Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer Review

I've been on the look out for a vegan vitamin supplement for a few months now. After discussing my new found veggie diet with a colleague of mine (she happens to be a Spinning instructor), she told me about Vega. She said she used it to supplement her diet. She's a flexatarian. Of course, with my attention span equating that of a newt, I kept forgetting the name of the product or even looking it up. Now bare with me, there's a couple of twists to this story so if I bore you, just skip to the end.

Fast forward two months, and after reading Skinny Bitch, I decided to try out "only fruits for breakfast" theory. That didn't work out too well. My stomach was rumbling two hours after the banana and apple. One morning, I had my banana and after the short 20 minute subway ride to downtown, I was already ravenous for more food. I went to Liquid Nutrition to get a shake and there I saw in their menu, The Vega shake. It clicked! That was the supplement my colleague was talking about. I ordered it and that held me over until mid-afternoon, and was only 400 cals for the shake.

Vega is more than a vitamin supplement, it's a whole food supplement, basically acting as a meal replacement or recovery drink after a vigourous workout and is completely vegan.

I bought a container, and had serious sticker shock, $41 for the 8 servings jar!!!! But it's worth every penny. I now make myself a smoothie for breakfast with a banana, some frozen organic berries, soy milk and a half serving of Vega. Even my painful acne has completely cleared up after 10 days of use. Just one word of advice, don't buy the "plain" flavor. The vanilla chai has an overwhelming licorice taste that makes it impossible to drink... It taste awful. The chocolate is descent, the berries is perfect for smoothies.

19 comments:

Rhonda's Cooking said...

Ditto, Cassie! This year, I started being serious about supplementing my diet to get in more good vitamins. I was using a pea protein that's packed with great stuff, but the only problem was that I wasn't feeling the "maltodextrin" in the mix. I was bombed because it is the perfect price--$41 for a 30day supply!

I stubbled onto Vega in Whole foods and decided to try one of the packets,which was great. I then made a decision to buy but when I saw that price, I didn't buy cause I thought I would find it cheaper somewhere, but I can't find it! Whew, that's $120 per month... All in all it is a great product. What are your thoughts on maltodextrin?

Cassie said...

Actually, that's a great question Rhonda... I don't have an opinion on it. From the little bit of research I've found on Wikipedia, it looks like its a complex sugar that's easily broken down and absorbed by the body. So I'm guessing its like any other sugar additive.

Abbey said...

Hey, I stumbled upon your blog looking for reviews of this stuff. Im going to give it a shot.

Price wise, it seems like the internet is your best bet for getting vega at a reasonable rate.

On another note, has anyone tried greens + multivitamin? Ive heard good things.

Diane said...

This stuff is amazing, not only do you get 100% of your daily vitamins, but it helps in other ways. In a month it has regulated my hormones and I do not have PMS anymore. Its expensive, but when you think of popping all the vitamins that don't get absorbed in your body this is well worth it.

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rosegirl said...

I just started usin Vega. I love it so far, keeps me full for about 3-4 hours. Right now I am only taking 1 scoop/day in a breakfast smoothie. I use 12 oz So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk, 3-4 Organic Strawberries, 1/2 organic banana & 1 teaspoon coconut oil in the chocolate shake. If you haven't looked into the benefits of coconut oil & milk yet, you should! AMAZING!

Cassie - have you done any research on the dangers of soy milk? It's quite scary....

Nan said...

Hi. I was reading up on Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer and came across your blog. Thanks so much for the informative post. I'm very new to this stuff ... I had a question for you: aren't processed foods bad for us? And wouldn't this count as processed? How natural is it?

Tricia said...

I'm researching Vega as well, as part of a shift to a more vegetarian (and possibly raw!) lifestyle, and enjoyed reading your post! I had to comment, however, because of the difficulty I had in reading it! The page is lovely (with all of the veggies in the background), but after a few seconds, the white box went away, and left only the veggies behind the text, making it nearly impossible to read! Is that intended? (The white box disappearing, I mean!) I'd love to return to your blog, but I can't see doing it if I'm going to have to read it through the veggies! Thought it might be helpful to share this, in case you didn't intend it!
Wishing you good health!
Tricia

Cassie said...

Hi Trish!

Glad you like the blog. That's very odd. To me the site looks fine if I look at it on Firefox or Intenet Explorer on my Windows 7 pc. What browser are you using?

Could you send me a screenshot of what you see at newsletter (a) cassieskitchen.com please?

Anonymous said...

After years of using Costco meats for my protein I have decided to give up all meats and so far I'm on week 4 of a complete Vegan diet. I started using the Chocolate Optimizer about 4 days ago and yeah it's chalky (mixed with organic rice milk) but I don't mind it at all considering all the good stuff in it. My body still feels like it's going through some detoxing but so far so good. Price isn't that bad considering the amount of crap I was buying and eating before I decided to change. Good luck everyone! Rick

Anonymous said...

It seems there's alot of positive reviews on this stuff. Does any one know how how long it takes to drop some noticible weight if you stick with this diet?
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I just started Vega last week. Am trying booth the Berry and the Vanilla. I drink one scoop with 8oz of water and both are gross. The price was $38.00 for 7 servings from Sprouts. I won't continue with the product unless I start to feel amazing from it. On the positive side; after I finish drinking it in the am...about 30 minutes later my belly feels calm and doesn't have that ache you get from chronic IBS. There is a soothing that seems to be taking place. It also fills me up and I noticed I'm not as hungry or even snacking as much. It feels like I've eaten "clean" food or something; not junk. I'm going to give it a little while longer; however the price is over the top. Seems to me if you are mass marketing this product, the price could come down some.

Anonymous said...

Wow just tried twhe chocolate today. So I don't know how it will effect me health wise yet but I do know the taste is worse than i ever imagined. I can hardly bare it. I will see how it works for my health if irritant drastically improve in 1 month I won't buy this again it's too gross.

Anonymous said...

I've been using Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer for about a month now and feel more energetic. I also have started having night sweats again! Has Vega caused this? If so, how is it affecting my hormones and what is in it that is affecting them?
65 in Richmond Hill

Anonymous said...

been using this stuff for over a year. I love how its an easy breakfast and helps out majorly with my otherwise crappy diet. I only eat the berry flavor and, although i hated it at first, ive grown to love it. I have IBS and this food does aggrevate my symptoms significantly, but if i'm in peak health and eating right then it goes through me flawlessly.

Anonymous said...

I just started using Vega and the few times that I've used it I have felt extremely sick to my stomach. I have started sweating and my face became very flushed. The only thing I can come up with is that I have allergies to some plants and trees. I wonder if the plant base is having an effect on my allergies? I would love to continue to use this product but I'm too afraid of the effects.

Jen

Mel said...

Jen, if you are getting an allergic reaction to it, I would recommend that you stop using it. You could be allergic to soy or any of the plant based ingredients it contains.

Anonymous said...

its soy free

Carolyn McEvoy said...

Hi Rosegirl, sounds like you and I are on the same page. I use the Chocolate Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer. I have a Vitamix and put a whole banana in, about a cup and a half of "So Delicious" brand UNSWEETENED COCONUT MILK (I am trying to get all the toxic sugar out of my system and am trying to make a point of not ingesting, if I can. Then I add 1 serving of WHEY Chocolate protein (to "chocolate-it-up" more)-- and the added protein) then I pour 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla and a dash of Cinnamon and--then the topper; Whole Foods brands Walnuts - about a half a hand full- Sure it's fat - but it's the good healthy kind. THEN THE ICING ON THE CAKE--- I use a tablespoon of Coconut oil (the Whole Foods brand unrefined, organic). I mix it all and enjoy it knowing that I am really putting in good stuff that my body needs and can easily digest. I try to have one in the morning and one in the evening. I, too, was concerned about cost - but when I weigh the cost against my health-- I don't question it. Take care.

Carolyn