Vega is described as "a Complete Wholefood Health Optimizer — an all-in-one, natural plant-based formula that provides 100% RDI of vitamins & minerals per serving. It's rich in protein, fibre, Omega 3 EFAs, antioxidants & phytonutrients. Alkaline-forming & easy to digest, Vega has no common allergens."
When I first learned of Vega I was skeptical, as I am with any nutritional supplement. This is a good time to mention that I don't think that supplements are even necessary, just in rare situations. With that said, I always have a jug of Vega in my cupboard. I'll explain why shortly.
Like many, I was not convinced that a plant-based product could have protein. Don't you need to consume meat to have the appropriate levels of protein in your diet? I've since furthered my education and reading and accepted that plants do provide ample protein and that meat is completely not necessary. I've lived this way for more than a decade and have no deficiencies. I get tested every six months to a year to be sure.
It's debatable what the best source of protein is in the plant kingdom. A lot of people believe it to be hemp. Vega includes protein from yellow pea, which, if I'm not mistaken, Brendan Brazier mentions in his book Thrive as the best source of protein. No matter what is best, Vega has protein and so do plants.
The thing I have against supplements is that I feel you can get everything that your body needs from food if you eat the right food. So, time permitting, I eat whole foods, usually raw and in the form of green smoothies, to get everything my body needs. What about when time and/or resources are limited? Is there an alternative convenience food available? I have actually found two that I like, one being Vega and the other Living Fuel Rx. Vega is much more affordable, and in my opinion, a convenience food without compromise.
Is Vega palatable? To be truthful, the berry is the flavor my family and I enjoy the most. The other flavors are okay, but not great. I sometimes try to sneak some 100% orange juice in my mason jar, with two scoops of berry Vega and some water, before I shake it up. The OJ makes it taste a bit better.
So, in conclusion, I give Vega a convenience rating of 10/10. I give it 10/10 for quality, being that it is packed with nutrients and truly enough to replace a meal without compromise. I give the price an 8/10, as it could be a bit cheaper. I do buy the biggest jug for bulk savings, but it still could drop a price point or two and I'd be pleased. For flavor, I give it a 6.5/10, With OJ it gets an 8/10 and blended with a banana a 9.5/10. However, blending with a banana takes from the convenience.
So, when time is of the essence, shake up some Vega in a jar with water (and perhaps some 100% juice) and enjoy fast food without the guilt. Instead of pop or other sugary drinks, perhaps your two-year-old will be asking for "vega" when she gets thirsty or hungry in the backseat of the car like mine does.
Cheers to your health.