The next time you don’t have time to sit down for a meal, don’t settle for a bag of chips or some crackers and hummus and call it dinner. Your blender can be an ideal meal-maker in a pinch, letting you whip up a smoothie with all the nutrients of a complete meal. What’s more, some store-bought shakes can do the trick when you’re that rushed for time.
But there’s a big caveat when it comes to shakes and smoothies as meal replacements. Lots of store-bought drinks and homemade smoothies are too high in sugar with not enough protein, fat, or fiber to constitute a meal, let alone keep you feeling full until your next nosh.
What to do? Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of The SuperfoodsRx Diet, says to look for shakes and smoothies with at least 325 to 400 calories, 15 to 25 grams of protein, at least 5 grams of fiber, and 10 to 13 grams of fat from a healthy source like avocado, fish oil, olive oil, or nuts. Here are 7 shakes and smoothies that meet all those requirements and have everything you want in a meal—minus the things you don’t.
If you’re looking for an all-organic shake that you can get on the go, look no further than Orgain. All four flavors—creamy chocolate fudge, sweet vanilla bean, strawberries and cream, and iced café mocha—pack 16 grams of protein from grass-fed whey and casein powder. Each 11-ounce shake has only 255 calories, 7 grams fat, and 2 grams fiber, so you’ll need to supplement with a handful of nuts, some sliced avocado, or yogurt with fruit.
Designed as a postworkout pick-me-up, this shake from EAS does double duty as a meal replacement when you’re tight on time, delivering an incredible 42 grams of protein…