Being a lover of autumn, bright colors, and Hoodie weather, I find that the winter winds bring to me a dismal temperament, along with their cold, snow, and ice. The motivation that generally embraces me, shrinks slowly with the sun. As the days grow shorter, I feel less and less inclined to accomplish tasks, and more inclined to snuggle under a warm blanket, clutching my mug of Hot Chocolate. With my energy levels depleting, resulting in a lax workout schedule, I decided on a solution: more protein.
The easiest and most certain way for me to increase my daily protein consumption would be to invest in a daily protein shake. Since I am trying to consume less dairy, my shake needs to be lactose free. That way, in the very least, I have 1 meal a day that is 100% good for me. I have hunted around for the best protein shake that can serve up a high dose of energy, without tasting like some chalky, sandy, grog, scooped up from a murky pond. However, I found that all the yummy tasting ones are whey based, and thus contain dairy. The most logical non-dairy option seemed to be soy. However, since I already get plenty of soy in my diet, I kept looking for another option. That was when I found it: Vega; a plant based, all in one nutritional shake. My favorite flavor is Vanilla Chai – it actually tastes yummy!
50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
15 grams of Protein – pea protein, SaviSeed protein, hemp seed protein, sprouted whole grain protein
1.5 grams of Omega 3 – Flax seed, chia seed
1 Billion Probiotics – Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-06 (as much as 1 cup of yogurt)
6 grams of Fiber – organic gelatinized Maca root, Inulin from chicory root
3 servings of Greens – chorella, alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, kale
2.7 cup’s worth of Antioxidants – grape seed extract, maqui berry, goji fruit, acai berry, pomegranate seed, mangosteen fruit
A Digestive Enzyme Blend – Protease, aminopeptidase, HemiSEB
After drinking my Vega One Nutritional Shake every morning for breakfast, I was amazed at how energetic I began to feel. In addition to the extra protein in my diet, Vega also provides me with essential vitamins and nutrients. I have begun to feel more motivated, have the drive to stick to my exercise regimens, and feel better about myself. I would recommend this protein shake to feel more energized, lose weight, and become healthier. I love it, and would encourage all vegans to try it! For the rest of you, it does not matter whether you choose whey based, soy, or other, but substituting one meal a day for a balanced nutritional shake is a great step towards living a healthier life. Best of luck!
What are some of your favorite Protein/ Nutritional Shakes?