A couple of months ago, I was looking for lower sugar food options, and I came across a meal replacement shake from Ideal Shape. I bought the slim down starter kit (it was only $10, so I didn’t have much to lose), and I’ve been going through it a little at a time.
I started with the ideal shape bar (the double chocolate one), and that tasted just like a brownie … just with a little less sugar.
Then, yesterday, the girls were pouring out milk into glasses (whole milk – I’m not all that concerned about reducing fat), and I remembered I still had those sample packets of the Ideal Shake I’d never tried. I thought it might be a good idea to get them in on the taste testing — not that they need to lose weight; I just wanted a child’s perspective on how the shakes tasted. When I mentioned we could make shakes, the girls were all over it. I made the chocolate for myself (I’m a sucker for chocolate), the older girl had the vanilla, and the younger one had the strawberry. I ended up having a little of all three because, well, I was the one who paid for them, and I wanted to try them all out to see how they compared to each other. And, yes, I did let the kids try my chocolate shake too. I’m not opposed to sharing! I loved the chocolate. It was so delicious, thick, and creamy. My older girl wasn’t really impressed with the vanilla (out of all three, it was my least favorite), but my husband finished it up in no time flat and proclaimed it to be equally delicious. His exact words when he finished the shake were, “We need to get more of this.” This is a big thing, because he is a super picky eater. The clear winner, though, was the strawberry shake. I liked the taste of the chocolate, but the strawberry was a whole other taste experience. Creamy doesn’t even begin to describe it. It was like the best strawberry ice cream I’ve ever had melting on my tongue in smooth waves. So, so good! You know what I really love about the Ideal Shakes? They have 11 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar. You read that right: ONE GRAM OF SUGAR!!! But they really tasted like they had more than that, even my husband thought so. Obviously, there was some sugar in the milk (about 12 grams in a cup of whole milk), but compared to other milkshakes that’s basically nothing (which makes this the perfect shake to use as a meal replacement on the sugar detox diet).
THE HUNger block
I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical at first concerning the claims that it can block hunger for three hours, but I soon became a believer. I drank my shake at about 2 in the afternoon and tried to eat pizza at 6:30 PM. I got one slice down, and that was IT. Usually, I can eat about two or three slices, but not after enjoying that delicious shake. I had to stop at one! So, 206 calories for the shake plus one cup of whole milk plus 350 calories for the piece of pizza = 556 calories, compared to my usual 700-1050 calories for two to three pieces of pizza. Wow! I just realized how much of a difference that really made in my daily diet. Besides that, the Ideal Shakes have a whole lot more vitamins and essential nutrients in them than a piece of pizza does. I’m SO buying more of these shakes!
one word of caution
I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking coffee in the afternoon. On the sugar detox diet, you’re supposed to give up caffeine. I have not gotten that brave yet. My caffeine addiction is real … and it’s bad. My husband fixed me my afternoon cup and got one for himself. This was about an hour or so after we had the shakes. Note: You’re supposed to drink a full glass of water to activate the hunger blocker in the shake, but neither my husband nor I did that. I did drink some water after that, but i don’t think it was a full 8 ounces. You’re supposed to drink 16 ounces of water after you eat the IdealBar. We both noticed a couple of hours later that our stomachs felt terrible … churning, nausea, and a whole lot of gas! This also made food less desirable for us, but I have to think that the coffee somehow reacted badly to the ingredients in the shake. Because of this, I don’t think I’ll be drinking any more coffee after I have a shake, and I don’t think anyone else should try it either. Maybe something else caused our stomach upset, but I just don’t think so. The timing was just too perfect.
I can’t wait to buy more!!
I’m pretty sure our whole family is addicted to these shakes now. I can’t stop thinking about them, and even my husband is trying to figure out how to work it into our budget. We’re on a needs-only plan right now because money is kind of tight, but I think everyone in this family is thinking we need these shakes. Not that my husband and my girls need the weight loss aspect of the shake, but the hunger block didn’t seem to work on my girls, anyway. They were ready to eat again an hour later. Still, everyone can benefit from the vitamins and minerals that are in these shakes — 20 of them, in fact:
I’ve already got three more tubs in my shopping cart, and I’m thinking about trying them with almond milk next time … or maybe water, to reduce the calories even more.
I still haven’t tried the Ideal Boost weight loss drink. I’ve got sample packets of the Pineapple Passion and Peach Mango flavors. I’m going to try one of these tomorrow instead of my afternoon coffee to see if it helps me stay awake past 7 PM. These drinks have as much caffeine as one cup of coffee, and they are chock full of B vitamins, so I’m hopeful that they will give me some much needed energy. I’ll report back on how the Ideal Boost experience went as soon as I can. I can say, however, that as impressed as I’ve been with the other Ideal Shape products so far, I can’t imagine the Ideal Boost disappointing me … or anyone else! If you haven’t given Ideal Shape a try yet, I highly recommend that you do so. Your body will thank you for it!