Vega One Vegan Protein Powder Review
I have been using Vega Protein Powder in my breakfast smoothies recently. I have used lots of protein powders over the past few years in my quest for optimal health and fitness and decided it was time to write about it! I first tried Vega several years ago when I was doing a 21 day cleanse and sugar detox program called Clean. They recommend Vega because it is a vegan protein powder. This was my first time having [easyazon-link asin=”B007ARW496″ locale=”us”]Vega One Protein Powder[/easyazon-link] in years since doing that detox diet. I noticed that they have rebranded since then and have also created a new formula for their products recently and I had yet to check it out. Vega was founded by a professional ironman triathlete named Brendan Brazier. He is a vegan and eats a strict plant-based nutrition diet and the Vega line of products follow those same principles.
A local juicery and pilates studio called Formula One recently opened here in Manhattan Beach where I live. They only use Vega Protein Powder in their smoothies. I liked the smoothies I tried there so when I saw a tub of Vega One on sale at Whole Foods, I bought the French Vanilla Flavor. What I like about this protein powder is that it has so many other good things in it besides protein like fiber, omega 3, greens, probiotics, and antioxidants. Take a look at the breakdown:
Vega calls their protein powder an all-in-one nutritional shake and that’s really what it is. I have to admit that the first several times I used this product, I had some mega tummy and digestive issues. I am not going to lie, it was really bad. I got really bloated and was uncomfortable all day. I was surprised by this because I had the Vega protein powder before and never had a reaction to it. I stopped using it and I immediately felt better. Coincidence? I think not. I emailed the folks at Vega about my issues and they were very kind and told me that they changed the formula of the product when they rebranded to Vega One. The product has something called inulin in it, which is a form of fiber that comes from chicory root and some people have trouble digesting it. She recommend that I start with only half a serving of the protein powder to start since that is what they recommend because the Vega Protein Powder does have a “cleansing effect” and it takes some getting used to. She also said that I could return my Vega One protein powder for a full refund. I was bummed, but considered this option given how icky it was making me feel.
After this happened, I put my Vega protein powder away in the cupboard for two months. I recently pulled it back out of the cupboard because I was out of my other protein powder and I decided to give Vega another shot. I really wanted to like it because of all the great vitamins and minerals in it, but I wasn’t sure if my tummy would handle it. I tried it again and thankfully didn’t have any issues (thank goodness!) and I have been feeling quite good since I began using it again. No more bloating and it has been making me quite “regular” which is nice. I am continuing to enjoy it in my morning smoothie. In fact, I just ran out of it today which is why I decided now is a good time to write my review. My typical Vega shake in the morning is almond or coconut milk, Vega protein powder, 1/2 a banana, and a tbsp of almond butter. It’s a surefire way to keep me full and satiated through the morning.
Even after having my hiccups with the Vega protein powder after trying the new formula, I would still have no hesitation in recommending it to others. BUT my advice would be to start with a SMALLER serving and “proceed with caution” in the very first days of use as the cleansing effects can be quite strong at first. But for this much nutrition in a scoop of protein powder, I am so glad my body got used to the new formula and I tried it again because now I look forward to having it in the morning!
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Have you used Vega Protein Powder? What are your thoughts on vegan protein powders? Do you experience “cleansing effects”? What type of protein powder do you use? Post in the comments and let me know!