Protein Meal Replacement

Protein Meal Replacement

During recent years, I’ve found more people have become aware of what they are putting into their bodies and how it can change their entire lifestyle to be aware of their health. Nowadays, people are more likely to want to go to the gym and care most of all about the various foods they are eating. They want to eat at home more than going out, and if they have kids they want to start their kids eating healthy. I feel this is a great thing. However, so many of us work long hours and cooking all our meals, especially after a full day of work, can be nearly impossible. This is why so many of us turn to meal and protein meal replacements to fill our bodies with nutrients when we don’t have time.

The difference between meal replacement shakes and protein shakes

Even though they are both meal replacements, there are large differences between these two types of replacement shakes, especially when it comes to calorie content. Meal replacement shakes have been designed and made to replace one or two of your daily meals. They have been made primarily for weight loss, and to maintain your current weight. They give you essential nutrients while being low in carbs, and also having a low-calorie content. A protein meal replacement, however (also known as a protein shake), is made for one purpose: to give you protein. It contains hardly any carbs, fats, or essential nutrients, and has hardly any calories. Protein shakes are not designed to replace a meal, but are designed to boost your bodies’ protein level, especially after an intense workout.

How to get the best meal replacement that Is full of protein

For the best form of weight loss by using meal replacements, here is what you need to follow:

  • Only have your meal replacement shake twice a day for one meal and one snack (do not cut out real food completely)
  • Must contain at least 200 calories and be well balanced with protein, carbs, fibre, and the essential vitamins your body needs
  • Use the shake for the meal that you have the most trouble with (if you hate mornings and don’t have time, use it for breakfast, instead of grabbing a doughnut with your coffee)
  • Only use when you need to: If one day you have little time, use it then, but if on another day you have time, don’t have any
  • Rather than having a meal replacement, sometimes eat only fruits and vegetables as a snack with a strong protein shake
  • To keep a steady weight loss, ensure your actual meals also have a lot of nutrition and are well balanced


There are many protein meal replacements and supplements on the market today. The best way to find the one you like most is to test them out for yourself.

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Benefits of Chocolate - Dure Foods

Benefits of Chocolate

Everyone has at least one food in their life that is their guilty pleasure. For many people, it could be cheese, bread, sweets, or chips, but for me it is chocolate. Chocolate is something that many people crave daily, and it is used as a sign of celebration or gift exchanging. There is a reason chocolate is often a gift at Christmas, Easter, and especially on Valentine’s Day. Millions of people indulge in chocolate every day and many view it as a guilty pleasure because of its rich and sweet taste. However, it is a “guilty” pleasure as it can be attributed to weight gain and a high fat content. In recent years, there have been many ideas on how chocolate can benefit your health and how eating it in moderation can, in fact, be good for you.

Health benefits

Consuming large amounts of chocolate has been proven to have these negative side effects:

  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Large number of calories
  • Large number of fat content
  • Acne
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

However, what I stated before is that eating chocolate is, in fact, not all bad. There are some benefits to eating chocolate that can be good for your body. These benefits include:

  • Tremendous antioxidant potential
  • Decrease the aging process
  • Relieve stress,
  • Regulate your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol level
  • Help you cognitively
  • Reduce your risk for cardiovascular problems
  • May prevent memory decline
  • Reduce risk of stroke
  • Benefit to pregnant women helping growth of baby

Most of these benefits come from recent scientific studies and they have concluded that they must continue their research to fully grasp the health benefits of chocolate. However, they do know the types of chocolate we should be eating and why there are health benefits in chocolate.

What type of chocolate should I be eating?

Now obviously, eating typical candy bars such as Kit Kat and Mr. Big are not going to do wonders for your health. These chocolate bars are filled with fats and trans fat content that will be detrimental for your health. As well in production of these chocolates, a large amount of white sugar is added, taking away any health benefits that they may have offered before.

For a much healthier alternative, you could instead enjoy a nice cup of Malcolm’s Hot Chocolate from Dure Foods.

This is why doctors and scientists conclude that it is healthier to eat darker chocolate with a higher cocoa content. The higher the cocoa content (the darker the chocolate), the healthier it will be because cocoa has been found to have a huge antioxidant potential to rid the body of unwanted germs. As well, higher cocoa content decreases the amount of sugar within the chocolate, which is better for your overall health.


In conclusion, there are certain benefits of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, that can justify you wanting to eat it as a dessert. I recommend buying a dark chocolate bar and having a couple pieces as your dessert.

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