I love protein shakes. They were the hardest thing to cut out of my diet when I did Whole30 and even though I continue to try to focus on eating “real food,” I still probably rely on them more than I should.
I’ve tried many different protein blends over the years and I’ve gotten pretty picky with what I like both nutrition and taste-wise. For the most part, I’m open to blends (whey/soy/etc.) but try to keep the carbs, calories and sugar low, which usually means I go to chemical sweeteners.
My go-to lately has been EAS Lean because it’s cheap and meets all of my requirements even though the list of ingredients kind of freaks me out of it I look at it for too long.
I used to have a protein shake every morning as quick breakfast whether I did a morning workout or not, but now I save them for what they were intended for: post-workout recovery. I’ve been training extra hard lately between the the upcoming triathlon and trying to lose weight for the web series in general, and it’s definitely taking a toll. My muscles seem to be taking extra long to recover and I just don’t have that kind of time.
I was semi-familiar with Vega mostly from seeing them in Whole Foods (and sitting next to their team at our lunch stop during Ragnar in April) but I’d never really looked into it too much. When I was vegan, I would have been all over their plant-based line of pre- and post- workout products. When I had the opportunity to review one of their products as a SweatPink ambassador, I was immediately intrigued by their recovery protein. The protein blend includes: pea protein, SaviSeed (sachi inchi), brown rice and alfalfa. Noticeably missing: soy. I have mixed feelings about soy and its effect on hormones, particularly in how it affects my bipolar mood shifts. As I said above, EAS does contain soy and I haven’t noticed any negative effects, but it’s still nice that Vega doesn’t rely on it.
Another great aspect of Vega is that they use stevia as their sweetener – no scary chemicals here. I will say, it does leave you with the expected stevia aftertaste, but if you’re someone that uses stevia on the reg, you probably won’t notice. I find that if you blend it with a little PB2, the taste is masked.
The best part: 26 grams of protein. Crazy, right?! It makes it SO MUCH EASIER to hit my daily protein goal with this stuff.
I’ve used it after a couple particularly hard workouts and I’m definitely noticing a difference in my recovery, especially compared to days where I forwent any kind of post-workout recovery at all and tried to wait until dinner. Not only did it speed physical recovery, but it helped with the mental aspect as well – something that can be attributed to their inclusion of Tryptophan to boost Seratonin levels…
So not only do you feel better after your workout, you’re more motivated to workout AGAIN when the time comes.
Overall, I recommend Vega Sport Performance Protein whether you’re a CrossFit athlete looking to recovery faster after heavy lifting, a hardcore runner training to PR your next race, or a newbie training for a triathlete like me.
While you can easily mix the power with water or your favorite milk, I like turning it into a true “shake” with a few extra ingredients. My go to recipe:
- Vega Sport Performance Protein
- 2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 small, mostly green banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 T PB2
- handful of ice
Just blend and enjoy!
What’s your favorite protein shake blend? How do you fuel your better?
Disclaimer: I received a free pack of Vega Sport Performance Protein in exchange for an honest review as part of the Fit Approach SweatPink Ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.