Protein Powder #Vega4Life

(Y’all…I just want to let you know that I am alive.  Grading 45 of my student’s midterms, planning for conferences and trying not to fall asleep on the subway has gotten every ounce of my energy, but I’m here.)

My protein powder of choice is Vega Sport Performance Protein in the flavor of mocha.  I know a lot of people have an initial aversion to protein powder because they don’t want anything synthetic or they’d rather get it from food.  The truth is, especially for us  undereaters, protein powder is an easy way to fulfill our protein needs and can be done in a way that doesn’t involve synthetic ingredients.  How swayyyyyy??? Let me explain.

When I first decided that I wanted to work protein powder into my diet and exercise regimen, I went to Target and bought the single serving packets of about three different types. I divided one packet into two parts and mixed each with either water or almond milk.  I knew that I would be away doing fieldwork in a year or so, and I needed something that would work when I couldn’t fulfill my first world taste buds. I ended up with Vega All in One Protein in vanilla.

What I like about it?

  • First and foremost, the taste is amazing. The vanilla flavor is good; however, I transitioned to mocha a few months ago when the Vitamin shoppe didn’t have it in stock, and I’ve never looked back.  Now, I see that moment as divine intervention.  Mocha is pretty much everything to me. It tastes like coffee, and the flavor comes through when I use it with any drink or food recipe.  It’s not at all overpowering, and doesn’t have a chalky taste that one might expect from powdered drinks.
  • Relatedly, it taste good with everything I already know how to make, which isn’t that much. I throw a scoop in with my banana and peanut butter smoothies, and it gives me life. I make date balls, and I swear it takes like I’m eating fudge.
  • It’s plant-based. I have dreams of being vegan, so Vega supports that goal and allows me to still get a significant amount of protein in. Don’t be fooled that you can only get protein from meat—what do you think the animals eat??
  • It’s relatively affordable. I buy mine from The Vitamin Shoppe for about $45 every month and a half.   I was recently persuaded to sign up for their auto delivery program.  I’ve yet to get my first delivery; however, my hope is that the 10% off deal plus the time saved from not having to go to the store will ultimately pay off.

So yes, this is what’s in my cup (read* shaker bottle).  Do you all drink protein powder and if so, what brand do you prefer?

*This is not a sponsored post, but ya girl will definitely work for coins ;-).


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