I’m going to admit it. I’m not big on supplements and vitamins and such. But I swear, it’s all I see in the blogger world, instagram, and twitter.
I don’t take vitamins. I’ve tried them-don’t really think they help that much and can’t ever remember to take them. I honestly don’t always remember to have a post-workout recovery drink/supplement either. Post race and “really long run” I do like to drink Endurox. Lately, I’ve been enjoying my handheld mixer for breakfast (also post morning run) protein shakes.
A typically smoothie starts with whatever frozen fruit is in my freezer. Sometimes it’s fruit that I didn’t quite finish before it was going bad (or I was going out of town or something) or it is the bagged stuff from the frozen section in the grocery store.
I’ll add milk, a little orange juice, chia seeds, some fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, bananas, peaches, whatever is on hand) and sometimes a handful of spinach. So, onto the protein. For a while now, I have used this.
A vanilla flavored post workout thing. It’s good but only has 10 grams of protein in 2 scoops and I usually just use one. So 5 grams of protein isn’t so hot.
I read blog post after blog post about Vega Smoothies/Shakes and I decided to give them a try. The Whole Foods I shop at carries them so I picked up a few different flavors.
The rundown: Loved some, hated some. I tried the berry flavor as it is intended-a smoothie/shake and just add soy milk. I didn’t like it at all. The rest of them were added into my regular recipe above. My favorite is the Vanilla Almondilla. NOT the Vanilla Chai. I still have to try the chocolate-and I think I will just add it to frozen bananas.
I’m still undecided on which flavor I will end up buying in the big size but I do think I will stick with this brand. It seems to have a lot of nutrients in addition to the protein. I will also stick with making smoothies and not just adding milk to make it a “shake.”
I was also sent a sample of Energy Bits to try out. They are also a natural protein. ALGAE. Yep. They definitely turn your hands a little green. The info sheet and website said you can eat them or swallow them. I attempted to eat one and had to chase it with water so I swallowed the rest. The rest being a serving size-which is about 30 tablets.
I took them before an afternoon of my double run days (6 miles in the morning, 4 in the afternoon) and I think I could tell a difference. I had more energy on my run for sure-I was tired after running in the morning and working all day. But, it’s hard to tell how much it really helped since I only had one serving to try. I’m not sure I’ll spend the $115 on an entire bag. I wish they sold a week supply or something along those lines so I could see a “real” difference (very scientific, I know). They also mention that it can act as a meal because of the amount of protein in it, but I can tell you, 30 pills does not make a meal for me. I need substance.
There ya have it. My take on vitamins, and supplements, and smoothies, etc. etc. Thumbs up to Vega team stuff and a sort of thumbs up to Energy Bits-I just need more than one sample to decide.
the energy bits were sent to me to try and the review and opinions are all mine! I bought the vega stuff myself.
What do you think? Do you take vitamins? Make smoothies? What’s your favorite recipe? What about Energy Bits??