Taste is a crucial part of any meal replacement shakes diet. After all, if you don’t like the taste of your shake, you’ve got one more excuse not to use it, and that means you’ll soon blow your diet. However, if you really like the taste of your shakes, like I do, sticking to your diet becomes so much easier!
With so many shakes available to buy, I’m sure that you will be able to find one that you enjoy and look forward to drinking. However, you may need to buy and try and few different ones before you find your favorite.
One way to do this to read the reviews on websites like amazion.com where people will often include information about taste. You could also ask any meal replacement-using friends what they think of the taste of their diet shake. They may even let you try some of theirs so you can do a “taste test.”
You could even ask me – if I know the product you are talking about, I’ll be able to tell you what I thought of its flavor.
Here are my favorite meal replacement shakes, and for each I recommend which ingredients work best in terms of flavour. The meal shakes I use to lose weight and why, all explained here.
However, even with all this research, you may still end up with a meal replacement shake that you don’t enjoy very much. You could just pinch your nose and chug it down, but that’ll soon become tiresome.
Instead, you could add some extra ingredients to “pimp your shake” and make it taste better!
You need to be careful not to add too many calories to your shake, so it doesn’t cause weight gain instead of weight loss. I’d also try and add ingredients that add nutritional value and not just flavor.
Here are a few of my favorite things to add to meal replacement shakes to make them taste better:
- Raw honey – tastes sweet and is good for you too
- Stevia – natural, low-calorie sweetener
- Peanut and almond butter – contains healthy fats and makes the shake more filling
- Natural yogurt – adds protein and a smooth, creamy taste
- Berries – low in sugar but high in vitamins and taste
- Vanilla extract – adds a lovely flavor to almost any meal replacement shake
- Coconut milk and cream – excellent sources of healthy fats and taste too
- Sugar-free syrups – adds taste but watch out for artificial sweeteners
If you are still struggling to find a meal replacement shake you like, I also suggest that you make your own so that you can control the ingredients and the taste, Create your own Meal Replacement Shakes.
Meal replacement shakes should be something you look forward to and not dread. Use these ideas to pimp your shakes and please tell me if you have any other ideas for making commercial meal replacement shakes taste better.
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I have also spent a lot of $$$ trying different ones–of the healthier variety. Some were so bad I threw them out. Also, I try to buy the samples when possible–one company that is the most expensive I’ve seen, has a sampler deal of 5 flavors. I thought I would give them a try again, since the last time I tried was about 2 yrs ago: I tried 2 of them, then tossed the other 3–I don’t understand why so many people spend that much money on that brand. Yuck. But that’s just me (and 3 other people I know!). My fav is IdealShape brand. I also have about 3 flavors of Quest that I like, which runs about $10 less/container than I.S. I bought them because they had flavors I.S. didn’t, at the time. I just purchased a sampler from I.S. and I like their flavors better than the ones I had purchased from Quest. EXCEPT: I much prefer Quest’s Peanut Butter over I.S. new Chocolate Peanut Butter. With all that said, I want to tell you that I drink all my shakes with 1/2 cold spring water, and 1/2 unsweetened almond milk. I also mix flavors frequently–my 2 favs are I.S. chocolate with their mocha, and their choc with Quest Peanut Butter. Yum. -db