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Vega Sport Plant Based Supplements Review

Vega Sport

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Vega Sport:

You are what you eat.  And what you don’t.

Told from the onset that a plant-based diet wouldn’t cut it on the professional Ironman circuit, Brendan Brazier’s nutritional journey as an uninformed plant-powered endurance athlete began with reduced energy levels and the need to eat constantly.

But Brendan’s stubborn curiosity persevered and after years of research and experimentation, he discovered what sets a top athlete’s performance apart from the competition isn’t training or natural ability alone.  A big difference is nutrition. After intense study, Brendan created a plant-based, whole food diet that helped him recover faster and train harder – propelling him to become a top professional Ironman triathlete.

Constantly on the road competing, Brendan was challenged by both a lack of time and kitchen space to prepare the carefully composed, nutrient-dense, clean, plant-based meals that gave him his edge.  Deep down, he knew there had to be an easier way to get nutrition on-the-go.

And he was right. Over time, Brendan’s vision led to the formulation of the original all-in-one nutritional shake – now known as Vega One – which ultimately inspired the creation of the complete award-winning Vega line of nutritional supplements.”

Performance Protein

About:

“A multisource, plant-based protein powder, featuring 25 grams of complete protein, 5,000mg of BCAAs and 5,000mg of glutamine per serving, Vega Sport Performance Protein is formulated to: Improve strength and exercise performance Repair and build muscles Reduce recovery time between training.”

Recovery Accelerator

About:

“The first plant-based recovery drink mix specifically developed to address post-workout recovery. It delivers a 4-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein for optimal muscle glycogen replenishment.[1] Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator is formulated to: Replenish muscle glycogen and electrolytes Reduce inflammation, muscle and joint pain Support immune system function and protein synthesis Reduce recovery time between training An important addition to your recovery routine, take this product immediately after your workout before taking Vega Sport Performance Protein as it aids in the absorption of protein and replenishment of glycogen to reduce recovery time and muscle fatigue.”

Pre Workout Energizer

About:

“Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer is a pre-workout drink mix that provides immediate and sustained energy. Sporting a unique blend of 12 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba maté, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to: Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity Enhance mental focus Take your workout to the next level Featuring two complementary carbohydrates, Pre-Workout Energizer is balanced to provide both instant and slower-burning fuel for your workouts.”

Electrolyte Hydrator

About:

“A natural, alkaline-forming drink mix, Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator is formulated with all the essential electrolytes your body needs to stay hydrated during workouts. It tastes great, with zero calories and no sugar per serving, so you can sip it not just during your workout, but throughout the day to replenish electrolytes and minerals.”

Energy Bar

About:

“Vega Sport Energy Bar is designed to provide your muscles with the fast-acting, long-lasting whole food energy they need to endure. Moist and delicious, it’s easy to eat mid-workout to help you go the distance. Each bar features: 27 grams of carbohydrates High- and low-glycemic carbohydrates for immediate and sustained energy 1 gram Omega-3 to sustain energy.”

Protein Bar

About:

“Give your muscles the protein they crave. Recharge and repair with the convenience of a Vega Sport Protein Bar post-workout, so you can do it all again, sooner. 15 grams complete, multisource, plant-based protein 2.5 grams BCAAs 2 grams glutamine 1 gram Omega-3.”

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My Thoughts:

I was psyched to meet Brendan Brazier (creator and mind behind Vega) at Natural Products Expo West this year. It was also a fantastic chance for me to sample all of their products–as they had all of their drinks premixed in almond milk and/or water. I was impressed with the flavor!

Trevor from Vega reached out to me to participate in Vega Sport’s #FuelYourBetter mission to bring active individuals together & share how they fuel their on-the-go lifestyle.

All of these products taste great, feel like they help boost my performance, stamina, recovery & energy–but I wish that the ingredients used were raw & organic. That’s what has kept me from diving in head first to Vega as a brand.

Vega Sport impacts my exercise habit & helps me to #FuelYourBetter by:

-Providing me a convenient, portable way to get a dose of energy before a workout (via the Preworkout Energizer & Energy Bar), help me sustain my performance level intra workout (via the Electrolyte Hydrator) and gives my body the means to adequately grow and replenish after a tough workout (via the Performance Protein Powder & Protein Bar).

What better looks like to me:

Lean, inspired & ready to take on ANY challenge!

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How does having the right nutrition help me get there?

Nutrition is the centerpiece of my daily routine. I can’t be anywhere close to my best self without fueling my body well. Getting nutrients into my body is absolutely essential–it’s not optional! It fuels my adventures; and adventures make me feel alive.

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Garden of Life Grain-Free Protein GIVEAWAY!

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Garden of Life

This is a review and giveaway for Garden of Life Grain Free Protein.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Garden of Life’s Grain Free Protein:

Organic Plant Protein is a Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified plant protein supplement that is different to any other protein in the Garden of Life line. Organic Plant Protein is uniquely formulated to have superior taste and texture, ideal for anyone looking for a clean protein supplement that is free of common allergens such as gluten, grains, dairy and soy.

Key Benefits:

  • Unique Protein Blend – Organic Plant Protein is made with a new different innovative blend of certified organic proteins which gives it an exceptional smooth and creamy texture… with no gritty texture
  • Tastes Delicious – Designed for superior taste and texture when mixed just with water. Available in 4 mouth-watering flavors…Smooth Chocolate, Smooth Vanilla, Smooth Coffee (with Marley Coffee) and Smooth Energy (with Guayaki® Yerba Mate and added vitamin B12). All flavors are natural and organic, no artificial ingredients are used. Also tastes incredible with 8oz unsweetened almond milk.
  • Grain Free and Gluten Free – all Garden of Life proteins are labelled gluten free, however Organic Plant Protein is unique in that it does not contain any grains or brown rice, and is therefore the only GOL protein that is considered both grain free and gluten free.
  • Highly Digestible – Organic Plant Protein delivers highly digestible grain free plant protein with 13 enzymes and 1 billion CFU of probiotics. This is important for those people who have difficulty digesting grains.
  • USDA Organic Farms – Garden of Life is working closely with and supporting several family farms in North America and Canada to produce high quality clean proteins. Organic Plant Protein is made with a unique blend of seven nutritious plant proteins, five organic American seed proteins — organic pea seed, organic flax seed, organic cranberry seed, organic chia seed and organic pumpkin seed. We work with our farmers to ensure that these ingredients are top quality and the cleanest available.
  • 2 African Super Foods – Moringa and Baobab are rich in protein, minerals and antioxidants. We purchase them through the African Hub to guarantee Fair Trade.
  • Excellent Source Protein – 15 grams of quality plant protein per serving with Complete Amino Acid Profile – ideal for growth, building muscles and repairing tissues.†
  • Over 3g Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). Great for athletes, pre- or post-exercise, and anyone who wants to boost protein intake.
  • Less than 1g Sugar*, 2g to 4g of Fiber and Only 100 Calories per Serving – ideal macronutrient profile for the health conscious and for weight management.†
  • Cleanest protein on the shelf with DUAL Certification – All Garden of Life proteins including Organic Plant Protein are dual certified, Certified USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified (Independent, third-party verification). This is a gold standard for Garden of Life, yet it is surprisingly rare in our industry at present.
  • Vegan Certified, Kosher – No Dairy, No Soy. No Artificial or Chemical Ingredients.”

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My Thoughts:

Oh man…..I was SO excited to hear about this new product from Garden of Life. In case you are new to ROO, I’ll let you know now that Garden of Life is one of my very favorite supplement brands. Not only do they make amazing organic & raw products, but they are based in my hometown of Jupiter, Florida (West Palm Beach).

Grain free appeals to me because I just find that I feel better, more clear and less bloated when I limit my grain intake. I don’t seem to have a problem with Garden of Life’s brown rice protein, but I love changing up my protein game–giving my body a different array of nutrients each time.

Briefly, I also think that most problems with grains are the quality and source of the grain and whether it is sprouted or not. In other words, I don’t think grains are horrible. Most mass-produced grains are junk because they are genetically modified and hard to digest. However, is a grain is organic, non-gmo and sprouted, I do see it as having some positive benefits when consumed in moderation (not a huge part of the diet). With cruddy grains being so rampant, sometimes it is indeed helpful to pick grain free options to steer clear of the genetically modified, hard to digest grains that are most common.

The flavor of these Smooth, Grain-Free blends is sublime. It truly is smooth! You don’t need a mixer other than water, if you’re asking me. But, it makes it even more over-the-top rich and creamy when mixed with coconut or almond milk.

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GIVEAWAY!

This brand is always so generous and eager to get new people to try their products. Now is no exception, as they want some of your to give these grain-free proteins a try!

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment filled with some positivity–anything you wish! 🙂

Ratio Non-GMO Protein Bars Review

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Ratio Protein Bars

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Ratio:

At RATIO, our research team has spent the last 12 months developing a bar that meets the demand for a clean protein bar. We started with 24 grams of a high-quality blend of hormone free protein, using whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and milk protein concentrate. From there we created 6 delicious gluten-free bars using only 100% natural and non-GMO ingredients, using minimal sugar while avoiding exotic mystery ingredients.”

Cake Batter

About:

“Vanilla cake batter protein core with crunchy milk/whey protein crisps, coated with a sweet white icing topping.

• NON-GMO
• Gluten Free
• No Soy Protein
• 100% All Natural
• Hormone Free Protein Blend
24g of protein, 3g net carbs, 2g sugar, only 200 calories.”

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Cookie Crunch

About:

A chocolate protein core with a layer of creamy milk frappe, topped with crunchy milk/whey protein crisps, covered with a creamy milk chocolate coating.

• NON-GMO
• Gluten Free
• No Soy Protein
• 100% All Natural
• Hormone Free Protein Blend
24g of protein, 4g net carbs, 4g sugar, only 218 calories.

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My Thoughts:

Rewind a few years ago and you would not have had many non-gmo options available in bar form. Luckily, there are now bars like Ratio that are delicious and are entirely non-gmo.

Though completely organic is the gold standard for me, finding products that are completely non-gmo is one big step in the right direction–and makes them heads and shoulders above many bars you’ll find in big box grocery stores.

Similar to the name of these bars, I consider it important to have a diet that has a balanced ratio–with adequate amounts of carbohydrates, good fats and proteins. These ratio bars help keep you on track, whereas many bars are very protein heavy or very carbohydrate heavy (which is fine, but then I often pair it with a carb or protein to compliment it).

There are many ways to get protein in a day’s time (using both plant and animal protein sources) and these Ratio bars help provide me with a significant amount of whey & egg albumen. You can’t beat the convenience of a bar. Though I would not recommend replacing whole food meals with a bar, these bars are great to have in your purse or for when you need a quick meal.

Taste-wise, these bars are incredibly delicious. I have tried many protein bars and these are some of the best tasting bars that I’ve ever tried. I especially love the cake batter flavor with a glass of coconut milk.

In conclusion, these bars are better quality and taste better than most bars. If ratio starts incorporating organic ingredients, I will surely be a customer in the future.