Protein. It’s the one word vegans probably hear more than any other, with “Where do you get your protein?” being the top question most of us are asked. It’s almost become a joke in the vegan community, and I actually did laugh the last time someone posed the question to me. It turns out he wasn’t joking.
I think omnivores worry about where vegans are getting their protein more than vegans do. The truth is that protein is so ubiquitous in plant food that we get it from almost everything we eat. Sometimes we do need a little protein boost though, whether it’s before a tough workout, first thing in the morning on a busy day, or for a little afternoon pick-me-up. Vega recently sent me two of their shake and smoothie mixes to try, and both are perfect for giving you a protein boost, and they both contain many other essential nutrients as well.
Vega Protein Smoothie is perfect for those mornings when you don’t have much time to measure and add various ingredients. To make a smoothie, all you have to do is add a scoop to one cup of water, juice, or dairy-free milk, and shake it all up! It’s perfect for the office, travel, and anytime you’re on the go. Vega Protein Smoothie can also be used as the base in smoothie recipes for a little extra flavor, One serving contains 15 grams of complete protein and 50% of USDA recommended daily vitamins and minerals. It also contains fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, greens, antioxidants, and probiotics. It’s available in Bodacious Berry, Choc-a-lot, Oh Natural, Tropical Tango and Viva Vanilla flavors.
Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake is loaded with so many nutrients, it’s hard to believe there’s so much in just one scoop. One serving of Vega One contains 15 grams of complete protein, 6 grams of fiber, 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, the equivalent of 3 servings of greens, 1 billion probiotics, and the same amount of antioxidants that you would find in 2.7 cups of blueberries. It also has 50% of the USDA recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals, as well as digestive enzymes to help the body absorb the shake’s nutrients, and maca root for balance and energy. Vega One was formulated by professional triathlete Brendan Brazier to provide sustainable energy for an active life, promote health intestinal flora, support a healthy immune system, and help metabolize fats, proteins and carbs. Because it’s so nutrient dense, I like to have Vega One in a smoothie in the morning, so I know my nutrition bases are almost all covered for the day. It can be used as a smoothie base with added ingredients or made into a shake on its own. I used Vega powder several years ago, and gave it up when I realized that it was causing digestive problems throughout the day, but Vega One is a new formula, and it doesn’t trouble my tummy.
Vega Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen cherries 10oz bag
- 2 bananas frozen or fresh
- 2 scoops French Vanilla Vega One
- 2 cups non-diary milk
- 1 big handful of spinach
Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. If the mixture is having a difficult time in your blender, add a little more non-dairy milk.