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6/8/13 10:55 P

I have a protein powder drink mix for those times I'm in a hurry. I figure it's better than skipping a meal, but I don't find them satisfying enough to stick with a plan very long.

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6/8/13 10:52 P


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6/8/13 10:02 P

They would never satisfy me. I would treat them like a beverage along with eating my meal. I need to chew my food in order to be satisfied.

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6/8/13 9:40 P

Definitely not what you want if you're trying to save money! That's a very expensive breakfast.

How about making your own? Do you have a blender? If so, anytime you have fruit that's a little too ripe, stick it in the freezer in a zipper bag. When you have about a cup, put it in the blender with a cup of milk (regular, soy, dry milk plus water, whatever you have.) Add a touch of honey or any other sweetener if you want, and maybe a drop of vanilla or almond extract. Whirl it until the frozen fruit bits stop rattling, and you'll have something very close to a milkshake or soft-serve ice cream. It's a great way to avoid wasting the fruit, and it's just as easy as a premade shake.

Another good option is old-fashioned refrigerator bran muffins. Look up a recipe; you make a large batch, like 18 muffins worth, and keep the batter in a container in the fridge. In the morning, you just scoop some batter into a small heatproof dish (like a Pyrex custard cup, for example) and bake it while you take your shower. Take it out and let it cool while you get dressed, and it'll be just right to eat as you're heading out for the day. You can also bake the whole batch and freeze them, then microwave one per morning, but having them fresh-baked is especially nice. Again, this is a recipe that can use iffy fruit and almost-sour milk to keep it from going to waste.

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6/8/13 9:06 P

They are not enough for a meal, and I haven't had any yet that didn't taste like sweetened mucous, even the one's for diabetic's are not good. We did find the no sugar added Carnation Breakfast drink was ok, in a pinch, if you had dental issues and could only drink something for 2 days. You do need your f/f milk, but that is all we have in the house, anyway.

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6/8/13 8:56 P

I never lost much weight by using them. Too easy for me to have them extra and not in place of. I'd make up for replacing the meal by eating more at another meal.

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6/8/13 8:43 P

I used them a bit last summer, they are tasty and if you stick to their program it works. But, I couldn't do it because I could never convince myself that it was enough food if I was drinking my calories.

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6/8/13 8:37 P

Have these ever worked out well for anyone? I hate eating in the morning, most of the time I even skip breakfast which I know is horrible, so I would consider buying some meal replacement shakes instead if anyone has a good experience with them.

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