As a Sweat Pink ambassador I have the good fortune of occasionally receiving free product samples to review. I was luckily chosen to be part of the Vega Sport Fuel Your Better campaign, and the products I have received are no less than AMAZING—particularly the Recovery Protein Bar, which I will review at a later date!
Since this is my first official product review, I want to make it clear that I am in no way paid to say good things about this or any product that I receive from my relationships with Sweat Pink, Girls Gone Sporty, or Klout. Companies like Vega Sport, who use social media ambassadors and independent bloggers to supplement their marketing efforts, take the chance that a blogger like me could hate their product and trash talk it all over the internet, so please know all my comments on my blog and social media accounts are 100% my own opinion. I also want to assure you that should I be paid for any reviews or advertisements in the future, I promise to always be transparent.
Okay, now on to the review!
I received two different products from Vega Sport, but today I’m reviewing the Pre-Workout Energizer dietary supplement in acai berry. It also comes in lemon lime. The packaging promises it will “increase energy, endurance, and mental focus.” It is also dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free, and as all Vega Sport products, it is plant-based so it is vegan—hence the “vega” part of their brand name!
When I first poured my 8 oz glass of water and stirred in the contents of the packet, my immediate unfiltered thought was “this looks like vomit!” But I very quickly corrected myself in realizing the au naturale color means no chemicals or dyes! How refreshing is that?! We’ve been so trained to expect pretty colors in our packaged food and supplements because every other company out there insists on some sort of red- or purple-colored chemical junk so that it “looks” like acai berry, but Vega Sport products don’t contain any artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.
The ingredient list is: coconut seed oil, kombucha, yerba mate (leaf), Devil’s claw extract (root), green tea (leaf), rhodiola (root), rosavins, ginseng (root), turmeric (root), ginger (root), as well as sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup, organic palm nectar, natural blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, acai and pomegranate flavors, citric acid, malic acid, red beet powder.
Both my husband and I have tested out this product. He is a long-distance runner and felt Vega Sport’s pre-workout energizer replaced a sport gel, and took him a further distance than usual before he needed to refuel with a mid-run gel packet. Great news! I have tested out this product before workouts of Zumba, BodyPump, and short runs (anywhere from 1.75-3.1 miles.) It goes down easy and tastes pretty good. The best part is it doesn’t taste artificial (similar products I’ve tried in the past have been too sweet), nor does it have a chalky after-taste. I love that it’s plant-based and free of chemical dyes. I feel that it really does aid my stamina during a sweat fest in Zumba.
Overall: I personally don’t feel that I need to take a product like this for most of my workouts; however, I’m more of a gym rat than a runner so I’m in a more controlled environment where I have easy access to water and quick breaks. I also feel I can get a similiar energy boost from coffee, but the added electrolytes in the packet are a benefit I don’t get in my current diet. My husband on the other hand, is training for another half-marathon so he requires a product like this to get him through his 10+ mile training runs. We will probably try again; however, Vega Sport also makes a sports gel so he’s interested in trying that as well.
This product can be purchased online by clicking here. The Pre-Workout Energizer dietary supplement retails at $1.69 for one packet, $49.99 for a box of 30 packets, or $49.99 for a tub. I find it very bizarre that you only get a savings of a measly 8 cents when you buy the bulk box of 30—I’m just going by their website though as pricing was not provided in the campaign email I received. (Also note: I was given a free box of 12 packets but it was likely a special promotion package for participants in this campaign.)
What fuels the start of your workout? Let me know in comments below!
Interested in Vega Sport? Look for my upcoming review on their Recovery Protein Bars!