Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer {Review}

If you’ve been around this blog for a while now, you may know my husband is a Vegan and I am not! We are raising our girls to eat everything and anything – so we may have a vegan meal one night and a meat meal another night. It will be their choice as they get older what they want to fuel their body with. {I’m pretty sure Lilly could never give up cheese/yogurt so the likely hood of her being a full-time vegan isn’t great}

I’ve never really got into special drinks, gel’s or protein shakes for running or working out but do enjoy a few “energy bars” post runs sometimes. I’ve tried “electrolyte” drinks post run but struggle with the fuzziness of the drink. My husband however, is into Protein drinks, bars etc….especially Vega products because they are vegan. I’ve honestly never tried his special “drinks” before because I wasn’t sure I’d like the flavour or because I wasn’t a true vegan I had no right drinking the stuff <– weird, eh!

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Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer {Acai Berry} from Vega in partnership with Fit Approach. I received this box of 12 to test out {thank you}. Have you checked out their Fuel Your Better info?

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Directions: Mix 1 pouch with 250 ml of water and drink at least 20 minutes before you work out. Simple! So, that’s what I did. The drink provides:

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and recovery

At first I was hesitant to drink it as powered drinks mixed wrong (not mixed enough) can be gross. So, I shook my container over and over until it was 100% ready to drink. And…………then, shook it some more 🙂

Small sip here. A little more. Then I guzzled the drink down. It wasn’t bad! I was impressed. I’ve been drinking it before long or hard runs and find that on those days I do drink it I feel better throughout my run.

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I’ve been using the Pre Workout Energizer to help fuel my runs so that I have the energy to push it just a little more. I try to eat well, drinks lots of water etc., but I never really got into the drinks as I mentioned. There are many things I like about the Vega Pre Workout Energizer drink:

  • The taste was good – not chalky at all {I hate that}
  • The little pouches are easy to travel with {bonus}
  • It’s quick and easy to make {Hello, busy Mom on the go here!}
  • Its’ Vegan and that can be hard to find. Again, I’m not a vegan but my husband is and I respect that. It’s also gluten-free and they have sugar-free options too!
  • An easy stocking stuffer for my husband – please tell me you missed reading this post. 😉
  • The label clearly identify’s what the product is for {Prepare vs Recovery} – Hello, busy Mom again!

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Would I continue to buy it? Yes. I actually went out and bought a few more of their products to try. Now, my only problem will be the fact that my Vegan husband will want some of my stuff and I’ll have to share. Let’s just hope his supply of Vega products doesn’t run out before mine.

And yes, I’ll be drinking this before my Bluenose Marathon 10k this Sunday 🙂

I guess we are the #vegafamily now, ha ha!

Have you ever tried Vega before?

What about a Pre-Workout drinks?

How do you fuel your better?

PS – Vega is not just for Vegans 😉

Note: I was given the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer product to review, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Meal Planning Week 6, 7 and 8!

Since I never did a “How It Went” post for week 6 – here it is …. along with my Week 7 &  upcoming Week 8.

Week #6 Sunday: Eggs, bacon and toast! Monday: Mexican Bake.Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan and pasta.Wednesday: Olive Garden Soup  Thursday: Mini-Pizza’s Friday: Breakfast for dinner – pancakes and fruit. Saturday: Was Hilary’s family party so we ate there and snacked once we got home. The week was bang-on.

Week #7: I didn’t meal plan! Whoops! Now, this didn’t happen intentionally but I just didn’t do it and felt fine about not planning out the week. Sai was home so most nights he made his own meal and I took something out of the freezer! Yes, I STILL have food in there to it…way too much.

Week #8 (upcoming): 

Sunday: Salmon, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas and corn.

Monday: Grilled Cheese as per request by Lilly. I’m not feeling the Grilled Cheese so I’m going to have Russian Chicken (I gotta empty the freezer).

Tuesday (Christmas Eve): Vegan Waffles for the girls as they are going to eat early (5 pm) and then we can have them for breakfast Christmas morning! Sai and I are going to eat later 7:30 pm – maybe Chili from last week and some vegan appetizers.

Wednesday: Christmas Dinner – Turkey (something vegan for Sai), veggies galore and if we are lucky, pie for desert…I have no clue when I’m going to pull all this together but we’ll see!

Thursday: Leftovers!

Friday: Pork chops and Salad. Sounds boring…hummmmmm, maybe beans, rice, sweet potatoes in a wrap.

Saturday: unplanned and will go with the flow today 🙂

That’s my plan but I’m feeling this week I might change it up last-minute, we’ll see. The good things is that I have a plan and don’t have to come up with a meal.

Do you grocery shop with meals in mind or just what food you think you need?

What’s the best / worst day to do your grocery shopping? 

Do you bring your kids or go solo ? {It’s so much easier without my girls}

 

 

 

Meal Planning Week #5 ~ How It Really Went and Week #6

Last Monday I started back to work and boy was it a busy week. Between Hilary’s 1st Birthday, our family’s new Canadian citizen, Sai’s birthday and then me being on the road for two days, it was a week of eating meals from the freezer that I made.

Week #5 looked and went a little something like this:

Sunday: All Things Red Soup for Sai, Russian Chicken with Rice for everyone else.

Monday: On the road with family – Chicken, brocoli casserole – so good! Thanks Mom 🙂

Tuesday: Sweet Chili for Sai and I, Lilly had Grilled Cheese – keep it simple.

Wednesday: Chicken a-la-King with Rice for me and Mini Pizza’s for Lilly.

Thursday: Mexican Penne Bake (Not what was planned but everyone was happy).

Friday: Changed to Grilled Cheese and Veggies – I was exhausted after the week and traveling so I went simple and kept everyone happy.

Saturday: Philly Cheese Steak – so good! This might be my new favourite. Poor Lilly did not want to eat it however my quick thinking sister told her it was “fancy pizza”. So gobbled it up!

We were pretty bang on for the meals last week. Win for me! This week looks like this:

Week #6

Sunday: Eggs, bacon and toast! I’ve been wanting bacon for a few weeks now…and it was good but not awesome. Always buy bacon from your local meat market – you will never be disappointed.

Monday: Mexican Bake (left overs)

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan and pasta.

Wednesday: Olive Garden Soup  So simple to make and freezes really well!

Thursday: Mini-Pizza’s. I’m on the road all day so something simple.

Friday: Breakfast for dinner – pancakes and fruit. This might change but at least I have an idea of what I could make.

Saturday: We are having a family birthday party for Hilary in Halifax since all of my family lives there. A fun weekend  with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, a few cousins and friends. I’m sure cake will be on the menu…actually it is…as it’s the only thing I was asked to bring – besides the girls 😉

Any favourite eats this weekend?

Holiday baking? Yes or No?

Favourite last-minute meal?

30 Days Done in 30 Day Challenge

Well, it’s officially, the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge is all done! It’s been a great 30 days of workouts, meal planning, lost a little weight and lots of blogging 🙂

The last set of 10 days I managed to:

Hours of workouts: 5 hours of workouts (walking, yoga, soccer, zumba)

Pounds lost: 0

Blog Posts: 13 (lots…wow!)

My goal: To workout four times a week this month and lose a weight (no specific goal on the weight)

  • Workout four times a week – yes.
  • Lose weight – yes.
Reasons:
1. I want to increase my fitness level to help with my running goals for 2014.
  • On my way.
2. I want to plan better meals for the whole week for my family, prepping for my return back to work from maternity leave.
And to meet / support the other bloggers in this challenge.
  • Sure did. I loved meeting other bloggers, learning about their goals, reading their posts. I’d have to say all the new blog’s I’ve been following I will continue to do so.

Now what?  

What’s on tap for December

  • Elf 4 Health Challenge – kinda failing at this one; I’ve done most of the challenges but I find myself slowly drifting away from the challenge. My elf is fun and we seem to be on the same page with the challenges. Not 100% sure if I’ll continue for round 2 as I just have too much going on with my return to work, the girls, my husband away and Christmas coming.
  • I have signed up for the Holly Jolly Challenge. Your probably thinking, Why? you can’t do the #elf4health one, why do another. Well, my goal is to work out 4 days a week for the remainder of the year and the Holly Jolly Challenge is to workout for 4 days of the week. I feel I can do this one and stick to it….I just have to remember to sign in and leave my comments.

No major races for me this December. It’s time to focus on returning to work (going well so far), the girls, maintaining the house, workout 4x week and get ready for Christmas….oh and blog of course 🙂 I’m looking forward to sitting down and focusing on my running plan for 2014; which races to run and when to train.

A BIG thanks to Katy from Happiness Through Health and Tori from Tone It With Tori for the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge. It was fun and I’d totally do it again next year.

Have you finished any challenges?

Would you do them again next year?

Have you started thinking about your 2014 goals or resolutions ?

Meal Planning Week #5

Even though the Fall into Fitness Challenge is almost done, I am going to continue to meal plan for the remainder of the year. The big reason I wanted to start meal planning four weeks ago is because I return to work today! Yup, today’s the big day…back to work. Mixed feelings.

I chose my meals each week with plans of freezing a little of every meal so this week wouldn’t be a stressful week meal wise. Week #5 looks a little something like this:

Sunday: All Things Red Soup for Sai, Russian Chicken with Rice for everyone else. 

Monday: On the road with family….not eating out but at my parents.

Tuesday: Sweet Chili for everyone. (Make rice for Wed.)

Wednesday: Chicken a-la-King with Rice and veggies.

Thursday: Grilled Cheese and Veggies. (I’m traveling this day for work so I’m keeping it easy)

Friday: Mini Pizza’s.

Saturday: Home made Philly cheese Steak sandwiches. I have to get the recipe from my sister still…but I have a few days 🙂

Today’s my last day to get a workout in for the Fall into Fitness Challenge. So I packed my bag with all my running gear and plan/hope to get out for a 20-30 minute run at lunch time.

What are your meal plans for the week?

Do you ever freeze meals to have later?

Do you workout at lunch time when working?

Meal Planning Week #4 – How It Really Went

It’s been four full weeks since I started meal planning and I have to say, I like it. Though I don’t always stick to the plan, I have an idea of what we can eat throughout the week (what’s in the house), how much time I have to make a meal (or not). I love not having to come up with a meal last-minute.

This is what last week looked like:

Sunday: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie. It was really good but I realised it’s not my favourite meal.

Monday: Meatless Monday leftovers: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie or All Things Red Soup. Successful night 🙂

Tuesday: Sweet Chili. Lilly and I made it together in the morning and put it in the slow cooker. I love slow cookers.

Wednesday: Salmon, baked sweet potato and veggies. Didn’t happen….we ordered out Fish n’ Chips. Best decision ever.

Thursday: Mini Pizzas. Lilly and I made mini pizzas … Hilary had her first “pizza”. She thought it was pretty good and then decided she didn’t want anymore. 

Mommy’s pizza’s, Big L’s pizzas (right) and Little H’s toast pizza (left)…missing Daddy’s vegan pizza.

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Friday: Vegan Waffles. I totally forgot this was on the menu, ha! I made the salmon, baked sweet potato and veggies.

Saturday: Hilary’s Birthday PARTY!!! We basically ate from 3:30 – 5:45 the following food: cheese, crackers, veggies with dip, fruit, pb & j roll ups…a little cake too 🙂

A pretty successful week! I’m planning today for the upcoming week and things are looking like it might be an easy food week!

Any good eats this last week or weekend?

Kid birthday parties: morning or afternoon?

Anyone start their Christmas/Holiday baking?

Meatless Monday & Week #4 Meal Planning

It’s Week #4 of Meal Planning (Fall into Fitness Challenge) and also the first day of the Elf 4 Health Challenge! Today is “Meatless Monday” and our meal plans for this week look a little something like this:

Meal Planning Week #4:

Sunday: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie. It was delish!

Monday: Meatless Monday leftovers: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie or All Things Red Soup.

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Tuesday: Sweet Chili.

Wednesday: Salmon, baked sweet potato and veggies.

Thursday: Mini Pizzas.

Friday: Vegan Waffles

Saturday: Hilary’s Birthday PARTY!!! The party is late afternoon so dinner will be health snacks/birthday cake and left overs from this week.

Since my husband is a vegan we have a lot of meatless meals. Sometimes when I want meat with our meal I just make it on the side for me and the girls…it’s easy to do and works for our family. I’ve posted a number of great vegan meals on my “Food Page”. Check them out for some great and easy meatless meals.

My favourites to make are:

Vegan Pesto Linguine 

 Vegan Apple Pie

Okay – not a meal but what’s a meal without an amazing desert????

Thanksgiving Vegan Apple Pie

And Butternut Squash Soup

#Elf4Health

The Lean Green Bean

What are your favourite meatless meals to make?

Do you make meatless meals on Mondays?