The following post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of Vega.
Vega One makes my favorite nutritional shake (vanilla chai flavor is the best!) and meal bar (the chocolate cherry Vega One bar is my favorite hiking snack). So I was so excited to receive a few samples of their new line of bars! Vega All-In-One Meal Bar, Vega Snack Bar, Vega Sport Protein Bar, and Vega Sport Energy Bar.
Vega All-In-One Meal Bar (chocolate peanut butter / chocolate cherry almond)
Last weekend I ran the Big Sur 10.6-miler (part of the Big Sur marathon) with my bestest friend Joanna. As it goes with races, we had to wake up super early. We each grabbed a banana, bottle of water and the Vega One bars. I had the Chocolate Peanut Butter and Joanna had the Chocolate Cherry Almond. I didn’t taste the Chocolate Cherry Almond myself but Jo said it was tasty and really liked the texture of it. I loved the Chocolate Peanut Butter bar. I really don’t know how they manage to fit in…
12 g plant-based proteins
4 g fiber
1 g omega-3
1 serving of greens
1 billion dairy-free probiotics
25 vitamins and minerals and
into such chocolatey goodness. And I completely agree with Joanna about the texture. It’s excellent.
Vega Snack Bar (cranberry almond / dark chocolate mixed nuts and sea salt)
The other morning I was super busy. I hadn’t eaten a proper breakfast but I wanted to take the girls to the library. I knew I’d be feeling grumpy soon so I grabbed one the Cranberry Almond Vega Snack Bar to munch on while I let the girls run around at the park across from the library.
I loved the cranberries in this. It reminded me of my favorite Trader Joe’s dried cranberries. Moist and naturally sweet but not overly sweet. And the rice crispies gave it a nice crunch.
Eliza loved it too. But it is a bit sticky so give one to your toddler at your risk!
The Dark Chocolate Mixed Nuts and Sea Salt Vega Snack Bar tastes a lot like the Quaker Oats chocolate chip granola bar. But the Vega variety is actually good for you! I wouldn’t feel bad at all about giving these to my kids. And it’s not sticky like the Cranberry Almond, so it wouldn’t be as messy with the little ones.
Vega Sport Protein Bar (chocolate coconut / chocolate mint)
Last week was insanely hot… for this area. No one has air conditioning here. It’s not worth the trouble since it rarely gets above 72 degrees. Well on Wednesday it was 90!! And Thursday it was 85!! Since my treadmill is in the garage, I had to run outside. And since I’ve been running so slow and on the treadmill 99% of the time for the past few months, it felt so good to be outside in the warm weather. I ran 3.1 miles in 30:07, which is pretty fast for me.
I rewarded myself with the Chocolate Coconut Vega Sport Protein Bar. I liked the texture a lot. It reminded me of a brownie. The taste was awesome but I did have the thought that someone who hasn’t adjusted their taste buds to healthier foods might not dig it as much.
The Chocolate Mint Vega Sport Protein Bar was my favorite of all the bars. It had the same brownie-like texture of the Chocolate Coconut flavor. The flavor was so good and I think even a fast food addict would like it.
It’s really an excellent post-run snack with…
15 g complete, multi-source, plant-based protein
2.5 g BCAAs (branched chain amino acid)
2 g glutamine
1 g Omega-3
Vega Sport Energy Bar (chocolate coconut almond / apple cherry)
The Apple Cherry was really good. It was really fruity and reminded me of the health bars that are made primarily with dates (like Picky Bars and About Time bars). But it was much more interesting. It wasn’t chewy like I expected but more soft and moist. It did a good job of fueling the first half of a 7 mile run.
The day Joanna went home, we stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge for a quick run. We may or may not have stayed up until 2am drinking wine and talking about secrets. My body was not excited about getting up at 6:30am to run across the Golden Gate Bridge before Joanna’s noon flight back home.
It was the perfect time to try out the Chocolate Coconut Almond Vega Sport Energy Bar.
After our run the only word I could think to describe it was “exhilarating”. I am really looking forward to running the San Francisco 1st Half Marathon in July!