Vega! My new favourite tipple!

by L Matthews on October 12, 2010

Vega Health Optimizer - Large - Natural

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My new favourite treat? Vega’s wonderful wholefood optimiser! I’ve started having this mixed with a little rice milk and water three times a day and it’s so tasty, and vegan! It’s a tasty vegan treat! I bought a big tub of the natural flavour, but there’s a chocolate, a berry, and even a chai flavour, amazing, like a cool cup of chai with extra nutrition. Way better than a cup of coffee to perk you up! If you’re at all worried about missing out on some vits and mins whilst being vegan, or if you’re just looking for a delectable drink then I’d bag some of this stuff. Pronto.

It pretty much has 100% of your DV in each serving, with things like D2 in there, magnesium, your B vitamins for extra energy, and an amazing protein blend. One great thing about the protein blend is that it’s a mix of vegan-source proteins, with hemp, yellow pea, brown rice protein and flax. This means that the amino acid mix is fantastic, unlike a lot of single-source proteins that have a limiting amino acid most of the time (commonly lysine is low in things like rice protein, which can be a trigger for coldsores/canker sores).

Suitable for men and women, it has a lovely dose of all your vitamins and minerals, it’s (obviously) dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and doesn’t contain soy, which is a bonus for anyone vegan with a soy allergy! It’s also yeast-free, which makes it suitable for a candida diet as it also contains no sugar. The sweetener is stevia, so you don’t need to worry about aspartame or acesulfame-K tingling your brain cells or destroying your lungs, and there are no GMO ingredients in there to ‘possibly’ give you cancer or sprout an extra arm.

GM is one of the most annoying things about supplement-shopping in Canada; there’s so much of it around! The corn, the soy, the oils, they’re everywhere and there are no labelling laws seemingly for this stuff, making it almost impossible to navigate through. Buy organic kids, be safe. So, well done Vega who have taken a stance and gone GMO-free! Hopefully more will follow. Fast-food, but with an ethical and healthy twist.

Vega Sport Performance Optimizer - Tub - Acai BerryWhen I was cycling across Canada (see for my travel blog), I used the Vega Sports powder, which is great for replenishing electrolytes after sweating it out in 40 degree humidity and black fly hell (northern Ontario, what fun). It also got some glycogen and protein fuelling going on, pretty essential after cycling for eight, nine, ten plus hours a day, constantly… So, if you’re a gym-bunny, or like your weekend bike rides then get some of this and use the wholefood optimiser for those more relaxed days.

Ah, vega, such a shame you aren’t available in the UK, just because of the stevia in the formula. Come on guys, sort it out! There are loads of vegans in the UK who NEED some Vega-goodness.

The chap who concocted this stuff, Brendan Brazier, is an Iron-Man triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, and a vegan hulk of a man. Heard all that nonsense about how being vegan saps your strength and that you can’t build muscles on vegan food sources of protein? Ha! Now you can throw Mr Brazier’s success in their faces. Ask them whether their flesh-eating habits have led them to run any ultra marathons recently? I didn’t think so.

Before embarking on my crazy 3500mile bike-ride I read his Thrive Fitness book, which has some amazing recipes in for homemade energy bars and super smoothies. There’s also a whole load of really solid training advice, which, unfortunately, I read whilst still thinking about the recipes, and then neglected to do anything really in the way of training. Oops! Next time maybe… when I cycle down to South America perhaps. In the meantime, I’ll just have to make the delicious bars, or could I cheat and just buy some of them ready-made from Vega, I believe I can….

Thrive Fitness Vegan-Based Training ProgramClearly, buying the Vega products ready made is a little easier than making and freezing a batch of date and nut brownies every few weeks! I’m compiling a list of must-read books that have shaped my vegan journey so far, and Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet: Fitness is definitely going to be on it. My copy’s currently in storage in the UK unfortunately, but will be coming back with me on my next visit, unless I buy another one in the meantime… which may happen as I really want the vegan energy bar recipes that I forgot to write down!

Just as a closing note, I should mention that the Vega Wholefood Optimiser mixes really well!. Unlike most proteinaceous smoothie-type powders, this one just needs a good old stir with a spoon and voila! Smoothie-tastic.


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Christmas Friends November 16, 2010 at 12:20

I’ve been thinking about using Vega for a while, but am always a bit put off by the ‘greenness’ of greens! So your post made me keen to give it a try… I’m heading to Lifestyles right now!

nursing assistant November 16, 2010 at 18:42

Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

Prostate Gland Problems November 21, 2010 at 17:09

Thanks for some quality points there. I am kind of new to online , so I printed this off to put in my file, any better way to go about keeping track of it then printing?

Simon Asp November 22, 2010 at 08:21

I’ve recently started a blog, the information on your site has helped me tremendously, I was sturggling for things to write about. Thank you for all of your time, it is great to read other vegan blogs and get to know more about healthy eating.


rachat credit November 24, 2010 at 22:38

Man, really want to know how can you be that smart, lol…great read, thanks.

federa November 25, 2010 at 03:42

Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

Magda November 30, 2010 at 16:00

I’m here by accident as I was looking to see what peoplet hought of Vega. I started reading and discovered your site is great! So many interesting things, and the recipes look delish! I disagree with a few things as I’m not vegan… but reading stuff like this makes me quesiton a lot of the beliefs I have held for many years, which I guess is a good thing. I try to be envirnomental, but hate to be preacehd at, and so many vegans preach! It’s irritating and not helpful to your cause. Tell them all to stop won’t you!?? Just kidding.

I will probably visit your blog more often as it seems pretty balanced and fair compared to a lot of screechy environmental vegan blogs I’ve read. Has anyone else tried vega stuff, I like if after a big swim or run, but it seems to get clumpy really easily… I know this is wrong to ask on a vegan site, but has anyone mixed it with milk (of the cow variety?). I foudnt aht helps the clumpiness a little, but makes it taste nasty! Can’t win. Maybe I’ll jsut try a different falvour, although the sports one only comes in three flavours I think. Make more flavours Vega, please!

Looking forward to readin more!

Organic Foods January 16, 2011 at 05:03

Well written, thank you for the post.

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