Thrive Forward Vega Lover. Chocolate Chip Shake!

Happy New Year everyone! I couldn't think of a better way to start off 2013 than to serve up a delicious vegan shake recipe + a fantastic giveaway here on my blog, featuring one of my favorite vegan brands: Vega!

The Shake: Peanut butter meets chocolate in this choco-chip banana peanut butter shake - featuring Vega's Maca Chocolate and All-in-One Shake. SO good! (And healthy!)

This month, Vega is proudly launching an inspiring (free!) program called Thrive Forward - to help you get healthy in 2013. Thrive Forward was designed by vegan athlete Brendan Brazier...

Thrive Forward Introduction..

Coming January 2013: Thrive Forward is a free personalized online performance program designed by Brendan Brazier. Pre-register now and get a Thrive Forward 101 Starter e-book at

Giveaway! Thrive Forward Vega Lover Goodie Basket:
· Vega One tub: 1 Large
· Vega Energizing Smoothie: 3 Pouches
· Vega T-shirt
· Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer Packs
· Vega Carry Bag
· Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED - CONGRATS JOANNA G.. (yay.. giveaway open to USA and CANADA!)


Kathy's Peanut Butter, Vega Maca Chocolate Chip Shake
vegan, makes one shake

4 ounces unsweetened almond milk
4 ounces water (or more almond milk)
1 scoop Vega One Shake, French Vanilla (or chocolate!)
1 1/2 bananas, frozen
1/3 - 1/2 bar of Vega Maca Chocolate
1 Tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/2 cup ice

Blend all ingredients except the chocolate. When shake is smooth, add in the Maca Chocolate and blend on low until it blends into chips.

The Maca Chocolate gives this shake a malted flavor that is AMAZING!!! I had this for breakfast this morning and it started my 2013 off quite perfectly. Any I felt incredibly energized and satisfied. (A chocolate-infused healthy breakfast will do that to a person.)

Tip! You can easily add the Vega One or Vega Energizing shake powders to your favorite smoothie. Here is how I do it... Since the Vega shakes do provide sweetness, when using in a smoothie, just be sure to not over sweeten. I do this by omitting any added sweeteners like agave or maple syrup - and/or by subbing any sweet liquids (like fruit juice or vanilla plant milks) with unsweetened non-dairy milk or water. I also add in extra ice cubes.

Some Vega Products I love..

I recently tried Vega's Maca Chocolate bars and they are pretty outstanding if you love including dark chocolate in your diet. 70% cacao bars! I like to nibble small bits whenever I am craving a chocolate fix.

I also recently tried the Vega Vibrancy Bars in Berry Bliss. I loved all the healthy ingredients in each bar: dates, raw almonds, white chia seeds and plenty of sweet berry flavor. Perfect for a quick energy boost between meals or on the go. I am eager to try to chocolate flavor.

And I really LOVE the smoothie/shake powders. My favorite is the Vega One Nutritional Shake. In one scoop you can add soooo many healthy things to your smoothie. Including: 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals, 15 g protein, 6 g fiber, 1.5 g Omega-3, Antioxidants, Probiotics, Greens.

Formulated by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on performance nutrition, Vega One is free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Some more of my Vega smoothie recipes:

* Chocolate Avocado Vega Shake
* Vanilla Berry Vega Shake

Get more info about Vega products and news online:

Vega One on Amazon

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Vega, but opinions are my own.
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