Monday, 26 April 2010 23:27

No Whey! Vega shakes and bars are real fast food (and yummy too)

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After receiving a tub of Vega Health Optimizer (Vanilla Chai) as a gift last month from Robert Cheeke, I'm officially hooked on it. I've since grown to love the Chocolate and Berry flavors, and the Whole Food Vibrancy Bars. I'm not a huge fan of sport drinks though.

I use the Whole Food Health Optimizer as a meal replacement, usually for breakfast. I feel very full and satisfied after drinking it. Sometimes I'll just have it as a snack or a treat, or to curb a sugar craving. Though I can't say they're filling, the Vibrancy Bars are great snacks - I love the buckwheat crunch. The Sports drinks are OK - they remind me of a vitamin drink or Red Bull in taste, but apparently they're great if you need some extra energy (I drink them fast because I don't like the flavor)
Vega is made from whole foods that haven't been overly processed, and the proteins are about one third raw. There is no added sugar - stevia is used instead. My favorite thing about Vega is that it is free of GMOs, pesticides, corn, gluten, and soy. It has a tiny carbon footprint as well - check out the sustainability details here.
I always recommend Vega for men who transitioning to the vegan diet and are looking to stay at a healthy weight. Veganism is often associated with being stick-thin - while it definitely helps maintain a healthy body, being vegan doesn't mean you have to be scrawny (check out this great article: Building Muscle on a plant-based Diet). Vega is used by many athletes as a protein supplement, pre and post workout drink, and energy boost. Bredan Brazier, a vegan triathlete, developed the formula to assist with his training - you can read the full story here.

I've met Brendan a few times through Robert and he's a great guy - really mellow and modest. Both Brendan and Robert have books out right now - Thrive and Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness.
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