sometimes I think it is important to also consider what we can emotionally tolerate. When I started trying to stop overeating, 1 of my first nutritional compromises was to have cocoa in my morning coffee (which I loved and kept as a chocolate food, and left off the candy bars, so it was an improvement from what I had been doing.)
My thoughts on this are that it could be part of a healthy diet, and if that is why you chose to drink these, then that is fine. If it is healthier than what you normally eat, you are making steps to improve your health. Hopefully that evolves into even better health of real food as opposed to liquid breakfast.
If you are just drinking breakfast to save time though, you do need to stop and ask why you can't spare 10 minutes to make a better meal. I know it is tempting to sleep an extra 15 minutes, but a few weeks of eating healthier, and you may find that when the alarm goes off, you are raring to go. You will find the time needed. If necessary cut something else, because diet is the #1 most important thing in your life. Fail at it, and you really won't have enough time. Breakfast shouldn't be the first thing you cut, but the last.
Still, if this is a step towards healthier eating, I can understand that we aren't always going to make the jump in one step, and if it is better than today's breakfast, and fits into your tracker ranges, then go ahead.
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My high school age niece uses the no sugar instant breakfasts from Carnation when she is in school. She loves them. A bit processed sure but we make sure she eats well for her other 2 meals and snacks. She is a tall and skinny thing though with a high metabolism. If it works for your daughter I don't see why she couldn't continue as long as there is exercise and good eating habits to complement that. I use the instant breakfast every so often myself when I'm having trouble digesting regular foods.
I assume both you and your daughter are healthy adults, wishing to lose weight. I assume that she would like to use the breakfast shake once a day along with 2 other healthy meals. Is the plan to use the breakfast shake as a quick, portion controlled meal replacement? If this is the basic plan---yes, this is fine. It is safe and a healthy weight loss plan. Just give some extra attention to planning those other healthy meals as well.
There is a great deal of good research to support the use of meal replacements in a weight loss program when done appropriately.
I drink that from time to time. Not that often. Once or twice a month. They are great for when you are running late in the morning, or something like that.
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You / she decide what you eat, but in terms of "sound" nutrition and "real" food (not a chemical compilation of additives)... well it wouldn't be my 1st, 2nd, or 3rd choice. Difference is me vs. you.
Often times making changes comes in stages. So for instance if you were working on eliminating soda & diet soda, then I would make that the "focus". It seems easier for me to work that way. You /she choose the process that works best for YOU!
You can have anything you want. What is considered "okay" by one person may not be considered "okay" by someone else. The beauty (and the challenge) of the Spark plan is that it doesn't define your nutritional limits for you, beyond letting you know what ranges to shoot for. You have to figure out what you are willing to make room for, and what you're not. That's exactly how the Spark plan helps teach you how to eat for the long haul.
If you can fit instant breakfast mix into your caloric and macronutrient ranges without having to cut out other, possibly more nutritionally beneficial foods, and you don't mind the fact that it is processed, it's okay for you. It does have a considerable amount of sugar, but when combined with fat-free milk it's also pretty low calorie for a breakfast, and a decent source of protein and vitamins/minerals. Clean-eaters understandably shun it, but it won't negatively affect weight loss if your diet is generally good. If your diet is low in other processed foods and sugars and it's something you really enjoy, I'd say it's fine. Not as ideal as whole food options, of course, but certainly not the worst possible choice.
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