I also prefer to get all my vitamins and nutrients from my regular diet but, again, there are times when I need a backup. This is when I turn to supplements to give my body and health and helping hand.
All this is particularly important when doing a lot of sport. I am active on a daily basis and I am often hungry. Oh, and I’m not getting any younger!
A Useful Meal Replacement
I confess I am sceptical about the benefits of meal replacements but Ultralife Fitness Shake promised good things. Also, at busy times of the year, like the build up to Christmas, I can find myself hungry and looking for something quick and nutritious to eat.
As a sporty person, I’m also aware of the need to take in the right nutrients and keep my energy levels up while not overdoing the calories.
The Fitness Shake sachets (simply mix them with water) offered all sorts of good things, including boosted energy levels while on the go, low GI (so you feel full for longer), essential nutrients and protein to help build lean muscle mass and essential omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids that can have been shown to lower cholesterol.
I also like that the Fitness Shakes are dairy-free and have no added colourings, flavours or preservatives.
But would it taste ok? If this was going to become a handy meal replacement for times when I am too busy to fix a proper meal it would need to be palatable (and so often these products are not!). Amazingly, it does taste okay.
I’ll be honest as it’s not the best thing I’ve ever tasted and if you are thinking that it will taste like a regular milkshake (all sweet and delicious) then think again but for a quick fix meal replacement it’s easy to drink and fairly palatable.
I tried the strawberry flavour and the vanilla flavour and much preferred the strawberry. I also found that it did fill me up for many hours afterwards. I am normally hungry every hour or so but after just one sachet I seemed to be able to keep going for a few hours before the hunger pangs struck again.
If you are looking for a speedy meal that is energy-giving and will fill-you-up-for-longer so you can maintain a sporty life and lose weight, the Fitness Shake is a good option.
You can buy 24 sachets for £ 36.95 at Ultralifeshop so each meal is a little over £1.50 each time.
While you’re at it might like to try HMB, which is claimed to help our body to recover after a sports session.
Take In Some Extra Vitamins
Last winter, I suffered months of chest infections and looking back I wonder if I was a bit run down and lacking in a range of nutrients. This winter I’ll be taking no such risk. I have planned a year of racing and I want to make sure I stay healthy over the winter so I can keep on training.
I will be taking a Multi-Vitamin supplement. Each UltraLife multivitamin sachet includes 25 essential Vitamins, including Vitamins C, E, D, K. For 14 sachets it costs £8.12 and I recommend the tropical over the orange, simply because I think it tastes nicer.