The Best Paleo Meal Replacement Shake

What is the best paleo meal replacement shake?

drink wholesome makes the best paleo meal replacement shake. We use simple, easy to digest ingredients. Order samples to see for yourself.

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drink wholesome is the best paleo meal replacement shake

What is the paleo diet? 

The paleo diet is all about eating like our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago – during the Paleolithic era. In a nutshell, it stresses eating whole foods over processed ones. Paleo-friendly foods include meat, fish, eggs, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

Are meal replacement shakes paleo? 

If you insist on avoiding processed foods altogether, then meal replacement shakes are not an option. If you are willing to compromise somewhat on what constitutes “processed food,” however, then meal replacement shakes can be a great addition to your diet. 

There are two types of meal replacement shakes, ready-to-drink (store-bought) shakes, and shakes made with meal replacement powder. In order to make a shake with meal replacement powder, you have to mix the powder with milk or water, which requires a blender or a shake bottle. The convenience of a ready-to-drink shake may make this format seem like a no-brainer, but very few (if any) ready-to-drink shakes are paleo-friendly. Most are made with either whey (dairy), soy (legume), or pea (legume) protein, all of which are decidedly not paleo. Most ready-to-drink shakes also contain food additives, which were definitely not on the menu during the Paleolithic era. This is why I recommend that you make your own meal replacement shakes with meal replacement powder. Unfortunately, however, not all meal replacement powders are created equal, and many contain the same additives found in ready-to-drink shakes. 

Why drink wholesome?

Our meal replacement powders are made with simple, paleo ingredients. Our vanilla flavor, for example, is made with egg whites, almonds, oats, coconut, vanilla, and monk fruit. Egg whites and almonds are an excellent source of paleo protein. Almonds and coconut are a good source of paleo fats. Oats, although traditionally considered a no-no on the modern paleo diet, are now considered to be a source of paleo carbohydrates. According to new research, residue analyses on an ancient grinding tool recovered in Southern Italy demonstrate that early modern humans collected and processed oats. Moreover, instead of flavoring our meal replacements with flavorings or extracts like other companies, we use pure ground vanilla beans, and instead of using sugar or artificial sweeteners, we use monk fruit, a small, melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia.

We put our short list of paleo ingredients on the front of the package so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Most meal replacement companies, on the other hand, tuck their ingredients away in a remote corner of the packaging because they have something to hide. Keep reading to learn more about the top ingredients to avoid when buying paleo meal replacement powder.  

chocolate meal replacement powder
vanilla meal replacement powder

Avoid food additives.

Again, most meal replacements are full of food additives. Although not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, additives can add up quickly (especially if you drink a meal replacement shake every day) and cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. This is because food additives are, generally speaking, hard to digest. They sit in your gut for longer than food should, which gives your gut bacteria more time to eat. As they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating and stomach pain. Gas also slows colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon) and can lead to constipation.

In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine, which can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. Artificial sweeteners are among the most harmful additives in the long term as they alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious, chronic GI problems, widespread inflammation, and permanent damage to the gut microbiome. Some sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, are also poorly absorbed by the gut (meaning they feed those hungry gut bacteria) and cause diarrhea because they draw water into your intestine. Now you finally have something to blame for those post-meal replacement shake trips to the bathroom!

Here is a list of the most common food additives in meal replacements:

acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carob bean gum, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol

When it comes to identifying food additives, go with your gut. 😉 As a rule of thumb, they are the ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Food additives are not the only thing to look out for when buying a paleo meal replacement, however. There are several other ingredients that can upset your stomach.

our ingredients: 

egg whites, almonds, oats, coconut, cocoa, monk fruit

the alternative:

SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CANOLA OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, ISOMALTULOSE, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, VITAMIN AND MINERAL PREMIX, CELLULOSE, NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, MONO & DIGLYCERIDE, XANTHAN GUM, SUCRALOSE
*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling meal replacements in the United States.

Avoid dairy. 

Dairy-based proteins like whey and casein, which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production, are known to cause digestive issues, especially for people with lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Over one in three Americans are lactose intolerant, and the prevalence of IBS is somewhere between 10 and 15 percent in the United States. It follows that you may be lactose intolerant or have IBS and not even know it. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a poorly understood condition, and it is unclear why dairy triggers symptoms. Lactose intolerance, on the other hand, is clearly understood. People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest lactose, the sugar in dairy. As you just learned, partially digested food feeds the bacteria in your gut, which produce gas. 

Avoid protein concentrates and isolates.

Finding an additive-free, dairy-free meal replacement is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free meal replacement made with real foods is next to impossible. Why? Most meal replacements are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein. They are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.” We will not go into the details, but protein concentrates and isolates undergo heavy mechanical and chemical processing before becoming meal replacement. Sometimes, manufacturers use chemical solvents like hexane to isolate (separate) the protein from the food. This means that what you end up putting into your body it not paleo.Your gut might also not know what to do with ingredients like these. Your gut prefers the real thing, not some heavily-processed imitation, so protein concentrates and isolates might be hard to digest for people with sensitive stomachs.

chocolate meal replacement powder
vanilla meal replacement powder

Instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use high protein, minimally-processed ingredients like egg whites and almonds. Unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to eggs, egg white protein is the best protein for people with sensitive stomachs. Egg whites are low in fiber, low-FODMAP, and have the highest protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of any whole food. Our customers have experienced fewer digestive issues with egg white protein than with any other type of protein. We also like almonds because they are low-FODMAP and gut-friendly. Research suggests that almonds can improve the diversity and composition of the gut microbiome. Research also suggests that almonds possess prebiotic properties, meaning they stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

★★★★★

“I just finished my first bag and ordered 2 more! I Iove this stuff! I have a sensitive stomach and every meal replacement powder makes me bloated…except drink wholesome!”

-Julio

Again, drink wholesome makes the best paleo friendly meal replacement shakes. We use simple, easy to digest ingredients. Order samples to see for yourself.

drink wholesome is the best paleo meal replacement shake.


Hi, my name is Jack. I created drink wholesome because I was sick of meal replacements that upset my stomach. drink wholesome is handmade in Plymouth, MA. 

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