Shake What Ya Momma Gave Ya…

Summer is winding down. It’s quickly becoming Fall. There are many great things about the Fall that I love. For example, I love going apple picking, Halloween, layering clothes, and pumpkin everything! I will be sad to see Summer fade away though. It seems like it went by super quickly this year. I hardly got to go outside and enjoy it.

This weekend I had the chance to go to the beach with a bunch of friends. It was a great time. The boys surfed and played volleyball all day. It wasn’t too hot, so I barely went into the water. I got to take one of the greatest naps on the beach. I had my towel covering me and I zonked out!

Along with the beach came not so great food. We left the house at 6 am, so we stopped to get coffee and bagels on the way. Than when lunch time came a few people went to pick up food and bring it back. Our options were chicken gyro, chicken fingers, philly cheese steak, or sausage and peppers. I wasn’t there when they decided, so the boyfriend got a gyro and chicken fingers for us to split. I have never had a gyro before. It was just okay. I ate about 1/3 of it and than had a chicken finger and some fries. For dinner, we went to a restaurant called Minnesotas. I’ve been there before and wasn’t impressed the first time… this time was the same. I ordered basically eggplant parm on naan. The sauce tasted funny and they used provolone cheese so i barely ate it. I dug right into my garlic smashed potatoes though.

I find it so difficult to eat healthy when out. I def need to pre-plan as much as possible. I had brought some healthy snacks, but never ended up eating them. Go figure.

After a weekend of junk food, I woke up this morning craving healthy foods. I decided to go buy the Vega Shake & Go Choc-a-Lot smoothie mix. I have been reading about it and wanted to try it. It was 24 dollars, so it was a little expensive, but I am trying to have the mentality that my health is worth the price tag. I also decided to finally buy guar gum and xantham gum to thicken my smoothies.

When I got home I was so excited to try the vega smoothie that I brought out my food processor (I don’t have a blender and my magic bullet just doesn’t work right). I put the powder in, than some water, a few pieces of frozen banana, ice, xantham gum, guar gum… and gave it a whirl in the processor. I def must have over did it because it came out like slime. It was gooey and gross! I realized the vega already has xantham gum, so I must have used too much and let it go too long in the food processor. I had to throw it out. Fail!

I decided to just mix the vega powder with water like the instructions said. I added some ice cubes and slurped away! It was a little gritty, but I didn’t mind. The taste was pretty good. It didn’t take fake at all. I have read reviews and people say the Vega products taste “earthy”, but I didn’t find that at all. I have tried the Amazing Grass products and found they taste more “earthy.” I think it is a mental thing for me though. I feel that I am feeding my body nutrients and I thrive off of that.

As far as it being filling, I immediately felt satisfied and full, but that was about an hour ago and I am starting to want something else. For 120 calories, it obviously isn’t a meal replacement. I would love to use it mixed with spinach and banana for a more filling snack.

Overall, I am happy with the product. I have also heard a lot about the other vega products. I really want to try the health optimizer. That will be my next stop at the store I suppose.

Today it is raining and gross out. I am going to get some house work done. I am already thinking about lunch.. Doesn’t everyone start thinking about their next meal as soon as they eat their current meal? I am leaning towards Amy’s Organic soup. I have the vegetable barley one and today seems like the perfect day for it. Add a side salad made of lettuce and cucumbers and I will be all set!

Have you tried the Vega products? What do you think of them? Which is your favorite?

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