You’ve seen them in stores. You’ve seen them in magazines, newspapers, facebook, the internet. You’ve probably even been approached to purchase one or more of these meal replacement shakes by a friend or business associate. Haven’t you? I have. And, in hearing all the hoopla about how everyone’s shakin it off, I decided to do my due diligence and compare a few of these shakes.
Here’s what they claim it does, what’s in it and my opinion. Please do share YOUR thoughts and opinions!
Vi-Shape by Visalus
“It’s a meal replacement shake that has an exceptional taste. If you tried other meal replacement shakes before, you’ll see that there is nothing like Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix. That’s why it’s the “shake mix that tastes like a cake mix™”. It has our unique Tri-Sorb™ protein blend of highly absorbable proteins, fiber, calcium, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and more. Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix is the perfect balanced meal!”
What is Vi-Shape’s Key Ingredients?
Aside from all of the soy and soy related ingredients in this shake, I’m also concerned about the sucralose.
I DO NOT eat soy. A great read about Soy is Dr Kaayla T.Daniel’s book “The Whole Soy Story”.
Sucralose, aka Spenda, is an artificial sweetener which starts as sugar and is chemically modified so it is not used as energy nor absorbed into the body. It’s because of this chemical modification that the body cannot assimilate it simply because it’s totally foreign to the body and the body doesn’t know what to do with it. In Dr. Mercola’s words: “It is not that Splenda is naturally zero calories. If your body had the capacity to metabolize it then it would no longer have zero calories.”
My belief of artificial sweeteners is that they will increase appetite. After all, since the inception of artificial sweeteners, diet soda’s and such, haven’t we become more obese?
On a positive note, I thought that this shake tastes very good.
The Body by Vi Shake will cost you $60.00 monthly.
What should you know about IsaLean Shakes?
“Available in Creamy Dutch Chocolate and Creamy French Vanilla, our shakes are also low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol with added enzymes that break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to maximize the absorption of key nutrients. What’s more, IsaLean Shakes contain 24 grams of high-quality undenatured protein from New Zealand dairy cows that exceed USDA organic standards. Best of all, at only 240 calories, 6 grams of fat and less than $3 a meal, an IsaLean Shake is the perfect, well-balanced meal, no matter your lifestyle.”
This shake has a fabulous 24 grams of protein from grass-fed cows, not treated with hormones or antibiotics. A huge PLUS! However, the 240 calories along with the price tag could outweigh the protein factor for many.
“How can I benefit from using IsaLean Shakes?
Burn fat and support lean muscle; Reduce cravings and stay full longer; Increase energy and recovery;Maintain Healthy Cholesterol levels; Soy free”
I never could find the ingredient and nutritional label on this product. I haven’t tried this shake for many years so I can’t report on the taste. The IsaLean Shake will cost you $104.00 monthly.
NOURISH BY EPX BODY
EPX BODY claims that their shake is:
“A DELICIOUS MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKE FOR A HEALTHY HEART – BALANCE BLOOD SUGAR – FAT LOSS – INCREASE LEAN MUSCLE – REGAIN YOUR HEALTH!
Here’s a delicious meal replacement shake that is beneficial for a healthy life.
We used only the highest quality ingredients. No short cuts or cheap imitations were ever considered.
EPX body Nourish
“EPX Body Nourish is a meal replacement product unlike any you have ever tried before and is perfect for anyone on the move who wants to lose weight, get fit, or just balance their nutrition. Not only is it flavorful and fulfilling, this unique shake provides you with all of the nutrition of a well-balanced meal. All-natural EPX Body Nourish has over 19 grams of protein per serving and it packs the nutrients of 4.5 servings of real fruits and vegetables into every shake. It also includes the recommended daily fiber plus the healthy fats your body requires for proper functioning. Plus it accelerates fat loss with the aid of the essential omega fatty acid flax seed.
Enjoy a synergistic blend of protein, vitamins, minerals, and natural and low glycemic sweeteners that combine to ensure long-lasting satiety as well as satisfy the body’s most immediate needs. Nutritious and delicious, EPX Body Nourish fills you up and curbs hunger, increases energy and burns fat, improves muscle performance and recovery, plus it promotes general health. Get the energy, get the fuel, get the nourishment your body needs to perform at its peak.”
Although I’m not able to upload the label, please find it here:
With broccoli, cranberry, tomato, carrot, apple, orange and shitake mushroom, and for me, being a whole food foodie, I love what I’m seeing here with Nourish. With low carbs, a high protein blend, high in fiber to include flax seed, natural Stevia, along with the fruit for sweetener, I think that this product is exceptional. It needs to be refrigerated after opening as there are whole foods in this product – GREAT. The low calories (140) afford you to be able to use some healthy add-ins like 1/2 of a frozen banana and coco powder or do berries and a teaspoon of almond butter.
With a full panel of amino acids, and price tag of $50 for a month’s supply, I fully endorse this meal replacement shake. If you’d like to try this fabulous tasting and nourishing shake, please click on the photo below. And, don’t forget to look at the nutritional label above.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this comparison. I know that there are many other meal replacement shakes and if you happen upon this blog and are familiar with one not mentioned, please do share! Oh, and don’t forget to sign up to receive my newsletters – full of thought-provoking information to help you live a healthier, wealthier and happier life.
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