Product Review: Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer

What the what?!?! When did it get it get to August? Ugh. Well, summer is passing by faster than I can say Donna Summers (throw back to SNL anyone?) and while I have been busy hitting up the garage sale season, swimming in the ocean and well, GROWING A HUMAN INSIDE OF ME, I have not been neglecting you on purpose, dear readers. I will update you all very soon about what has been going on but first – I have to tell you about this awesome new product that Vega has recently put out!I was super excited to try this product out when my friends at Vega approached me earlier in the month! A sugar-free, naturally sweetened energizer drink that has only 5 calories!  When the product arrived at my house and I read the labels I was disappointed that I could not try it – warning label says not for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. So, I had to pass the product on to my husband to try and let me know what he thought.

Here’s the scoop:

1. He loves that the product maintains his energy and has no ugly side effects like coffee gives him – making this a perfect substitute his normal java addiction.

2. You get two flavour choices: Lemon-Lime or Acai Berry. Both taste really good and there is no weird after taste which sometimes happens with other low-calorie drinks.

3. Worked perfect as a pick-me-up during a late night at work or before a tennis game. You will want to take this before a shorter workout such as a 30mins run, before a yoga class or a cross-fit training that is less the 30mins.

4. Cost effective: If you purchase the on-the-go packs you’re paying under $2 CND for one serving – which is actually cheaper than getting a large coffee at most cafes. AND you get a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, sugar-free drink with some fiber in it.

Only one problem with it…

This was his only complaint. He could not get it to dissolve into a nice smooth drink whether he stirred it or shook it up in a bottle. This meant that the texture was a little gritty – almost like when you have tea leaves leak out of your tea steeper – but not to the point that he would not drink the product.

If I wasn’t pregnant and planning to breast feed for the next 12 months I would be ALL OVER the Vega Sport Sugar Free Energizer! In the meantime, I can watch my husband enjoy it. Check out their website for product purchasing & promos

This post was written by me and sponsored by Vega. These are my family’s personal opinions and text. I was not influence to write a positive review for this post and took it upon myself to tell you about this product!

Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Protein Smoothie

Ever since we got back from our holidays we have tried to get on track with our eating (as I am sure many of you are). I still have not mastered the art of eating exactly the way we eat at home while we are travelling. Anyone have some tips for me? This time around, we were staying at my brother & sister-in-law’s place so we had full access to the kitchen. We were able to pick up groceries a couple times and make my delicious kale salad (recipe to come) – which was a huge hit with the extended family and I think we ended up making 6 times…so good guys, really…recipe will be coming this month.

Still, when we returned home, we all felt a little lagged down. We did consume more wheat in the week then we have in a long, long time. Not only that, but we ate things that had processed sugar (like pie and ice cream). Sometimes, you just want to have pie with your entire family – OK !?! My body, however, told me otherwise. Feeling sluggish, struggling with brain fog (although, that might have been the jet leg) and a return of my eczema, I knew it was from the few things I had cut out of my diet due to sensitivities – came back to haunt me from a week of wanting to eat with my family while home for the holidays. My husband on the other hand was complaining of similar symptoms but the main one that was effecting him was exhaustion. Uh…oh…first sign of a possible flare up…not good. So it was back to making smoothies, green juices, puree soups – all things that are packed full of nutrition but easy for the body to digest.

This recipe comes from the Thrive Forward series. I chose to use the Vega One Vanilla nutritional shake but you can certainly use another plant-based protein source like hemp hearts, pea protein, or flax seeds. This shake turned out nice and creamy – almost like a milk shake. I thought about it later and I could have use the Vega One Chai powder with the same result (eliminating the additional spices I used to make this one and adding pure vanilla to balance the flavours). I am happy to report, that after two weeks of drinking more shakes, home-made green juices, soups and even avocado pudding (recipe to come), energy is returning for us and symptoms are disappearing. Funny how that works ;)

Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Protein Smoothie
Inspired by the Thrive Forward series.
  • ½ cup of fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled & chopped (can use purée if that's what you have on hand)
  • 1 whole apple, peeled & cored
  • 1 cup almond milk (you can use any no-dairy milk)
  • ⅓ cup protein powder (I used Vega One Vanilla)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour in glass and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy amazing energy!