I’ve personally been drinking protein shakes for close to 7 years. I have always needed that extra boost of protein whether it be after a workout or for a breakfast meal. I loyally used the same brand of shakes for al those years. My reason? They had very few ingredients in them. It was whey protein, cocoa powder, stevia and soy lecithin. They were a low carb, sugar free option that were 120 calories.
Fast forward to now and I’ve since learned that having 4 ingredients versus 25 ingredients doesn’t make one better than the other. It’s all about the quality of the ingredients, the source and what may or may not be lacking in there. Meaning, my previous shakes were not a healthy meal replacement, didn’t have any vitamins or minerals or digestive enzymes…just straight protein. And not to mention very expensive once I added in all these extra ingredients so that it actually tasted good.
Let me give a bit of background information that will help you understand where I am coming from and why this post is so important to me and my family. I have a degree in Health & Fitness Education. I’ve taken countless Nutrition Classes as well as classes from Exercise Physiology to Gerentology. To keep my teachers license current, I actually have to continually take nutrition and health classes every few years to keep up with the current information as well as keep my mind fresh in this area. I have loved learning about nutrition over the years and it is such a huge passion of mine. So when I found these new shakes I was floored. There was literally no comparison to my old shakes. Secondly, my son who recently turned 3 years old was diagnosed with Autism in 2014. As with most autistic kids they are picky eaters and don’t get many nutrients in their diet. My son also has sensory and texture issues that inhibit him from trying new foods or even old ones he used to like. As you can imagine, it is very difficult to get him to eat anything healthy. His current diet consists of Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, popcorn, nitrate free sausage and cliff bars. The one thing that he WILL drink (Thank goodness!!) is chocolate shakes. I’m sure you can imagine me literally jumping for joy when I found these high quality, organic, non-gmo protein shakes that were SAFE for kids. Not only that, but they include 23 vitamins and minerals, have digestive enzymes and 8 grams of fiber. They are a complete meal replacement! I felt like I had struck gold because my son LOVES them. He will drink everything in his cup, and not even notice the super green foods or powdered minerals I add into it. Studies have shown for a long time that Autistic individuals have a gut to brain connection. Meaning, their nutrition directly affects their brain and how they function. I have other mom friends that have given these highly nutritions protein shakes to their ASD kids and they have shown an improvement in focus and behavior.
They are called IsaLean Protein Shakes, made by the Isagenix company. I started taking the products at the end of March in 2015 because I have had some mom friends try it with great results. So once I found out that they were safe for kids, I immediately started giving them to mine! Both my son and my daughter love these Isa Lean shakes, as do I! I love that they are getting all the benefits that no other protein shake supplement out there can offer.
Not only are they GLUTEN FREE and SOY FREE, but they are safe for pregnant and nursing moms! Check out the ingredients, there are no artificial sugars, colors or additives. They come in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. They are also formulated to work just with water and still be tasty. I prefer to mix mine crushed ice, a bit of coconut/almond milk, a dash of stevia and some water. And best of all, these give you amazing energy. We will be hooked on these for life!! (They also offer a dairy free shake for those who are intolerant). You can purchase these here. If you have any questions and would like help on developing a nutrition plan or even tips/suggestions, please feel free to contact me!