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I was really lucky to have the chance to review Vega’s Sugar-Free Energizer! I’ve heard nothing but great things from Vega products, so I was thrilled to have this opportunity! Plus I’m about to tackle marathon training and wanted to have options when it came to pre-workout energy products!
I’m excited to see that a company has created a sugar-free energizer. People don’t realize that when they drink products like Gatorade or Powerade, they’re drinking a lot of sugar. This gives the sensation of a sugar high, and temporary energy, but this can also lead to energy crashing. Vega’s products are plant-based, so the nutrients come from natural, unprocessed, clean ingredients.
It’s gluten, soy and dairy free, which made it even better! Not to mention that one serving is only 5 calories, and 0 grams of sugar!
They encourage users to drink one serving 20 minutes before working out. Below is a guide of energy-level expectations:
I’ve tested this Sugar-Free Energizer multiple times. Here’s a breakdown of my experience:
Test #1: I’m always nervous about the flavor when it comes to new drinks, so rather than mixing it in 8oz of water, I mixed it with a full bottle of water (16oz.). The color was a little… disturbing and unattractive, and the flavor was surprising. I got some inquisitive looks when people saw what I was drinking. The color is a little odd. The flavor was strong and sweet, not overpowering, but had a kick to it. It is a bit of an acquired taste because I’ve never had anything like it!
I drank it about 45 minutes before my workout and began to tell a difference in my energy level! Also, because of the sweet flavor, it curbed my pre-workout munchies (normally when I go home I eat out of habit, but this Vega energizer made me forget all about eating when I got home)!
I hopped on the treadmill for my regular 5 miles and was surprised at how long the drink sustained me! It made the first 4 miles (about 40 minutes) feel effortless!
Test #2: Because my first test was so successful, I wanted to test it again to see if it was just my excitement or if the product really did work. In short, it does 🙂
This time I mixed the powder with the recommended amount of water (8 oz.) and that made it even more flavorful, which I was okay with at this point. I still felt an energy difference as I was drinking it, and it sustained me through my workout yet again!
Test #3: At this point I was no longer testing it because I knew it worked, I was just consuming it as a pre-workout energizer 🙂
I hit the treadmill for another 5-miler and had the same results as the first time – sustained energy for the first 4 miles. After the forth I could feel it wearing off again, which is what I expected. It still worked better than they promised!
I had sustained energy throughout all of my runs after drinking the mixture. I liked the sweet flavor and have gotten used to the color of the drink. The only downfall of the drink is that whether I had 8oz. or 16oz., I had to use the restroom through my whole run. Normally I don’t drink within an hour of a workout to avoid this problem, so having to tinkle while running for over 50 minutes is kind of annoying. I think I may also experiment with drinking it an hour beforehand (rather than 20 minutes), then drinking more during my run. Plus I can’t get past the fact that it’s made from clean and natural ingredients!
I’ll definitely be using this product again! I’ll probably also use it when I need a pick-me-up even when I’m not about to exercise!
– What’s your pre-workout routine?
– What products, if any, do you use before working out?
I used to never use products before, during, or after a workout, but I seriously love Vega now! I’m excited to try their other products!