Shakes are every in the diet and fitness industry. You might have heard of protein shakes and meal replacement shakes, but did you know that they are completely different? These two types of shakes are used differently and shouldn’t be used interchangeably. But if all you have is protein powder, then don’t worry! You can make your protein shake into a meal replacement shake by following our guide.
But first, let’s understand what the difference is between meal replacement shakes and protein shakes.
Difference Between Meal Replacement Shakes and Protein Shakes
Protein shakes and meal replacement shakes are not the same.
Meal replacement shakes do exactly what they say: replace a meal.
- Designed for weight loss
- Low in calories
- Packed with essential nutrients that your body needs for a complete meal (vitamins and minerals, fiber, some carbs, fat, and protein, so that your body is able to get a good balance of all three macros)
Protein powders work to provide you with a high-quality protein to help your body recover after working out.
- Designed to help increase daily protein consumption
- Low in calories
- Not packed with carbs and fat (so they don’t contain all of the nutrients your body needs to constitute a complete meal)
You see the difference? One contains a good combo of all three macros, while the other contains juse one macro, protein.
How To Make Your Protein Shake Into A Meal Replacement Shake?
A meal should have a good balance of all three macros: protein, carbs, and fat. So a meal replacement shake should have more than just protein. There should also be enough calories to keep you full for several hours.
For a pre- or post- workout meal you’ll just want to add some fast acting carbs to your protein and that is a great meal! You also want to avoid fat and fiber here as they will actually slow down your metabolism. For any other time of the day you will want to add both carbs and fats to your protein powder. Healthy fats are essential for health and bodily functions, and carbs help to provide you sustained energy.
So what do you need to do to make your protein shake into a meal replacement shake?
1. Add liquid
Choose from: water, low fat or non-dairy milk (1 cup). (add as much as you would like)
2. Next add your protein.
–IdealLean Protein Powder For Women (add 1 scoop)
3. Now add your healthy fat.*
Either monounsaturated fats, like avocado and nut butter, or polyunsaturated fats, like chia seeds and flax seeds.
4. Now add your carbs.*
Choose from fruits (blueberries, raspberries, mango, banana, pineapple, etc.), vegetables (spinach, kale, other leafy greens, broccoli, cucumber, etc.),
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