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Hack Vega Nutritional Products. Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

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
-Hemp Protein
-Alfalfa protein

Branched chain amino acid complex 5,543 mg
-L-Leucine
-L-Isoleucine
-L-Valine
-L-Glutamine

Digestive enzyme blend
-Protease (plant and bacterial)
-Aminopeptidase
-HemiSEB hemicellulase

Flavors and stevia, etc.
http://vegasport.com/recover/performance-protein

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!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

The kind I had also used pea, rice and hemp protein. I drank it with some ice, a banana, and almond/coconut milk and I actually liked it. I've stopped drinking it though because (for me) I think I do better fasting through breakfast and it just didn't me feel like I was eating "clean" on paleo. But do what works for you:). A lot of people here aren't 100% paleo, so if this is your only non-paleo food of the day, I don't think it'll kill you Could you order egg white protein on amazon? This is unflavored: http://www.amazon.com/Eggwhite-Protein-100-Pure-Unflavored/dp/B000RLKX3G/ref=pd_sim_hpc_5

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on October 07, 2012
at 06:53 AM

Thanks CMCD. I like your moderate attitude and feel similarly. I've been using the Vega shakes for recovery or even a light breakfast when it was so hot in August. I've also used the Vega bars while I was in Italy a few weeks ago to get through tight food situations. They don't hurt my stomach and don't make me feel sick. It is like a small, usually chocolate miracle. ;p

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 01, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Oh wait, I just read that you didn't want to have carbs in it...I'm sorry. I guess the banana suggestion is out. What if you put cinnamon and a touch of stevia (if you use it) in it along with the coconut milk?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 01, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Word. I would try it strictly as a meal replacement in the am and wouldn't eat till lunch. If it doesn't satisfy then it's not working. ~ I would love to try egg white protein but it's impossible to find in a physical store here without some nasty sweetener. If you have a brand you can recommend please do. It's always been in the back of my mind as a possibility. Recipes would also be appreciated as I have no clue what to mix it with that won't shoot the carbs up or taste like ash/ass.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 06:21 PM

I'd say to go ahead and try it out. I realize that some foods don't necessary cause problems for others. I actually find that the powder I have dissolves very easily. It's pretty flavorless and easy to take down. However, liquid calories don't make me feel like I've eaten so I tend to reach for more. I think adding coconut butter and almond milk sounds like a great idea. What do you think of egg white protein?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 04:03 PM

I have about 15 lbs of fat to lose and the scale has stopped moving. Fat is calorically very dense and I think I'm just eating too much of it and everything. Since I don't work out I need to cut down somewhere without triggering hunger too soon. So the shake with some coconut butter and almond milk would actually get me to a place I feel comfortable with (on paper). How my tummy reacts (total dictator) and whether or not I stay full for long enough will be the deciding factor. The Paleo Police are too busy stroking their batons for me to worry about.

695d450f25e1e5f4eba82c615206cc5a

(189)

on March 31, 2012
at 03:57 PM

egg protein powders, while expensive, are a tasty protein supplement alternative for dairy-averse. I've always found it a little ironic that paleo encourages whey protein since it is derived from dairy, but I do use the whey protein isolate without issue.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Agreed. "low-carb does not equal paleo" +1

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:54 PM

That makes sense then. Tripped me up for a minute.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on March 31, 2012
at 12:28 PM

Cost per calorie is obviously much higher with the shake. I doubt that 120 calories would be enough for breakfast, so you would have to supplement your supplement breakfast with some real food.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 05:00 AM

I saw an ad once about eating meatless by some animal welfare society and I thought to myself, "Hm, not sure that would work here."

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 04:57 AM

"but low-carb does not equal paleo." +1

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 31, 2012
at 04:08 AM

Google Ads serves up ads based on keywords. The website owner (Patrik, in this case) has no control over what Google does. On a place like PH, ads will frequently be quite ironic. So this one got served up just based on the question about Vega; PH has nothing to do with promoting it.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 31, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Google Ads picks ads based on keywords. The website owner has no control over it. On a place like PH, ads will frequently be quite ironic. So this one got served up just based on the question about Vega; PH has nothing to do with promoting it.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:12 AM

Does Paleo Hacks promote Vega? There is an advert for it on the side of the PaleoHacks page. Interesting.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:11 AM

I may be straight up allergic to the protein. Any kind of dairy puts me in a k-hole first and then starts a civil war in the guts. Even the littlest bit f's me up. Wish I could do the whey even though it too isn't 'paleo'. Used to do soy shakes years ago but that was almost as bad as taking a dairy shake tummy wise.

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E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on September 19, 2012
at 08:07 PM

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!

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on October 07, 2012
at 06:53 AM

Thanks CMCD. I like your moderate attitude and feel similarly. I've been using the Vega shakes for recovery or even a light breakfast when it was so hot in August. I've also used the Vega bars while I was in Italy a few weeks ago to get through tight food situations. They don't hurt my stomach and don't make me feel sick. It is like a small, usually chocolate miracle. ;p

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Eef7410b1833d4f056b3ff190ce95753

on March 31, 2012
at 03:40 AM

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.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Agreed. "low-carb does not equal paleo" +1

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 04:57 AM

"but low-carb does not equal paleo." +1

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on March 31, 2012
at 03:02 AM

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.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:12 AM

Does Paleo Hacks promote Vega? There is an advert for it on the side of the PaleoHacks page. Interesting.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 31, 2012
at 04:08 AM

Google Ads serves up ads based on keywords. The website owner (Patrik, in this case) has no control over what Google does. On a place like PH, ads will frequently be quite ironic. So this one got served up just based on the question about Vega; PH has nothing to do with promoting it.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 05:00 AM

I saw an ad once about eating meatless by some animal welfare society and I thought to myself, "Hm, not sure that would work here."

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:54 PM

That makes sense then. Tripped me up for a minute.

695d450f25e1e5f4eba82c615206cc5a

(189)

on March 31, 2012
at 03:57 PM

egg protein powders, while expensive, are a tasty protein supplement alternative for dairy-averse. I've always found it a little ironic that paleo encourages whey protein since it is derived from dairy, but I do use the whey protein isolate without issue.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 31, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Google Ads picks ads based on keywords. The website owner has no control over it. On a place like PH, ads will frequently be quite ironic. So this one got served up just based on the question about Vega; PH has nothing to do with promoting it.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 03:11 AM

I may be straight up allergic to the protein. Any kind of dairy puts me in a k-hole first and then starts a civil war in the guts. Even the littlest bit f's me up. Wish I could do the whey even though it too isn't 'paleo'. Used to do soy shakes years ago but that was almost as bad as taking a dairy shake tummy wise.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on March 31, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Paleo is about whole foods. Meat, veggies, eggs, some fruit. Just enjoy food as nature intended.

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on March 31, 2012
at 04:41 AM

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.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 06:21 PM

I'd say to go ahead and try it out. I realize that some foods don't necessary cause problems for others. I actually find that the powder I have dissolves very easily. It's pretty flavorless and easy to take down. However, liquid calories don't make me feel like I've eaten so I tend to reach for more. I think adding coconut butter and almond milk sounds like a great idea. What do you think of egg white protein?

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 01, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Oh wait, I just read that you didn't want to have carbs in it...I'm sorry. I guess the banana suggestion is out. What if you put cinnamon and a touch of stevia (if you use it) in it along with the coconut milk?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 31, 2012
at 04:03 PM

I have about 15 lbs of fat to lose and the scale has stopped moving. Fat is calorically very dense and I think I'm just eating too much of it and everything. Since I don't work out I need to cut down somewhere without triggering hunger too soon. So the shake with some coconut butter and almond milk would actually get me to a place I feel comfortable with (on paper). How my tummy reacts (total dictator) and whether or not I stay full for long enough will be the deciding factor. The Paleo Police are too busy stroking their batons for me to worry about.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

The kind I had also used pea, rice and hemp protein. I drank it with some ice, a banana, and almond/coconut milk and I actually liked it. I've stopped drinking it though because (for me) I think I do better fasting through breakfast and it just didn't me feel like I was eating "clean" on paleo. But do what works for you:). A lot of people here aren't 100% paleo, so if this is your only non-paleo food of the day, I don't think it'll kill you Could you order egg white protein on amazon? This is unflavored: http://www.amazon.com/Eggwhite-Protein-100-Pure-Unflavored/dp/B000RLKX3G/ref=pd_sim_hpc_5

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 01, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Word. I would try it strictly as a meal replacement in the am and wouldn't eat till lunch. If it doesn't satisfy then it's not working. ~ I would love to try egg white protein but it's impossible to find in a physical store here without some nasty sweetener. If you have a brand you can recommend please do. It's always been in the back of my mind as a possibility. Recipes would also be appreciated as I have no clue what to mix it with that won't shoot the carbs up or taste like ash/ass.

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