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Shakes for lunch?


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I am reading some topics here about lunch ideas and I see some posted protein shakes, but what kind?

the kind you buy at your local drug store or from your doctor?

Slim Fast is out, just gets me more hungry 20 minutes later, lol

 

I just need something to keep me full until dinner

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I drink whey protein powder shake.  I buy the powder at my local nutrition store.  I don't drink it as a meal replacement but I drink it to improve muscle repair after an intense weight lifting session.  If I'm in a hurry and don't have time to mix a shake then I'll purchase a container of Muscle Milk which also does the same thing.  The down side of Muscle Milk is the price.  I usually drink about 1/3 -1/2 of the container and save the rest for another day.  About an hour later, I eat my meal.

There's something psychological about drinking a liquid meal, so I can't do it.  I need some solid food that I can chew.  I could never survive on Slim Fast or Medi-Fast or any other type of liquid meal.  Now that's just me.  Some people can do it, but not me!

Making your own is probably better, and there are lots of great recipes (ones with hidden veggies, you can control the protein, etc.) To find something that will keep you full you want something high in protein, and with the appropriate number of calories. Some diet shakes only have about a 100-200 calories, and you will never convince your stomach that that's a meal.

If I 'don't have time' for lunch, I will stop at a gas station and get a bottle of muscle milk (my fave protein shake), a v8 and a piece of fruit. It's a funny lunch, but its the most balanced thing I can think to do from the gas station : )

 

hi minda,

so, do you know of any make your own protein veggie shake recipes on here?

and really muscle milk is good?? I never tried it does sound good with a piece of fruit and some juice Laughing

Today I tried Banana Creme Muscle Milk for the first time, it was very tasty but I usually drink chocolate.  I think it's delicious, almost like a milkshake, but not everyone likes it.  You'll have to buy one and give it a try.

Protein supplements are all about taste, and unfortunately that rules out the cheapest brands. I like muscle milk, and I like unjury. Muscle milk also happens to be one of very few protein shakes that I can consistently find at gas stations and airports : )

I started using protein powder when I started New Rules of Lifting for Women and wanted to eat more protein (and I was hungry all the time), and I would add it too lots of things just to keep hunger at bay: yogurt, pudding, applesauce, coffee

As for the at home shakes, I'm like a mad scientist. I throw things together and sometimes its a disaster. My favorite is simply ice, skim milk, muscle milk powder, half a banana, and some sugar free hershey's syrup. When it comes to adding veggies, make sure they are frozen first and be aware of what masks flavor. I find bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are the best at making veggies tasteless, and I won't put vegetables in a shake without at least one of these.

The other day vyperman7 posted a recipe I will try soon: one banana, a cup of frozen strawberries, 4 ounces of frozen broccoli cuts, and 4 ounces of frozen chopped spinach

It sounds vegetable heavy, but he says you can't taste them. Though I do agree that broccoli and spinach are my faves to sneak into shakes. It makes the color gross, though : )

okay I will look at vyperman's recipe! actually looks good,  HOWEVER, I like a shake with a red color because it looks appetizing to me Wink

Eat lunch. Choose whole/clean/healthy foods for lunch. Have a salad with vinegar and some tuna, salmon, chicken.

Have a turkey sandwich with vegetables and an apple.

You don't have to drink shakes to loose weight. Slim fast and other diet food is junk. Chemicals. Clean/balanced eating is the key to successful weight loss. Choose a plan you can stick with. Are you going to drink a shake for lunch forever? No, so why bother. Diets don't work. Changing your diet does. It is about the type of food you are eating and how many calories. Proper nutrition is key.

Stay away from diet foods, sugar free, fat free foods, transfats, processed foods, fast foods, fried foods, simple carbs, junk food, boxed and canned foods, foods high in sodium.

Eat whole, real foods. Complex carbs, whole grains, lowfat dairy, lean meats, fish and protein, fruits and vegetables, water. Use the food pyramid as a guide.

Not a fan of shakes myself. I prefer food. littleshellys said it all. Smile

Original Post by littleshellys:

You don't have to drink shakes to loose weight. Slim fast and other diet food is junk. Chemicals. Clean/balanced eating is the key to successful weight loss. Choose a plan you can stick with. Are you going to drink a shake for lunch forever? No, so why bother. Diets don't work. Changing your diet does. It is about the type of food you are eating and how many calories. Proper nutrition is key.

 A plan I can stick with involves processed foods. And considering I used my blender for plenty of unhealthy shakes pre-weight loss, personally I do plan on using shakes as on-the-go meals forever.

I'm not saying you're wrong (at all), and maybe the OP agrees with you, just personally that being able to stick with healthier eating means some processed crap and shakes. I had little luck sticking to clean eating...

My dietitian told me that shakes (even store bought ones) are fine as long as I don't have more than one a day. I like the Special-k protein shakes...they keep me full about 3 hours I think, give or take. I used to do Slim Fast, and I also noticed that they don't keep you full as long. You could make your own if you want, but store bought is more convenient (I think). Good luck, they work well for me.

littleshellys, your salad and sandwich choices sound good!

might try that

I like to use Jillian Michaels Protein Powder with soy milk or light soy milk, some peanut butter, and a banana. It's very very filling and delicious.

Fat - 35.3% (21 grams)
Protein - 22.6% (30 grams)
Carbohydrates - 42.1% (55 grams)
Alcohol - 0%
Other - 0%

Daily Sodium Intake - 306 mg
Daily Sugar Intake - 27 grams
Daily Cholesterol Intake - 45 mg
Daily Saturated Fat Intake - 4 grams
Daily Fiber Intake - 10 grams

Jillian Michaels Whey Protein A 27 100

Skippy Peanut Butter Creamy C+ 32 190

Soymilk Light Vanilla - Half-Gallon A- 240 80

Bananas A 136 121

Total Calories Consumed 491

Of course with anything using peanut butter as a protein and filling-feeling source, that makes it important to eat lower fat foods at other meals, but I don't think that peanut butter is the devil. And you can leave it out the peanut butter, add vanilla extract, and it's awesome.

Original Post by kelleyskitchen:

littleshellys, your salad and sandwich choices sound good!

might try that

 There are a lot of good, healthy, low calorie lunch choices. I think there are two different ways of thinking going on in this post which is fine. There are the people who just want to loose weight, not so much concerned about making healthy food choices and long term health and then there are the people who want to loose weight, keep it off and get and stay healthy long term. That is my choice/goal.

I pack lunch every day some other easy good choices are.

Baked sweet potatoes, wraps made with vegetables, chicken, eggs, tuna, salmon, fish, cheese.

Any kind of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sandwiches on whole grain bread or pitas.

Egg white omelet with vegetables.

Natural peanut button on whole grain bread or pitas.

Any kind of beans.

Yogurt, low sodium cottage cheese, hard boiled egg.

The list goes on and on. There are so many healthy foods to choose from.

Like I said everyone is different. My opinion is "You are what you eat"

I want long term health and a healthy weight. So many studies have been done on the effects of processed foods, chemicals in our foods, artificial sweeteners that I prefer not to put those into my body. Not that I am 100% clean all of the time but I make an effort to eat as clean/chemical free as I can.

I know from my personal experience when I first started my weight loss journey I thought like a lot of people did. Just reduce your calories and it does not really matter the type of foods you eat. I ate diet foods, fat free, sugar free,  heavily processed foods, simple carbs and so on and I did not see the results I wanted. I did not feel well. Once I cleaned it up and educated myself on proper nutrition I lost all of the weight I wanted to and my body is lean and strong. I feel healthy and my annual physical/blood work is excellent.

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