As much as we try to eat a balanced diet, life can get in the way and make that nearly impossible. With the happy hours, less-than-healthy work lunches, and weekend “cheat days” that are a necessity of life, our bodies can sometimes lack the proper nutrients needed to function at top-notch performance. Enter drink powders. How easy is it to just add a packet or scoopful of powder to water, milk or juice to get more protein, and/or vitamins and nutrients? Pretty simple.
Here are some I’ve tried and liked:
Vega drink mixes are sold at Whole Foods and on Amazon. I like the single serving packets which are great to put in your purse and take to work. Just add to water (or almond milk, which I sometimes use), stir or shake and enjoy. A spokesperson from Vega tells me these shakes are not meant to be used as a weight-loss supplement but rather in addition to a healthy diet.
Vega One Nutritional Shake, Chocolate, 10 Count
Shakeology packets are meant to be used as meal replacements. However, since they are only 150 calories unless mixed with milk, I usually have them as part of a meal. Pair a shake with a large salad, or have it as a pre-workout snack. I always feel an immediate boost of energy after drinking one of these shakes. BEACHBODY SHAKEOLOGY MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKE 30 DAY SUPPLY
Garden of Life RAW Protein is sometimes the healthiest thing I consume all day on a busy day. And it’s SUPER healthy — it’s full of raw enzymes and proteins, and great if you’re sensitive to dairy (it’s vegan). I feel like it reboots my body. Garden of Life Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein, 622 Grams
Green Vibrance should be your go-to product if you’re fighting illness or getting over illness. It’s often said that healthy food can be tasty food… well, not in this case. While this doesn’t taste pleasant, it is drinkable and worth all the benefits packed in a small scoopful. Vibrant Health Green Vibrance, 15 Single Serving Packets
Cacao powder and maca powder — while these two foods are not exactly a shake packet, you can mix them in a blender with ice, almond milk, a banana and a few pitted dates to create a healthy shake. Cacao provides a healthy and energizing dose of iron, while maca powder helps eliminate fatigue and anxiety. Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder, Organic, 16-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 2), Navitas Naturals Maca Powder, 16-Ounce Pouches