Vega was nice enough to send me several little grab 'n go packs that made it easy peasy. The directions are simple: mix the little pack with 8 oz of cold water 20 minutes before low impact or short workouts (less than an hour).
They sent two flavors and I went with acai berry first.
dairy, soy, gluten free and only 5 calories. All plant based, as well.
I'll admit, it does not look pretty:
The first few sips were rough simply because I didn't mix it well enough and I all I could taste was the green tea. I don't know why, but green tea is always such a harsh taste to me, so it tasted really strong. After I mixed it a little more and let it settle for a few minutes, I tasted more of the berry flavor and didn't mind it. I don't know that I felt so energized, but I went without coffee that morning and didn't miss it. So, if nothing else, it helped curb that fatigued feeling on days I don't do coffee.
Next up, was the lemon lime.
be warned, this one looks even less appealing:
But you know what? I actually really liked this one. The flavor was much more enjoyable and it also has spinach leaf powder in it (and I love anything spinach-related). From start to finish I really liked this one.
I drank this one on a Monday and definitely helped me get through the tired feeling monday blues while running around with the boys outside at work.
Bottom line? I would absolutely drink (and get) the lemon lime again. I think it's a great alternative for people who are looking for low cal, no sugar (without artificial sweeteners) options. Acai berry probably doesn't make the cut for me, but may be for other people. I liked it more after trying a few times, but still wasn't like the lemon lime, which I liked every time from start to finish.
I know several people don't like the "fizz" of nuun, so this could be a viable option. I know they have a 15% off deal right now on their site. I tried to link to it, but it isn't loading for me. It's on the main page though.
It's never going to energize me the way something like coffee will, but I do like it as a quick and easy option that doesn't give my tummy any troubles!
It's definitely worth checking out, especially for those of you looking for natural, plant-based options or have any intolerances that other brands may have.
Disclaimer: I was sent these products for free to review, but all thoughts are my own.
-Have you or would you try these?
-Do you use coffee even on early workout days? Does it affect your tummy the way it does for me?
-Any other natural things you've tried that help you prepare for runs or workouts?