As a 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan ultra runner I make a point of drinking a protein shake most days. That being said, I don’t think a protein supplement is necessary for all vegetarians and vegans but as one that is exercising daily and does not always have enough time to meal plan, I feel that it is the right choice for me. My favourite brand, and really the only one I use, is Vega – specifically, their Vega One product as it has a lot of greens and other nutrients as well.
I go through phases with my protein drinks. Sometimes I make elabourate smoothies that involve combining every healthy ingredient I can find into my Vitamix until it’s overflowing and other times I just mix Vega powder with non-dairy milk in a shaker cup. During my recent seven-day stage race in the Alps called the TransAlpine Run, I had an individual packet of Vega One and a shaker cup waiting for me at the finish line each day. Part of my post-race routine became finding water, making a shake, and drinking it well stretching. Personally, I don’t love the water and Vega combination but it’ll do in a pinch.
Vega shake overlooking the streets of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Stage 2 finish line with my Vega shake in Imst, Germany.
Now that I am back home, I’m taking a simple smoothie or shake to-go for breakfast every morning. One of my recent creations was inspired by a vegan friend who biked across most of Canada eating mainly fruit. After reading his updates and eating lots of fruit during my own race, I got a newfound appreciation for the wonders of fruit. I would literally leave aid stations with both my hands full of bananas, orange slices, and melon. Sometimes I view fruit as being lesser than vegetables, I guess due to their sweetness, but I need to be reminded every now and then that they have their own amazing benefits!
Below is a recipe for my “Powered by Fruit” smoothie using one of my favourite Vega flavours, almond coconut. It’ll give you one last crisp, sweet taste of summer before we head into the rich, savoury fall flavours of pumpkin spice and eggnog.
Powered by Fruit Smoothie
- 1 serving Vega One coconut almond
- 1 banana
- 1-2 cups fresh or frozen berry medley
- 1-2 cups fresh or frozen mangoes
- Silk Unsweetened Almond
It’s pretty self explanatory – just dump everything in a blender and enjoy! Note: if you use fresh fruit, I recommend adding ice cubes for a cold, refreshing smoothie.
Because one Vitamix is never enough … 😉