Fuel Your Better: Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator Review

Living and training in South Carolina means you train in the heat and humidity for 4-5 months per year. I wasn’t always a runner, and I try not to let it bother me when non-runners talk about the “nice spring days” being great workout weather. Spring temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s might be great for grilling out, relaxing on your front porch with a glass of sweet tea, or even a game of pick-up basketball, but it’s hot for running.

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On Sunday morning, I headed to Hampton Park for a 10 miler, running the first 2 miles alone and the last 8 miles with the OnShore Racing run club. When I started running, it was 79 degrees with 79% humidity. It’s not the hottest or most humid weather, but at the beginning of the season, it really wipes you out.

I ran my 10 miler at around an 8:32 pace, a bit slower (and harder) due to the heat, then rushed home to shower, rehydrate, and recover so I could enjoy a Sunday afternoon with Clay at the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market and BodyFlow.

As a Sweat Pink/Fit Approach community member, I recently received  Vega Sport’s Recovery Accelerator, and with the heat lately, I’ve added it to my usual post long run routine.

Since I started consistently training a few years ago, I’ve tried a few recovery beverages. Chocolate milk doesn’t work for me, as I don’t consume a lot of dairy so it irritates my tummy. I typically drink a plant-based protein shake after BodyPump classes or weight workouts, once or twice a week.

The Recovery Accelerator is tropical flavored, and I mix it with water or tart cherry juice and ice, then blend in my Magic Bullet. It tastes a bit like a slushie, only much better nutritionally. It contains a 4:1 blend of carbohydrates and protein, along with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, several B vitamins, sodium, potassium, and the amino acid L-glutamine. I aim to drink it within 20 minutes of my workout.

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After drinking the recovery accelerator, I’ve noticed a difference in how I feel later in the day. I’m not sluggish, I don’t need a nap, and I’m more alert, which is especially important for weekday morning workouts, as I need to bring my A-game for technical writing days filled with meetings, conference calls, and product documentation.

The only downside of Vega Sport’s Recovery Accelerator is the price. At $40 a tub, I only use it after speed workouts or long runs, rather than after easy runs or gym days. Summer training is tough, so if you try it, like it, and can fit it into your budget, it’s worth it. I’ve seen single-serving packets of Vega Sport products at Earth Fare and TrySports, so you can try the flavors before committing to an entire tub or canister.

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While sports nutrition products aren’t necessary for everyone’s workouts or goals, I think they can be helpful if you’re training hard for a goal race and definitely worth trying, especially if you don’t always feel like solid food immediately after a workout.

Of course, supplements are just that- they *supplement* your diet, not make up for a poor diet. Vega Sport recommends eating a meal about an hour after consuming the Recovery Accelerator, which gives me time to shower and get ready to go to lunch with Clay (we go on a weekly lunch date after Saturday morning races).

If you’re interested in Vega Sport’s products, check out their Fuel Your Better campaign. The Fuel Your Better campaign recommends Vega Sport products to help with stamina, overtraining, muscle soreness, hitting the wall, and much more.


I did not receive any compensation for publishing this post, however I did receive the product to review, as I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador. 

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13 Responses to Fuel Your Better: Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator Review

  1. fitnessmomwinecountry says:

    Vega was great to send us product…I love all of their stuff and the pre-workout energizer was amazing …I need more!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks! This was actually the first Vega Sport product I’ve tried, although I really like vegan protein powders (both casein and whey irritate my stomach). I liked this, so I may pick up some single-serving bars or packs of the other products to try.

  2. harveylisam says:

    I totally hear you about the “nice” temperatures being really hot for running. It was only like 13C when I did my run this morning, but I felt warm! (That being said, I’m still not used to any kind of relatively warm temperatures yet haha. Our spring has basically been winter so far.)

    • Amy Lauren says:

      We really didn’t have a “Spring” this year! It actually felt great this morning and everyone was talking about how beautiful it was for running. I hurt my ankle on Tuesday, so I’m out for a few weeks and can’t enjoy it, unfortunately.

      Being injured on the pretty days is worse than slogging through a run on the hottest day!

  3. Pam says:

    I have a whey protein powder I buy from GNC and it works well for me. I was tempted to review one of the Vega products through Sweat Pink, but changed my mind. Once I find something i like, I generally stick with it. Glad you enjoyed it but that price is a huge ouch!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I used to drink whey a lot, but certain whey products hurt my stomach (some don’t though). I generally stick with VeganSmart, but that’s more protein than carbs. I wanted to try this because it’s got more carbs than protein, to see how that worked out. So far I really do like it, but I stick with more protein when I do a weights/strength workout.

  4. jillconyers says:

    This is one of the few Vega products I haven’t tried but need to. Great review.

  5. I knew about the Saturday Farmers’ Markets in Marion square and out on Johns Island, but did not know about a Sunday Framers market. So cool.

  6. allieksmith says:

    Geez, I didn’t know it was so hot already in Charleston! Well, I guess I knew it was hot, but I didn’t know it was so humid so early in the day! We get a lot of humility in PGH, too! It is killer haha.

  7. LilMysNinja says:

    Ah…I’m cleared to run. Just in time for the heat wave. I might give these a try! You know I love my chocolate milk and I try to have Core Power handy when milk isn’t clearly available. But this sounds interesting and I wouldn’t mind trying it. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the single servings.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Definitely do a single serving first because it is pricey. I always get a single bar, packet of protein, etc first. Just not worth buying a whole tub and having it go to waste if you don’t like it. Plus you want to make sure you see a difference before purchasing, too. $30-40 is a lot of money to devote to sports nutrition, for me anyway.

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