When we launched this site five years ago, we wanted to find the top meal replacement shakes to recommend to our readers. Each year we update our shake reviews and research new shakes. Our top three shakes have switched around a bit, but IdealShape continues to be rated the highest. IdealShape has improved their shake in that time. One of those improvements is they are now gluten-free.
Here is why IdealShake has been rated number one:
One of our favorite things about meal replacement shakes is they can save you money. If each serving of the shake costs you $1.50 or less and you compare that with the meal you are replacing, a shake can pay for itself. IdealShake can be purchased for as low as $1.33 per serving. That’s a steal in comparison to many shakes. Anything under $1.50 per meal is going to get a score of 10. It also helps that they have a 30-day money back guarantee.
IdealShape uses a combination of fiber and a hunger blocker called “Slendesta” for appetite suppression. Slendesta is an all-natural potato protein extract which helps your brain release CCK (Cholecystokinin) into your body which is the hormone that tells you that you are full. Also, the 5 grams of fiber will help fill you up physically. In our personal experience with drinking the shake, our hunger stayed under control for 3 to 4 hours which got us to our next meal. Not only were we not hungry, but many of us felt that we had more energy.
Nutritionally this shake does everything it’s supposed to do. It gives you 11 grams of protein per serving and 50% of your RDI in 20 vitamins and minerals. It only contains 1 gram of sugar and has 5 grams of fiber to promote general health. All of this at only 120 calories per shake gives you plenty of room for mix-ins if you want to take the shake and turn it into a meal replacement smoothie.
The IdealShape shake comes in two basic flavors: chocolate and vanilla. It’s hard to ask for variety when these two flavors are the most popular, but we’re going to go ahead and do it. IdealShape, get some more flavors! We say this not because we didn’t like the shake, but actually the opposite–they were delicious. The chocolate was preferred over the vanilla by most of our staffers, but many enjoyed the vanilla just as much. We would love to see what they could do with a berry, or some other flavor.
If you’re feeling a little bored of drinking the shake constantly, they do have free smoothie recipe book that we found. We subtracted a few points for want of more variety but offering free recipes earned them some brownie points!
Update: Okay, so we let IdealShape know about our reviews and the positive comments from our readers, and they were so appreciative with the praise that they are offering a special deal to all of our readers! So go ahead and check out their meal replacement shakes. Follow that link and use MRSR as a coupon code to get $5 OFF any product package that contains their meal replacement shake. You’re welcome.