As a busy mom of three I sometimes find that eating a healthy breakfast is hard to do. On days I don’t have to rush somewhere I make myself some egg whites and gluten free toast, or peanut butter and honey drizzled over gluten free toast – but on the mornings that I need to rush somewhere it’s VERY tempting to grab a Starbucks Blueberry Scone. While I love the scones my body does not love the 22 grams of fat and 17 grams of sugar [stats from Starbucks in store nutrition pamphlet].
I decided to give GNC’s Lean Shake a try even though I was sceptical that a meal replacement shake could keep me full and satisfied for long enough to make it to my morning snack.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the Blueberries & Cream flavor tasted and was VERY shocked at how long it kept me full. Needless to say I finished the whole bottle. I no longer drink milk but did not find that this shake bothered my stomach even though it is milk based.
It contains 180 calories and 9 grams of protein – which is much less than my typical morning breakfast. If you want to loose weight then I would say drink as a meal replacement. I found myself using it as something to get me through between meals. When training for a marathon my hunger is out of control. I can not make it through the day with out 3 meals and countless snacks.
I found the easiest and most effective way to mix it is to put it in a bottle and shake – just stirring it doesn’t seem to mix it very well. On some days I used a blender and mixed it with ice and soy milk, another delicious option [though it does make it more of a meal then a snack since the calories go up +100 for every cup of soy milk I used]. I also found that it does not taste as good if you use room temperature water – make sure it’s cold!
Since Boston Marathon I’ve found that my hunger is still up even though I am running less miles. I decided to go back to GNC and get two bottles of the Leak Shake 25 which contains 200 calories and 25 grams of protein. Protein makes you feel fuller longer thus helping to curb my crazy appetite. Again I will mostly be using this shake as a way to help me get through to my next meal with out wanting to chew my arm off or as a something to drink post long run.
The GNC Lean Shake 25 bottle sells for $42.99. GNC is having a by one get one half off sale right now and if you use your Gold Card on top of that you get an extra 20% off. This made one bottle $34.39 and the 2nd bottle $17.19!
Questions? Have you tried GNC Lean Shake? What were your thoughts? Do you use a meal replacement shake for weight loss?
Disclaimer: I was given one bottle of GNC Lean Shake from GNC via Fitfluential. I purchased the other two bottles from my local GNC because I liked the first bottle.