A CLOSE LOOK AT THE NEW VEGA ONE

As you probably already know from my posts, I’ve been using Vega protein powders in all of my smoothies…well, ever since I began making smoothies which was earlier this year. After going on a quest to regain my health back in February, drinking juice, eating clean, becoming vegan (and losing over 70 lbs doing it all) I began adding smoothies to my everyday eating as well. The thing that drew me in most to trying out Vega was Brendan Brazier’s story about his need for a plant-based protein powder, full of whole food nutrition and no chemical additives (as most powders on the market contain). Since I was in a situation where I had just undergone multiple steps to detox my body, I wasn’t about to just grab any protein powder to add to my smoothies. It had to be vegan…it had to be packed with nutrition and most of all, it had to be CLEAN. When I did some research, I quickly found out about Vega and purchased a small bag from my local health market. I haven’t stopped using Vega powders ever since. And now almost 3 months as a Vega blogger and 30+ smoothie recipes later, I catch word that Vega is changing the formula of their all in one Vega One powder. I immediately worried about what was changing, since I had relied on the original formula so much. But with what I had already known about the company, I had a feeling it would be better than ever. And I was right.

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Last week I received a nice big package from my friends at Vega containing samples of the new Vega One and boy was I excited to bust it open and check it all out. The very first thing I did when I took out the tub of French Vanilla was look at the ingredients list. At first glance, my heart sank as it appeared to be a very long list. But upon further inspection, I had realized something amazing; all of these new ingredients were whole foods! Broccoli, Kale, Spinach, Carrot, Beet, Tomato, Apple, Blueberry, Orange, Cranberry, Strawberry and Shitake Mushroom. On top of this, they added a ton of super foods as well, such as Hemp, Sacha Inchi, Maca Root, Spirulina, Chlorella, Pomegranate, Mangosteen, Goji and Maqui. I was completely blown away; they added to the powder itself many of the ingredients that I’ve been adding into my blender along with the Vega. Not only is that convenient for me, in the long run it could also save some pennies by not having to buy so many other supplements. And as if that wasn’t enough, Vega also went ahead and got the “Certified Vegan”, “Non GMO Project” designations and also increased the amount of organic produce they use (which are 3 very important things in my world). Awesome! The new powders all look greener because the ingredients are greener.

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One scoop of this bad boy will take you far! The serving size is larger than it’s predecessor but the benefits are even larger. To stretch your dollar, you can actually use 3/4 of a scoop and still get the same nutrition you’ve always been getting. But the quick snapshot of the new “per scoop” stats are very impressive; now boasting 20 grams of protein (33% more), 6 servings of greens (2x more), 50% daily vitamins & minerals, 27% daily fiber, 1.5 grams Omega-3, 1000 ORAC of Antioxidants, 1 Billion Probiotics and only 150 calories. BAM!

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As far as the flavor and drinkability goes, I tried each of the samples I was provided with (French Vanilla, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai and Natural). All of them had a very mild, sweet and clean taste. It seems that the strong “Stevia Leaf” flavor that is sometimes present in the Vega powders has mellowed out a bit which is a huge plus in my book. Not that it was a big problem for me before, but it is something I noticed with the new formula. In addition, the Vanilla and Chocolate profiles are kicked up even more. You can really taste the vanilla in French Vanilla! And likewise for the chocolate; so chocolaty!

All in all, my review of the new Vega One is 2 thumbs up (it’d be 3 if I could)! Be on the lookout for it on shelves in early 2015 or get it right now on Vega’s eStore. Once you have a supply of your very own, try out one (or all) of these awesome recipes below that I experimented with…yuuuuum…smoothies!

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Vega One (French Vanilla) Green Smoothie

8 oz Almond Milk
2 handfuls of fresh Baby Kale or Baby Spinach
1 Frozen Banana
1 handful of Mixed Berries (Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry)
1 handful of Mango chunks
1 scoop of Vega One (French Vanilla)
2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
2 Tbsp Flax Meal
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Pour Almond Milk into the blender along with the greens and blend on liquify until you have a nicely blended green liquid. Now add the Banana, Berries and Mango. Blend on crush ice setting until cracking stops…then blend again on liquify setting for about 30-40 secs. If too thick, you can always adjust by adding more Almond Milk. Add Vega, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds and Flax Meal and blend one more time on liquify until very smooth. Pour into a large, tall glass. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy!

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Vega One (Chocolate) Smoothie

8 oz Coconut Milk
1 Frozen Banana
1 handful of Mixed Berries (Strawberry, Raspberry)
1 scoop of Vega One (Chocolate)
1 Tbsp Almond Butter
2 Tbsp Flax Meal
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Pour Coconut Milk into the blender along with the Banana and Berries. Blend on crush ice setting until cracking stops…then blend again on liquify setting for about 30-40 secs. If too thick, you can always adjust by adding more Coconut Milk. Add Vega, Almond Butter, Chia Seeds and Flax Meal and blend one more time on liquify until very smooth. Pour into a large, tall glass. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy!

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Vega One (Vanilla Chai) Smoothie

8 oz Coconut Milk
1 Frozen Banana
1 handful of fresh Cranberries
1/2 fresh Pomegranate Seeds
1 scoop of Vega One (Vanilla Chai)
1/4 Cup Coconut Flakes
2 Tbsp Flax Meal
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Pour Coconut Milk into the blender along with the Banana, Cranberries and Pomegranate Seeds. Blend on crush ice setting until cracking stops…then blend again on liquify setting for about 30-40 secs. If too thick, you can always adjust by adding more Coconut Milk. Add Vega, Coconut Flakes, Chia Seeds and Flax Meal and blend one more time on liquify until very smooth. Pour into a large, tall glass. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. I’m so happy I found this blog! I adore Vega products too. I use the performance protein in my morning overnight oats, and my lunch is Vega One with some other stuff. Loooooove it.
    Question: WHERE did you get that awesome Vega jar/cup with the handle? I would love to buy one!

    Thanks,
    Ainsley

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