Vega Shake & Go Smoothie might not taste great, but it does come in pretty packages.
It’s a rare day when I don’t start it off with two bananas, three frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup of soymilk, a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Smoothies are my vice.
It was hard not to be skeptical of the Vega Shake & Go Smoothie based on its packaging alone: “Just add water, shake & go!” Just add water? Hrmmm. But, I do have some positive history with Vega. I’ve been using the Vega Sport Performance Optimizer for a couple of months to give me some pep and keep me from getting excessively thirsty on my runs. It’s easy to make: add a scoop to a cup of water and stir! Drink it down. Wait thirty or so minutes (or longer if your digestive tract requires) and go outside and run the crap out of the streets! The flavor isn’t too sweet and not too earthy. It isn’t difficult to drink, but it’s not something I crave. I don’t drink it for its taste.
I do expect a smoothie to please my taste buds, though. The Shake & Go Smoothie holds itself out as a quick way to consume your daily dose of protein, fiber and green veggies. But, don’t go giving away your blender just yet! I’ve given the Shake & Go Smoothie more than a fair shake: I’ve added water to it and mixed it with a fork and I’ve taken it to the blender, too. I even varied the amount of water, but there’s just nothing smoothie-like about this product’s consistency when it’s mixed only with water. It’s a bit gritty no matter how you prepare it. And, because it’s full of green foods like alfalfa grass, kale and spinach, it does not taste like the fresh fruit smoothie many of us drink regularly.
So that it doesn’t go to waste, I have taken to adding the Shake & Go Smoothie mix to my morning smoothie. It adds some more calories, and a bunch of good, healthy stuff that I don’t get in my multivitamin like probiotic cultures and Omega-3s, -6s and -9s. I’ve tried the Bodacious Berry and Tropical Tango flavors, and both bump up the fruity flavor in my smoothie. I think Vega is onto something with these products meant for the rest of us (e.g., the non-triathletes), but they’ve improperly marketed the Vega Shake & Go Smoothie. Unless it’s blended with other foodstuffs to mask its flavor and consistency, the Shake & Go Smoothie simply is not a good alternative to your basic fresh fruit smoothie, no matter how convenient Vega claims it to be.
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