Review: Vega One

Recently, my friends at Vega offered to send me a Vega One Pack to review in anticipation of the launch of the Vega One Change challenge . Vega One is a nutritional shake mix that’s perfect for runners on the go. Vega One is not only convenient, it’s plant-based, vegan, and completely dairy, gluten, and soy free. As an athlete who chooses to be dairy and soy free, I have a hard time finding a nutritional shake that meets my needs. Add in my distaste for all things peanut and chocolate, and I rule out most conventional shakes.

Enter Vega One. The Vega One nutritional shake meets my needs. It doesn’t have any dairy or dairy-derived product. It doesn’t have soy. It has 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and valuable omega fatty acids. With antioxidants and probiotics naturally occurring in the plants used to make the mix, it’s packed with healthy goodness. If that wasn’t enough, it comes in a vanilla flavor that actually tastes like vanilla. With no added sugar, the vanilla is vanilla-y without being sweet or overpowering.

I got my box of Vega One packets and made my first smoothie. I have to warn you – it didn’t look like much. Since Vega One is plant-based, the mix itself is slightly green. Don’t be alarmed. It mixes up with ingredients and disappears. My first effort with the mix was a simple one packet plus a glass of almond milk. It was surprisingly tasty. The vaguely brown color didn’t deter me since the taste was light and fresh. Vega One mixes up smoothly and doesn’t have a chalky feel. I liked it. The next day, I attempted a more challenging concoction – a Vega One fruit smoothie. I added one packet of the mix, almond milk, coconut water, and a bunch of frozen fruit I had on hand. The resulting smoothie was quite tasty. The vanilla mixed well with the fruit and created a milkshake like consistency. It was so good my husband stole it from me. He’s now taken custody of half of my box of mix. He loves it!

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Overall, I enjoyed Vega One and would recommend it to anyone looking for a vegan-friendly protein mix. Today, Vega launches their OneChallenge. This event challenges you to make one healthy change in your diet. Check it out here. As a runner, my biggest problem is snacking! I’m always hungry. For my one change, I’m substituting one late-night post run snack with a Vega One smoothie.

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Make your one change today! Join a great support group by linking up with Vega on social media and use hashtag #onechange