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August 30, 2011 3:22 PM
I'm going to the grocery store today to buy shakes that are high in protein, low in carbs and sugar. I have seen alot of recommendations on here but would love to buy shakes that I can easily find in local stores here.. (Safeway, GNC, Trader Joes, etc.)

Note: (I AM NOT ON A ATKINS DIET!!) To anyone who has tried these shakes.. what are your reviews on them?

An example of one of the shakes..

Flavor: Milk Chocolate Delight Shake
Calories: 160
Fat Calories: 90
Total Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0
Sodium: 240mg
Potassium: 740mg
Total Carbs: 5g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 15g
August 30, 2011 3:28 PM
They are really great. I love the strawberry. I often use it as a quick breakfast (I eat breakfast on the go alot) or as an afternoon snack. They are a little pricey at $1.25-1.50 per shake. I also really like Premier Protein's Chocolate Shakes. I find these at my Local Costco for $1.33...right in the middle of the Atkins shake price.
August 30, 2011 3:28 PM
As someone who IS on a low carb diet. I don't like them. It's not been proven how people respond to those sugar alcohols. Some may be just fine with them. Some may not. I prefer foods that are naturally low in carbs. I'm wary of any foods that claim a "net carb" content.
August 30, 2011 3:28 PM
I buy them and drink them. The taste is not bad and they are pretty filling. I usually have one before the gym or as a snack on the go. They can be quite expensive depending on where you get them.
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August 30, 2011 3:29 PM
I have tried these and I really like them. The strawberry are the best!!! I have been hooked on the Biggest Loser shakes now. The blueberry and raspberry are AMAZING!!!!!
August 30, 2011 3:29 PM
Yes I am not on the Atkins diet but I do use their shakes and bars when I need more protein without the carbs. I have tried Mocha Latte and Strawberry and Chocolate. I have tried a lot of their bars in fact I am having one for dessert tonight!!
  6761581
August 30, 2011 3:29 PM
Nope lots of better choices.

I drink Premier Protein - Chocolate

11 oz

160 Calories

3grams of Fat

1 gram of sugar

30 grams of Protein

Those 10grs of fat and not worth it for 15 grams of protein.

Others you can look at are Pure Protein and Muscle Milk Light.

I encourage more protein but not more fat!!!


You Can Do It!
  2399006
August 30, 2011 3:30 PM
QUOTE:

I'm going to the grocery store today to buy shakes that are high in protein, low in carbs and sugar. I have seen alot of recommendations on here but would love to buy shakes that I can easily find in local stores here.. (Safeway, GNC, Trader Joes, etc.)

Note: (I AM NOT ON A ATKINS DIET!!) To anyone who has tried these shakes.. what are your reviews on them?

An example of one of the shakes..

Flavor: Milk Chocolate Delight Shake
Calories: 160
Fat Calories: 90
Total Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0
Sodium: 240mg
Potassium: 740mg
Total Carbs: 5g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 15g


If you have a Target or Walmart you can get them there for cheaper!!
  6761581
August 30, 2011 3:30 PM
QUOTE:

I'm going to the grocery store today to buy shakes that are high in protein, low in carbs and sugar. I have seen alot of recommendations on here but would love to buy shakes that I can easily find in local stores here.. (Safeway, GNC, Trader Joes, etc.)

Note: (I AM NOT ON A ATKINS DIET!!) To anyone who has tried these shakes.. what are your reviews on them?

An example of one of the shakes..

Flavor: Milk Chocolate Delight Shake
Calories: 160
Fat Calories: 90
Total Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0
Sodium: 240mg
Potassium: 740mg
Total Carbs: 5g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 15g
I've seen better protein profiles for shakes. Only 15 grams for protein? Eh.
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August 30, 2011 3:32 PM
QUOTE:

I'm going to the grocery store today to buy shakes that are high in protein, low in carbs and sugar. I have seen alot of recommendations on here but would love to buy shakes that I can easily find in local stores here.. (Safeway, GNC, Trader Joes, etc.)

Note: (I AM NOT ON A ATKINS DIET!!) To anyone who has tried these shakes.. what are your reviews on them?

An example of one of the shakes..

Flavor: Milk Chocolate Delight Shake
Calories: 160
Fat Calories: 90
Total Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0
Sodium: 240mg
Potassium: 740mg
Total Carbs: 5g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 15g


They are processed crap.

Eat real food.
August 30, 2011 3:33 PM
QUOTE:

As someone who IS on a low carb diet. I don't like them. It's not been proven how people respond to those sugar alcohols. Some may be just fine with them. Some may not. I prefer foods that are naturally low in carbs. I'm wary of any foods that claim a "net carb" content.


And they contain soy!!
August 30, 2011 3:33 PM
I do not like the way they taste.
  6815620
August 30, 2011 3:33 PM
QUOTE:

They are processed crap.

Eat real food.

I wish I had said this very thing.
August 30, 2011 3:36 PM
Walmart & Target both carry pre-mixed, low-carb protein shakes that are comparable with the nutrition facts you listed. They come in 4-packs for like $4.99 or so. EAS Advantedge Carb-Control shakes in chocolate fudge, french vanilla or my favorite and one I think tastes best, strawberry.
Edited by darkrider42 On August 30, 2011 3:43 PM
August 30, 2011 3:38 PM
I Like the chocolate atkins shakes and they don't contain any sugar alcohols, which KILL my stomach. I use them when i am really busy with the kids and need a quick and easy snack...I know many will tell you that they are crap, but I figure if I drink one and it keeps me away from the oreo's, than I am good :)
Edited by momof3and3 On August 30, 2011 3:39 PM
August 30, 2011 3:41 PM
I haven't tried the Atkins shakes, but I've been drinking the Pure Protein chocolate shake for about 6 months now, and really like it. It has 23g of protein, and the other stats look better, too.
I try to get most of my protein from meat/cottage cheese/etc (and I do - usually 100g worth) and then use the shake as a quick intake after my morning workouts.
Good luck on your hunt!
  9624566
August 30, 2011 3:41 PM
Grokette said:

"And they contain soy!!"

Care to elaborate?
August 30, 2011 3:42 PM
I think they are great. I personally prefer the taste of Designer Whey--and buying the powder is cheaper--but the Advantage are great too. Both kinds are low in carbs.
August 30, 2011 3:48 PM
QUOTE:

Grokette said:

"And they contain soy!!"

Care to elaborate?


Soy for a woman can cause infertility, it is goitergenic and is known to cause thyroid issues. I blame soy when I was a vegetarian for my current thyroid issues today.

When the doctor told me I was hypo-thyroid she said to go home and throw away anything that contained soy.

Unless it is fermented like the asians eat it - it is not healthy in the least.

i was also told that the tofu that we eat in the United States is nothing like the tofu in Japan or other Asian countries.
August 30, 2011 3:55 PM
I haven't tried the atkins shakes but I do Herbalife protein shakes. They are all natural ingredients. Can't buy them in a store but from a distributor. 2 shakes a days and a healthy colorful meal. and you can lose weight fast. I lost 4# in 4 days

calories: 90
fat:
sat.:0
mon: 0
poly:0
chol:0
sodium:135
potassium:210
carbs:13
fiber:3
sugar:9
protein:9
Edited by maddythorn On August 30, 2011 3:56 PM
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August 30, 2011 3:55 PM
I was really up in the air about these but after research and gathering opinions of friends that work out alot, I bought Gold Standard 100% Whey protein powder from The Vitamin Shoppe. Has 30 servings (29.4g) and purchased with tax for $26.00 so about $.88 per serving. I have big trouble getting enough protein so sometimes I use this but no more than once a day/twice a week so far.
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 120
Calories from Fat 10
Total Fat 1g
Sat Fat .5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 130mg
Total Carbohydrates 3g
Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Iron 0%
Calcium 8%
Not a significant source of dietary fiber

Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolates, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Peptides), Artificial Flavor, Lecithin, Acesulfame Potassium, aminogen, Lactase,
Allergen Information: contains milk and soy (lecithin) ingredients.

Hope it helps you draw some conclusion whether these are right for you.
August 30, 2011 3:59 PM
Why don't you make your own??? That way you can control everything that goes into it...

I make this one frequently... freeze it and take it with me in the a.m. It thaws out by the time I drink it either post work out or for an afternoon snack.

- 2 scoops of whey protein (chocolate or vanilla)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries or frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 cup of skim milk

Sometimes I add a glob of peanut butter or a squirt of Hershey's syrup... Just depends on my mood.
July 21, 2012 9:58 AM
Good Just don't drink too much. It's loaded with potassium which can cause other problems if you have too much in your blood system. Have your bllod checked and talk with a doctor to see how much you can take. <3
July 21, 2012 10:03 AM
They taste terrible. I used to try them and then I realized that making food from scratch with good ingredients was a much better option. If you plan ahead you can do it.
July 21, 2012 10:06 AM
I am not a huge fan of them. I did Atkins for a month and preferred the choclate peanut butter bar as a meal for breakfast. I now make my own protein shakes in the blender. The best protein powder I've found is the Vanilla Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein. 52 g of protein in 2 scoops for 270 calories, or 23g for one scoop at 140 calories. I mix it with ice, water, a banana and about 10 strawberries.....it's a filling and refreshing shake after a long hot walk or exercise.
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