Vega Bar Review

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to review some Vega Bars!

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As the name indicates, Vega bars are plant-based VEGAN snack bars.  After an epic fail of opening up the box I was excited to try these bars.. I was given 8 different bars: four sport bars (2 protein, 2 energy), two snack bars, and two Vega One meal bars.

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I first tried the Dark Chocolate Mixed Nut and Sea Salt bar at school one day when I got my 3pm hunger.. It was DELICIOUS! It was like a block of dark chocolate with sea salt, but better and healthier! I would definitely recommend it!

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The next one I tried was the Chocolate Coconut protein sport bar! I went for the protein one because I ran in the morning AND did T25 so I knew my body would need some extra protein during the day.. It was alright..  The taste was good, but the inside of the bar was pretty ‘chalky’.. The second protein bar, Chocolate Mint, was the same way.. Chalky.. Honestly I would NOT recommend these.

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This could be because I’m not vegan so I’m used to eating that type of consistency, but it was just not good.

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The last bar that I tried was the other snack bar, Cranberry Almond. Let me tell you, I love both cranberry and almonds and I HATED this bar. I only ate it because I was hungry.. it was sticky so I wouldn’t even touch it with my hands.. and it was just not good.. definitely would not recommend it.

I haven’t tried either of the meal bars, nor the energy sport bars.. I plan on trying the energy sport bar before my run today.. And I’m not a fan of ‘meal bars’ because I think they’re just silly.. But they might be good to put in my desk at work incase I need some food if I get caught here longer than I anticipate.

So, out of the four bars that I tried I only enjoyed one. You can take from that what you want, but this is just an honest review of products that I received to try!

Disclaimer: All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for my review, but I did receive the products for free to do an honest review on.

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WIAW.

So it’s Wednesday. FINALLY! Let us first start with thanking Miss Jenn over at Peas & Crayons for hosting this wonderful party every week! THANKS JENN!

 


So now onto what happened to me food-wise (with a bit of life splashed in) on Tuesday.

I started out the morning NOT wanting to get up and go to the gym. Well, luckily when I turned over and looked at my phone (specifically on Instagram) I saw that Lisa at Run Fast Mama had posted her workout and it was EXACTLY what I needed to drag my butt out of bed.  So I went downstairs into my basement and did a 30 minute circuit!

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This was then followed by a coffee Herbalife shake which was DELICIOUS!

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Then, as usual, I had a mid-morning snack which was medium sized Granny Smith apple. Per usual I forgot to take a picture.

Then was lunch time. 1/2 sweet potato, pork tenderloin, and some baked veggies.

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Sometime after finishing my column (science-y stuff) at work I decided to have another snack. Hummus w/ celery and carrots, followed by half a Quest Bar.

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Dinner was unpictured and some pizza.. How could I pass up pizza when my wonderful boyfriend called, said that it sounds like I had a long day, and that he had pizza if I wanted to come over for dinner!!!

Sneaky Sneaky..

So remember a bit back how I wrote about how sometimes eating healthy really stinks?! That I really need to trick my mind into eating whatever I brought for lunch because it sounds just too dang healthy?! Well, truth is sometimes I still need to trick myself into eating veggies.. Let’s take a closer look.

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The other day I made some of my First Time Curry (though not first time anymore) and it happened to be a vegetarian version. Well, despite that, when I was at the grocery store before I made it I was trying to figure out what to put in it so that I got some veggies in the meal too. Now that I’m more conscious of what I put into my body, I feel like I need to make sure that veggies make it into every meal.

My First Time Curry had tomatoes, yes, but that didn’t seem like enough. Not to mention that in my book, beans and chickpeas don’t count as vegetables. So golly, what was I going to do?

I decided to stop in the frozen food aisle to grab a frozen veggie mix, one with peas, carrots, green beans, and corn. Honestly, I didn’t really know what I wanted, but I knew that I didn’t want one with only peas. To give credit where credit is due, I actually got the idea from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean who makes her veggie mac which always looks AMAZING.

So I decided to be sneaky and add half of the veggie mix into my curry. I mean, I enjoy mushrooms so I added a whole container of those, but I just wanted it to be veggie packed without having to add a ton of veggies that I just don’t like.

Sneaky Sneaky. Seriously. Sometimes I feel like I’m the mother AND the child. “Tricking” myself into eating veggies.

Example two of how I’m both mother and child. I’ve been making these smoothies for breakfast lately. When I go to the gym in the morning it’s really nice to have a good breakfast afterwards. Another give credit where credit is due, my roommate was doing this for awhile (and sometimes still does).

Anywho. I said on Wednesday how I made a smoothie consisting of 1 c frozen fruit, 1 c spinach, 1 c unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop light vanilla creme muscle milk, and 1 scoop vanilla Herbalife Formula 1.

Did ya see it? Did ya see it?! SPINACH! I’m sneaking spinach into my breakfast smoothie! Yes yes, I’ve been doing this for a while, but it’s sooo different doing it for breakfast! I mean seriously. Spinach for breakfast?! Who woulda known!

So there you have it folks. Not only do you now know that sometimes I think eating healthy sucks, but I also have to sneak veggies into my meal as a mother would for her child.

Please. Hold the applause. 😉