Vega Sport Review and Giveaway

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. fuelyourbetter 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.

Vega Sport Energy Gels contain 1.6 ounces of energy vs. Gu Energy Gels which contain 1.1 ounces of energy

Vega Sport Energy Gels contain 1.6 ounces of energy vs. Gu Energy Gels which contain 1.1 ounces of energy

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.

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A perfect afternoon snack to help refuel after a long day at work

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.

The winner will receive a sampling of both Vega Sport Endurance Gels in Raspberry and Vega Sport Protein Bars in Chocolate Peanut Butter to try out for themselves

The winner will receive a sampling of both Vega Sport Endurance Gels in Raspberry and Vega Sport Protein Bars in Chocolate Peanut Butter to try out for themselves

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.

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34 Responses to Vega Sport Review and Giveaway

  1. Pam says:

    I would not be able to handle the texture the Vega energy gels with a bitter taste either. I think fuel while running needs to be easily taken. While I do not like anything gel like normally, GU works perfectly for me and it will be my first choice every time!

  2. Amy Lauren says:

    I really like the Vega recovery accelerator to fuel my better. I’d like to try the protein bars too, very good for on-the-go.

  3. Piper's Run says:

    I’m a big fan of the Pre-Workout Energizer drink. Haven’t tried the gels yet but would like to.

  4. I’ll be starting WDW Marathon training an about a month and have been looking for new fueling options. Tried Gu for the first time last weekend. Very interesting.

  5. Elle says:

    I have used a variety of things… GU gels, Chocolate #9 and Frog Fuel. Also I use ENERGYbits. Would love to try the Vega. Thanks for the opportunity. Great review.

  6. I fuel with Energybits but as a #sweatpink ambassador I hear about Vega all the time! I’ve been dying to try the stuff out!!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!!!

  7. Jessie says:

    Right now, I use Island Boost gel since it’s gluten free! I’d love to try Vega since it’s also gluten free!

  8. I’ve just started experimenting with different gels. I’m not gonna lie, at first I was skeptical about all gels. But they’ve really grown on me! I’m excited to try this one out, I’m always up for trying something new.

  9. areneverson says:

    I would love to give Vega Sport a try! I have heard good things, but never had the opportunity to try it. Great review!

  10. I have tried GU energy gels and they work pretty well. I’ve heard great things about Vega products but haven’t tried them yet

  11. jillconyers says:

    Vega is a company I trust to #fuelyourbetter! The gels are one of the few things I’ve never tried from Vega.

  12. Claud says:

    I often use their pre workout energizer and recovery accelerator (both of which I love) but haven’t tried these.

  13. Aubrey says:

    I’ve never tried vega sport before but I really want to!! I feel it would help me as I train for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials!

  14. Joy says:

    At this point, my main fuel is water and I’m not even super consistent there but would love to be better at fueling my better!

  15. Energybits is what I just started using. As a newbie I have just started trying out different things. Would love to try out Vega products.

  16. Tiff says:

    I fuel with Gu, but it’s all I’ve tried.

  17. Julie says:

    I usually use Gu and Nuun, but I’ve been wanting to try Vega for a while now.

  18. Tessa says:

    I fuel with Gu but am always looking for something new

  19. beena1979 says:

    I typically use GU when fueling on runs. I would love to try this!

  20. Everything I try tends to make my stomach upset. I would love to try these out on my long runs and see the difference!

  21. Agnetha Foong says:

    So far I’ve been fueling with protein shakes. I’m looking forward to trying the bars!

  22. marywdw says:

    I use ClifKids Chocolate Brownie bars during long races and Gatorade. I tried GU but it never made me feel great.

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  24. Julie G says:

    I use sword hydration and huma energy gels if needed. this weekend although I am trying energybits for the first time

  25. I’ve only ever tried the ClifShots before, so I’d be intrigued to try the Vega version. I like there protein powder, so I’m curious about this bitter taste!

  26. Jennifer says:

    I stay hydrated with water,for fuel,I use Clif gel right now. Always looking to try something new.

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  28. I love the Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator! I tried it through SweatPink, and I thought it really helped reduce muscle soreness post-workout. Good stuff!

  29. beckyginther says:

    I’m actually just starting longer runs, and picked up a bunch of things today to try – gu gel, gu chomps, jelly belly, clif shots.

  30. Erika C says:

    I’ve been wondering about this product. Great review. Thanks!

  31. Laurel C says:

    I try to eat really well, which fuels me for my triathlon training!

  32. Amanda Nyx says:

    I’m still kinda new to this game, and don’t really “use” anything – yet! Can’t wait to try some new things!

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