awesome Vega Giveaway at the end of today’s review!!

Pre-Workout Energizer

According to the product information, the pre-workout energizer has three main benefits:

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and recovery

All I know is this stuff gives me a good burst of energy and my long runs just feel better when I have a serving about 20 minutes before I start. It doesn’t look pretty in a glass, but it mixes up pretty well in a water bottle and tastes okay. There are two flavors: lemon-lime & acai berry. I don’t really like lemon-lime flavors in general, but the acai berry takes decent.

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I love this product and have bought a tub of my own after finishing the samples. I used this before my 10K in December (where I PR’d) and this weekend’s 50K. The tub isn’t cheap, but at just one scoop per serving & 30 servings per container, it will last me a while.

Endurance Gels

If I could only buy one Vega Sport product, this would be the one! Reading the ingredients is so much better than most other gels – you actually recognize the ingredients! I’m trying to avoid fructose, maltodextrin, and similar ingredients, as they can upset your stomach (and I don’t need that).

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The Orange-Zest is my favorite, but the Raspberry is also good. I love that these gels have a little texture (I think from the dates), instead of just being that thick goopy gel consistency. Kirk doesn’t like the texture like I do, so it’s personal preference.

I used these gels for my race this weekend, taking one every 4.5 – 5 miles.

Electrolyte Hydrator

The electrolyte hydrator is the same concept as Nuun – no calories, just electrolytes. I originally tried this out at my December 10K and thought it was a bit sweet. As usual I liked the pom-berry flavor and not the lemon-lime; I think this really is a flavor preference.

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I brought a few of these packets to the race this weekend and was glad I did. When the weather started warming up, I added these to my water bottles to top off the electrolytes.

Endurance Bar

The endurance bars are unattractive and closer in texture a PowerBar, but certainly more texture. They taste very natural, certainly not a sugary-sweet bar, but not a bad flavor.

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I’ve had these as a snack at work, while riding the bike, and after a run – they do the trick in all three situations. I’d like to try these out a little more – I’m thinking these and the electrolyte hydrator might work well on longer bike rides.

 

Performance Protein

The performance protein is a great mix of high-quality protein (yellow pea, savisead sachi inchi, sprouted whole grain brown rice, hemp, & alfalfa proteins) and very little else – which I like. The chocolate is my favorite flavor and tastes great in my post-run smoothies. We compared Vega to our other favorite protein and it blends a little better in water or almond-milk, if you like that sort of thing (I don’t – I just like mind in smoothies).

Recovery Accelerator

The Recovery Accelerator is intended to help your body recharge immediately after workouts:

Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator also features a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, a combination shown to increase muscle glycogen re-synthesis—a crucial component of post-workout recovery.

I really liked the Apple-Berry flavor, very smooth and tasty! I was impressed how easily this one mixed with water. To be honest, I can’t afford to add this and protein to my post-workout routine, so I choose to make recovery shakes with the protein instead.

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Protein Bar

And finally, the protein bars – delicious! The Chocolate Coconut was my favorite and I honestly wished I had more in the same pack, they were great treats. :) I guess I ate these up so quickly I didn’t capture a picture of this one.

 

Summary

After sampling the Vega Sport line, I’ve purchased several of these for as part of my normal nutrition: pre-workout energizer, endurance gels, electrolyte hydrator, and endurance bars. I love the Vega products and recommend them to everyone! Even if you don’t eat a plant-based diet, they are all-natural and clean products that are excellent fuel for endurance athletes!

 

Vega Giveaway Time!!

Now that I’ve told you how much I love Vega, it’s your turn to give them a try! Vega is offering one lucky winner a tub of the Pre-Workout Energizer (your choice of flavor!) – one of their most popular Vega Sport products and one that I personally use before my long workouts too!

Follow the directions on the widget below to enter:

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Congratulations to Stefanie @ TheNewHealthy!! Contact me with your address & desired flavor of Pre-Workout Energizer so you can give this awesome Vega Sport product a try!!

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Comments

  1. says

    You’ve got me curious about the Vega protein powder now! :)

    FYI – My Cookie Underground giveaway is up today. They aren’t for the vegan cookies… but you can give them to a fellow veggie lover. Like me. LOL!

  2. Melody says

    I actually like the lemon-lime hydrator. The gels do need a warning that there’s texture- almost like a chia seed combined with a strawberry seed. Expensive, but the protein bars are by far the best. Working on my nutrition since coach has such a problem with fuel- don’t want that issue, either!

  3. Mary says

    I loved this product! Right now I get though workouts by the promises I make to myself for what I am going to do after-such as coffee in the mornings!

  4. says

    this is a great giveaway! i just keep up my energy by making sure to drink lots of water and stretch afterwards since my legs arent the strongest!
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  5. says

    Making sure I’m well-hydrated and have a good source of energy from a pre-workout meal/snack (dates are really fun to pop before a workout!) are important to me. A solid meal about half an hour after – just kale and tempeh could do the trick for me – keeps me going strong. I LOVE Vega’s Whole Food Optimizer powder, use it every day in a smoothie. I definitely need to jump on the bandwagon and try out more of the workout products!

  6. Jamessina says

    I am in awe of the Pre workout energizer- never had I had such an intense workout than when I use it. Great review, thanks for sharing!

  7. billiejean says

    Hi! :D
    I’m a runner and love (almost) everything about it! Especially the fueling aspect, but more the running. I always make sure that I have eaten a meal within two hours of a run if it’s short like 3.5 miles, and if it’s longer i’ll grab a homemade muffin and some vitamin water or life water, wait a little while I warm up, then BOLT! I’ve never done any distance over 8 miles…YET, so I don’t really think about gels, or carrying any type of fuel… After though, if I’m feeling alright and have no tummy ache, then I will mix up some warmed nut butter and mix it with a perfectly ripe banana and put it on a rice cake or on a toasted tortilla<– AWWsommme. I wish I could afford something like Vega, (I can barely afford my running gear!) but EVENTUALLY!

  8. bobby daniel says

    I got the new Vega Sport sampler pack.
    And the pre work-out enegizer was great. Could use a whole tub.
    Thanks
    Bobby

  9. Push Harder says

    100% my new fav product! I’m on fire with the energizer powder without the crash that most products on the market give you. A healthy high to add to the natural euphoria of training.

    Thanks Vegan Sport!

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