Nutrition: Meal Replacements

Skip lunch with ease.

By Eric Chen, WAC Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

Meal replacements have established themselves as a huge part of the American lifestyle. With time being such a limited resource, folks are opting for quick meal options in the form of shakes, smoothies, and bars. Meal replacement products such as Soylent shakes claim to contain a complete blend of nutrients, micronutrients and calories that your body needs.

There are both pros and cons to having a meal replacement. The pros are that meal replacements are very safe to use and typically more cost effective than actual meals. For those who are limited in their time, cooking, and meal options, a meal replacement smoothie provides many of the necessary nutrients that we don’t get enough of. Individuals looking for weight loss could also benefit from meal replacements since they provide tons of nutritional value at a low-calorie count. The only thing missing in these meal replacements are healthy plant based compounds that are crucial for preventing age related diseases.

At the end of the day, meal replacements are not a long-term solution. Many people would cringe at the idea of drinking all their meals for the rest of their life. My recommendation is to use meal replacements only as they were intended, as a supplement to a well-rounded and healthy diet. If you’re someone who gets hungry in the afternoon and tends to snack on junk food, see how a meal replacement shake can help improve your overall nutrient intake.

Pro-tip: Use your meal replacement and add your own plant compounds! Blend up your meal replacement shake with some extra spinach, chia seeds, and coconut milk for a superfood meal replacement smoothie.

—Published October 18, 2017


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