Using Shakes and Smoothies to Supplement a Healthy Diet

If you are eating 5-6 meals a day and/or following a low carb diet/high protein diet, it may not always be possible or perhaps even practical to prepare or eat low-fat meals consisting of protein and complex carbohydrates.  Although whole foods should always be the first choice, when the situation does not allow, a meal replacement such as a protein shake is healthier than eating fast food.  When going for meal replacement, limit yourself to shakes, since protein bars tend to be high in sugar.

There are many advantages to using shakes as meal replacements.  They are more practical either at work or while on the run.  Therefore, if you can, keep a tub of protein powder at work or get a protein shake from a juice bar.  They help reduce the constant thought of food when we’re hungry.  Plus calorie counting has already been done 🙂

There is a difference between meal replacing shakes & protein shakes.  It is important to recognize the differences as there is a big difference in calorie content between the two.

Meal replacement shakes and other meal replacements such as bars, soups, pudding and other snacks are designed to replace one or two meals a day.  Meal replacement shakes are formulated for weight loss and weigh maintenance.  These shakes are designed to give a wide range of essential nutrients in a low-calorie meal substitute, rich in protein and low in carbs.  A good Meal replacement shake contains both carbohydrates and protein and between 200 and 400 calories.

A protein shake or a smoothie on the other hand, is simply that, protein.  This shake contains little to no carbs, fat and other essential nutrients.  Protein shakes are very low in calories and are not designed to replace a meal.

Depending on what your dietary goal maybe choosing between these delicious alternatives will help supplement a balanced, healthy diet.  At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Lisa Woodrum and Lynn Howell will show us how shakes can be a tool to increase your energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, and feel great.  In this kitchen demo they will share some of their best tried and true shake recipes using Shakeology.

What is Shakeology exactly?   Come join us at the Expo and learn all about it.


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