At first I went to title this post “proteins comparison” or something similar but then I realized that a couple of the items I wanted to talk about are much more than a protein. Remember that since it is key when it comes to these comparisons.
I am affiliated with any of these products. I have used most of them (and will share if I have not) and this information is based on my own thoughts and online research.
I want to start from the start. For years (5 plus) I have used different Vega proteins and supplements. I have always liked the clean list of ingredients and the price was right. I would have a shake after a run or workout 2-4 days a week usually, sometimes just mixed with milk and other times in a smoothie form. While I knew the extra protein and other nutrients were helping me I did not physically feel any different if I had it or not. Then the last couple of years I found that the taste and texture was just not for me any longer, it was too sweet (almost fake tasting) and chalky. I had to hide the protein in smoothies.
Then as most of you almost two months ago I started to use Shakeology. It started off with a few sample packages and then a friend sold me an unused bag for a good deal. I have to say at $5 a serving (one a day) for us Canadians I was VERY hesitant. $5/day is A LOT. But being 30 weeks pregnant with a two year old and working full-time I was ready to try anything to get some energy back and get in extra nutrients that I might be missing.
Today I am using Shakeology 6-7 days a week, usually just mixed with plain almond milk and am pretty darn pleased with it. I did notice a huge change in my energy levels after a week or so of taking it though I do admit now at 35 weeks pregnant I am not noticing the change as much, but then again there is only so much a supplement can do for you when you wake up 4 times a night 😉 The taste and texture is awesome, I have never been able to simply mix a protein with water and milk and drink it, this I can – makes it SO easy to bring to work. I would like to say it has made me crave less sweets but again, I am 35 weeks pregnant – nothing can help that, but I do make a shake instead of having something sweet.
But the BIG QUESTION. Do I intend on continuing Shakeology? The short answer? I do not know. I would love to say yes but going on maternity leave at the end of this month, and a new house I need to see where our finances are. After all, paying bills and buying groceries does come first 😉 We did just order a new Beachbody program and got a good deal with another bag of Shakeology so I intend to cut back on my shakes to make these two bags last me awhile and then we will have to decide. I have to admit that I do get why the price is what it is. Once you look at all the ingredients and what it would cost you to consume all of them on a daily basis it adds up fast.
When I was deciding on if to use Shakeology one thing I did do was compare it with some Vega products. I am sure there are many others that could be compared to but for me it came down to these two brands. This is when I realized and understood the cost difference.
Vega Sport, Vega Proteins & Greens were also compared but I found them to be more of just a protein based shake with very little other vitamins so I did leave them off this chart. Vega One and Shakeology had the closest comparison I could find. As well, I stuck to the main vitamins since if I listed everything this might have been a very long chart!
Notes: Servings are based on a 42g serving of Shakeology and 46g serving of Vega. Percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.
Again, I have no affiliation with either company/product and simply am sharing my thoughts, experience and research – which may not be perfect by any means.