If you are in a rush, on the go, or looking to lose weight, meal replacement shakes and protein shakes may be an option for you.
And if you are walking close by some very tempting restaurants or some amazing smelling street food, having a meal replacement shake or powder in your bag can help you resist that temptation!
Basically, meal replacement shakes are calorie-controlled, pre-packaged drinks, in ready-to-drink form or more often, as a powder that can be dissolved in water.
The idea is that these shakes take the place of a regular meal.
Shakes usually contain 250 or so calories per serving, and are fortified with vitamins or minerals.
Tips for consuming protein or meal replacement shakes
The most important (and often the biggest challenge) is sticking to meal replacement plans, as well as the aforementioned healthy diet and exercise.
A helpful step is to build the plan yourself, so that it is tailored to your own needs, and share the plan with a friend, so you feel more inclined to stick to it.
When it comes to choosing a shake, look for ones that are high in protein, as well as other essential nutrients.
Some shakes are have differing levels of sugar content, so if weight loss is your aim, you will want to choose meal replacement shakes that have a lower sugar count.
It can often help to take a look at your own diet, when you might be using the shake (for example to replace breakfast, lunch or dinner) and consider which nutrients you might otherwise be missing out on.
If you are replacing breakfast, when you normally eat, say, eggs and oats, you will want a shake that is high in protein and fibre.
If you are replacing a meal which would otherwise contain lots of vegetables, you may wish to opt for a shake that contains vegetables or the types of vitamins that vegetables usually provide.
Be sure to only replace one or two meals or key daily snacks with a shake, and not all of them.
It is important to get the nutrients your body needs from a range of sources, rather than a single or a few food sources.
What flavours do meal replacement shakes come in?
Meal replacement shakes come in a range of flavours, including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana, salted caramel, vanilla cheesecake, and golden syrup.