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Best Vegan Protein Powder: Vega One Review

I’m a huge believer that you can get everything you need from the foods that come out of this earth – it their full form; however, there has been times when my time-pressed schedule has prevented me from preparing all the veggies I need for my green smoothie to start my day. It is on these days that I reach for my ever trusty Vegan Protein Powder Vega One. (I’ve previously mentioned it in my Best Green Smoothie Recipe post here).

I get asked a lot for recommendations for which protein powder to take – especially if he/she follows a vegetarian diet – one of my favourites is the Vega brand. I have been using it for a few years now, and while the packaging has gone through its share of changes, the product remains top quality and full of whole food goodness. It is important to ensure that your supplements are whole food based, as this ensures that your body will absorb more of the nutrients (as opposed to creating “expensive pee” – hey, it’s true!).

To prove to you my dedication to Vega, I’ve actually taken up 1/4 of a large suitcase twice now, to bring containers of it to Norway. While I could look for a replacement here in the arctic North, I would prefer to stick to my tried, trusted and true product from my home country – it’s that good.

Vega’s protein comes from plant sources that don’t include soy, which I love (the dangers of soy can be discussed at a later date). Vega includes pea, hemp, sacha inchi and brown rice proteins as well as a nice dose of fiber. Vega is packed with antioxidants (but be sure you’re still getting your daily dose from whole foods in the rest of your diet) and greens (kale, broccoli, spinach and chlorella – we’ve chatted about the benefits of chlorella here).

But before you jump in and take Vega every morning as religiously as you practice yoga (…right ;-) you should know that it not only acts as a “protein” supplement, but also hosts a variety of vitamins and nutrients – it contains 50% of your daily vitamin & mineral intake, so be sure to see what else you are taking as supplements and avoid doubling up.

Vega also contains other beauty enhancing ingredients such as digestive enzymes, probiotics, omega 3’s and maca root – all in this little scoop :-)

New Comers’ Advice:

A word to new comers to the Vega supplement – Vega is packed with many nutrients, high fibre conent and ingredients that help your body cleanse itself of toxins. This cleansing process can sometimes lead to discomfort in your digestive system (think gas, bloating and even diarrhea – *see edited note below). If you want to be sure to minimize it, start with 1/4 to 1/2 of a full scoop for your fist week and gradually move up to a full scoop – these symptoms should not last longer than a week. A surefire way to ensure that you minimize this problem is to eat a whole food diet in the first place – that way your body has less toxins to eliminate. I myself didn’t experience any discomfort; however, my pizza/hamburger loving boyfriend did.

To Use:

Simply mix a scoop with water, or get creative and throw some almond milk and berries in a blender with a scoop and enjoy. The Vega One flavours are great, but I sometimes prefer to create my own.

Where to Buy:

A large tub retails for about $70 CAD and can be found at many health food stores, organic markets and other natural food retailers (think Whole Foods, Planet Organic and online at Vega’s e-store).

A busy schedule doesn’t mean you need to eat less than good for your body and beauty.



*Edited Note: If Vega One is making you physically ill (i.e. vomiting) discontinue use immediately.

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  • http://www.bestproteinpowderuk.co.uk/ best protein powder uk

    I really enjoyed your post thank you. As a recently turned vegetarian I’m looking for ways I can go the full vegan route and still carry on with a protein supplement. All I need now is to find a UK supplier. 

  • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

    Great to hear from you :-) Good news is, iHerb sells Vega AND ships internationally (http://www.iherb.com/Search?kw=vega&x=0&y=0#none) Best wishes for your vegetarian journey! x

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  • Natalia

    Good to know! I wasn’t feeling so well when I tried Vega for a few days, and now I understand why :o)

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Hope you’re feeling better now :-) xx

  • jadiel

    have any of you tried Arbonne Essential’s Vegan Meal Replacement Shakes?

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      No I have not :-) What do you think of them? What are their main ingredients?

  • NicD

    One scoop only offers 15g of protein….think you can do two scoops to start the day?

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Yes, you sure can – Vega One supplies you with about 50% of the daily vitamin servings intake per scoop; however, I would not advise going over 2 scoops per day.

  • Luke

    Thank you very informative. I mix mine with Kangen Water, boy does it ever blend well and easy drinking. It gives a good Alkaline mix into our mostly acid diet.


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  • Gabriel

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    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

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  • Respect for Science

    There is something wrong with what she posted, specifically about clearing out toxins. Your blood does that for you. Do not buy into the crap that you will feel like ‘shit’ before feeling better. This is the biggest myth of the whole naturopathic scam out there.. It contradicts everything based in science.

    If you feel ill or get diarrhea from Vega protein, you probably cannot digest it. Period. This is not some miracle health product. It’s just protein powder, and has BCAA’s and glutamine in it. I wish the author of this blogpost would be better educated prior to writing such garbage.

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Thanks for your message, feedback and concern.

      I think you may have confused Vega One with one of their sport protein powders. Vega One does not contain glutamine or BCAA’s – it is not meant to be a “body builder” but rather a supplement – like taking a vitamin.

      Would love to have your thoughts around their ingredient list here: http://myvega.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/VegaOne_LargeTub_Natural_CDN_V9_FINAL-P1.jpg

      I have made an edited note in the post, as I hadn’t realized people interpreted digestive discomfort as getting physically ill, so thanks for pointing that out.

      As far as “cleaning out toxins go”, the high fibre content in this supplement can of course give digestion discomfort, including gas, bloating and diarrhea as it “sweeps” through your digestive tract and most importantly, colon. People who are not used to high fibre diets may feel these effects more strongly, where others may not feel them at all.

      As far as supplements go – which I don’t recommend taking every day as a supplement to normal food (note from the first lines in this post) – I believe this one is good. That being said, if you have concerns around the attached ingredients, would be keen to hear your thoughts.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      • Bella


        I thought I might just add to this that the product does indeed contain essential amino acids such as the branched chain amino acids (BCAA; leucine, isoleucine och valine) and non-essential amino acids such as glutamine. This is not bad and something that you want in a protein blend. By including different sources of plant proteins like pea, flax, rice, hemp you get a complete protein blend, like stated in the ingredients list. Amino acids such as BCAA and glutamine are not just for body builders but can benefit “regular” people too and especially people on weight-loss diets.

        I believe it looks like a decent product. The only thing I’m a bit hesitant about is the statement that you will get 1 billion CRU of probiotics per scoop. Probiotics are famous for not being shelf-stable, but there have been advances in the area so I could be wrong about this particular strain. In any case I think it’s a good idea to seal the container quickly after taking a scoop and not to transfer the product to another container. In any case even dead probiotics could be beneficial.

  • Jagger

    couple things… 1) on listed Minerals and Vitamin blends as ingredients, can you explain to me where these Minerals & Vitamins are coming from? I mean realistically, if these Minerals & Vitamins were part of Plant, you would think that Vega would just list the plant no? Is it possible that these Blends are simply a Natural synthetically manufactured Mineral & Vitamins? A 100% Organic Certified Plant Product doesnt list the Minerals & Vitamins in the plants as INGREDIENTS, they list the actually PLANT themselves. Also, have you ever made a Vega shake, didnt drink it all, opened it up the net day to clean out and it smelled the same? Well, reason why it smells the same is b/c it contains preservatives and the ingredients are processed. Vega is a MAJOR Marketing company cuz they are PLANT BASED, however, they still contain processed ingredients. Why do you think you dont see a Certified Organic Label on it? or a “Non GMO Verficiation” seal? If oyu want to know about an Organic Certified Product which contains REAL LIVE Nutrients, let me know! YES – its true, its out there:)

    • Daniel

      that’s true. what’s out there available? I would like to know? Daniel11brasil@gmail.com

    • Christen Ande Brown

      Which vegan protein powder would you recommend,

  • Rachel

    I used vega protein in the past as a regular post workout drink for months without issue. Then one day after a long run I had some and within two hours got violently ill-chills, cramps, vomiting even when there was nothing left and diarrhea. I thought maybe I had dehydration sickness because I couldn’t imagine it was the powder that caused me no problems in the past. But then a few weeks later I had the same experience. I threw out the rest of my powder thinking it had gone bad, and picked up a new container yesterday. Then this morning- tada! Same results. I am currently bundled up in a blanket on the bathroom floor waiting for the next wave. The only solace I can offer if you have this issue is try taking activated charcoal; I did so last time and it helped the symptoms pass within an hour. I’m actually quite relieved that a google search turned up so many other people with this experience as I thought it was just me!

  • Dorinda

    I have been using a rice protein and now I’m constipated. Would this change if I used vega one?

  • TomRobbins

    I’ve switched to PlatFusion Vegan Protein powder. It’s nice to see so many more companies are making products like this!

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  • http://threecupsofjoy.wordpress.com Joy

    i just bought a large tub of the vega french vanilla all in one ! i can’t wait to try it :)
    thanks for the advice!

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