Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla Review

Vega Sport Performance Protein Powder Review 
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla Review
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Vega Sport Performance is a plant-based protein powder that's specifically developed to optimize athletic recovery. As one of few vegan protein powders that contains a complete protein blend with 6 grams of BCAAs per serving, Vega Sport Performance accelerates muscle repair, reduces recovery time, and tastes, well....

Having tried this vegan protein powder years ago (and liking it), I was looking for to reviewing Vega Sport Performance protein once again. This being a new and improved performance blend from Vega, and it offers one of the most impressive nutritional and amino acid profiles.


Nutritional Facts of Vega Sport Performance Protein

Before the taste review of Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla, let's take a gander at the nutrition facts of this 100% vegan protein powder. Because it may be hard to read the ingredients, the list includes:

Vega Sport Performance Protein Review
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Pea Protein, Organic Pumpkin Seed Protein, Organic Sunflower Seed Protein, Alfalfa Protein, Tart Cherry, Probiotics (Bacillus Coagulans (Provides 1 Billion CFU/Serving)), Bromelain, Turmeric Extract, Black Pepper Extract, Contains less than 2% of: Sea Salt, Natural Caramel Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Stevia Extract, Xanthan Gum

In addition to offering a quality, organic plant-based protein blend, a few recovery-centric standouts include Turmeric, Bromelain, Tart Cherry and Probiotics - many of which can reduce inflammation.

A full scoop serving of Vega Sport Performance Protein also has 30 grams of protein, 6 grams of glutamine, 6 grams of BCAAs, and a robust amino acid profile.

A couple quick notes to underscore the performance benefits of BCAAs and L-Glutamine:


  • BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) refers to three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAA supplementation can help to promote muscle protein synthesis, and over time, increase muscle growth.
  • Research has shown that L-Glutamine supplementation can improve protein metabolism and minimize breakdown of muscle.
Vega Sport Performance Protein has one of the best (if not the best) nutritional profiles among vegan protein powders. Whether you're an endurance athlete, bodybuilder, or just looking to put on a little muscle, I would highly recommend Vega Sport Performance Protein for recovery. It's one of the few plant-based protein powders with BCAAs, which is not only important for accelerated muscle recovery, but also to put on muscle mass. Now let's review the taste of Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla.


Flavor Review of Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla

Vanilla (Sweetness Scale 6/10)


There are four flavors of Vega Sport Performance Protein: Berry, Mocha, Chocolate, and Vanilla. Unlike my typical flavor review format where I try all flavors under one blog blog post, this vegan protein powder review is dedicated to Vanilla. (I had to order this one online, so I may or may not get to reviewing the other flavors anytime soon.)

Stirring the protein powder mix into almond milk was a breeze. The powder is a very refined floury texture, so it blends well into just about any liquid. The fine blendability contributes to Vega Sport Performance Protein being extremely smooth with no signs of chalkiness or grittiness. 

As for the actual flavor review of Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla, I found the taste to pleasantly vanilla bean-esque but still somewhat artificial tasting given the Stevia. The level sweetness was well balanced and not as intense as other plant-based protein powders from Vega, but there's something about the quality of Stevia that Vega uses that has a lingering potency. (There are only a couple plant-based protein powders that effectively camouflage Stevia.)

Keep in mind this is coming from someone who is very sensitive to sweetness (particularly Stevia.) So for some individuals, Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla might be the bee's knees. Nonetheless, I still find the taste to pleasing and satisfying (but I've had better... ;)

Given the premium, athletic-focused composition of this vegan protein powder, Vega strikes a solid balance with flavor and nutrition, and at a reasonable price. I recommend it.