I <3 Vega One

in Book a Week

My workout yesterday included twenty minutes of jumping on the bed (this is way harder than it sounds!)…


And 35 minutes on the trainer.


My bike!  Such a beauty.  I haven’t sat on her since October 2013 when I did my Half Ironman.  Which feels like it was forever ago AND like it was just yesterday.  My bike has been hanging up in my garage (in pieces) ever since I got home from the race and unpacked.  I’ve still got the race number on it!  It was fun to put it all back together, pump the tires, and set it up on the trainer.  I hope to ride more often now – I want to get triathlon ready.


Oh – let’s talk about Vega One.


I am ALL. ABOUT. THE. VEGA. ONE right now.  It’s basically a plant-based (mostly pea) protein powder that aims to be more than just a protein powder.  It’s got 20 grams of protein, 50% of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals (thanks to the addition of actual fruit and veggies), 25% of your daily fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega 3s, probiotics and six servings of greens.  SIX SERVINGS OF GREENS.  How awesome is that?


So, yeah, I don’t think Vega One replaces eating actual veggies in their whole form, but I’ve been struggling with two aspects of my diet, and Vega One is totally filling those gaps.  The first area that I’ve been struggling with is breakfast.  You guys know I love my breakfasts and normally cook up pretty intense meals.  Well, since Claire arrived, mornings have been kind of crazy, to say the least.  I went a few weeks where I was eating dinner leftovers for breakfast or some slapped-together random mess of carbs.


The other area that I’ve been struggling with is late night snacks.  I was eating lots of potato chips and chocolate (a pregnancy habit that I need to break) but my sugar and carb fest was making Claire’s middle-of-the-night wakeups extra miserable (and they are already pretty bad, obviously <—minus the cuddle time).


For breakfast, I’ve been making a jacked-up Vega One shake.  I add a big banana, frozen berries, and about two tablespoons of peanut butter.  This gives me meal with enough calories to power me through to lunch, and I can eat it with one hand (bonus!).  AND I don’t have a ton of dishes to wash after.  I know some people don’t like liquid calories in the morning, but it’s actually been really satisfying thanks to all the protein.  Plus – WAYYYY better than eating Henry’s leftover toast while Claire spits up all over my shoulder. 


I’ve been prepping all the ingredients in my blender the night before, which eliminates a lot of effort in the morning – it still tastes great once I blend it up.


I’ve also been having just the powder + milk (which also tastes fine) as a late-night snack.  The chocolate flavor is awesome for curbing my sweet tooth (I’ve also tried the French Vanilla – love! Just my opinion, but the Vanilla Chai is groooooss). 


Okay – there’s only one problem with Vega One.  It’s expensive!  So expensive.  I know high-quality, non-GMO stuff like this is expensive for a reason, but still – it’s like $3 a serving.  Ouch.  But I kind of figure that it’s a worthy investment if it means I don’t eat like crap and actually feel good all day (and night) long. 


Here’s a cheaper healthy snack – roasted chickpeas!


So good.


And last, but not least, here’s my Book a Week review…


I read Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.  First of all, I watch the show Girls and think Lena Dunham is super funny (and wonderfully weird).  So I thought I would like the book.  And I did like it – but I also thought it was weird (and not always wonderfully weird), a bit disjointed, and about 50 pages too long.  I HATE to say that. 


I realized earlier this week that I really, really dislike criticizing any book, mainly because I’ve written three (and 1/4 that is languishing on my desktop) and know how freaking hard it is.  A book is someone’s baby, and it sucks to have a reader not ‘get it.’  But… I just didn’t LOVE this book.  Now – don’t get me wrong.  There are some VERY funny bits where I laughed out loud.  I loved her voice and style of writing.  But… I don’t know.  There’s no big conclusion or focal point to the collection of short stories, and that was disappointing.  I didn’t even realize I was at the end of the book until I turned the page and started to read the acknowledgements.  I think Lena’s probably learned some really thought-provoking things, and although the advice is sprinkled throughout, I wanted a bigger, grander statement about what it means to be a young woman in today’s world.


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.  You’ll love it if you’re a huge fan of Girls, but if you hate the show, you’ll despise the book.  I still think Lena is awesome, though.


Here’s the rest of my Book a Week reviews.



  • Andrea January 30, 2015, 10:09 am

    ive been drinking vega one for almost a year now and love it! It’s expensive, but cheaper (and better IMO) than shakeology which is all the rage right now. I get mine from Super Supplements…they always have coupons and sometimes sales on Vega products. I bought a year’s supply at Christmas time for 25% off, plus 10% coupon on top of that, plus 5% off that by buying online thru Ebates. Deal of the year.

  • Annie January 30, 2015, 10:29 am

    I assume Vega One is breastfeeding-safe? I have a gassy 8 week old on my hands…have you noticed any weird side effects – like making Claire gassier? That’s the last thing I need…but I am having the same problems as you in terms of getting the right foods in…let me know. THANKS!

    • Caitlin January 30, 2015, 10:46 am

      Hmmm She is already kind of a gassy baby so I’m not really sure if it increased it. I have recently heard that a mother’s diet impacts the baby via breastmilk a lot less than we used to think (i.e. the whole dairy in mom’s diet impacting baby). Not sure how legit that is, but I have heard a lot of doctors say that recently. Vega One website says to check with your doc if you’re breastfeeding, but they always say that for supplements.

      • Annie January 30, 2015, 5:00 pm

        Yea I know – my lactation consultant always tells me that, but I know that whenever I eat gassier foods (ie: beans, veggies, etc) – she’s like craaaaaazy gassy – like last night, we were up at 4am dealing with gas 🙁 Maybe I’ll give it a try and hope for the best! Thanks lady!

  • Dani January 30, 2015, 10:30 am

    They’re not short stories, they’re essays! Short stories means fiction.

    • Caitlin January 30, 2015, 10:45 am

      Good point 🙂

  • Olivia January 30, 2015, 10:37 am

    Ooohh!! I’m going on maternity leave in a few weeks and a bicycle trainer sounds like an AWESOME idea. Can I ask what kind you have? I looked them up on Amazon and was a little surprised at the cost — maybe I’m not searching for the right thing?

    • Caitlin January 30, 2015, 10:45 am

      I got the bell motivator. It’s very basic but does the job.

  • Lara January 30, 2015, 11:22 am

    I’m in Raleigh, and I just got a tub of Vega One at Home Goods for $19! It’s the size of the smaller one you have pictured, which I believe is $40 at Whole Foods. Check for it!!

    • Kate S. January 31, 2015, 11:10 am

      I was going to say that in our Reno Home Goods, I found the big tubs yesterday for $35! I bought two and am considering going back for another one to hoard…

  • Anne January 30, 2015, 11:25 am

    Just because one works hard on something doesn’t mean it’s immune to criticism. It’s a necessary component of pretty much everything. Do you not criticize a movie because you know cast and crew worked hard? No.

    • Caitlin January 30, 2015, 11:30 am

      I agree – i just hate to say a book is bad (Not that Kind of Girl wasn’t bad). I have a soft spot for books. 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 30, 2015, 11:56 am

    I use Garden of Life’s RAW protein powder and I like it. I think it’s a bit less than Vega One (especially on Amazon) and is also all plant-based. I’m not a vegetarian, but I wanted a non-dairy option to mix it up and I really enjoy this.
    I hear you on the late night munchies! I have a problem with it every winter. I think between the cold and the short days, my body thinks it’s going into hibernation mode and needs to pack on the pounds. I’ve been getting away with a small amount of full fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with a little PB, oats, and some chocolate bits, but I really want to stop this habit because it is becoming a habit!

  • Carly January 30, 2015, 12:11 pm

    Ok TMI here, sorry. I loved the Vega protein powder but I found it gave me awful gas! Not sure what it is, because other protein powders haven’t bothered me like that!

    • Laura January 31, 2015, 7:34 am

      It’s probably all the fiber!! It does that to me too 🙂

  • Jill January 30, 2015, 12:52 pm

    Ooh, I really WANT to like vega one. They’re a big sponsor of a bunch of our local triathlons, so I’ve gotten a whack of their stuff in my race packs, but I just don’t love it. Nor did I love Lena’s book. But I do adore roasted chick peas!!

  • lynne January 30, 2015, 1:09 pm

    You must go through mattresses at a pretty good rate if you jump on them. 🙂
    Do you feel it really safe for Henry to be up there with you? I would be afraid he’d fall off the edge.

    • Caitlin January 30, 2015, 1:19 pm

      He’s pretty steady 🙂

  • Sarah F January 30, 2015, 1:38 pm

    I know so many people who are into Vega One. I just can’t justify the price. I buy all natural protein powders, and add them to my smoothies, and they’re just so much cheaper! I buy the unflavoured ones so that the taste of what I’m putting in.

    I’m always sceptical of products when they say they have fruits & veggies servings in them. Can your body absorb it when it’s in that form? Not to say there’s anything bad in it- certainly not creating any harm. Is there any research on it?

  • nancy January 30, 2015, 1:50 pm

    Yeah for Vega One! Protein powders scare me with all their weird ingredients but Vega is really all fruits and vegs and good stuff. It was recommended to me by a RD ( Robyn of The Real Life RD) when I was having surgery that limited me to a liquid diet for a number of weeks. When I say I lived on that stuff I mean it literally. I’ve found it makes a great recovery smoothie after a long run or a great fast breakfast. I like it with banana, berries, spinach and a glob of plain greek yogurt. The stevia took a little getting used to but that’s a small thing considering the amount of nutrition you get. I’ve bought it several different places and can usually find it on sale somewhere. And right now you getting the nutrition you need with one hand is totally worth the money 🙂

  • Delaney January 30, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I LOVE Girls and Lena Dunham. She is so weird, yet I love her!

  • Carolina John January 30, 2015, 3:14 pm

    I love Vega One too! So good and so healthy.
    I’m also a closet Lena Dunham and Girls fan. squeel!

  • Sammi January 30, 2015, 4:10 pm

    I *LOVE* the Vega protein powders. They took a bit for me to get used to the stevia taste but now that I am, I love them so much. I’m in Canada and I have a great Canadian website where it’s a pretty reasonable price plus they have great deals often so that helps. It’s my morning go-to with some extra greens and frozen fruit… but you’re right, also great with just milk. Getting that in in the morning makes me feel better when I have those days where I’m not eating the best, I know I’ve gotten in a good chunk of what my body needs. When I’m feeling snacky or post gym, I also really like the Vega Smoothie powders, the Vanilla and Tropical ones are my favourite – still a great punch of nutrition but a bit less so a bit tastier, they feel like a real treat 🙂 I just realized this totally sound s like an infomercial review… but I do love it so I’m happy to say!

    • Jen January 31, 2015, 1:25 pm

      Can you share the name of the website where you get better deals? I’m Canadian as well 🙂

      I’ve only tried Vega a couple of times and it was in a shake bottle so I didn’t really like the taste but I imagine it would be better blended. I’m not a fan of all the ingredients though – and there are a TON of ingredients choc-a-bloc in there. Yes, they’re healthy (most are anyways) but it’s a lot for the digestive system to deal with (hence gassiness in some). I’m also disappointed that they put agave nectar syrups and other syrups in their bars. Give and take I guess.

      • Sammi February 3, 2015, 5:21 pm

        Of course! The website is VitaSave. They’re based in Vancouver and offer free 2-3 day shipping with a purchase of $75+ (so I order 2 at a time, but they give a discount – even on sales – if you purchase 4 of something at a time so buddies are super helpful :))

        I definitely had to blend it with fruit at first to get used to the taste but now I can just drink it with water when I want something lighter. Also, you might be able to help the gas issue if you work your way up to a full serving…

  • Laura @SheEatsWell January 30, 2015, 4:58 pm

    I love Vega One so much that I work for them occasionally. FYI they have sales at whole foods where they are 30% off occasionally, which is a good deal! The protein is a combo of 4 different plant based foods. I’ve found a lot of my nutrition clients to like it, though I’ve had two be sensitive…we think it was related to alfalfa. It’s such a great product!

  • Katie A. January 30, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Yes!! I am so with you on your review of Not That Kind of Girl. I also really like Lena Dunham and really wanted to love the book…but didn’t. I agree that it was disjointed (especially towards the end). It pains me to say it, but I felt kind of annoyed that she acts like she has everything figured out when she’s 28 (the same age as me!) and has so much life left to live…

    It’s OK, Lena – you are still awesome.

  • Claire January 30, 2015, 9:10 pm

    I love that I get a book-a-week review from you! I know you’re probably getting recommendations left and right, BUT…if you read and enjoyed Gone Girl you must read Descent by Tim Johnston. It is amazing!

  • Steph January 30, 2015, 10:08 pm

    i totally agree with you on your book review. I said the same thing! And now we’ve said our peace.

  • Aja January 31, 2015, 2:13 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about vega one but have yet to try it. It sounds pretty cool though.

  • Liz@NovelRunner January 31, 2015, 2:35 pm

    I’m reading Lena’s book now, too. I really appreciate your review! “Girls & Jerks” is a particularly poignant chapter. I’m also loving the 4th season of GIRLS. 🙂

  • Jen@jpabstfitness February 1, 2015, 7:22 am

    Haha- I just saw an ad for Vega one- looks great, but can’t justify the cost right now. I hear ya on the crazy mornings, I have 4 kids and the youngest is 9 months, most days I’m cramming toast in my mouth or drowning my lack of sleep body in caffeine and calling it breakfast. I do need to start drinking my morning smoothies again, but need to find a cheaper powder. Thanks for the honest review 🙂

  • Janine February 2, 2015, 1:30 am

    DUDE! You have to try Vega one in Fitnessita’s cookie dough cereal recipe for bkfst.. full of good, fill ya up calories – I’m a fellow V1 addict 🙂

  • Ashley M. [at] (never)homemaker February 2, 2015, 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the protein powder recommendation. I have been putting some in my green smoothies lately and definitely feel a boost, but the kind I use is almost gone and I wanted to try something new. xo

  • Gina January 13, 2016, 3:51 pm

    I picked up some vega one protien powder today.. Tastes pretty good! So you guys all drank it while breastfeeding?? My question is whether that’s okay or not? Thanks!! 🙂

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