Another solution if you have a blender is to make your own - this allows you to control what goes into your shake (sugar, juices, etc). I get about 2 servings of fruit in my morning smoothie and I can make it almost any flavor I want. I mix milk, yogurt/cottage cheese and frozen fruit most of the time.
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I am not a fan of shakes. That's because I love chewing. Especially crunchy food. So after I finish a shake, I feel like I have not eaten anything.
I can only speak from personal experience, but I recently started substituting breakfast with the Apex Fit 150 shake mixed with 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries, half a banana, and 1/2 cup non fat milk. Here's my deal... I hate breakfast. I generally want to gag after just thinking about breakfast... But the shake has helped! I bought a Magic Bullet and mix everything in a cup I can take with me to work.
Some nutritional info: 150 cals per scoop 13 grams protein 5 grams of fat 17 grams carbs
I have noticed I'm not crazy hungry by lunch time and that I'm actually enjoying my morning meal more. Be careful on what you add... I try and stay below total of 300 cals per shake. It's easy to over do it if you use a large blender, exactly why I love my magic bullet. ;)
Be careful, if you lose weight fast you gain weight fast! I would suggest using a protein shake as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch but not both. I've done shakes and once you stop drinking them maintenance because hard and losing becomes near impossible.
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I like Dietitian Becky's reply. You want to make sure you're getting the nutrients you need! I personally enjoy Advocare's Meal Replacement Shake for breakfast. I've tried several different protein shakes throughout the years as meal replacements and as a supplement after workouts and Advocare and Pure Protein were the one's I found to be the best tasting. I'm not sure if Pure Protein falls under the guidelines that Becky outlined but the Advocare shakes come pretty close (they're a little higher in protein). The only downside is you have to order it online so you have to be aware of your supply level and order before you run out! I've tried the chocolate, chocolate mocha and berry flavors and like them all. I've stayed away from the vanilla as someone told me they thought it was terrible and I didn't want to risk it! Feel free to message me if you have any other questions about the shakes I've tried.
Since you are using this shake as a replacement for a meal, follow this criteria. It should contain about 200-300 calories 10-20 grams of protein and about 25-30% of the vitamins/minerals listed.
You should enjoy the taste and find that it works well with your budget.
Examples: Ensure, Boost, Carnation Instant Breakfast, or similar store variety.
You can always round out the shake with a piece of fruit, side salad, etc
Becky SP Registered Dietitian
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I am a college student who is looking to lose 10-15 pounds. On average I exercise about 2-3 times a week, but my main issue is the amount of food I eat.
I was looking at meal replacement shakes but there are so many, I don't know what to choose! IdealShape shakes sounded like they were good overall, but what is your guys' opinions? Thank you very much!
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