I've always loved smoothies, but I've never really understood when to drink them. I prefer a solid food breakfast, so that doesn't work. And they always seemed a little too un-carby for my afternoon pre-workout snack. I was always famished by 4 p.m. and a smoothie didn't always power me through a workout.
And then two things happened: 1) I quit my gym and started running outside, and 2) the thermometer reached 100 degrees. Without a safe, cool gym to run in, I was only left with one option — become a morning runner so I could take advantage of the Memphis morning air when temps are still in the 80s. I never, ever thought it would happen. But it did. I now happily ignore the snooze option to wake up at 6 a.m. and hit the pavement. And there's only one thing I want at 6 a.m. — SMOOTHIES!! Those are, of course, followed by a proper solid food breakfast at 7:30-ish. So I really get two breakfasts now!
Shortly after I made the transition from post-work work-outer to pre-dawn fitness queen, I was generously offered some samples of the new Vega Energizing Smoothie powders. I'd never tried Vega before, but I've always heard mixed reviews. Some said it tasted okay, and others said it wasn't so good. But these new flavors boast "Improved Taste!" And I do believe they're right. This stuff is amazing!!
They sent me five flavors to sample, and I loved every single one:
Most often, I blended my Vega powder with a frozen banana and some plant milk (usually Blue Diamond Almond Coconut ... omg, I'm loving this stuff, btw). That was the combo I used for this Vega Choc-a-Lot Energizing Smoothie:
I mixed things up by blending frozen strawberries and almond coconut milk with this Vega Bodacious Berry Energizing Smoothie:
And I went back to banana, plus added some spirulina powder, in this Vega Oh Natural Energizing Smoothie (which, by the way, was my favorite flavor ... just plain vanilla ... I know that might sound lame, but it was almost buttery tasting. Yum!):
After all five packs were gone, I was kinda sad. So I scoped out the Vega tubs for sale at Whole Foods. Turns out the stuff is pretty pricey — around $30 for a 16-serving tub. But even though I'm cheap, I think this stuff might be worth it. In every serving, there's around 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and omega-3s. Plus, every pack contains two servings of veggies. I may have found my new pre-breakfast drink!