How to Choose the Right Meal Replacement Shakes or Bars

Whilst the very best thing to eat is fresh, healthy foods, it can be very difficult to find the time to meal prep everyday so that you always have a well-balanced meal. An alternative to choosing fast food, in these situations, can be having a protein shake or bar. It is important according to registered dietitians, that you consider the nutritional content of these items and ensure you are not getting ones that are high in added sugar, artificial sugar or sugar alcohols. Anything high is sugar causes a spike in blood sugar and then a quick drop, so you can feel very energic for a short period of time and then very tired shortly after.

When making your choice, look for shakes and bars that are high in protein, fibre, healthy fats and are low in sugar. You also want to opt for options that contain vitamins and minerals. A well-balanced bar or shake will include 300-400 calories, 15-30g of protein, 3+g of fibre and 10-15g of unsaturated fat. Good protein sources are whey, soy, hemp, brown rice and pea protein. Nature sugars are better, as in those from cane sugar, brown rice syrup or coconut palm sugar. Fats should be plant-based like those from nuts and seeds.