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July 21, 2011 8:56 AM
I am interested in a meal replacement or protein shake. I have heard people talk about shakeology and myoplex a lot on here.

I really want something without artificial sweeteners (stevia is okay) and not too many ingredients that aren't really food.

Also, I am losing weight right now and becoming much more active (doing c25k) so do I want to use a shake as a meal or as a snack?

All of the reviews on the internet can't match up with the advice I get on here!
  8684809
July 21, 2011 9:01 AM
I love my Soya Protein shake from Holland & Barrett it fills me up nicely too.
  4605719
July 21, 2011 9:02 AM
There are about 186,000 threads on this same subject - you might want to do a quick search of the forums smile
July 21, 2011 9:02 AM
Others to look at would be Pure Protein, Premier Protein and Muscle Milk Light.

Protein based meals are great right after your workout.

I have mine in the morning as breakfast even though I workout in the evening. But morning workouts are best if you can make that work in your schedule!

Best of luck!
  2399006
July 21, 2011 9:02 AM
Jay Robb Shakes made with stevia are my favorite
July 21, 2011 9:02 AM
Kimberly Snyder, author, "The Beauty Detox Solution"
Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
3-4 stalks organic celery
1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems OK) (Optional)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems OK) (Optional)

Preparation

Add water and chopped head of romaine to blender. Blend at a low speed until smooth. Add celery, apple and pear and blend at high speed. Add cilantro and parsley. Finish with banana and lemon juice.
  6703043
July 21, 2011 9:03 AM
Optimum Nutrition has a "Natural" line. They have a Natural Whey sweetened with stevia (you can add fruit or milk or oats to make a meal replacement). They also have a product called "Oats & Whey", sweetened with natural sugars like honey, which is essentially a meal replacement. Their natural stuff costs a few bucks more than than the regular artificially sweetened stuff.
July 21, 2011 9:04 AM
The most natural protein bar (that you don't make yourself) that I know of are Clif Builder bars. They're 100% organic I believe, and all of the ingredients are pretty simple to understand. Optimum Nutrition Natural is also a great whey protein powder that uses stevia extract instead of other sweeteners. I have the chocolate kind and it tastes good with either water, almond milk, or cow's milk.
July 21, 2011 9:04 AM
I dont use my shakes or smoothies as I call them for meals I use mine for snacks. I love fresh fruit, water or I use soy milk. Make enough to have two glasses and i just enjoy them so much a perfect way to get lots of fruit.
July 21, 2011 9:04 AM
I think you'll find that finding the right protein shake for you is trial and error. I can't stand ones that don't dissolve all the way, ones that taste gritty, and ones that basically taste horrible.

My two favorite ones are Muscle Milk (banana cream, cookies and cream and vanilla cream are my favorites) and Dymatize (I may have spelled that brand wrong...). Both taste good in milk AND in water, both completely dissolve and neither has a gritty taste to it.
  3200790
July 21, 2011 9:07 AM
I am partial to Shakeology (I use the chocolate flavor, usually with 1 tbsp of PB and 1/2 cup ff milk). It is more than just a protein shake. It has 70 all natural ingredients. You can check out the website http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/gettinstronger and look through for yourself. There is a video on there that tells you would you would need to eat to get the same nutrition from one shake. I know there has been a lot of talk about the high cost, but for me it is worth it.
  764481
July 21, 2011 9:09 AM
I use 1/2 serving Sequel - Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer.
1/2 Serving Nutritional Info:
Calories 112
Carbs 9
Protein 13
Fat 3
Sodium 0
Potassium 762
  887986
July 21, 2011 9:22 AM
thanks for the help everyone! I hadn't seen some of the more natural options online and I really appreciate all of the suggestions
  8684809
July 21, 2011 10:50 AM
Recommend MaxMuscle's MaxGourmet line of protein/meal replacement shakes. Mixed with milk...they're the best tasting I've found, are very good on the mixture of ingredients.
  6512718
July 23, 2011 3:52 PM
You definately want to get some protein after a workout, but simple carbs are more important than anything after a workout. Yeah, I did say simple carbs... but let me explain. Your body uses Glycogen from muscles for energy during your workout. After your Glycogen stores are depleted your body will start using your most precious muscle. The thing that replenshes the glycogen back into the muscles faster and better than anything are simple carbs. This is the only time during the day that i not only suggest simpe carbs, but require them. The recovery window after a workout is at its peak withing the first hour right after a workout and you want to get those simple carbs in there asap. The best ratio of carbs to protein after a workout is 4 to 1. This way the protein(which digests slower)doesn't slow down the absorbtion of the carbs(don't take fats in right after a workout either-they digest slow too). Make sure the protein you're using after a workout is whey. It's a fast digesting protein. I personally use the P90X Results and Recovery Drink. It's made specifically for this purpose. Now, I do sell it at www.ucanbfit.com but thats not why I'm mentioning it. I just love this product, I feel so much better after a workout and for the next days workout after taking this. Check the science I noted in this reply to validate what I just said. I just don't want to see anyone work so hard during their workout and not get the results. Also, we don't grow and progress in the gym or during our workouts. Thats where we tear the muscle down. It during the recovery period that we grow and reach our goals.
July 23, 2011 3:55 PM
I love shakeology. 70fruits and vegetables. Yum.
I make my own:
1 cup frozen fruit ( I use dole peaches, strawberries and banana mix)
1 cup silk almond milk
1 scoop love and peas protein powder

Very filling only 195 calories.
  7158519
July 24, 2011 9:10 PM
Use meal replacement shakes as a snack, post workout recovery shake, or small meal. I drink Vi Shape Nutritional shakes from visalus sciences
December 18, 2011 7:05 PM
I enjoy those Special K protein bars only because they're not expensive and tasty when I'm on the go.
It beats the McD drive-Thru.

But as a general rule or ideal to strive toward, I try to eat whole foods as much as I can. I do not trust these supplement companies.
December 18, 2011 7:17 PM
I prefer this one... Low cal-tastes good (not chalky) I can pronounce everything in it as well. We use Almond milk and keep is good and very low cal for a filling protien shake.

You can get more nutritional information at www.tlg.zealforlife.biz

Zeal Protein Shake Nutrition Facts Calories 100

Chocolate Delight Ingredients

Whey protein concentrate, pea protein, Fibersol(r)-2 dietary fiber, crystalline frutose, 2-deoxyribose, cocoa powder, white kidney bean extract, glucomannan, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, polydextrose, magnesium phosphate, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, dextrose, sodium caseinate, mono and diglycerides, potassium phosphate, calcium phosphate, stevia, ascorbic acid, citrus pectin, xanthan gum, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, acesulfame potassium, alpha tocopherols, natural & artificial flavor, natural color. Contains both Milk and Soy.

Vanilla Creme Ingredients

Whey protein concentrate, pea protein, Fibersol(r)-2 dietary fiber, crystalline frutose, 2-deoxyribose, white kidney bean extract, glucomannan, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, polydextrose, magnesium phosphate, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, dextrose, sodium caseinate, mono and diglycerides, vanlla extract, potassium phosphate, calcium phosphate, stevia, ascorbic acid, citrus pectin, xanthan gum, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, acesulfame potassium, alpha tocopherols, natural & artificial flavor, natural color. Contains both Milk and Soy

Calories 100
Total Fat: 1.3g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0.00g
Cholesterol 22mg
Sodium 105mg
Potassium 140mg
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fiber 5.0g
Sugars 3.0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 3,650 iu
Vitamin C 55 mg
Iron 15 mcg
Calcium 80mg
Vitamin K 58 mcg
Riboflavin (B2) 1.2 mg
Vitamin B6 1,4 mg
Vitamin B12 6 mcg
Edited by Mom2Asa On December 18, 2011 7:42 PM
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December 18, 2011 7:22 PM
EAS Soy Protein (in Chocolate) my favorite and always gets me full
December 18, 2011 7:23 PM
I think you need to start by working out what you want to acheive with the bar/shake etc:
- Is it because you want an alternative to cooking/preparing a meal?
- Is it because you want to increase your calories (ie. you can't eat them all with real food)?
- Is it because you want to increase a certain macro (ie. protein)?

If you are getting in all your calories and meeting your macro goals with actual food this is probably going to be better for you.
But, if there are gaps and you need more calories/protein then look at the gaps and find something that fits in. For example, if you are eating well but are always short on protein but over carbs then you could look at a bar/shake that is hi protein/low carb (though most of these seem to be loaded up with artificial sweeteners, make sure you read the label).

Actually, I suggest reading the label carefully, every time I check out shakes and bars I'm put off by the long list of unpronounceable ingredients and the different kinds of sugar/starch they add.
If you think you need these things because everyone else uses them, but can't identify any gaps in your diary -then I think you could save your money and spend it on something better!
  4147547
December 18, 2011 7:40 PM
use protein shakes to meet your protein requirements daily. If this means taking in addition to your current food intake then do that.
June 12, 2014 11:55 AM
Hi there everyone! I am new and looking for new fitness pals!

Regarding the best meal replacement and/or protein ... hands down the best one I have found through ongoing research, is Jay Robb. NO SUGAR (natural or not), NO artificial sugar substitutes of ANY kind ... they ONLY use STEVIA (which is a super natural sweetener from plants used for 1000s of years in China!)

MOST IMPORTANT for me however was taste. Hands down AGAIN it tastes GREAT and is the best tasting protein powder I have ever tried (and I have tried dozens!)

To make a meal replacement ... just add some healthy stuff like fruit, nuts or leaves of spinach with fruit like strawberries and/or blueberries. Super yummy! You dont need milk ... but you can too ... thats the beauty of it.

This post was what got me to sign up on myfitness pal.com because I wish someone had told me about Jay Robb Protein powder!!

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