Vega Energizing Smoothies: Review & Giveaway

Recently, Vega sent me samples of their Energizing Smoothies.  I have talked a lot about using a good recovery drink after my workouts…and this is it!

Directly from their website, Vega shares that their smoothies “were formulated by Brendan Brazier, vegan professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling health author on plant-based nutrition, Vega Energizing Smoothie is alkaline-forming, free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners”

A little side note for you…if you haven’t read Brendan Brazier’s book: Thrive, you need to!  It’s definitely worth checking out.

Some of the sample packs I was sent

The flavors they sent included:  Choc-a-lot, Bodacious Berry, Tropical Tango, Vanilla Almondilla, and Oh Natural (not pictured)

What I love about these smoothies is that they are so easy to make.  You just add water, shake, and that’s it.  No blender needed!  You can always add in other ingredients such as almond milk, juice, or fruit if you prefer.  The smoothies are available in the single serve packets (pictured) or in resealable packages.  I have used both because after using up this sample I ordered tons more!

Are you wondering what’s in these smoothies?

One serving of Vega Energizing Smoothie features:

Two servings of veggies

10 g of complete, plant-based protein

5 g of fiber

1 g of Omega-3

Now, everything sounds great so far, but how do they taste?

I’ll start by saying that my favorite flavor is the Vanilla Almondilla.  I also really enjoyed the Oh Natural flavor.  As expected, the Oh Natural flavor is pretty plain, but if you are like me and enjoy simple, plain flavors, you would probably like it.  Right up there with these two flavors for me is the Choc-a-lot flavor.  My friend, who also enjoys Vega products, and I both agreed that you can’t drink this flavor expect it to taste like chocolate milk.  It’s doesn’t.  However, it is very tasty.  I didn’t care as much for the Tropical Tango or Bodacious Berry flavors.  This is not to say they were bad, I just prefered the other three flavors more.  This actually surprised me because usually I like fruit flavored smoothies.  On the other hand, I have heard from a lot of people that they really like the fruit flavors more than the flavors I like.  It’s just a matter of preference.

Inside the sample packet

I liked to mix the smoothies up by pouring the packets and water into a water bottle.  That way, it’s easy to shake up and then immediately drink.  The smoothies can taste a little gritty, so I like to keep it in the water bottle and frequently shake it throughout the time I am drinking it.  This keeps it tasting a little better without any clumps and grittiness.  Since these smoothies are plant-based nutrition, the color might throw some as well.  The Vanilla Almondilla and the Oh Natural both have a greenish tint to them.  The others definitely have earth-tone qualities about their colors.  If this bothers you, the water bottle (you can’t see through) can further help you out by disguising the color.

Enjoying the Bodacious Berry flavor after my run

I couldn’t possibly keep all of this smoothie goodness to myself!  Want to try some?  There will be three winners for this giveaway because I have three sample packets of the Vanilla Almondilla to share!

THE GIVEAWAY!

1.  Leave a comment about which flavor you would like to try.

2.  Follow me on Instagram:  @miletwentyeight

3.  Share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook:  ”Enter to win @VegaTeam Energizing Smoothie Packets at www.miletwentyeight.com”

**Each is worth an entry.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry you complete!**

The giveaway will close at 10am EST on 08/25/12. The winners will be chosen at random from all entries and I will announce them via blog post.  I will attempt to contact you if you leave your email, twitter handle, or facebook info. You will have 48 hours to contact me to claim your prize, otherwise a backup winner will be chosen. US residents only. Good luck everyone!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review/giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was sent the Vega sample packets free of charge.

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Comments

  1. Jen says:

    Love to try the Tropical Tango

  2. Jen says:

    I follow you on instagram @marathonmom28

  3. Jen says:

    I tweeted @marathonmom10

  4. pinkfitt says:

    Vanilla Almondilla

  5. pinkfitt says:

    tweeted

  6. jenna says:

    yayy!!!!!!! i want to win this so badly!! id love to try any of them. but probably chocolat would be my number one if i had to choose!

  7. jenna says:

    follow you!!!! :o) @jennaloveox

  8. jenna says:

    posted the tweet!!!

  9. jenna says:

    i follow vega on twitter and facebook also

  10. Ericka says:

    I would like to try the Vanilla Almondilla. I already know that I love the Choc-a-lot!

  11. Tami says:

    I would try the chocolate first! Or the Vanilla Almondilla and add some PB to it! YUM! Who doesn’t love an easy post-run shake!!!

  12. Ericka says:

    I also posted on Facebook :)

  13. jessdmaldo says:

    I would love to try the berry flavor one!

  14. Sara P. says:

    I would like to try the Almondilla

  15. Heather says:

    would like to try the choc-o-lotta

  16. Heather says:

    shared on FB

  17. Georgiana says:

    The natural would be nice so it would take on whatever flavor of my smoothie!

  18. Georgiana says:

    Shared on Facebook too – thanks so much!

  19. Deborahann Berto says:

    I would like to try the tropical Tango it sounds like something I would enjoy, I’m pretty good at the tango.

  20. Heather J says:

    I’d love to try the Vanilla Almondilla- sounds delightful! Thrive is next on my reading list. Can’t wait!

  21. Ray says:

    Tropical Tango sounds refreshing!

  22. Ray says:

    Shared on FB – thanks for the great review!

  23. Amy says:

    I want to try he vanilla flavor

  24. Renata says:

    Bodacious Berry would be bodaciously delicious!

  25. Renata says:

    I tweeted too! Thanks so much! https://twitter.com/Serene_streams/status/238074395279650816

  26. Mel bouknight says:

    Id like to try the chic-o-lot

  27. funkyfitnesspdx says:

    I would love to try Vanilla Almondilla! I bet that tastes good mixed with all sorts of things.

  28. funkyfitnesspdx says:

    I would follow you on Instagram but it’s not available for the Windows Phone OS. :(

  29. funkyfitnesspdx says:

    Posted on my personal facebook page.

  30. funkyfitnesspdx says:

    Also posted on my blog’s facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/FunkyFitnessPdx/posts/355540234526443

  31. funkyfitnesspdx says:

    And I tweeted about it! https://twitter.com/FunkyFitnessPDX/status/238339562114514944

  32. Running Bun says:

    I absolutely want to try Choc-o-Lot! I can imagine it tastes wonderful with almond or coconut milk!

  33. Running Bun says:

    I follow you on Instagram (via runningbun)

  34. Jordan D says:

    Choc-a-lot and Vanilla Almondina both sound amazing!

  35. Jordan D says:

    I follow you on twitter
    @j_mosh

  36. Jordan D says:
  37. skaytanikpolishes says:

    Got mah tweet on https://twitter.com/Skaytanik/status/238588537652518912 and followed (via skaytanik)

    The Vanilla sounds fabulous :) I’d love to try it!

  38. Ericka says:

    I liked your Time to Sperr post :)

  39. Ericka says:

    And I also shared your Time to Sperr post which made it really easy to tell people about two things I love – the race and mile twentyeight!

  40. justaudrey says:

    I would like to try the Choco-lotta

  41. Ttrockwood says:

    Vanilla almondilla sounds awesome!

  42. Holly (@running_baking) says:

    I tweeted the giveaway….

  43. Holly (@running_baking) says:

    I am a chocolate freak! So I would love to try the Chocco – lotta

  44. Holly (@running_baking) says:

    I follow you on instagram

  45. Alexis {DivaonaDiet} (@divaonadiet) says:

    Vanilla Almondilla!

  46. Alexis {DivaonaDiet} (@divaonadiet) says:

    I tweeted too!
    https://twitter.com/divaonadiet/status/239083611800883202

  47. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) says:

    I’m a big fan of vega and love their Performance Protein and All In One. I would love to try choc a lot! My comment via WP isn’t posting so I’m using my Twitter login.

    [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

  48. Ashley Tammaro says:

    The chocolate sounds delicious! Missed you at Time to Sperr yesterday! Enjoy your anni-vacation!

  49. Erika says:

    Vanilla Almondilla sounds delicious!

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