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 lose 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.


  1. I’ve tried the ready-made vanilla Lean Shake–bought four bottles to throw in the fridge and have to help tie me over during my half marathon training. It wasn’t too bad, but I have thought about trying the powder so I can mix it up some. Thanks for the review!!

  2. I generally use a blended protein in my smoothie in the morning and I love using it after my workout in the afternoon to get me to my dinner. I like having Whey, Casein, and Egg protein all blended together because it gives your body the protein over a more extended time.

  3. Thanks for the information Alex! Good to know :)

  4. For some reason I prefer mixing my own stuff to ready made but they are probably the same thing? :)

  5. Annabelle says:

    Does Starbucks make gluten free scones?!

  6. I seriously wish! Nope – the Blueberry ones are full on gluten and made with milk – my stomach does not like me very much after I eat them but they do taste delicious :)

  7. I’m a big fan of GNC protein and currently use their AMP banana with my unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk (only 40 calories a cup). This makes my breakfast shake low calorie but still filling and delicious.

  8. Cool! I’m definitely going to try this! good review :)

  9. Kari Spikkeland says:

    I recently started using Vega and am really happy with the product. It’s a plus that the company is clean and the ingredients are quality sourced!

  10. Kari Spikkeland says:

    I just noticed that there is hydrogenated soy oil listed as an ingredient. I clicked on label for the info.

  11. What products are you using from Vega? A friend recommended their stuff to me the other day too!

  12. Kari Spikkeland says:

    I’m currently using Vega One – all in one nutritional shake. It’s sweetened with stevia, some people have problems with the taste of stevia (I think it’s a tad to sweet, I hope they fix that). It comes in Chocolate and Vanilla Chai. Whole Foods (ours) has sample sizes.
    I’ve also tried Vega’s post work out shake mix, I think it’s basically the same as the nutritional shake, only with more protein. I also really like their electrolyte powder from the Vega Sport line.
    I’ve stood in the post-workout/nutritional shake isle at the store reading ingredient labels and comparing products. Vega comes out on top, in my opinion.
    And, not to sound cory, but I love your blog!!

  13. I have been on Lean Shake 25 rich chocolate for a week now and I have lost 8 pounds! I mix it with a few ounces of skim milk and the rest water. I started with two scoops at breakfast, two scoops at lunch, a snack, and a sensible super. The shake feels me up for up to four hours. I have tried Lean One from Smoothie King, Sensa, Alli, Xenadrine, prescribed diet pills, and many more with no weight loss success. I pray I can continue to loose weight.

  14. Great job Brittany!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I used the lean shake n lost 21lbs.i stopped n gained all my weight back. Im using lean shake again to lose weight…so for me it does work nd ive tried alot of other diet products with no luck.

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