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Similar to the meal replacement style of the Special K Challenge, Slim-Fast‘s plan has you replace breakfast and lunch with their shakes and then consume a “sensible dinner.” While the 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of protein advertised on the front of the bottle with a “up to four hours hunger control” message seems mighty appealing, it’s what’s on the other side of the label that turns us off. Eighteen grams of sugar is a quite a lot, that’s more than is in a Pop-Tart! It comes from sugar being the third ingredient, not to mention other sugar sources like fructose and sucralose. It also has hydrogenated oil, which is a deal breaker in our book.

Better Choice: If it’s a filling drink on the run you need, make your own smoothies. Gain protein and fiber from a Greek yogurt, and the fiber from whole oats or flaxseed, not to mention all the fresh fruits and vegetables you can mix in. Need chocolate? A dash of quality cocoa powder will be sweetened by all of the fruit!

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January 3rd, 2012

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Hey Brandi, I think this is great! I'm sure part of my problem was getting sucked into eating too many packaged meals and low-fat, low-cal things instead of just eating real food. I do sometimes like the Slim-Fast bars as a snack, especially if I'm craving chocolate or something sweet. Think they're ok occasionally?

posted Jan 4th, 2012 3:16 am


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