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The Five Best Shakes for Glucose Control » The Hangry Woman
The Five Best Shakes for Glucose Control
I tried and ranked 5 top meal replacement shakes including Muniq, Glucerna, Boost, Vega and Pure Protein. Here’s how they compare.
This post is sponsored by Muniq. All opinions are my own.
By: Mila Clarke Buckley
Mila Clarke Buckley is a diabetes advocate with Type 1.5 Diabetes and author of low carb and keto diabetes recipes blog, The Hangry Woman.
As a note, since this post, Muniq has rebranded to Supergut. All links here should forward, but discount codes may no longer be applicable to your purchase.
As someone living with diabetes, It’s important for my overall health for my blood sugar to stay in range.
Meal replacement, or glucose control shakes have always been on my radar, since my diabetes diagnosis. I wanted to know if they could help me properly manage my blood sugar.
I tried and ranked five of the most popular meal replacement shakes to share the benefits of how they can help people with diabetes.
The biggest differentiator about Muniq is it has 15g of fiber (50% of your daily recommended value)!
And it includes resistant starch — a special type of prebiotic fiber that has lots of science showing how it feeds the good bacteria in your gut that help improves blood sugar control.
The showstopper for me…I saw my blood sugar reduce SIGNIFICANTLY after I drank Muniq! Check out my glucose readings from that day after having a Muniq shake around 9 a.m. for breakfast.
Muniq also tasted the best as an added bonus. I look forward to drinking the shakes because I know they’re delicious – the chocolate is my absolute favorite!
Muniq should be blended with ice and unsweetened almond milk, or water. It gets the smoothest texture that way.
Out of all of the options I tried, Muniq kept me the fullest. When my blood sugar is a little high after a meal, I’ll replace my next meal/snack with Muniq and I can see my blood sugar come down over time.
Vega has a decent amount of fiber compared to most shakes at 4g. It also boasts 20 grams of plant protein and only one gram of sugar.
After drinking it, I noticed that I wasn’t hungry after 2-3 hours, which is pretty typical for a meal replacement shake.
One thing I liked is that Vega comes in a large bottle. Seeing how much I was getting in comparison to the other shakes was definitely a plus for me overall. I felt like my bottle of Vega would last a while.
As for making the shake, it was on the slightly messy side to prepare. I put it into a blender bottle and took it to go.
This option kept my blood sugar steady and I loved the chocolate flavor. Blending it with ice and unsweetened almond milk resulted in the smoothest texture and best taste. Otherwise, I found it gritty.
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3. Pure Protein
One of the biggest shortcomings is that Pure Protein only has 1 gram of dietary fiber. More fiber keeps you fuller, for longer, so it’s important for nutritional shakes to have plenty. This helps you avoid snacking between meals.
It kept me full for about 2 hours and I did not see a spike in blood sugar with this option, but I didn’t see a drop either.
As for taste, I wasn’t as impressed with Pure Protein as some of the other options, but it’s high protein and low calories are a plus.
Similar to Vega, I was able to put it in a blender bottle and shake it up to take with me. It does take some time to prepare, but not much.
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I was excited to try Boost Glucose Control because it’s a popular meal replacement shake option for people with diabetes.
This one gets recommended in a lot of diabetes forums. It’s specifically made for blood sugar control with 3 grams of dietary fiber, 16 grams of protein, 4 grams of sugar, 190 calories and 5 grams of healthy fats.
It does have more sugar than some of the other options out there. That surprised me, especially for it being specifically made for glucose control.
As far as taste, boost does taste like chocolate milk, but I didn’t like the artificial ingredients and colors included in the drink. I also felt like I had the most cravings after drinking Boost.
Boost needs to be refrigerated, before drinking for the best taste. For me that meant no prep, which did save time.
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Glucerna is last on the list. It contains 4 grams of dietary fiber, and 15 grams of protein from milk or soy. It has the highest sugar content on the list with 6 grams of sugar and 180 calories per serving.
It did keep me full for about two hours, but Glucerna actually spiked my blood sugar slightly despite it being specifically recommended for people with diabetes.
Although my blood sugars stayed in range, I was surprised by the spike.
It’s possible that ingredients like maltodextrin and corn oil could give my glucose a bump. Those aren’t the best ingredients for blood sugar. I usually try to avoid them.
It’s not uncommon to see a spike like that happen with those ingredients. However, I didn’t expect a significant rise since this is specifically formulated for blood sugar management overall.
Like Boost, it’s a grab and go option, so I appreciated the time savings, even though I didn’t love the ingredients.
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Overall meal replacement shakes can be a good option if you’re looking for an easier way to get your meals in.
Hopefully this guide helps you discover the best things about each meal replacement shake and gave you an idea of what each of them contains.
What Are The Best Meal Replacement Shakes For Diabetics In 2023?
by Helen Sanders
- Meal Replacement
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Whether you have been advised to lose weight for health reasons or simply wish to shed a few pounds for summer, meal replacement shakes often form part of a diet plan.
Most people can pick from any brand to suit their taste or budget, but if you suffer from diabetes the choices are rather more limited; so what are the best meal replacement shakes for diabetics in 2023? Let’s take a look and find out.
Who Needs Meal Replacement Shakes?
At some time in our lives most of us will need to lose a little weight, whether it is to look good on the beach in the summer or to fit into a new outfit for a special event; shedding a few pounds makes us feel better and often healthier.
For some people, obesity is a real problem and is one of the leading causes of diabetes. (source) For those people, controlling weight can be a real struggle, but also an important factor to improving quality of life.
replacing your meals with shakes can be used as part of a weight loss plan to help retrain your body to expect less food while still providing all the nutrition it needs.
Anyone who is looking to adjust their dietary habits, lose weight or simply looking for a handy way to eat on the run without losing out on good nutrition might consider a meal replacement shake (MRS).
Diabetics specifically will need to look out for products where the sugar and carbohydrate content can help with glycemic control. Diabetics are also recommended to consume at least the minimum RDA of fiber, which can be found in many MRS.
The modern world can be a busy, hectic place which leaves little time to sit and enjoy a proper meal. The days of the long lunch break are rare and many people choose to eat at their desk or grab a snack between meetings.
Skipping breakfast and eating on the run might save time, but your body needs proper fuel to function. MRS can be handy substitutes for anyone whose lifestyle leaves little time for ‘proper’ meals.
What do Meal Replacement Shakes do?
Commercially available products seek to provide all the nutrition of a balanced meal in one single serving drink. Combining protein, vitamins and complex carbohydrates in a milkshake style product, they aim to curb hunger pangs while giving your body everything it needs to function correctly.
As well as saving time, your stomach slowly becomes accustomed to receiving less food and over time it will take less food to feel full. This means you can gradually retrain your body to a healthier eating regime and lose weight in a controlled and healthy way.
Some MRS are specifically designed to be part of a proprietary weight loss program, while others claim to build muscle, promote wellness, strengthen bones, help digestion and generally be a tasty drink.
The main point of a good MRS is that is contains a balance of essential nutrients while making you feel less hungry and not tasting like something even poor starving Oliver Twist might reject.
Which is the Right Shake for me?
Most people can choose a product simply based on taste or price. Diabetics however need to be especially careful when choosing anything which might upset their insulin balance.
Sugar content is extremely important and this should be a major factor when choosing a product. However, a recent study suggests “the best mix of carbohydrate, protein, and fat depends on the individual metabolic goals and preferences of the person with diabetes.” (source)
If you have been advised to lose weight by your doctor, they may have referred you to a nutritionist who can suggest products that should compliment a diet plans specific to you. If you are looking to find products by yourself, here are some things to look out for:
- Low sugar content
- Slow digestible carbohydrates
- Balanced nutritional content
- Physician recommended
Obviously these are only guidelines and if you are in any doubt about a product’s suitability you should consult a doctor. If at any time you feel unwell while using meal replacements you should also consult your doctor or nutritionist.
Many of the companies have a helpline or Q&A section of their website where you can find answers to frequently asked questions or submit a specific request about your own concerns. Don’t be afraid to use these facilities, when you have dietary restrictions, having all the information you need for peace of mind is important before putting something into your body.
Do not be tempted to replace too many meals with shakes as rapid weight loss can be harmful; again consult a doctor or nutritionist if you are unsure. Following ‘fad’ or ‘crash’ diet can be just as dangerous to your health as being overweight.
What are the Best Meal Replacement Shakes for Diabetics in 2023
To help with your search for some of the best MRS on the market, I’ve looked at five that can help with a calorie-controlled diet. They should provide a much needed boost of energy during a busy day where lunch seems like something other people have time for and breakfast is but a dim memory.
And The Winner Is…
In the end there really isn’t a lot to choose between the Glucerna and the Boost as both were designed for diabetics and both come in the standard Neapolitan flavors.
For me personally, it has to be the Glucerna meal replacement shake that takes the overall title of best meal replacement shake for diabetics in 2023 simply because it is recommended by both doctors and nutritionists for use by people with diabetes, this can give you that little bit extra confidence in the quality of the product.
All about alfalfa: weed control
Take care to reduce the number of weeds before planting
Photo: weeds at the edge of the field
- Long crop rotation winter/spring rotation helps limit weed growth in the field. Frequent return to alfalfa in one area should be avoided, not earlier than 3 years .
- If there is a sufficiently long period of time between the harvest of the predecessor and the sowing of alfalfa, it is recommended to apply non-selective herbicides. Such preparations make it possible to control difficult-to-eradicate plants such as sorrel, which are difficult to eradicate after alfalfa has taken root.
- If conditions are favorable it is recommended to carry out provocative sowing so that the weeds germinate and destroy them before sowing. This method helps to reduce the number of weeds before the establishment and active development of alfalfa.
Start weed control early 9
In the photo: weeds in the growth phase of alfalfa
- To determine the weed control strategy and select the optimal doses of herbicides, it is necessary to take into account the degree of weediness of fields and development phases of alfalfa .
- The less developed weeds, the more effective herbicide treatment . In addition, it is recommended to use a combination of different products so that as quickly as possible destroy the largest number of weeds .
- Alfalfa must be healthy and actively vegetative to avoid the risk of phytotoxicity. The optimal phase for herbicide treatment in the year of sowing is to 3 true trifoliate leaves . It is recommended to carry out soil tillage under conditions of sufficient moisture in soil and good hygrometric conditions for foliar applications. It is not recommended to carry out processing if heavy rainfall or strong temperature changes are expected in the following days.
- Often the first early cut in the spring is enough to kill most of the weeds and to avoid the use of chemicals weed control.
- It is better to use preparations against monocots and dicots separately .
Mechanical weeders are a good addition to chemical weed control methods. The choice of technique and depth of processing is determined by taking into account the year of vegetation crops.
Next month we’ll be talking about alfalfa harvesting in detail.
If you have any questions about the cultivation of alfalfa, write us a message on the website www.masseeds.ru in the “Contact Us” section marked “Alfalfa”, and we will answer in the next newsletter.
Novelties that save the skin from harmful effects: bestsellers
Medical masks that have become part of our lives no longer cause internal irritation, but often cause skin irritation and even mild inflammation, called “maskne”.
At the same time, the aggressive effect on the skin of the polluted urban environment has not disappeared. The eyes remain the most expressive part of the face, but they get tired of working on the Internet and many hours of video conferences, and the look loses its openness. We present cosmetic novelties and best-selling products to solve such problems.
Darphin Intral Active Stabilizing Lotion
More than just moisturizing – a lightweight daily treatment that also combats skin problems and visible signs of irritation. Improves skin texture in just one week.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
New Matrix eye repair concentrate. Chronolux Power Signal technology for instant skin repair and rejuvenation. The innovative 360° Mesh Matrix technology softens the impact of micro-facial expressions: skin density is increased by almost 20%. The steel cryoapplicator instantly cools the skin by about 2 °C. Apply the product in the morning and evening. Can be used to combat mimic wrinkles on the forehead and in the nasolabial region.
Evidens De Beaute The Cream Mask
Cream-mask for dry, dehydrated and damaged skin accelerates cell regeneration, eliminates peeling, redness, irritation, reduces skin reactivity. QAI complex with powerful anti-aging action, beeswax that evens out skin texture, green tea extract with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Presented in the network “Rive Gauche”.
L.Raphael Mineral Balancing Power
Mineral serum to control oiliness of the skin cleanses and mattifies, evens out tone, tightens pores. It has an astringent, anti-inflammatory effect and provides long-lasting hydration. The Mineral Balancing Power line also includes a purifying multi-mineral mask, the use of which once or twice a week helps maintain the protective barrier of the facial skin – the hydrolipidic film.
Clarins Double Serum Eye
The legendary Double Serum is now available for the eyes. The unique dual formula is created by analogy with the hydrolipidic film of the skin: 1/3 hydrolipidic emulsion and 2/3 water-based gel. A double bottle allows you to combine fat-soluble and water-soluble active ingredients in one product. The serum contains 96% natural ingredients and combines 13 plant extracts, in particular, chervil and turmeric.
La Mer Hydrating Emulsion
La Mer’s first moisturizing emulsion with a lightweight formula. Enriched with nourishing algae & soy extracts and cell-renewing marine-based Miracle Broth. The composition includes lime tea concentrate – a powerful antioxidant. The emulsion is instantly and easily absorbed, maintaining the balance of moisture in the skin for the whole day.
Valmont L’elixir De Glaciers Essence of Gold Sturgeon
Collection “Golden Sturgeon Essence” based on sturgeon DNA consists of two products – fluid and cream for the care of mature skin. They charge it with radiance, even out tone and pigmentation, and also saturate it with minerals that are not produced in the body on its own. The collection, previously presented only in TSUM and Articoli, is now available in four more chains: Golden Apple, Rive Gauche, Sephora and L’Etoile.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions
Three-step system for problematic skin care, acne control and prevention. Foam cleanser, exfoliating lotion, moisturizer – use daily, one after the other. Antibacterial ingredients, control of sebum production, cleansing and narrowing of pores, gentle removal of dead cells from the surface of the skin.
Eisenberg Soin Anti-Stress
Melting cream designed specifically for sensitive skin suffering from environmental aggressors. Detox and antistress. The Trio-Moleculaire formula provides overnight hydration and replenishment. Shea butter combined with bisabolol relaxes and soothes. The composition also includes extracts of barley malt, argan oil and boerhavia dffusa root with anti-inflammatory properties.
Chanel Le Lift
Le Lift Mattifying Fluid reduces oily skin and smoothes the appearance of pores. Contains alfalfa extract (it works like retinol but with a milder effect) and annatto seed extract. An excellent base for make-up. Lip and Contour Care with alfalfa extract and biopolymer has an instant lifting effect, smoothes, rounds and strengthens the lips and their contour.
My Clarins Re-Boost
My Clarins line is designed for young skin. A refreshing face mask that hydrates, brightens and eliminates signs of fatigue – the perfect solution after a sleepless night. The mask provides a complete “reboot” of the skin and is suitable for those who lead a busy life.
Sensai Total Eye Treatment
This eye care set features a “double approach” with a contrast effect of warming and cooling. In the morning, the nourishing pearl cream warms and awakens the delicate eye area. In the evenings, the silky essence cools (it is applied with a metal roll-on applicator), making the eye contour more defined.
Filorga Pigment-Perfect and Pigment White
Tube – Pigment-Perfect anti-pigmentation serum. Hop extract reduces melanin synthesis, chamomile extract protects against free radicals, niacinamide reduces inflammation and evens out complexion. Pigment White Brightening Smoothing Cream (in a jar) has a triple action: correction of age spots, control of discoloration, restoration of skin radiance.