Vega One Whole Foods Exclusive Flavors (Coconut Almond & Mocha)

Vega One is Vega’s flagship, all-in-one, protein powder that packs 20 grams of protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily vitamins & minerals, 27% daily fiber, 1.5 grams Omega-3, 1000 ORAC of Antioxidants, 1 Billion Probiotics and only 150 calories. It’s one of the cleanest, whole food ingredient, plant-based powders on the market and is now Non-GMO Verified, Vegan Certified and Gluten Free. I’ve been using Vega protein powders in my smoothies for a while now and really haven’t tried anything better on the market.

That all said, it wasn’t much longer after reviewing the brand new formula that 2 new flavors arrived at my doorstep to try; I love when that happens! If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you’re in luck because Coconut Almond and Mocha flavors are now exclusively hitting the shelves. These 2 flavors are available on Vega’s eStore as well.

So, I gotta say, at first I was skeptical given that my usual stand by flavor preferences for protein powder are Vanilla, Chocolate or Natural. I do not stray often, I like to keep them fairly plain; just enough to compliment all of the other ingredients I usually have going on in my smoothies. But when I opened the tubs, smelled them and took a little taste of each, I was surprised and delighted that both flavors were tasty and not overpowering.

The Coconut Almond is fantastic and extremely versatile. A nice mild nutty profile with just enough Coconut without going overboard. You can pair it with anything really; Green Smoothie, Fruit Smoothie, Chocolate Smoothie…it really works with everything and also adds a little something extra for your tastebuds.

The Mocha flavor is also very good but, in my opinion, not as versatile when adding to a wider range of ingredients. I’ve found that the Mocha leans well toward more of the Chocolate, Banana, Nut Butter, No extra Greens type of smoothie. It has a nice dark chocolate flavor and a somewhat strong hint of coffee flavor, which I also love but it may simply limit the ingredients you’d want to add it to. Still, that did not stop me from coming up with some excellent recipes with it (2 of which are below!).

I’m really enjoying both of these flavors immensely…so much, in fact, that I offer you 4 luscious smoothie recipes to try them out with.

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Chococonutty
GET CHO-COCO-NUTTY!
Coconut Almond Cacao Smoothie

Pairing the Coconut Almond with Cacao, Dates and Banana is heaven…the outcome is rich, creamy and sweet (of course with major coconut notes). This smoothie is so damn good!

12 oz Almond or Flax Milk
1 Frozen Banana
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
2 1/2 Tbsp Cacao
1 serving Coconut Almond Vega One
1 Tbsp Chia Seed
1 Tbsp Flax Seed
2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes (blend 1, reserve 1)
1 Tbsp Chopped Almonds (garnish)
1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs (garnish)

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and sprinkle with reserved Coconut Flakes, Chopped Almonds and Cacao Nibs. Enjoy! (eat all the yummy garnish with a spoon).

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Golden Gusto
GOLDEN GUSTO!
Pineapple Orange and Carrot Smoothie

You can have my smoothie when you pry it from my cold, dead hands! I took the Coconut Almond on more of a fruity journey this time around. Again, so versatile and adds something special.

8 oz Hemp Milk
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Fresh Pineapple Chunks
1 Small Orange
2 Small Carrots
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
1 Serving Coconut Almond Vega One
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Camu Camu
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and Enjoy!

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MochaMeHappy
PAKISTANI PARADISE!
Mocha Smoothie w/ Cardamom and Cinnamon

Let me start by saying it’s coming up on one year since I killed my caffeine/coffee addiction with juicing and lemon water. That said, I allow myself a cup of joe every now and again. And what better way to drink my Coffee than in a Smoothie! This post is inspired by a Pakistani Coffee recipe by Sasha Martin. I adapted it into smoothie form and combined it with the new Vega One Mocha Whole Foods Market exclusive flavor. This smoothie is so delicious and exotic. The deep coffee and mocha flavors are subtly interrupted by the sweetness of Banana and Medjool Dates with an aromatic finish of Cardamom and Cinnamon. A gem!

8 oz #Organic Coffee (brewed and chilled)
4 oz Flax Milk
1 Frozen Banana
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 serving Vega One Mocha
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and Enjoy!

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Mocha Madness
MOCHA MADNESS!
Mocha Maple Oat Cacao Smoothie

I splurged a little this morning and created something very decadent AND nutritious. It packs a really rich, chocolaty taste w/ a nice hint of coffee bean…the perfect start to my day!

8 oz. Coconut Milk
1 Frozen Banana
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 serving Vega One Mocha
1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
1/4 Cup Raw Whole Grain Oats
1 Tbsp Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 packet Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
Garnish with sprinkles of Coconut Flakes, Cacao and Cinnamon

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and Enjoy!

11 Comments

  1. The new shake flavors are NOT on the Vega estore. I love ’em and bake to get them at my Columbia SC Whole Foods.

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