This is a personal selection of the best meal replacement shakes. Currently, it only displays my favorite brands and shakes, but I will do a more detailed breakdown in the future, where I will discuss and list the best keto meal replacement shakes, the best vegan shakes and so on.
For now, this is more like an informal list, where I want to suggest you complete food brands, and particularly, products that I really enjoyed consuming. Hopefully, as I try more and get to know more of the market, this will be a selection of the best. Like a wine cellar with your best, most valued wines, or the album with your best pictures.
I hope that with time the list will be more polished and exclusive. Shall the best meal replacement shake rise!
- Recommended Brands
- Recommended Products
- Best Keto Shake
- Best Vegan Shake
- Best Real Food Shake
- Best Meal Replacement Bar
- Best RTD Shake (EU)
- Best Meal Replacement Shakes in the US
- Best Meal Replacement Shakes in the UK (2019)
Huel – 4.5/5
Top quality powder meal replacement with good flavours. it also offers a granola based meal replacement option and it is developing its own RTD version. Furthermore, Huel has worldwide shipping and a worldclass customer support. Really easy to order from, fast delivery times and overall great experience.
Queal – 4.4/5
Really good price for all their shakes. They offer lite, standard and Sports version, as well as, a vegan iteration. On top of that, they have meal replacement bars (fairly good). Most of their products are really protein rich and taste really well (that is my main point to recommend Queal).
Powdermatter – 4.3/5
The best price/quality shake. A small company that offers both vegan and non-vegan shakes made in Europe. Great nutritional output very similar to Huel’s. A little to improve in flavours and website design. This is probably the best budget company out there.
Runtime Next Level Meal Coconut flavour
Next Level Meal comes in 7 different flavours.The Coconut flavour takes the crown. I was actually really sad when it ended.
- Absolutely delicious.
- Good consistency and texture.
- Filling, but easy to drink.
- Price a little expensive.
- Nutrition profile is not the best. Rich in sugars.
Queal Standard Chocolate Hazelnut
The best chocolate meal replacement by a mile (for now).
- Really good tasting.
- Flavour fidelity.
- Nutritional profile, high in protein.
- Minor lumps.
Huel Original Vanilla
The Huel product of excellence and one of the best well rounded products in the market.
- Great on its own or customized.
- Great ingredients and nutrition profile.
- Always evolving.
- Flavour can be a bit dull.
- Grainny consistency might not please everyone.
Best Keto Shake
With as little as 0.3g of carbs per 100kcal, Sated offers a sucralose free keto shake that is absolutely incredible nutrition wise. Soon it will be competing with the ready to drink version, but for now the powdered version is the best in the market.
We have now expanded upon this category. If you are truly interested, you should check our best keto and low carb meal replacement picks. Sated is #1, but there are plenty of other different options; some which are more convenient, and others more natural.
Best Vegan Shake
Perhaps the biggest brand in the market, because its own merits. Very high protein content, paired with high quality fats and complex carbs (GI of 27). Huel uses pea and rice protein mix to get a well rounded amino acid profile. Huel contains plenty of healthy fats, right balance of MUFA, PUFA and SFA, as well as, a great omega-3/6 ratio.
It comes in big bags of 14 meals of 500kcal and it is available in 6 flavours: Coffee, Berry, Mint Chocolate (or Chocolate in US), New Vanilla, Original and Unflavoured & Unsweetened.
The shakes are usually gritty, but feeling. Most flavours are mild and with a strong oaty background.
Runner Up: Powdermatter
Special mention: Satislent
Best Real Food based Shake
Ambronite Complete Meal Shake
Ambronite tries to offer the highest quality ingredients in their shakes. From real food, they are able to offer at lest 25% of your micronutrients. They do not use GMO ingredients or any artificial additives. The baseline is oats, nuts and berries paired with other vegetables.
One shake of Ambronite is also full of antioxidant and phytonutrients, to ensure your health is a priority. There is only one issue; the price is astronomical.
However, you can very easily get it in the EU and the US.
Runner Up: Bertrand
Best Meal Replacement Bar:
There is no much competition in the market, mainly because of the difficulty of fitting a good nutritional package in a good tasting bar. Queal GObar is one of the few that achieves it with, a 39C/33P/28F macronutrient split and all the needed micronutrients. Not much flavour choice, yet.
Runner Up: Twennybar.
It has improved a lot from the first iterations with too many sugars and saturated fats. However, it is still too rich in saturated fats to have it as a sole or main meal replacement. It does come in two flavours, though: chocolate and vanilla.
Best RTD Shake (EU)
Soy free, nut free, gluten free and lactose free. Packed with 33g of milk protein per 500kcal, its strongest feature is the taste. Best tasting RTD shake in Europe. This paired with good nutrition and excellent protein profile, it makes it my favourite RTD. It is slightly more expensive than the competition, but it is worth it. I would recommend starting with the Alpine chocolate version.
The Austrian brand is one of the biggest RTD brands in Europe. It has a great selection of flavours, which come in 330ml (330kcal) and 500ml (500kcal). Nutritionally fairly similar to Soylent, high in fats (mostly sunflower oil) and low in carbohydrates (isomaltulose and maltodextrin). Most of the protein in Saturo comes from soy protein isolate. While nutritionally is not my favourite, it makes it up by the range and quality of the flavours.
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Best Meal Replacement Shakes in the US
I set it as different category because some of the brands mentioned do not deliver to the US.
Huel Ready to Drink is the only vegan shake in the market (RTD) that has no soy. Instead, it has pea and rice protein. It comes with more omega-3s than its competitors, and MCTs to for fast energy. The GI of Huel RTD is only 25, which will ensure minimal impact in your blood glucose.
For now, it is available in two flavours: Berry and Vanilla. The texture is smoother and more consistant that the powder version of Huel.
The price is a little high, starting at $4.5/bottle, but you can get it for as low as $3.19.
Stands out for the nutritional output and the quality of the flavours.
From the west coast (SF), Superbodyfuel delivers the cheapest shake in the US (and the rest of the world). 400kcal can cost you as little as $0.8. The trick? You will have to add milk to the powder to make it complete.
This does mean that the powder relies too heavily on milk (particularly fats and protein) for the nutritional aspect, making it a little skewed for my liking.
However, the price and the taste of its five flavours (Plain, Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Cinnamon) make it a very interesting choice for anybody.