Hey everyone! I had the awesome opportunity to review a product called the Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator through the #FuelYourBetter Campaign with Vega Sport and Fit Approach! Check out how and when I used this in my training below!
What is Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator?
The first all-natural, plant-based recovery drink mix specifically developed to address all six key elements of post-workout recovery: muscle glycogen replenishment, muscle tissue repair and protein synthesis, hormonal support, soft-tissue repair, immune system support, inflammation reduction and rehydration. – Vega Sport Website
Why Vega Recovery?
Vega Sport does have a huge variety of products to suit your needs before, during and after your workouts, in both drink and food/gel forms. I chose this product, Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator, to review because my body has been taking a beating lately between training for my first tri (and tri series) and additional cross training (yoga, body pump). I figured I could use all the help I could get!
Testing Vega Recovery:
- Brought a packet of Vega Sport Recovery to the gym with me after longer workout sessions: body pump or a swim/spin class combo (tri training). Shook it up in water bottle filled with 1.5 c water.
- During the weekends after a long bike (5-10mi)+ run (3-4mi) combo for tri training). Made it in a glass of water with ice (tastes sooo good chilled!)
Taste and Mix-ability Results: Gritty but Tasty!
The flavor I was sent was Tropical (orange) and it tastes like a mix of citrus and other ‘tropical’ fruit (can’t tell if it is mango, papaya or what). On the right shows a picture of what it looks like in a glass when it is all mixed together. It is a thick orange color and it does taste slightly gritty. I’m more of a berry girl, but the Tropical flavor works for me, not too sweet, nor does it leave a weird aftertaste. However after consuming it, you can see little brown specks on the bottom of the glass (I assume are the plant extract grinds?). But overall, I do recommend this flavor, especially to people who enjoy ‘tropical’ mixes.
Initial Post-Workout Results: Less Hungry.
After my workouts, I followed the suggested time frame usage: consume within 20min of finishing a workout. During the weekday gym visits, I normally eat a small breakfast before working out and wait until after I get to work to chow down on 2 packets of oatmeal. But by then I was always starving since after a workout I have to shower/change and then drive or bike back to work. I’ve estimated it takes about 30min between finishing a workout and actually eating breakfast (too long for me for a morning workout). However, having a Vega packet handy, I am able to drink in some calories (90 per serving), which satiates me just perfectly until I get to work to make some oatmeal. And I don’t have to make breakfast the utmost priority as soon as I stroll into work either, I have more flexibility and feel less rushed.
Following Day Workout Results: Less sore!
I have to say that I do feel less sore the following day, especially after body pump or bike/run sessions (which of the three workouts listed prior, those two make me most sore). When I first started using the product I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m all for less sore! Since I’ve used about 10 of the 12 packets (comes in packet or diy container mix forms), I don’t know how it affects my overall performance (since I haven’t used it after a race), but I would be interested in actually buying more of this to see longer term results.
What is your post workout recovery routine?