Selecting a Meal Replacement

What does it take to select a good meal replacement for breakfast?

I was recently doing our weekly grocery shopping when I went down the supplement isle to grab me a container of PB2 (more on this later) when I noticed a gentleman looking at the Ready to Drink (RTD) protein shakes HEB had in the cooler.

He looked very confused on which drink to pick up so I decided to ask what he was looking for.  He stated he had heard RTD’s could help with a quick breakfast.  He is correct, but whole foods should be your first choice.

I let him know what my recommendations were when selecting a RTD.  I feel you need to select a protein with 30-40 grams of protein, 20-30 grams of carbohydrates with at least 5 grams being Fiber, and 3-7 grams of Fat

However, his options were Muscle Milk, Labrada Nutrition Lean Body, and BSN Syntha-6.  My favorite and one I endorse from Prograde is not carried in stores.  Below you will find the nutritional content of the options he had that morning: (Please note the information below was taken from the individual products sites and are to be used as a comparison only)

Muscle Milk: Amount Per Serving

Calories 350

Calories from fat 150

Total Fat 17g

Saturated Fat 7g

Cholesterol 5mg

Total Carbohydrates 17g

Dietary Fiber 2g

Sugars 7g

Protein 34g


Labrada nutrition Lean Body: Amount Per Serving


Calories from Fat 80

Total Fat 9g

Saturated Fat 1g

Cholesterol 25 mg

Total Carbohydrate 9 g

Dietary Fiber 5 g

Sugars 0 g*

Protein 40 g



BSN Synta-6: Amount Per Serving

Calories 280
Calories From Fat 50
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol  30mg
Total Carbohydrates  16g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugar 4g
Protein 40g


I like HEB, but they do not carry my favorite meal replacement.  My favorite is Prograde Lean.  My wife uses it start her morning off and I use it to add to my morning.  It does come in a powder, not as convenient as the already mixed, but take 10 minutes out of your Sunday and mix enough for the week into a container.  You can store in the refrigerator, poor into your glass as you head out the door to work or school, avoiding that additional stop at the grocery store or at a convenience store.   Yeah, but how does it compare to the above RTD’s?

About Prograde Lean:

Yes, I am an affiliate with Prograde and may receive a commission if you decide to purchase Prograde Lean, but do your due diligence and find the right RTD for your needs.

Another way I use Prograde Lean Chocolate is that I will make 12oz of coffee, add 1/2 a cup of dry oatmeal, and 2 scoops of the Lean to make my morning breakfast.  Simply mix the Lean and Oatmeal together and add the coffee after it brews. The heat from the coffee will help to cook the oatmeal and the oatmeal adds an additional 4g of Fiber. Thus, giving you 15g of Fiber to start your day.

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