GMO Soy is not a Healthy Meal Replacement ShakeSo let's start out with I believe to NOT be a healthy Paleo Vegetarian or Vegan meal replacement shake, or really a healthy choice for anyone. GMO or Isolated Soy protein are bad bad bad, and interfere with basic aspects of our own biochemistry. First among them are inhibitors that block trypsin and chymotrypsin, enzymes needed for protein digestion. They also contain haemagglutinin, which is a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together, and goitrogens that depress thyroid function. I know a lot of you have had problems with thyroid that I've worked with. Also gmo-soy protein has one of the highest phytate levels out there. Non-GMO pea protein is far superior to this.
The process that these companies use to deplete the "dangerous" isoflavones from the soy is where they take the soybean slurry material after it's been processed with the solvent, and it's subjected to a centrifuging process to form a liquor that is subsequently pasteurized. Sugars and other small molecular weight components may optionally be removed from the liquor using membrane ultrafiltration or another separation technique to increase the protein content of the soy protein product. The resulting retentate from the membrane ultrafiltration process is subjected to an adsorption process in which isoflavones are removed by adsorption. The resulting isoflavones-depleted soy protein material is-pasteurized and then is optionally spray dried. Take a look at the patent and see why I have only one soy product I have ever recommended... EVER!
Since I know after the holidays a lot of us look for meal replacement shakes I wanted to make sure you have this information. So many people look at a shake and see, WOW... look at all of that protein, and comparably it may look like a better shake. That's not always the case. You need to consider the ingredients. GMO-Soy should not be one of them no matter if you are just vegan or paleo vegan (pegan). If you are going to use a whole foods shake with soy, which soy is on the Whole 30 Vegan shopping list, then make it cold-washed organic, very very minimally processed soy like the Complete Shake which is the shake that I use. I like it because it's just whole foods, and prebiotics, although many may not feel it's "paleo" enough. I drink this shake daily along with a trio of whole foods capsules that I dump into water and drink. Bridging the gap where I need nutrition with my B Vitamin mutations. It's the only soy I will ever recommend. So you've heard it, and we'll move on.
Isagenix shake), and yet not one sign of real fruit, just fructose. Fructose can be worse for your insulin resistance than corn syrup is. Shakes that are sweetened with items like stevia, Luo Han Guo, coconut nectar or actual real natural vanilla will make sure your workout is match with the nutrition and not structured by sugar.
My top choices of paleo meal replacement shakes, and why:For those with any sort of major inability to detoxify, my first choice would be Mediclear SGS. This shake offers "enhanced liver support by adding sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) a natural substance from the seeds and sprouts of select broccoli varietals for effective up-regulation of the body's natural phase II detoxification enzymes". And for those with CFS, Autism, Fibromyalgia, MTHFR... I recommend a shake that will push your body to actually detoxify - maybe even for the first time in your life. Like many of the vegan shakes this one has a sprouted brown rice protein in the mix, and so if you don't tolerate rice, then this may not be the shake for you. It does really detox so make sure you are up to it before you go in for it.
Second up, and a little bit less money would be Pure Green Protein. Non-GMO protein from Pea, Rice, Spirulina and Alfalfa are joined with four free amino acids (Lysine, Methionine, Threonine and Valine). It comes in natural, vanilla, chocolate or mixed berry. It has all of the proteins, and it has amazing bio-availability.
" For those customers who do not want vitamin/mineral fortification, the Shakeology vegan formulas are an option as they are not fortified with added levels of vitamins or minerals."
Fourth up is the undenatured whey products. There is the Action Whey Grass Pastured shake in vanilla or chocolate which is just undenatured whey,MCTs medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil, organic sweet whey, natural vanilla flavor, guar gum, sunflower seed lecithin, luo han guo juice concentrate, coconut oil powder and arabinogalactin extract. Boost the glutathione, but not as detoxifying and is vegetarian not vegan. Of course if you want just the undenatured whey and nothing more, get OnlyProtein Undenatured Whey. It is honestly just undenatured whey, nothing more and nothing less. Or if you want a full meal replacement shake go for the INVIGOR8 - Nutritional Shake & Organic Superfood. Comes in a triple chocolate brownie.. YUM! 100% Organic. 100% Natural. 100% Delicious! INVIGOR8's comprehensive + complete formula of 8 unique complexes include: Grass-Fed Whey Protein; Hormone-Free Colostrum; Balance of All 3 Essential Omega Fatty Acids from Chia + Flaxseed; Power-packed Greens from Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Alfalfa, Chlorella; Plant Based Fiber to Keep Hunger at Bay; Clinically Tested Cognition Enhancers for Laser-Sharp Clarity; Natural Immunity Boosters to Support Your Fast-Paced Life; Restorative Digestive Aids to Increase Uptake of Nutrients; and the Perfect Balance of Dairy-Free Pre-Biotics & Pro-Biotics.
My husband uses plain old non-GMO pea protein. Just unflavored and unexciting. To the point. He's also the guy that just likes to lift heavy stuff, totally functional. It's very easy to digest, and so it makes it a good non-bloating morning shake. He uses the NOW brand most of the time. It's easy to pick up down the street on the way home. But my preference is the PurePea or the PaleoMeal if you are looking for a good non-GMO pea protein. You get more of the detoxification support from PaleoMeal, but you get the pure stuff with no chemicals used in the processing. I know how important that is. You can even buy the Designs For Health (company that makes PaleoMeal and PurePea) 14 Day Detox Kit. This kit includes:
- 1 - PaleoCleanse™ Powder
- 1 - PurePea™ Vanilla Powder
- 1 - Amino-D-Tox™ 90 capsules
- 1 - Plant Enzymes Digestive Formula 90 capsules
- 1 - 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Patient Guide
- 1 - Blender bottle
- 1 - Reusable bag made from recyclable materials
I also love hemp protein, but I'm one of those that doesn't mind the "green" flavor of it. I do admit I like the dark chocolate hemp protein more than the others, but it's better in a mix of other items, like a big green smoothie. Lots of blueberries and more.
Finally I can't forget the Boku Super Protein. I originally ordered it last year from OpenSky. I love that place, I have gotten coconut charcoal for bbq'ing in the summer, and so many other amazing sustainable items. It's amazing. Check it out of you haven't ever browsed their store. The Boku is made with organic, sprouted bio-fermented, whole grain brown rice protein, organic cranberry protein, organic red dulse, and it does have that very "ricey" texture, but it's got a nice flavor with the maple syrup. Not a good source for after lifting weights though for that very reason.
So there you have it... you know the shakes that have rotated through my pantry... usually there is at least one of the above in there. I rotate my protein here and there to keep my body from getting too used to one protein.