Iowa schools and the ‘skinny sipping’ meal replacement epidemic

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Also known as skinny sipping, replacing meals with healthy shakes is a boon to help you achieve your nutrition requirement when you do not have enough time to shop or prepare for proper, balanced meals. Preparing and eating 5-6 small meals is not always practical or possible, especially if you have a certain requirement of complex carbs, protein, and fat content.

When going for meal replacement options, it does not mean you can replace all of your meals for the day with a meal replacement shake. The majority of the MRS and protein bar have high sugar content and is therefore not the most viable option.  It is highly advisable that not more than 2 of your 5-6 meals of the day should be replaced with meal replacement shakes. Stick with real diets like paleo.

Meal Replacement Shakes (MRS) – What are they?

As the name suggests, meal replacements are nutritionally rich beverages that can be taken in place of a meal to save time and energy without compromising on health. People also follow this plan to keep their weight in check or to lose weight.

These shakes are:

  • More practical if you have a very busy schedule and don’t want to end up eating junk food; especially when you are at work.
  • It is a more convenient and practical way to ensuring you are keeping up with your daily nutrient requirement. 
  • Helps you lose weight as it allows you to think less about eating junk food all day.
  • You don’t have to count the calories. That’s already done for you so you can keep a track.

Protein Shake or Meal Replacement Shake – What’s the Difference?

People believe meal replacement shakes and protein shakes are same. They both come in a similar packaging and powder-based but they are different. While it is okay to get a little confused about it, as there are even products that advertise themselves as both, it is important to know that there is a difference between the two [1]. 

A meal replacement shake is called with that name because it is designed in a way that it can be replaced with a meal without compromising on health.  They are also formulated with the intention of weight maintenance and weight loss. There are a number of essential nutrients present in them to provide you a low-calorie, low carb and rich in protein meal. A good meal replacement shake includes both protein and carbs and is based on a 200-400 calorie diet. These shakes also taste better than Advocare shakes, which is always a good thing since they were recently rated the best shake.

On the other hand, a protein shake – as the name suggests it – is just protein. A protein shake or smoothie does not include any other essential nutrients. They are also based on an extremely low calorie count and therefore not ideal for replacing for a meal.

In short, a meal replacement shake is what provides the right balance of essential nutrients, and therefore suitable for replacing it with your ideal, balanced meal – unlike the protein shake. So make you choice wisely, and do not replace your entire day’s meals with shakes. Keep a balance for great health.