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Vega Plant-Based Energizing Smoothies

Product by:
Sequel Naturals
Version:
Tropical Tango, Vanilla Almondilla, Bodacious Berry, Choc-a-lot, Natural
Price:
$19.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On September 10, 2012
Last modified:March 23, 2013

Summary:

Vega got it right with this vegan and dairy-free protein-packed smoothie powder. Tasty flavors and a silkier blend of healthy ingredients.

It seems like only yesterday that I tried the first product from Brendan Brazier’s product line, My Vega. Apparently I haven’t been paying close attention to the food supplement aisle over the past few years, as it really was yesterday when I spotted nearly an entire half aisle of Vega products at the grocery store! Brendan and team have been busy triathlete-loving beavers, churning out an amazing array of products.

Plant-Based Vega Energizing Smoothie - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

To get up to speed, I decided to start by testing out the full line of Vega Energizing Smoothie Powders. I’m always looking for good brands of dairy-free “meal replacement” type shakes to recommend to viewers, and a dairy-free protein powder that Tony, husband and chief technical guy, will like. I’m excited, as I think we’ve found a winner with this one!

Here are the details on Vega Energizing Smoothie …

  • It comes in five flavors: Tropical Tango, Vanilla Almondilla, Bodacious Berry, Choc-a-lot, and Natural.
  • Each flavor is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan / vegetarian, made with all natural ingredients, and contains no added sugars (sweetened with stevia).
  • Each serving (1 scoop / 12 per package) contains 10 grams of protein (a combination of pea, Saviseed, hemp, and brown rice proteins), 5 grams of fiber, digestive enzymes, prebiotics, ground flax seed (for some added omega-3’s), and a “greens” blend (alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, kale).
  • Even with all of this nutritional power, there is just around 95 calories, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of fat per serving of Vega Energizing Smoothie (the chocolate variety has slightly more protein and calories).
  • All flavors can be bought in both single serve or pouch packs (12 servings) – we found both to be very useful.

With that awesome nutritional profile, you are probably thinking “yuck!” I know; I was skeptical myself. But, I can honestly say that WE LOVED IT.

Tony and I are pretty picky about vegan protein powders. Brown rice protein powders have an unctuous, powdery feel, while hemp protein powders are typically quite gritty. But Vega got it just right with this blend of protein powders. It is much silkier than your typical vegan protein powder.

As for the flavor, I can detect the stevia notes when tasted straight (in water), but it works seamlessly in smoothies (how I enjoy Vega Energizing Smoothie powders) and stirred into unsweetened dairy-free yogurt (one of the ways Tony enjoys it) adding a nice brightness in flavor, without tasting off in the least bit.

Unlike most brands of, well … just about anything, I liked ALL of the flavors. My favorites were the Tropical Tango and Bodacious Berry; they add a tasty fruit flavor that went perfectly with my banana breakfast smoothies. However, I could see myself buying the Vanilla Almondilla (great almond overload taste with almond milk and almond butter) and the Natural varieties, since I tend to use more neutral flavors most. Tony, naturally, liked the Choc-a-lot best.

Chocolate Plant-Based Vega Energizing Smoothie - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

One cool thing about the Choc-a-lot (pictured above) and Bodacious Berry (pictured below) Energizing Smoothies is that their colors are brown and pink, respectively. Yes, they look like chocolate and berry shakes, masking the green! I am a true kid when it comes to food; I still don’t like drinking something that looks green or a mottled brown if I can avoid it. It just hampers the indulgent experience a touch, don’t you think?

Berry Plant-Based Vega Energizing Smoothie - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

Overall, an enthusiastic two thumbs up from our household for each flavor of the Vega Energizing Smoothies!

Quick Note: Vega Energizing Smoothies are the new and improved version of Vega’s former “Shake & Go Smoothie” product line.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the Vega One Nutrition Bars are vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Vega website at www.myvega.com

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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14 Comments

  1. Lyn HartSeptember 19, 2012 at 9:34 amReply

    This produce is absolutely awesome. I purchase my Vega at Whole Foods and it has become my #1 breakfast. Love it, love it, love it.

  2. JillOctober 30, 2012 at 4:18 pmReply

    Would I use these as added protein to smoothies? How much will they alter the taste? I’m currently not adding any protein powder to my smoothies since I am new to dairy free. Just wondering how they will change the taste of a smoothie recipe.

    • Alisa FlemingOctober 30, 2012 at 4:41 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Jill, I try to explain the flavor as much as possible in the review. The Plain one one change the taste the least, just adding a hint of sweetness. The others are definite flavors. As for the texture, most protein powders are a bit, for lack of a better word, powdery. And this can come across in smoothies. I find the Vega to be one of the least powdery of the protein powders. This is more of a “meal replacement” or supplement in that it does add protein (some other types do have more protein) but it also has some added supplements for additional nutrition. Vega has an extensive dairy-free product line, this is just one of the options.

  3. GratefulfoodieNovember 1, 2012 at 4:47 pmReply

    I saw these at Whole Foods the other day, would you happen to know if they are peanut and tree nut free?

    • Alisa FlemingNovember 1, 2012 at 5:51 pmReplyAuthor

      To the best of my knowledge, they are by ingredients, but if allergies are a concern then you really should check the packaging specifically and contact the company directly to inquire about manufacturing processes!

  4. Vega One Nutrition Bar Review - Go Dairy FreeApril 3, 2013 at 5:28 amReply

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  5. Lindsay C.September 9, 2014 at 9:37 amReply

    I love Vega products. I have recently tried the Bodacious Berry flavour and really like it. I blend it up with fresh or frozen berries and either water or almond milk for a post workout boost of protein! Delish!

  6. BriSeptember 9, 2014 at 3:51 pmReply

    I love Vega shakes. Such a great healthy breakfast and also works great while nursing my little one!

  7. Phil K.September 11, 2014 at 5:00 amReply

    I agree that the Vega powders are very good at masking all of the nutrition. The first time I tried them I had to double-check the label and make sure there wasn’t a bunch of added sugar! Morning smoothies are made awesome by this stuff.

  8. Kelsey MeyerSeptember 12, 2014 at 10:22 amReply

    I actually JUST tried the Choc-a-lot smoothie packet this morning after my run! I picked up the packet at Whole Foods while grocery shopping and thought it not only sounded good but was actually good for me! I’m vegan and training for my first half-marathon and will without a doubt be buying more flavors! Thanks Vega!

    Kelsey Meyer

  9. MisteneSeptember 12, 2014 at 3:42 pmReply

    I love vega smoothies! The are super rich in nutrients. Originally I found the products quite earthy, but I had been using chemical laden products. Now I am hooked. I can’t imagine using my old products again.

  10. Michelle MSeptember 14, 2014 at 7:42 amReply

    I love these! I’ve been wanting to try the choc-o-lat and viva vanilla, but the Oh Natural is perfect for baking or in smoothies.

  11. Sarah Y.September 15, 2014 at 7:47 amReply

    After trying Shakeology and having an allergic reaction to it, I found Vega. All of their shakes are amazing. Nutritionally dense, tasty, filling, low calorie, and inexpensive in comparison to Vega’s competitors. Highly recommended! The all-in-one shakes are great for breakfast on the go!

  12. Angela MurphySeptember 15, 2014 at 9:34 amReply

    I love all things Vega. Complete nutrition, vegan and natural ingredients. Thank you Brendan Brazier for the inspiration and great products.

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