Have you walked into a health food or supplement store lately to look for a meal replacement shake? If so, you most likely were overwhelmed with the number of products available to help you lose weight by replacing a meal. But how do you know which one is the best one? Should you take the sales rep’s opinion? Should you take your best friend’s opinion? How can YOU decide what is best for YOU?
While I can’t tell you what is best for you, I will tell you what is best for me and what I look for when choosing a meal replacement shake.
Choosing A Meal Replacement Shake
The top three factors that hold weight in my decision for a quality meal replacement shake are taste, the ingredient list and the source of the ingredients on the ingredient list. **These factors are not listed by importance. They are all equally important to me when choosing a meal replacement shake.
Choosing A Meal Replacement Shake – Factor #1: Taste
Some people have told me that taste is not a factor to them when choosing a meal replacement/ health shake. All they want is quality. While I believe quality is vitally important, no matter how good something is for me, if it tastes like crap, I won’t eat it. Sorry. So for me, taste is a huge part of my selection process when choosing a shake.
Choosing A Meal Replacement Shake – Factor #2: Ingredient List
The second thing that I look at is the ingredient list. I want to know that the meal replacement is indeed a meal replacement and not just some protein and carbohydrates. I want to see vitamins, minerals, probiotics, digestive enzymes, anti-oxidants, etc. If I wanted a protein shake, I’d buy a protein shake. But I want a meal!
Choosing A Meal Replacement Shake – Factor #3: The Source of the Ingredients
While many meal replacement shakes can appear to have the same nutritional value, the devil is in the details. When looking for a quality meal replacement shake I will also look at the source of the ingredients on the list. I want to know where the vitamins come from, where the protein comes from, where the sweetener comes from. I avoid, at all costs, anything that is made in a laboratory. Shakes that have sweeteners like sucralose (Splenda) or aspartame are immediately out. If it has artificial flavors, out. Artificial colors, out. I want something that has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and minimal processing.
Choosing A Meal Replacement – My Recommendation
After doing hours and hours of research and comparing and contrasting every new meal replacement shake that comes in front of me, there is one meal replacement shake that has passed all three of my factors for choosing a meal replacement shake. That product is Shakeology. With 70+ ingredients, minimal processing (and I include dehydration to be processing even though many don’t) and not one artificial ingredient in it, it is by far the best meal replacement shake that I have come across.
Having been able to meet the co-creators of this shake I have come to understand the care and attention to detail that goes into the creation of Shakeology. When I met Darin Olien, one of the co-creators of Shakeology, and was able to ask him specific questions about MSG in Shakeology, the sourcing of the ingredients, the processing of the ingredients, I felt very confident that he would NOT put even one ingredient in Shakeology that would compromise the integrity of it.
So if you’re looking for a high quality meal replacement shake that has absolutely nothing artificial in it then I would highly recommend you give Shakeology a shot. With the company’s 30-day money back guarantee you really have nothing to lose.