Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Product Review: Vega One All-in-One Nutrition Bar

Greetings! I am launching a new page and series of product reviews to give you my opinion on products, in case you're sitting at home/work thinking, "I wonder what Tiff thinks about [fill in the blank]?" I'm a mind reader.

The first product is the Vega One All-in-One nutrition bar. Chocolate cherry flavor.

If you haven't heard of Vega, make sure to check out their website and their multitude of product offerings. Vega was created by a vegan triathlete and provides athletes with all kinds of vegan and gluten free products for general well-being, but also for fueling activity.

Since I'm not entirely sure I process dairy all that well and I avoid gluten on a regular basis, Vega is an easy pickup for me because I know that I can trust it to at least exclude two of the most common allergens.

My introduction to Vega products was through the Whole Food Optimizer Powder. They don't sell that product anymore. From what I gather, they reformulated it and gave it a new name: Vega One Nutritional Shake. It wasn't the best thing I'd ever tasted but, again, I liked that I could trust the ingredients.

I ordered singles of quite a few new (to me) products from the Vega site because I was intrigued at how the company has grown and expanded their scope. I'll make sure to review all of the products I try as I go along.

This bar was in my purse, hence the crumbles. My apologies.


The flavor was good, not great. I didn't get an overwhelming cherry flavor. In fact, if the package hadn't told me, I probably wouldn't have known. I did get a large piece of dried cherry, but other than that, the flavor didn't stand out. I also got a chocolate almond flavor, so I'll update this after I try it.

Texture-wise, it was crunchy when I wanted it to be and creamy when I wanted that. Check. Check.

The real downside about this for me was the calorie content. The whole bar is 240 calories which is more calories than I want to spend on a snack.

To dodge this speed bump, I ate half the bar yesterday and finished it today. No big deal, just wish it was under 200 calories. If a snack bar goes over 200 calories, I generally regard it as a meal replacement.

Bottom line: Good, not great. 

Although this was a decent and quick alternative for a snack, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. I did try one of their Vibrancy Bars a few weeks ago and liked that a lot better.

My sincere apologies for not photographing the ingredients. I'm a work in progress.

Let me know if you've tried any of the Vega products or have any thoughts on my review. I'd love to hear your questions and/or comments.