From Jenn

Smooth Smoothies

I’ve never been a big smoothie girl. I figure that if I’m going to consume 250 to 300 calories for breakfast, I’m going to eat it, not drink it. I was pretty adamant about this until a few months ago when Vega was introduced into my life. Yes, the name may remind you of some character off of Star Trek, but trust me that there’s nothing Trekkie about it. In fact, I think even Spock would approve.*


You see, Vega’s Whole Food Smoothie Infusion kind of changed my life, or at least my mornings. To review the product for FBG, I began making the Vega smoothies every day at 6 a.m.In a slumber, I’d mix OJ, a banana, some frozen fruit (peaches, cherries or strawberries, usually), ice, and two scoops of the Smoothie Infusion as I was usually making a smoothie for myself and my hubby. (He loved this FBG “project” by the way—homemade breakfast every day!) I would also throw in Greek yogurt and silken tofu from time to time, just ‘cause.

Within days, I was referring to the smoothie as my super fuel. An hour or two after drinking it, I felt fantastic. I never got hungry until lunch, I didn’t have major cravings, and I just felt strong. My husband started calling it our crack breakfast. Yes, it was that good.

The smoothie powder is totally vegan and free of just about anything you could be allergic to—dairy, corn, gluten, soy, wheat and yeast. At 120 cals a scoop, you get 14 grams of veggie protein, 6 grams of fiber and a good amount of Omega 3s. Plus, even though it turns your smoothie green (the ingredient list includes wheat grass, alfalfa, spinach, kale and kelp), it tastes good and a little sweet, even though it only lists 1 gram of sugar. Now, I’m usually a huge Kashi Go Lean cereal girl in the a.m., but this kicks the patootey out of eating a bowl of cereal. It’s also made me refocus on eating more clean foods, as apparently it can make a huge difference.

I also tried three of Vega’s Whole Food Energy bars, but, honestly, I wasn’t impressed. Each flavor—berry, natural and chocolate—are chock full of vegany goodness, but they just weren’t overly tasty and they didn’t fill me up like other bars.

Sadly, our Vega smoothie powder supply ran out a few weeks ago, and I’ve tried making smoothies with other protein powders, but it’s just not the same. Unfortunately, Vega is only available in a limited number of health food stores around the country, and not our area. However, I just found a 16 oz bag of it (which lasted about three months in my household) for $27.50 at Amazon. May the crack breakfasts re-commence! —Jenn

*After some more research on the word Vega, I figured out why it hearkened Star Trek so much for me … Vega is a star. Duh. And no, the FBGs are never paid to review products, so today’s post is not sponsored or influenced in any way. It’s just how I feel!

For more adventures with the FBGs, check out Jenn’s experience running in the rain and Erin’s refusal to be a morning person.

Photo grabbed from http://media.photobucket.com/image/spock/starshineRoxie/Spock.jpg?o=35.



Comments

  1. tfh says

    I’ve seen ads for Vega in Vegetarian Times, and was intrigued– now I have to try it! (In other words, although you weren’t paid to give this review, perhaps now Vega should send you a token of their appreciation…)

  2. Sagan says

    Okay, I am SUPER intrigued. I also have never been one to jump on the smoothie bandwagon- but this sounds very interesting. Especially with an ingredient list like that!

  3. Taryn says

    (sorry I messed up- I am new to posting) Hi – I am new to your blog- but I just wanted to comment and let you know that I love the name of your blog. It is really cute- it took me a second to remember why it sounded familiar- but yeah- cute name. Thanks for making me smile.

  4. Anonymous says

    Vega seriously saved my life. And just so you know you can buy it at most Whole Food Market stores. If they don’t have it just ask them to order it in – they did it for me!

  5. eatingbender says

    Thanks for the tip! I generally feel the same way you do about smoothies, but I have a fantastic blender that deserves to be used more. I will have to look into Vega – love the Star Trek reference :o )

  6. Miss Oxygen says

    I like the occasional smoothie but cant say that they on my top list of favorite drinks but will give it a bash anything to try make one feel good

  7. Team Vega says

    Warning: blatant self-promotion alert! ;)

    Hey guys! Glad to hear there are so many people interested in Vega. It’s even better to hear that a few of you have tried it and really like it!

    We will be launching an online store in the next month or so, but in the meantime you can go to our site and use the store locator to find a store near you:

    http://sequelnaturals.com/en/purchase

    If you have any questions about Vega, you can also email us at info@sequelnaturals.com

    Team Vega

  8. Run girl says

    Not sure if this is the same company, but Amazon reviewers indicate a Canadian recall (three years in a row) for harmful bacteria and diagnosis of colitis?

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