As a part of my Fit Approach and Sweat Pink ambassadorship, I was given the opportunity to try out and review a Vega Sport product of my choice. Given that the Vega Sport #FuelYourBetter campaign was scheduled to start right around the same time that I started my current half marathon training cycle, I opted to try out the Vega Sport Endurance Gel. According to Vega Sport, the endurance gel “is formulated to provide instant and sustained energy plus electrolytes and vitamins during workouts. Developed for easy on-the-run digestion and featuring whole food ingredients, Endurance Gel is free from high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin.” Because it is all natural, I was very excited to try it out and compare it to the energy gels that I usually use on my long runs.
When I first received the Vega Sport Endurance Gels, I was shocked by the size of the packets. They are bigger, contain more product, but have the exact same number of calories (100 to be exact), as the better known Gu Energy Gels. I packed up a packet of each for my long run that weekend, and set out excited to test out the Vega Sport Endurance Gel. My excitement soon turned to distaste when I took the Vega Sport Endurance Gel around mile three point of my run that day. The raspberry taste is a bit bitter for my liking, and the rough, almost sand like, texture is not what I’m used to. I tried to eat the entire packet, but I just couldn’t do it. On a positive note, I did, however, find that the Vega Sport Endurance Gel fueled me with a comparable amount of energy as Gu Energy Gels usually do, and in that sense, I was pleased with Vega Sport. The following week, I tried the Vega Sport Endurance Gel on another run, but again, had the same reaction to the bitter taste of the gel. I prefer sweet, not bitter, tasting foods, so if you are one who prefers bitter tastes then you might find that Vega Sport Endurance Gels are for you. After a brief e-mail exchange with my Fit Approach contact, I was given the opportunity to test a second Vega Sport product. I requested the Vega Sport Protein Bars, which I received in the newly released Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor. I was very excited to taste test these bars, and have found that they are the perfect after work snack when I need to refuel my body for an afternoon workout at the gym. They’re filling, and I think the taste compares to other chocolate protein bars that I’ve previously tried out.
The Vega Sport Protein Bars are perfect for those who have a gluten intolerance and/or those who are after natural food products, as they are “non-GMO, gluten-free and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.” They’re also available in three different flavors: Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Mint flavors. I’m extremely grateful to both Fit Approach and Vega Sport for allowing me the opportunity to test out both of these products. Because they were so generous to share two different products with me, I’d like to pay it forward and give one From Dancing to Running reader the opportunity to test out both the Vega Sport Endurance Gels as well as the Vega Sport Protein Bars. In order to enter for your chance to receive samples of both of these products, be sure to head over to my Rafflecopter page. The winner will be announced next week on the blog.
Disclaimer: Vega Sport sent me the endurance gels and protein bars for free in exchange for a written review. All opinions are my own, and I was not paid for this post.