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SlimFast/Equate Nutritional Shakes

So I am hopelessly addicted to the Strawberry milkshakes that these two brands provide, when I get the chance to fork out 5 bucks for a 6 pack (yes, I'm a cheap skate.. but I also go through these within a few days). 

My question is, has anyone tried to make their own before? I'm not talking thick ice cream shakes I make in the blender, just thick milk-like shakes, I could shake up and leave in the fridge.

I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about this. I know Nesquik makes a strawberry powder (not too sugary, and added vitamins), that I could mix with some lactose free milk. Are their protein powders out there that don't add any flavor? Any other ideas?

Edited 4/23/11: Just wanted to let everyone know that I took the frozen strawberry advice, adding a banana and milk has made an AWESOME and extremely simple way to eat daily fruit.. and I have officially been addicted to the yummy every since. Thanks!


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Apr. 1st, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Why not try strawberry flavored protein powder?
soy protein
whey protein

There are other types of protein powders (hemp, egg, etc.) but the soy & whey are probably going to be the easiest to find in an average grocery store.
*edited to fix html

Edited at 2011-04-01 02:33 am (UTC)
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
I'm not understanding the natural living relation to your question. Meal replacement shakes wouldn't be something I'd want to consume on a regular basis unless I didn't have access to real food, was severely underweight, or had some other medical concern. They're packed with terrible-for-you things. Similarly, I would recommend concentrating on real whole foods instead of lactose-free milk, sugar powder, and protein powder.

Do you need recommendations for quick meals, or smoothies? Those are queries we could probably help with a bit easier.
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
I apologize! I'm kind of a newb when it comes to protein shakes and such, so I just figured those were my options, however I am definitely open to hear any suggestions you may have.. I'm again looking for something that'll keep in the fridge for a week length of time.
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
hmmm i think any non-canned protein shake is not going to keep a week in the fridge, at least not without getting gross.

i recommend making fresh smoothies. they just take half a minute to make, and you can use real whole foods to make them.

strawberries and some kind of milk and a little sugar blended up would be so delectable. you can buy frozen strawberries so you don't have to worry about them going bad. you could also add some protein powder, but i agree with the poster above who is concerned that those things are generally full of chemicals and sugar and shit, plus they usually taste horrible. maybe some pure powdered hemp seeds?

you can also try all kinds of other fruits, yogurt, and even veggies. lately i have been making a lot of green smoothies, with a combination of fruits and greens such as kale and parsley, with some nuts and flax seeds in there too. they are soooo good. and so good for you.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
I didn't think about frozen strawberries.. that's awesome. I'll have to get some and experiment to see how astronaut-foody I can get them in my Magic Bullet.
I'm not really big on using sugar myself, I have honey and agave nectar I'll try for taste first, though I've found sometimes the agave nectar can make something really funky, lol.
Thanks for the feedback!
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
haha i just mentioned sweetening it because slim fast etc are soooooo sweet and i assumed you'd want it similar. honey or agave would work swimmingly, i doubt it will be funky at all. or, you could just go with the sweet of the strawberries, though the frozen ones are often quite sour.

another thing to try might be using strawberry yogurt as a base and adding just a few strawberries. i think that would be a cost effective way to get a strawberry-y flavor. :)
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
I've been making smoothies for breakfast with frozen organic fruit (strawberries are a favorite), almond milk, a splash of orange juice, and nonfat greek yogurt. I make them in the morning while my tea steeps (so less than 5 minutes). You could add protein powder if you wanted, but there's protein in the yogurt. It's worth making fresh every time. Okay, it's more expensive than what you're doing, but easy and really, really, really good.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
There are definite ways to get around the price problem, and I'm too stubborn not to try them out (again, I'm a cheapskate!). Now I just have to get in the habit of making shakes *sigh* ... *goes back to her lazy corner until further instructed*
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:08 am (UTC)
It's best to get your nutrition from fresh whole foods. In addition to the horrible chemical additives in these meal replacement shakes, the poor quality vitamins and minerals that they add to them might not even be being assimilated by your body.

I would try adding fresh or frozen strawberries to your favorite kind of milk (raw, organic unapasteurized cow milk or organic nut milks), maybe a bit of organic yogurt or hemp seeds if you're concerned with protein. Spirulina is also a good source of nutrients.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've been trying to do a lot of local buying, unfortunately my closest CSAs charge an ungodly amount for their raw, organic milks, though I love me some rice milk so I may start with that.
I'm also not a huge fan of yogurt, if I can get away with not eating it I do.. can you think of something else that might thicken up the milk? I know the fruits will but rice milk is usually very thin tasting, I'm wondering what could possibly be added that could help that in a shake...
Apr. 1st, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
blueberries or bananas are both great thickeners

Also, if you go with a protein powder that will also add some level of thickening. Ground flax would be a really good one, too.

One thing to think about in your budget/price calculations:
While you may be apparently saving money in the short term by using cheap ingredients, you need to think about what cost this is placing upon yourself, the environment and your community. I'm not just talking about the "fuzzy" stuff, either. I'm talking "real" dollars. In using that garbage you are degrading your health and the environment. What's it going to cost you when your body starts to rebel and you have to start seeing doctors? What's it going to cost to repair the environmental damage? If you're really a cheapskate, you need to really spend some time figuring out ALL the costs - not just the one right in front of you.
Apr. 1st, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, completely understandable! I would not have come to this community if not to get some pointers on what could be better for me! I can definitely take into account the long run of doing my body (and the environment) good, not to mention buying in bulk will last me longer.
Apr. 1st, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Almond butter! (or any nut butter)
Great thickener and source of protein/healthy fats.
Coconut milk (or coconut yogurt) would also make a tasty addition.

Also - strawberry or banana and almond butter = amazing!
Apr. 1st, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'll have to give almond butter a second chance, I bought some when Fresh N Easy first opened up and never got to use it since it never settled right in the jar - but others have told me this was most likely a faulty jar. I'll go out and see if I can find a good deal on it. :-)
Apr. 1st, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Check out your local bulk store :)
Any nut butter will do, though, if you have a preference
Apr. 2nd, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Chop up peeled bananas (you can buy them when they're on sale), stick them in the freezer, add a couple of pieces to any smoothie you make and it blends up like ice cream so it thickens smoothies really well :)

Good luck!
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
you can also add silken tofu to thicken smoothies, though I just go with frozen fruit, yogurt, and almond milk...and sometimes orange juice if I want it a bit more juice-y.
Apr. 3rd, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I make smoothies all the time, super healthy. Here's my recipe:

1 RIPE banana (has to be ripe with at least a bit of spotting - no green!)
1 - 1.5 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 tsp - 1 tsp cinnamon (to taste)

Blend until smooth and serve. Makes roughly 16 oz. Takes about 3 minutes to make from start to finish.

You don't need any sugar if you use a ripe banana. It's incredibly sweet and the strawberries give a bit of tartness. The cinnamon adds a bit of spice and also more fiber, and it's a mood enhancer and metabolism booster.

If I'm out of bananas, I use 2 cups of frozen strawberries, 3/4 cup of nonfat milk, and a tablespoon of dark raw agave syrup. This makes something akin to strawberry sorbet. You could use fresh strawberries if you don't want it that thick.
Apr. 4th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hey! I haven't gone through the other comments at all, but I'm sure several people mentioned that slim fast as well as other "nutritional shakes" aren't at all natural, or even healthy. They're loaded with sugar and the "nutrients" aren't readily absorbed by the body.

If I were you, I'd try blending strawberries, bananas, ground flax seed, and milk instead. It wont keep in the fridge forever, but it's nutritious, natural, as well as super yummy!
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