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Top 5 Meal Replacement Shakes
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Sometimes Superfood Greens and Meal Bars just won’t cut it. However, for people on the go, meal replacement shakes can be your best bridge to proper nutrition. So no, Bloody Mary’s didn’t make our cut for the Top 5 Meal Replacement drinks, but nice try.

     What we DID include is some of the purest and nutritious meal replacement shakes we could find. We went through quite a few, but it was pretty simple to narrow it down when focusing on the 4 major metrics we look for when trying to replace a whole meal with a shake.

  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Protein
  • Healthy Fats
  • Overall Ingredient Quality

1. KOS

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Key Features:

  • Flavors: Chocolate & Vanilla
  • Serving Size: 39g
  • Calories: 170
  • Healthy Fats: Total 6g (9%); Saturated 4g (20%)
  • Protein: 20g
  • Sweetener/Sugar: 2g (Natural Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia, & Organic Coconut Sugar)
  • Vitamins and Minerals: 20+ (including K, B6, B12, and more)
  • Special features: Organic; Enzyme Blend; Plant-Based; Dairy-Free; Non-GMO; Gluten-Free; Soy-Free; Vegan; BCAA’s; No Artificial Ingredients

Conclusion

     KOS takes meal replacement shakes to another level. Free from dairy, gluten, soy, and GMO’s, this powder is healthy for your body and the environment. It made the top of our list because it has all the essential nutrients for sustainable energy without sacrificing taste. At 170 calories per serving, you may want to pair this with your favorite Meal Bar if you’re activity level is above average.

2. Garden Of Life

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Key Features:

  • Flavors: Chocolate & Vanilla
  • Serving Size: 50g
  • Calories: 280
  • Healthy Fats: Total 22g (28%); Saturated 11g (55%)
  • Protein: 16g (Grass-Fed)
  • Sweetener/Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamins and Minerals: 10+ 
  • Special features: Organic; Certified Keto & Paleo; Probiotics & Prebiotic fiber; Gluten Free; Non-GMO; Grass-fed Protein & Butter

Conclusion

     The Garden of Life family of products, as a whole, is one of our favorites. They dominated in our review of multivitamins, but they missed out on the #1 spot on this list because of the lower protein content. The things that got them to #2 are the overall fat and calorie content. This meal replacement powder is Keto and Paleo certified, so it’s low glycemic index is perfect for diabetics also.

3. Pure Food

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Key Features:

  • Flavors: Chocolate (Raw Cacao)
  • Serving Size: 53g
  • Calories: 205
  • Healthy Fats: Total 7g (11%); Saturated 4g (18%)
  • Protein: 26g
  • Sweetener/Sugar: No added sugar (sweetened Organic Monkfruit)
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Only 3 Labeled
  • Special features: Organic; MCT Oil Powder; Plant-Based; BCAA’s Dairy-Free; Non-GMO; Gluten Free; No Artificial Ingredients

Conclusion

     Pure Food’s Real Meal Powder made it to the #3 spot mainly because of the 26g of protein per serving. Another plus is that there’s no sugar, gluten, dairy, or soy, so it’s one of the best choices for diabetics and allergies.

4. RSP True Fit

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Key Features:

  • Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon Churro, Vanilla, & Unflavored
  • Serving Size: 49g
  • Calories: 170
  • Healthy Fats: Total 3.5g (4%); Saturated 2.5g (13%)
  • Protein: 25g (Grass-Fed)
  • Sweetener/Sugar: 2g
  • Vitamins and Minerals: 7+
  • Special features: MCT Powder; Probiotics & Prebiotics; Non-GMO;  All-In-One Fiber and Superfood Blend; No Artificial Ingredients; Grass-Fed

Conclusion

     RSP’s TrueFit Meal Powder has the best selection of flavors, with the Cinnamon Churro being our favorite. There’s also an unflavored version if you plan to add it to smoothies, hot cereals, or juice. It has plenty of protein (25g) and superfoods, but it lacks calories and fat per serving compared to the other choices on our list. This is another meal replacement shake you would want to pair with a meal bar if you’re at an above-average activity level.

5. Orgain Organic Meal

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Key Features:

  • Flavors: Chocolate & Vanilla
  • Serving Size: 57g
  • Calories: 220
  • Healthy Fats: Total 5g (8%); Saturated .5g (3%)
  • Protein: 20g
  • Sweetener/Sugar: 1g sugar & 5g Erythritol
  • Vitamins and Minerals: 8+
  • Special features: Organic; Vegan; Soy Free; Gluten Free; Non-GMO

Conclusion

     Rounding out our Top 5 Meal Replacement Shake list is Orgain’s Organic Meal. They have one of the best varieties of superfoods and the most grams per serving (57g) out of the top 5. The one thing that put it at #5 is that it’s sweetened with Erythritol. It’s great if your Keto, Paleo, or diabetic, but the undigestible Erythritol doesn’t settle well in some people’s stomachs. If you’re one of those that it doesn’t negatively effect, then this meal replacement powder is the best value out of the top 5.

For a comprehensive breakdown of how we judged each category to find the best meal replacement shakes, check out our Meal Replacement Metrics guide…