Somehow – and maybe this also applies to you – somehow even the thought of supplementing my diet with protein powders has almost always scared me as much as starting to lift weight in the gym. The reason was simple, as I have always had a more athletic built, I was simply scared of becoming to bulky, man-ly looking – in short words: too muscly for the lean, toned and slim body type I always wanted to achieved and envied on many girls.
And to complete the pictures I was always grossed out by the consistency of protein shakes – the few times I had them, I was oddly reminded of smoothies and I am simply not a fan of thick drinks.
So the story could end here right now, but nevertheless I am proud to share my thoughts on a protein powder which not has made me bulky by now – nor have I had to jug a mug of slurpy goe even once.
Because I use protein powder for baking – and to meet my protein macros, which help me out with energy and muscle definition (on a lean level), as I am usually more on the low-carb side of a paleo nutritition.
Luckily about a year ago, I think youtube or instagram introduced me to a brand called VEGA and their delicious plant-based protein smoothies.
Some key facts
- 15g of complete protein
- 2 servings of veggies
- only 80 cal per scoop
and the best part – VEGA protein smoothies are completely dairy, gluten & soy free and have no added sugar.
I know protein powders do not really grow in the wild, but to my own personal definition of paleo this works for me – and that with all delicious flavours available:
natural – bodacious berry – tropical mango – vanilla almondilla – chocolate
Review – after going through 2 bags of natural flavor, 2 vanilla ones, 1 chocolate and half of the berry one:
I first bought the vanilla flavored protein powder in early 2015 via Amazon, as I think I heard someone on Youtube raving about the fact that it is completely plant-based and perfect for a vegan. I am obviously not a vegan, but the gluten – and sugar-free product intrigued me – only for me to learn later that I react extremely sensitive to soy as well, which makes this product even more suitable for me.
The Vanilla Almondilla flavor is quite prominent, I think I tried to make a banana pancake first with it and I loved the vanilly-aroma – also when I started making low-carb cheesecake either by using the chocolate or the vanille flavored VEGA.
Each bag of the protein smoothies comes to 9.2oz (262g) and include a plastic scoop, which covers 22g at 80cal as a recommended serving size. I mainly use half a scoop for my recipes – check out the cheese cake or my pre-workout pancakes for reference.
Vega claims to “give you a convenient protein boost you can take (and make) as an on-the-go-snack or part of a healthy breakfast” – as you can see with my recipes, my main usage of the protein smoothies are baked goods and actually healthy dessert option, which I allow myself on a daily basis.
As a women I especially like the fact that 1 scoop of the powder covers 20% of my daily iron requirements, as many of us suffer from iron deficiency in general.
Even though I am not afraid of healthy fats anymore, with 0g fat in combination with only 2g of sugar I feel the product is meant to keep you lean and fit and I have never experiences a slump in blood sugars after taking it as a part of a snack.
The powder itself dissolves easily and without lumps or extensive shaking into any batter I have tried to create with it – the natural sweetnes is also not too dominant, but sometimes I do not even need an extra paleo sweetner to get what I want and to stop sweet cravings. Nevertheless I experienced cinnamon to complement both the vanilla, chocolate and natural flavor.
Absolutely recommendable for females, which are too scared that protein poweders will make them look buff.
Even though my paleo lifestyle provides me with a lot of lean protein naturally, I like to spike my intake with VEGA as a supplement – as yes, us women especially have a hard time consuming a lot of meat and eggs as in our mind this is still considered “man-food”. I try to overcome that but the smoothie powder really helps me out in the meantime – just in addition to my eggwhites and chicken dishes.
Benefits of a High-Protein Diet (especially for women)
Even though many of us believe that food high in protein comes with a high fat intake and additional calories, this isn’t the case, but diehard counters know that most proteins will cost you a few more calories than fruits and veggies will of course.
But please do not skip the extra load of lean protein – but simply skip the pork, beans & legumes and this so called “protein-bread” out there in the supermarkets.
It is important to know that high-protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them. They also take longer to leave your stomach in the end, so you feel full sooner and for a longer amount of time. The conclusion is that it has obvious benefits for anyone who is watching her weight or fitness goals.
My favorite part is the fact that in the end, protein is doubly essential for making sure you lose fat, not muscle. Your body uses the amino acids in protein to build lean muscle, which not only makes you stronger and more toned but also fries calories even when you’re not active—unlike lazy fat.
So who says protein is only for the guys?
VEGA Protein Smooties are currently my favorite type of protein supplement – and it doesn’t matter if you are paleo like me, a vegan or vegetarian. Lactose-intolerant or you have to go low-carb due to illness or weight loss goals – these smoothies have you covered.
Unfortunately the products are only available at Amazon, iherb or nu3 here in Germany – I have not come across them in any kind of fitness supplement store – but will keep on a lookout.
The price range is on the higher end of the scale – iherb.com sells it for around 15€ though (shipping excluded).
Let me know if you tried VEGA protein smoothies, if you like it or not or if you even have an alternative which meets my dietry requirements and tastes as delicious.
I am curious to try even more – and to blast the energy I get from in the gym or outdoors.