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The Best Meal Replacement Shake: Everything You Want In A Meal

For the past decade, there has been a steady rise in people who are more conscious about their health and want to do something about it. It seems lately that people are more focused on putting foods into their body that will benefit their health, and making time for the gym to keep their bodies healthy. This generation has been influenced by the media to keep their outward appearance looking and feeling great in their day-to-day lives.

However, with so many of us lately working more and more, there can be hardly any time to cook, let alone eat healthy. It can be much easier when you get home at night to grab a bag of chips or order a burger through a fast-food drive-thru, to fill your stomach and go to bed early. However, there are healthier alternatives for you, especially if you are strained for time and still want to put nutrients into your body. One of these alternatives is a meal replacement shake.

What shakes should I be looking for?

While there are a lot of benefits from having a meal replacement shake, especially when you are crunched for time, you should make sure you are having a healthy one. Many of the store-bought replacement drinks, and even homemade smoothies, are incredibly high in sugar and don’t provide you with enough protein or fibre to replace a meal. It won’t fuel you or keep you full.

So, you should instead look for a meal replacement shake or meal supplement product that is at least 325 to 400 calories, has at least 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fibre, and get your fat from healthier sources such as an avocado, olive oil, or nuts.

The best meal replacement shake (store bought)

There are so many brands of meal replacement shakes on the market today that it can be quite a difficult task to find one that meets your needs and will also benefit your health. Here is a list of some of the best meal replacement shakes that you can purchase today.

The Isopure Original Meal Replacement

  • A shake that is filled with protein
  • Smooth texture that feels like juice
  • Only one flavor: Alpine Punch
  • 40 grams of whey protein
  • 25 grams of carbs
  • 260 calories
  • No fibre or fat (pair with an avocado or nuts)

Orgain Organic Nutritional Shake

  • Comes in four delicious flavours: chocolate fudge, vanilla bean, strawberries and cream, iced café mocha
  • 16 grams of protein—grass-fed whey and casein powder
  • 255 calories
  • 7 grams of fat
  • 2 grams of fiber

Make sure you eat it with an avocado and some fruit (to make a well-balanced meal)

Making a meal replacement shake at home

If you do have more time, a healthier option is making a meal replacement shake at home. There are plenty of recipes online that are easy to follow and will boost your health.

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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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