Vega recently offered me the opportunity to try their new line of sport performance nutrition. I was eager to find out more about this all-natural and plant based line of supplements designed for use before, during and after a workout.
The Pre-Workout Energizer if a drink mix (available in lemon-line and acai berry), recommended to be consumed about 20 minutes before a workout. Its plant-based ingredients enhance performance by providing both instant (organic sprouted brown rice syrup) and slower-burning (organic palm nectar) carbohydrates to give you an instant kick, but also sustained energy.
Pro-Triathlete, Thrive author and Vega Ambassador Brendan Brazier recently wrote the following on the Vega Facebook Page: “I suggest training (long and slow) and utilize consumption of pre-workout nutrition that teaches your body to burn fat as fuel and preserve glycogen. Vega Sport Pre-workout energizer does this. Green tea, yerba mate, and coconut oil help to shift the bodies fuel source away from carbs to the action of burning fat as fuel more effectively.”
It was quick and easy to mix up in water and drink just before a run. This would be perfect for someone who has trouble with having food in their stomach, but needs something for a boost. I had good runs and no stomach troubles each time I used the Pre-Workout Energizer. I thought both flavours tasted a little on the bitter side, as opposed to the sweet and syrupy sports drinks that I’m used to.
The line includes an Electrolyte Hydrator (lemon-lime and pom-berry), Endurance Gel (orange zest and raspberry) and Endurance Bar (acai berry and mocha) to be consumed during a workout to keep your energy, electrolytes and hydration balanced from start to finish.
I’ve used both on long runs without any issues. The hydrator reminded me a lot of nuun with both its taste and subtle fizz. It wasn’t very sweet and has zero calories, which I like because I find it easier to monitor my caloric intake on runs when it comes from gels alone.
The only thing I didn’t love about the endurance gel is that there is significantly more volume (for the same calories) compared to Gu gels, which I normally use (45 oz compared to 32 oz). This may not be an issue for everyone, but I prefer less quantity in a gel so I can get it down quickly and easily. That being said, I think it’s safe to say that this is a minor disadvantage compared to the advantage of being fructose- and maltodextrin-free.
Worth noting is that the Vega has the only gel on the market containing coconut oil, which is metabolized in the liver to provide instant, non-carbohydrate energy.
I don’t often eat solid food during a run, but the Endurance Bar went down easily on an indoor bike ride. The taste and texture of these bars remind me of Lara. They’re moist, soft and just sweet enough.
The Recovery Accelerator (tropical and apple-berry) should be consumed immediately after a workout and includes 23 synergistic plant-based ingredients (such as glucosamine, MacaSure, American ginseng) to jump start recovery. Performance Protein (vanilla, chocolate and berry) is a powder that can be mixed with water or into a smoothie and is recommended for 30-90 minutes after a workout to repair and rebuild muscles (26g protein). The Protein Bar (chocolate-coconut and chocolate-saviseed) can be enjoyed after training or anytime to supplement your protein needs (15g).
I think we all know how important it is to refuel as soon as possible with the proper nutrition in order to recover. This is when we reap the benefits of the workout we’ve just completed and inevitably get stronger. The Recovery Accelerator is perfect because it is easily portable and mixed wirth water to consume immediately. I often run from different locations and by the time we chat, stretch and mill about afterwards, it can easily be 30+ minutes before I get home to access my kitchen. I can stash this pouch easily in my car or pocket so I’m not depriving my body of the quick refueling nutrition it needs during that time.
The Performance Protein and/or Protein Bar can then be consumed later when you have the time and stomach for more solid/heavy nutrition. I mixed my protein powder up in a smoothie with yogurt and frozen fruit for some extra oomph.
A unique component of both the Performance Protein and Protein Bar is SaviSeed (sacha inchi) protein, which is a source of tryptophan, a key player in seratonin (ie. feel-good hormone) production – thus supporting recovery of the mind as well as the body.
Overall I would definitely give the Vega line two-thumbs for any endurance athlete who is looking for clean and complete sports nutrition. Thank you for this opportunity!
Vega is generously offering up a tub of the Pre-Workout Energizer (your choice of flavour) to one lucky reader. To enter (separate comments not required):
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Giveaway closes Tuesday, December 13th.