What is a meal replacement shake?
Meal replacement shakes are pre-packaged drinks designed to replace a regular meal. They typically contain protein, carbohydrates and fats, along with essential vitamins and minerals. Meal replacement shakes are often used by people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy diet, as they can provide a convenient and low-calorie alternative to traditional meals.
What is the best meal replacement shake for weight loss?
“Meal replacement shakes can provide anywhere from 120 calories per serving to 400 calories per serving,” notes Kunik. As such, it’s important to understand your calorie needs especially if your goal is weight loss or maintenance.
The best meal replacement shakes for weight loss are “free of artificial ingredients, low in sugar and high in fiber and nutrients,” says Margulies.
How to make a meal replacement shake
To make a meal replacement shake at home, “start with a quality protein powder and blend with milk, fruit and a healthy fat source like nuts, seeds or avocado,” says Kunik.
Other nutritious ingredients like vegetables, Greek yogurt, cacao nibs and oats can also be added, says Margulies.