Speaking of running, I have something fun to share with you. The cool people over at Vega sent me a package of their sports performance system to check out. Vega has all sorts of amazing things like whole food energy bars, shake and go smoothies, and much, much more. Their sports performance system, which falls under their Vega Sport division, is made for endurance athletes looking to fuel their body with real, legit foods. Each product is plant based and the ingredient list is full of words I know and can understand.
Vega Sport products are broken down into 3 sections: Prepare, Sustain, and Recover. Each individual product is labeled as one of these three, making it super easy to grab what you need and go.
The prepare product consists of the pre-workout energizer.
You simply add the mix to 8 oz of cold water and drink 20 minutes before activity. I tossed the mix into my water bottle after work and drank it on my way to the gym. I liked how it didn't have a chalky texture and that the acai berry flavor was subtle. I had a great workout that day, feeling focused and strong. My workout consisted of 20 minutes of weight training and about 30 minutes on the treadmill, totaling just under an hour of activity. This product was great for this type of workout. Short and sweet. When my training picks back up in the next few weeks, I plan on using this product again to see how it measures up to longer, more intense workouts.
The sustain products consist of...
- endurance bars
- electrolyte hydrators
- endurance gels
While I haven't tried these yet (as I haven't started officially training), I am so pumped to give these a shot! I'll be sure to tell you all about them as I try 'em out.
The recover products consist of...
- performance proteins
- recovery accelerators
- protein bars
So far, I have tried one of the protein bars and I am definitely a fan. I ate the chocolate coconut version after a 5 mile run one afternoon a few weeks ago.
I really liked the chocolate coating and the inside had a nice, fluffy texture. Often times, protein bars have that icky cardboard thing going for them and I am happy to say this did not. I also really, really like that this bar is made of a mixture of brown rice and pea protein...no isolates to be found. With 240 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein, this bar has all that your muscles need to heal up and prepare for another intense run, swim, bike...whatever!
As another round of training begins for me in a few short weeks, I really look forward to incorporating each of these Vega Sport products into my nutrition plan. Based on the two products I have tried, I am more than optimistic! Can't wait to share it all here!
What are your favorite sports nutrition products or foods?