I have officially decided that Vega is my favorite health food brand. Everything I’ve tried from them has been great. I think having pro triathlete Brendan Brazier (see my interview with him here) behind the company helps a lot. Having read Thrive, I know the kind of painstaking attention to detail he pays to what he eats, and that’s reflected in the ingredients in the products.
The newest Vega product, Vibrancy bars, are no different. (That’s my affiliate link, by the way.) Rather than being loaded with sugar or providing whey protein at the expense of all else, these bars provide a variety of great stuff. Listen to the ingredients in the “green synergy” flavor: “sprouted buckwheat, dates, hemp seed, sprouted almonds, agave nectar, brown rice protein, pea protein, Vega EFA Oil Blend, Vega Green Food Blend, sorgham puffs,” and almost all organic. Any chance these babies aren’t good for you? Doubt it.
The real question though, is whether they could possibly taste good. And amazingly, they do. I’ve tried greens bars before, like Amazing Grass brand, and I haven’t really liked them. (In my review of those, I said they tasted like overly-sweet spinach salad.) But somehow, Vega makes them good! They don’t taste too “green,” but they’re not cloyingly sweet either.
Vega Vibrancy bars come in three flavors: wholesome original, green synergy, and chocolate decadence. My favorite was the green synergy; least favorite was the chocolate decadence — just a little too sweet for me. But really, there wasn’t much difference in the taste of the three flavors.
Finally, though I don’t care much about nutrition facts and usually just eat a variety of whole foods, I do consider the facts when evaluating health food products. A green synergy flavor Vibrancy bar has 200 calories, 9 g fat (1 saturated), 22 g carbohydrates (5 fiber, 11 sugar), and 9 g protein. No, they’re not 30-gram protein bombs. That’s not the point, meat head.
All in all, I love these bars. Not at all surprising, considering they’re from Vega.
And finally, the giveaway! Vega is giving away a box of 12 Vibrancy bars (you choose the flavor) to a lucky NMA reader. As usual, just enter with a comment about the bars. No fancy linkbacks or tweets required for my giveaways, because I hate when people require them. But they’re always appreciated!
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Vegan Supplements: Which Ones Do You Need?
Written by Matt Frazier
I’m here with a message that, without a doubt, isn’t going to make me the most popular guy at the vegan potluck.
But it’s one I believe is absolutely critical to the long term health of our movement, and that’s why I’m committed to sharing it. Here goes…
Vegans need more than just B12.
Sure, Vitamin B12 might be the only supplement required by vegans in order to survive. But if you’re anything like me, you’re interested in much more than survival — you want to thrive.
So what else do vegans need?