protein shake meal replacement

Meal Replacement Protein Shakes

Why Protein Shakes?

Protein shakes are often recommended as a meal replacement for loosing weight*.  In my experience, the protein helps to reduce hunger.  If the goal is loosing weight then watch the other ingredients that you put in your shake to avoid adding too many carbs and sugars.  People who are working out and trying to build muscle also drink protein shakes.  The shakes can provide nourishment and a pick-me-up after a big workout.  They can provide a quick meal when you are busy.

The source of protein in the powder can come from several sources.  Milk, whey, casein, eggs, soy and rice are commonly used.  The kind of powder you choose may depend on your motivation for drinking a protein shake.  If you are doing heavy exercise and want to regain energy and lost calories then you might want something with some carbs.  If you are trying to loose weight then something with fewer carbs and more protein might be preferred.  Some people are lactose intolerant or don’t react well to some of the ingredients that might have been used in making the power, so it is a good idea to read the label carefully and use your common sense.

My Experience

I make my shakes with a banana and a couple of pieces of frozen fruit.  Mango and strawberries are my favorite frozen fruits to add.  I really like the taste of the mango.   Using frozen fruit helps to thicken the shake.  I used to use orange juice because I like the flavor and it is sweet, but the acid may not be good for your teeth or sit well in  your stomach.  Also, too much sugar is not good for you, even if it is from natural sources.  Now I use almond milk.  I find that it has a good taste and it is good for you.  I’ve had no stomach issues drinking it.

A few years ago I tried Herbalife powder for lunchtime shakes.  I did loose weight, but Herbalife tries to keep your metabolism up and I didn’t like how it felt.  Also, I noticed that a shake with Herbalife for lunch, over several weeks, tended to do something to my GI tract. Perhaps an allergy I have or something.  I tried the Herbalife version for people with allergies, but did not like the taste.  Your mileage may vary.

When I decided to start drinking shakes again for lunch, I wanted to try something new.  I’ve had no issues with Designer Whey.  I put it in almond milk and blend it with some frozen fruit.  The White Chocolate smelled a bit odd, but tasted fine.  The Vanilla Almond smells good and tastes good.  My local supermarket carries it and you can get it on Amazon (affiliate link).

Hat tip to @amccan for the recommendation.

* Obviously a balance diet is important and this is not medical advice

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