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Meal Replacement Shakes For Weight Loss

By 310 Nutrition

How to choose the best meal replacement shake for weight loss

Finding a meal replacement shake for your weight loss journey can feel overwhelming with so many brands to choose from. At 310, we want to make this decision easier by providing all the information you need to find the meal replacement shake that works for you. 


The best meal replacement shake for you aligns with your weight loss goals and provides the level of quality you look forward to enjoying every day. Since everybody is different we always recommend getting new products approved by your physician or medical care provider. 


When deciding on the right meal replacement shake for weight loss, here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Taste: You should enjoy and look forward to your shake every day!

Ingredients: Always look at the back of the label of your meal replacement shake to check on the ingredients it contains. 

Calories: Aim for a shake that combines a nutrient-dense profile with the least amount of calories.  

Sugars: Avoid sugar as much as possible to help with weight loss. The ideal meal replacement shake for weight loss will have zero or little added sugar. 

Protein: Aim for a meal replacement shake that contains between 15 and 25 grams of high-quality protein.

Fiber: The best meal replacement shakes for weight loss will have 5 grams or more of fiber to keep you feeling full for longer. 

Carbs: Look for a lower net carb shake to support your weight loss journey. 

Vitamins and minerals: Check for high vitamin and mineral content in your shake to get your body what it needs to stay healthy. 

Price: There’s no need to break the bank when looking to lose weight! Aim for the highest quality ingredients at the best price. 

Supportive community: You need a community that cheers you on, provides guidance, and keeps you on track. Before you commit to a weight loss solution, check out the community first to make sure it fits your needs. 

Weight loss success stories: Look out for positive reviews and weight-loss success stories. It’s important not only to ensure that your meal replacement shake is supporting your weight loss goals but to start to visualize your success. 

Your meal replacement shake also needs to work for your diet or lifestyle. Learn more below about what exactly to look for in a meal replacement shake depending on your individual needs.

Weight loss meal replacement shakes for:

Women’s weight loss

Women have a few unique nutritional needs compared to men, especially at different stages of life such as after menopause. These unique needs are important to keep in mind when deciding on a weight-loss solution to ensure your meal replacement shake is adequately addressing your nutritional needs. 

Calories

On average, women need between 1,600 to 2,400 calories a day. This is lower than the recommended calorie intake for men due to womens’ lower muscle mass, higher body fat percentage, and slower metabolisms.


When looking to lose weight, this means it’s important for women to consider how many calories a meal replacement shake is adding to the diet. Our 310 Shakes have a low-calorie count of 110 calories per serving. A lower calorie shake filled with delicious nutrients such as 310 will help you cut down your daily caloric intake to support your weight loss goals.

Nutrient deficiencies

Women more than men tend to have greater nutritional deficiencies when it comes to certain vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and folate. This means it’s important for women to choose a meal replacement shake for weight loss with a higher nutritional value or nutrient density to get the needed health benefits without consuming too many calories. 

Our 310 Organic & Vegan blends contain calcium and iron in all the newer shake flavors as well as potassium in the Chocolate shake. Our 310 Vitamin & Mineral blends contain vitamin A, calcium, vitamin D, thiamin, niacin, folate, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, vitamin C, iron, vitamin E, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, iodine, zinc, and chloride. 

Fiber

According to the Office on Women’s Health, most women do not get enough of their recommended fiber intake. Women should get between 22-28 grams of fiber every day. Fiber can be particularly helpful in weight loss because of its ability to help keep you feeling full for longer. 


Feelings of satiation can prevent you from eating more calories throughout the day. This is why the best meal replacement shakes for women will have a significant amount of fiber in them. Our 310 Shake has 5 grams of fiber which is a high fiber shake.

Community

It is often a lot harder for women to lose weight than men. This stems back to women on average having less muscle mass, more body fat percentages, and slower metabolism rates than men. 

Although both men and women benefit from having community support as part of a weight-loss solution, women especially benefit from having a community like 310 that supports their often more challenging weight loss journey. 

How 310 stacks up


Calories

Vitamins and minerals for women (% DV)

Fiber

Community support 

(active community directly managed by the company)

310 Vitamin and Mineral Blend

90

Iron 30%

Calcium 30%

Folate 30%

5g

Active community

Arbonne Vanilla

160

Iron 22%

Calcium 12%

Folate 31%

6g

Communities managed by Independent Consultants

Ensure Vanilla

220

Iron 25%

Calcium 25%

Folate 25%

1g

None

GNC Total Lean Vanilla

180

Iron 17%

Calcium 42%

Folate 21%

5g

None

Herbalife French Vanilla

90

Iron 15%

Calcium 8%

Folic acid 20%

3g

Communities managed by Herbalife distributors

Ideal Shape Vanilla (now exante)

110

Iron 25%

Calcium 30%

Folic acid 25%

5g

Active community

Medifast Dutch Chocolate (now OPTAVIA)

110

Iron 40%

Calcium 20%

Folate 20%

5g

Communities managed by OPTAVIA coaches

Isagenix IsaLean Shake Vanilla

240

Iron 2%

Calcium 30%

Folate 50%

8g

Communities managed by Isagenix Associates 

Orgain Organic Meal Powder Vanilla Bean

230

Iron 35%

Calcium 4%

Folate 8%

6g

Communities managed by Orgain Ambassadors 

Quest Vanilla

110

Iron 2%

Calcium 25%

Folate 0%

0g

Active community

Shakeology Vanilla

140

Iron 11%

Calcium 20%

Folate 50%

6g

Active community

SlimFast French Vanilla

110

Iron 35%

Calcium 15%

Folate 0%

4g

Active community

Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix

110

Iron 0%

Calcium 40%

Folate 50%

5g

Communities managed by Le-Vel Brand Promoters

Men’s weight loss

Meal replacement shakes have become a popular weight-loss solution for both men and women looking to fit weight loss into their busy lifestyles. While the journey to weight loss is an individual one, there are some unique nutritional needs that men have compared to women. 

Men, on average, need to consume 2,200-2,400 calories per day, which is more calories than women. This is because men tend to be larger and have less body fat and more lean muscle than women. Even though men’s daily calorie count is higher, it does not give men a free pass to consume whatever they want. 


It’s still important for men to consider how nutrient-dense the meal replacement shake and third meal are as part of the weight-loss journey. At 310, our focus on clean eating and nutrient-dense meal replacement shakes helps men consume a healthy amount of calories, feel full for longer, and get the nutritional value that they need. 

Protein

Both men and women need to have higher protein levels as part of a weight-loss solution. This is especially true for men whose protein needs are higher than women. Adult men need about 56 grams of protein per day compared to women who only need about 46 grams a day. 


A higher protein intake during a weight loss plan also helps prevent muscle loss during a calorie-restricted diet. Given men tend to have higher muscle mass than women, preventing muscle loss is especially important for men. Men should aim for a high protein meal replacement shake such as our 310 Shake that has 15 grams of protein. 

Fiber

Men should consume 38 grams of fiber per day, but studies show that only about 5% of American adults meet that need. A lot of dieting plans or meal replacement shakes do not focus on the inclusion of added fiber. However, for healthy weight loss, both men and women need to look for a meal replacement shake such as the 310 Shake that has 5 grams of fiber per serving. 

How 310 stacks up

Calories

Protein

Fiber

310 Organic & Vegan Blend

110

15g

5g

Arbonne Vanilla

160

20g

6g

Ensure Vanilla

220

9g

1g

GNC Total Lean Vanilla

180

25g

5g

Herbalife French Vanilla

90

9g

3g

Ideal Shape Vanilla (now exante)

110

12g

5g

Medifast Dutch Chocolate

110

14g

5g

Isagenix IsaLean Shake Vanilla

240

24g

8g

Orgain Organic Meal Powder Vanilla Bean

230

20g

6g

Quest Vanilla

110

24g

0g

Shakeology Vanilla

140

17g

6g

SlimFast French Vanilla

110

2g

4g

Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix

110

15g

5g

The Best Taste

Taste is a personal preference, that’s why it’s important to have options! Our 310 Organic Meal Replacement Shakes feature an array of options including Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Unflavored, Peppermint Swirl, Toasted Coconut, Mocha, Gingerbread, Shamrock Cream, and Pumpkin Spice.

At 310 Nutrition we revamped our 310 Shake formula and one of the major changes was an enhanced taste, smooth, creamy consistency, and exciting new flavors. But don’t just take our word for it! Learn more about what people are saying about the taste of our 310 Shake


Make your own homemade meal replacement shake for weight loss with these delicious shake recipes

The Best Value

It’s not just about finding the lowest price meal replacement shake but finding the meal replacement shake that offers the best value for the price you are paying. 


As you are considering the price of a meal replacement shake, it’s important to also consider all these factors as part of your decision:

  • The quality of ingredients
  • Protein and fiber content
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Taste
  • Effectiveness
  • Level of community support

With 310, our goal is to prioritize healthy and clean eating ingredients that support your weight loss goals and journey to a healthy lifestyle.


Multi-level marketing companies

Many meal replacement shake companies operate as multi-level marketing (MLM) companies. MLMs are companies that do not directly sell their products but instead rely on their customers to act as distributors. In an MLM, distributors get a commission from direct sales of the product within their network.


To pay commission for all these distributors, most MLM products are heavily overpriced. While they claim the steeper price is a result of higher quality products, the reality is that this is not always the case. Keep an eye out for which companies are MLMs and pay close attention to their price. If things seem too high, it’s most likely not due to a higher quality product.

How 310 stacks up

Price per serving

310 Organic & Vegan Blend Vanilla

$2.43

Arbonne Vanilla

$2.63

Ensure Vanilla

$1.98

GNC Total Lean Vanilla

$2.81

Herbalife French Vanilla

$1.45

Ideal Shape Vanilla (now exante)

$2.14

Medifast Dutch Chocolate

$2.93

Isagenix IsaLean Shake Vanilla

$4.00

Orgain Organic Meal Powder Vanilla Bean

$2.81

Quest Vanilla

$1.30

Shakeology Vanilla

$4.33

SlimFast French Vanilla

$0.71

Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix

Not listed (MLM)

Protein

Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of a high protein meal replacement shake in assisting weight loss. By reducing feelings of hunger, a higher protein intake can help reduce the number of calories you consume throughout the day. Aim for a meal replacement shake that contains between 15 and 25 grams of high-quality protein for support in your weight loss journey.


Different types of protein

It’s important to consider the source of your protein as part of your weight loss solution to ensure your body is getting a complete protein intake. A “complete” protein source contains all the needed amino acids for making new protein in the body.


By combining your plant-based protein sources you can create a complete and healthy protein solution. That’s why our 310 Shake has a blend of plant-based protein sources including pumpkin, pea, and brown rice protein. 


When paired together this powerhouse combination of protein and rich fiber help with satiety and make it easy for your body to make the most of the nutrients available — while also keeping you feeling satisfied between meals!

How 310 stacks up

Protein per serving

310 Organic & Vegan Blend Vanilla

15g

Arbonne Vanilla

20g

Ensure Vanilla

9g

GNC Total Lean Vanilla

25g

Herbalife French Vanilla

9g

Ideal Shape Vanilla (now exante)

12g

Medifast Dutch Chocolate

14g

Isagenix IsaLean Shake Vanilla

24g

Orgain Organic Meal Powder Vanilla Bean

20g

Quest Vanilla

24g

Shakeology Vanilla

17g

SlimFast French Vanilla

2g

Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix

15g

High protein meal replacement shake recipes for weight loss

Blueberry Banana Protein Shake

34g protein


Although this shake may taste like a stack of blueberry pancakes, it’s packed with protein from 310 Shake, 310 Collagen, and Greek yogurt. 310 Collagen is completely tasteless and has 11g of protein per serving to support skin, hair, nail, and joint health. The addition of blueberries also adds essential antioxidants and vitamins into the drink to help support your immunity. If you’re looking for new ways to incorporate more protein into your diet, this Blueberry Banana Protein Shake is here to shake things up and satisfy your sweet tooth!


Chocolate Mint Protein Shake

38g protein


Shake up how you get your daily protein with this delicious and vegan Chocolate Mint Protein Shake. Made with real whole foods and 38g of protein from plant-based sources, you'll feel satisfied and energized from this high-nutrient meal. This shake packs the protein using a variety of ingredients including 310 Shake, collagen, and pea milk. 


Coconut PB Chip Protein Shake

27g protein 


Enjoy the sweet and nutty flavors of coconut and peanut butter while getting 27g of protein and 12g of dietary fiber in your diet with this delicious shake recipe. Rather than reaching for processed store-bought snacks, blend this protein shake in minutes for a health-boosting drink that is both sweet and savory to nourish your body.


Check out our other delicious high-protein shake recipes

Vegans

The vegan diet involves the restriction of any food that comes from an animal source. This includes meat, dairy products, eggs, fish, or any items (like gelatin for example) made from animal parts. The vegan diet is similar but different from the vegetarian diet which only restricts meat, poultry, and fish.


Plant-based proteins

Given vegans are consuming their protein through non-animal sources, a meal replacement shake for vegans must contain a high amount of high-quality plant-based protein. There are many different types of plant-based protein powders found in meal replacement shakes. 310 Shakes contain 15 grams of a plant-based protein blend of pumpkin, pea, and brown rice protein. 

No milk products

Vegans do not consume dairy products. This means that any meal replacement shake using whey protein, casein protein, milk protein concentrate, or low-heat nonfat dry milk as their protein source would not be an option for someone in this diet. Our 310 Organic & Vegan blends are a 100% vegan organic creamy meal replacement shake designed to support your weight-loss goals and journey. 

Vitamins and minerals

With a healthy diet, vegans should be able to get all the nutrients that they need. However, it can be a hard diet to follow, and not every vegan gets all the nutrients that they need. Most vegans on a weight loss plan enjoy a meal replacement shake that supplements their nutritional needs while also helping them lose weight. Check out the nutrient-rich Organic & Vegan blends, perfect for the vegans in our community! 

How 310 stacks up

Vegan-friendly?

310 Organic & Vegan Blend Vanilla

Yes

Arbonne Vanilla

Yes

Ensure Vanilla

No

GNC Total Lean Vanilla

No

Herbalife French Vanilla

No

Ideal Shape Vanilla (now exante)

No

Medifast Dutch Chocolate

No

Isagenix IsaLean Shake Vanilla

No

Orgain Organic Meal Powder Vanilla Bean

Yes

Quest Vanilla

No

Shakeology Vanilla

No

SlimFast French Vanilla

No

Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix

No

Vegan-friendly meal replacement shake recipes for weight loss

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Shake


Fuel your body and satisfy your sweet tooth with this Chocolate PB Cookie Shake packed with essential nutrients including quality protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs. Designed to promote satiety, this shake contains 25g of plant-based proteins and 10g of dietary fiber. Using 310 Shake and extra vegan ingredients this shake supports your wellness and weight loss goals.


Salted Caramel Oatmeal Smoothie


Skip the processed breakfast and power through your mornings with this nutrient-packed and vegan smoothie. By using a variety of whole food ingredients including 310 Shake and almond butter, this drink is packed with 20g of protein and 9g of nourishing fats to keep you full and energized.


Pineapple Peach Smoothie


Sip on tropical, juicy flavors all year long with this Pineapple Peach Smoothie made with frozen pineapple and peaches! This simple vegan and gluten-free recipe is full of nourishing ingredients to provide your body with essential vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and even plant-based proteins for optimal wellness.


Check out our other delicious vegan shake recipes

Organic 

Organic foods are grown and processed according to the standards of organic farming, which include:

  • More natural methods for pest control
  • No genetically modified crops (GMOs)
  • Natural farming methods that improve soil quality

When you choose 310 Organic Shakes, you get deliciously rich and creamy shakes that meet these standards of organic farming.


About the 310 Organic & Vegan blend

Our newer Organic 310 Shakes contain all-organic and vegan ingredients such as turmeric, ginger root, beetroot, spirulina, Chaga mushroom, and spinach to support optimal health and vitality. 


These organic superfoods make 310 a nutritious whole foods protein powder that doesn’t contain the unhealthy additives or chemical ingredients in many other shake formulas. The new formula also features pumpkin, pea, and brown rice protein, providing a richer, more velvety texture while supplying great nutrition. 

How 310 stacks up

Organic?

310 Organic & Vegan Blend Vanilla

Yes

Arbonne Vanilla

No, but they are Non-GMO Verified

Ensure Vanilla

No

GNC Total Lean Vanilla

No

Herbalife French Vanilla

No

Ideal Shape Vanilla (now exante)

No

Medifast Dutch Chocolate

No

Isagenix IsaLean Shake Vanilla

No

Orgain Organic Meal Powder Vanilla Bean

Yes

Quest Vanilla

No

Shakeology Vanilla

No

SlimFast French Vanilla

No

Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix

No

Organic meal replacement shake recipes for weight loss

By adding organic fruits and vegetables with our 310 Organic Shake, you can whip up a delicious and organic shake in minutes! Here are some recipe ideas to get you started. 


Chocolate Kiwi Blueberry Shake

When you can't decide on a fruity shake or a “dessert-like” shake, you can enjoy the best of both worlds with this yummy Chocolate Kiwi Blueberry Shake! It tastes like a chocolate fruit tart made with whole food, organic, and vegan ingredients, including 310 Shake and fresh fruit. Offering 20g of plant-based proteins and 12g of dietary fiber to help boost satiety!


Green Glow Smoothie

 

This Green Glow Smoothie is the best way to radiate from within! It’s full of powerful antioxidants and vitamin C to boost your immunity and overall health while supporting glowing skin for the ultimate wellness drink that is full of yummy flavor. To make it an organic treat use 310 Organic Unflavored and add in organic leafy greens and hydrating ingredients like cucumber and coconut water. 


Dragon Berry Smoothie

 

This vibrant, eye-catching Dragon Berry Smoothie made with whole food and organic ingredients has nutrients to fuel your body while providing your taste buds with a sweet and tangy treat! It’s packed with quality protein from our Organic 310 Shake and immune-supporting vitamins and antioxidants from dragon fruit and berries. This is the ultimate healthy snack, breakfast, or dessert!


Check out our other delicious shake recipes for more ideas!

Keto or Low Carb Diet

The keto (or ketogenic) diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet designed to help you lose weight by burning fat. The diet aims to reach a state of ketosis, which is when your body starts burning fat for energy because it runs out of carbohydrates. When your body runs out of carbs, it uses an alternate source of fuel called ketones.


Fat

The keto diet is all about reducing the number of carbs you eat and increasing your fat and protein intake. The standard keto diet asks for a 5-20-75 ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats respectively. To meet your keto guidelines, it’s important to add healthy fats to your meal replacement shake, such as our 310 MCT Oil, as you work towards your healthy weight loss goals. 

Protein 

The key characteristic of the keto diet is sticking to a lower carb and higher fat meal plan. This means a meal replacement shake with higher protein levels can help you maintain your keto diet and feel more full throughout the day. With 15 grams of protein, the 310 Shake is a great option for anyone on the keto diet. 

Carbs

Keeping your carbohydrate count low so you can burn fat is a key component of the keto diet. As part of your keto diet, you want to stay below 50 grams or less of total carbohydrates or 30 grams or less of net carbs each day. Our 310 Shake only has 7 grams of total carbs and 2 grams of net carbs (or total carbs minus fiber). 

How 310 stacks up

Total Fat

Protein

Net Carbs

Sugar

Percent of Total Calories from Net Carbs 

(calculated by Keto Picks)

310 Organic Vanilla Shake

2g

15g

2g

0g

7%

Arbonne Vanilla

3g

20g

7g

7g

18%

Ensure Vanilla

6g

9g

31g

15g

56%

GNC Total Lean Vanilla

1.95g

25g

9g

3g

20%

Herbalife French Vanilla

1g

9g

10g

9g

44%

Ideal Shape Vanilla (now exante)

3g

12g

7g

3g

25%

Medifast Dutch Chocolate

1g

14g

8g

5g

29%

Isagenix IsaLean Shake Vanilla

5g

24g

16g

10g

27%

Orgain Organic Meal Powder Vanilla Bean

4.5g

20g

21g

2g

37%

Quest Vanilla

0.5g

24g

2g

1g

7%

Shakeology Vanilla

2g

17g

9g

7g

26%

SlimFast French Vanilla

3.5g

2g

14g

11g

51%

Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix

2g

15g

4g

2g

15%

Keto-friendly meal replacement shake recipes for weight loss

Keto Coconut Cashew Chip Shake

 

This keto-friendly shake tastes like a chewy coconut cookie. The low-carb Coconut Cashew Chip Shake is going to excite your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth. It's full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber that fit keto and low-carb guidelines to stop your cravings and boost your health.


Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

 

Packed with healthy fats, this delicious shake is perfect for following keto guidelines and for keeping you feeling full. With a creamy, rich texture all chocolate peanut butter lovers (keto or not) will enjoy this shake! You only need five ingredients to make this indulgent shake. Just grab 310 Organic Chocolate, unsweetened almond milk, peanut butter, 310 MCT oil, and full-fat coconut milk ice cubes. 


Keto-Friendly Coconut Berry Blast


With notes of tart berries and nutty coconut, this Keto-Friendly Coconut Berry Blast Recipe smoothie is quick and easy to make for a yummy snack, breakfast, or healthy dessert. Balanced with quality protein, healthy fats, and fiber to promote fullness this nourishing and delicious shake is perfect for someone following a low-carb or keto diet! 


Check out our other delicious Keto-friendly shake recipes.