Have you ever gotten in such an awesome workout that it actually put you out of commission for working out later on? You got too sore or just lacked the energy to push through your other workouts? Or sometimes you workout and really push yourself day in and day out but don’t see results. The reasons why these things happen to the best of us could lie in how you are fueling your workouts.
Vega, one of my favorite companies out there, has an awesome line of Sport products for Athletes. They have everything from energizers to hydrators to recovery drinks – all with the goal of fueling your better.
Vega was kind enough to send me a box of their Vanilla flavored protein, and boy did I whip up some delicious protein-filled dishes. I made this awesome strawberry vanilla “ice cream”…
… and I even used their Chocolate flavor (which I just happened to have on hand as a Vega fan) to make the Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes I shared with you all yesterday.
Why do I love Vega Sport Performance Protein so much? First and foremost, it is the best tasting protein I have ever had (and I’ve tried A LOT of protein powders). I enjoy both the taste and the texture. If I’m on the run, I can throw a scoop in a shaker jar with some water and it blends nicely (no gross clumps) and tastes great. Yup, you heard that right. It tastes great even if you use plain water! Saving calories for the win!
But let’s chat about its other, more sporty benefits, like the fact that it helps repair and build muscles. Or that it’s plant-based so it’s super easy for your body to digest. OR the fact that it reduces recovery time between training. Check, check, check. Good, good, good. Here’s a little pizzazzy speak from the Vega folks:
A complete multi-source, alkaline-forming, plant-based protein powder blend, featuring 5,500mg of BCAAs and 5,000mg of glutamine per serving, Vega Sport Performance Protein is formulated to:
- Improve strength and exercise performance
- Repair and build muscles
- Reduce recovery time between training
The recent innovation to Vega Sport Performance Protein comes from the addition of SaviSeed (sacha inchi) protein, a rich, plant-based source of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is a key component of serotonin production. Serotonin—the feel good hormone—helps with the mental aspect of recovery, so you’ll keep the drive alive and be motivated to train again. Take Vega Sport Performance Protein within 30 to 90 minutes of your workout or throughout the day to meet your individual protein needs to recharge and repair so you can do it all again, sooner.
I usually make a smoothie to have right after the gym. A smoothie with Vega Sport Performance Protein is my go-to breakfast at least five days a week, so of course I have to share one of my favs with you! Fuel Your Better with this Vega Strawberry Matcha Smoothie:
I add matcha (green tea powder) for a little extra energy boost and antioxidants and egg whites for a super protein-packed smoothie (simply leave out the egg whites for a vegan option). Yum yum yum! Protein, BCAAs, glutamine, and lots of flavor? I can’t think of a more delicious way to fuel my better and power through workout after workout.
How do you fuel your better?
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 cup water
- optional: 3/4 cup egg white (about 4 egg whites)
- 1 scoop Vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
- 1 handful frozen strawberries
- 1 small handful ice cubes
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- Place milk, water, egg white (if using), protein powder, strawberries, and ice cubes in a high speed blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour half of the mixture into a jar or glass.
- Add matcha powder to the mixture that remains in the blender.
- Blend until thoroughly combined.
- Spoon the green matcha mixture on top of the pink strawberry mixture.
- Enjoy fueling your better!
- To make this smoothie vegan, simply leave out the egg white.