Yesterday, we talked about the ever-growing marketing scam better known as Visalus. Although I believe real food is the best way to great health, I also understand the need for a nutritional boost, like shake supplements.
Personally, I opt to have a real breakfast in the AM (usually my Morning Oats Goulash) and then reserve a nutrition shake for my mid-morning snack, if necessary. Having just a shake for breakfast leaves me too hungry and prone to binging on something unhealthy later in the morning. Having a shake in the mid-morning gives me a little boost (instead of more coffee!), gets a few fruit servings in for the day, and provides a tasty and simple way to up my daily greens.
My shakes are typically made with fresh or frozen organic fruit, almond milk or water, a few cups of greens (like kale or spinach), a cup of ice, and a scoop of Vega’s Energizing Smoothie powder.
I’m not a spokesperson for Vega (although at the rate of how many people I’ve converted to customers, I should be!) but I will say that Vega is the plant-based nutrient powerhouse that Visalus claims to be — but without any of the toxic additives or chemicals. And higher quality ingredients, to boot. Oh and unlike some companies (“ahem…cough…VISALUS….cough”), Vega will actually TELL YOU what they’re ingredients are! Imagine that!
Just like everything in health and nutrition, REAL food is your best bet. Quick fixes are too-good-to-be-true marketing ploys that just want your money. If you really want a supplement, use something that’s plant-based, lacking any man-made or GMO ingredients, and void of any artificial sweeteners. You’ll pay more for the product but you’ll be healthier than ever. If you can’t afford high-quality shake supplements, then I have one simple solution for you: don’t use any of them!
Opt for real food, in proper quantities, and you’ll be just fine. We don’t really need meal replacement shakes.
Of course, if you’re doing strength-conditioning, you do need post-workout protein so if you can’t afford a good quality protein powder (like Vega’s Sport Protein), try getting 15-20 g of protein in a cup or so of non-fat Greek yogurt immediately after your workouts. You get the easily digestible protein (without the fats that will interrupt the digestive process) and although it might not be as optimal as a protein shake, it’s still better than a protein powder full of garbage ingredients that are sabotaging your efforts to be healthy!