Earlier while shopping at Whole Foods I happened upon the creator of the Vega line of plant based nutritional products Brendan Brazier speaking to a small crowd.
I've actually never seen this at Whole Foods before so I stopped to take a listen and then since the shakes were dairy and gluten free tried a sample. I'm sensitive to Stevia so didn't love it, but I am intrigued by the protein shake which is low carb, doesn't have any of that damn dairy folks love so much (President of Lactards Unite), has a lot of protein and includes branch chain amino acids. Not sure if the branch chain aminos would benefit me at all since I don't work out.
I'm thinking of substituting this shake for my regular breakfast which I posted below. So hack Vega Performance Protein. Is it Paleo or just paleoish?
Vega Performance Protein - Recover shake
$3.18 per shake
Calories - 120
Calories from fat - 10
Total Fat - 1 g
Saturated fat - .5 g
Total Carbohydrate 6 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars <1 g
Protein 26 g
Sodium 520 mg
ProVega complete broad spectrum plant-based protein blend 23,122 mg
-Yellow pea protein
-SaviSeed sacha inchi protein
-Sprouted whole grain brown rice protein
Branched chain amino acid complex 5,543 mg
Digestive enzyme blend
-Protease (plant and bacterial)
Flavors and stevia, etc.
How it Compares to my current breakfast of 3 fried eggs and 3 Applegate breakfast sausages
$2.85 per meal
Calories - 520
Total Fat - 38.5
Sodium - 1305
Carbs - 2.5
Protein - 35.5
Thoughts? Comments? Go!
I'm following the whole Paleo Lifestyle of eating and have been for over a year. Im 21 and train daily. I recently just started taking these VEGA shakes. They are refined foods but nothing compared to my old Optimum Nutrition Proteins. I couldnt pronounce some of the ingredients! I'm pretty strict with carbs and wouldnt even touch a sweet potato but I cannot train on a full stomach and have been having trouble with eating meals and training times too close. I purchased these shakes for recovery and for something quick. Also a marathon runner recommended them. They dont upset my stomach at all and taste great with water. If you just follow the Paleo diet for being healthy but will consider other stuff in moderation, I recommend the Vega shakes. I used to be against any shakes but am becoming more open to trying new things. They seem to be good! If your not strict Paleo, and are in it for weight loss and keeping lean, try them!
Seeing as a significant part of the protein is coming from legumes and grains, I don't really see how this could be considered paleo, not to mention that this is about as processed a food as you can get. This isn't even "paleo-ish". It could be argued that it's low-carb, but low-carb does not equal paleo.
Protein powder from peas and rice is not paleo. End of story.
Personally, I have never tried Vega, but I did try two different healthfood store brands of pea/rice protein powder, and both of them made me feel sick. The stuff sat in my stomach like a rock. I don't consume a lot of protein powder, but it is convenient, and my choice is pure whey protein isolate, which I mix with coconut milk, water, and flavorings (fruit juice concentrate, cocoa powder & instant coffee, maple syrup, etc.)
If your problem with dairy is lactose, you might be able to handle whey protein isolate because the filtration used to make it removes virtually all lactose. Whey protein concentrate, OTOH, still has its lactose and will be problematic for the lactose intolerant.
Your profile says you've been paleo for a year. If that was your typical breakfast, I am wondering what is leading to you wanting to change it. What's your motivation to change up your breakfast?
The fat and protein content is just too different to compare. We also don't know your goals, activity level etc. so any "comparison" of the fats, calories, and protein would be futile.
The ingredients aren't paleo either. But I actually have a very similar powder and I posted something about using up the rest of it because I just had some leftover in the cupboard from while back before I went paleo...I asked if the paleo police would ban me (okay, I didn't phrase it like that) if I just used it up so that it wouldn't be wasted. Most people told me to just toss it or give it to someone else.
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