5 of the Best Kachava Alternatives: More Affordable and Equally Healthy

Welcome to this round-up of the best Kachava alternatives.

When it comes to great meal replacements Kachava is always mentioned. They are able to deliver an unbelievable package of natural goodness, ultra nutritious shakes and ultimately excellent tasting drinks.

In fact, even we consider that Kachava is one of the healthiest shakes you can buy, and we highly recommend it for those who can afford it.

Is Kachava the only good meal replacement shake, though?

No, there are plenty of other great shakes out there (like Lyfefuel). Considering that Ka’chava can cost a whopping $8 per meal, it’s understandable that many of us have looked at Kachava alternatives.

Luckily, there are a few great alternatives to Kachava shakes. Whether you are looking for something that’s cheaper, or for a shake that has more flavors or a tastier Kachava alternative you’ll find it here.

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We are no strangers to Kachava shakes, but there are plenty of other great shakes out there!

Enaut editor of Latestfuels

Meet the Expert

Hello!

I’m Enaut, a BSc Biochemistry graduate at the University of Bath (UK), converted into a meal replacement expert.

How? When I first started working I could not fit my meals and eat healthily. My mood and physical shape were deteriorating and I had to do something about it. That’s when I found meal replacement shakes, they were the ideal solution.

Since I started trying different brands and writing about them. After 4 years and over 250 shakes tried… here we are!

Note: This selection is a collaboration between Johnny (our US expert) and me.


Best Kachava Alternatives at a Glance

Daily Essentials best kachava alternative

Lyfe Fuel – Best Ka’chava Alternative

  • Equally healthy
  • Richer in nutrients (vit B12, D3, K2)
  • Plant-based, low in calories, high in protein
  • Made from 32 whole food ingredients, no filler
  • Better value for money
  • Great tasting

A quick overview on how Lyfefuel’s Essential Shake compares to Ka’chava.

Lyfefuel vs Ka'chava

HLTH Code – Best Keto & Low Carb Alternative to Kachava

  • Only 4g of net carbs, 27g of premium protein.
  • Includes digestive enzymes, probiotics and apple cider vinegar.
  • Easy to drink and digest.
  • More affordable
  • Chocolate Macadamia is delicious.
  • Not vegan.

Impact Knockout – Best Weight Loss Alternative to Kachava

  • Super filling.
  • Designed by MMA fighters to promote muscle growth and weight loss
  • High in protein, high in fiber, and low in sugars.
  • Cheaper than Ka’chava
  • Add CUT thermogenic booster to speed up weight loss
  • Only 1 flavor.

Huel Black – Most Affordable Kachava Alternative

  • 40g of protein, 400kcal, only 4g of sugars.
  • Plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free and free of artificial sweeteners.
  • 9 flavors to choose from.
  • Salted Caramel is really tasty
  • As cheap as $2.05/meal.

Kachava Shakes Overview

If you read our Kachava review, you will know that we loved the product. It brings together the best of many worlds:

  • Natural and made with whole food ingredients. There’s nothing nasty or artificial on the shakes.
  • Made from 70 plant-based superfoods that are able to provide you with all essential nutrients.
  • Rich in protein, soy free, gluten-free and mostly organic.
  • Great to boost your nutrient intake and phytonutrient intake (antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents).
  • Surprisingly good taste for all flavours.
Part of their 70 superfood blend.

However, we were also aware of its shortcomings. For instance, Kachava shakes are not very rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids.

But most importantly, they don’t fit the budget for most people. Not all of us can spend $8 per meal.

Luckily, among these Ka chava alternatives, you will find shakes that are as healthy, but are better value for money.

Best Kachava Alternatives

1. Lyfefuel Essentials

Best Shake

Daily Essentials vanilla best kachava alternative meal replacement shake
Taste95%
Texture90%
Nutrition95%
Price80%

Pros

  • Whole-food, premium ingredients only
  • More affordable
  • 25+ Superfoods, digestive enzymes, and organic greens included
  • 18g of protein per 110kcal
  • Science-backed formula

Cons

  • Still not very cheap
  • Just 2 flavours to choose from

Lyfefuel Daily Essentials is one of my latest findings. This hidden gem is the perfect substitute for those who are looking for a cheaper alternative to Kachava.

Firstly, it is also made only with the highest quality ingredients. They use only whole food ingredients that you can recognize, and they focus on providing you with what you are lacking: nutrients (vitamins and minerals). Sadly, the American diet is filled with low-nutrient calories, and we are often neglecting these nutrients which have a hugely beneficial impact on our long-term health.

For that, they use broccoli, kale, Canadian yellow peas, organic parsley, organic cabbage… and many more vegetables and fruits that you recognize. They provide you with all essential nutrients from plant-based ingredients.

I spoke to the founder, and he was very insightful. He stated that they aim to provide nutrients many Americans’ might be lacking, like vitamin B12 or D. He was very knowledgeable, and believe in a rigorous scientific approach when formulating the shake.

Lyfefuel Daily essentials trying
Johnny trying Lyfefuel.

On a more practical side, each shake (110kcal) has 18g of protein and only 3g of sugar. You will find that this does wonders to avoid feeling tired after eating (the “crash”) and making you full for longer.

So what about the price? Well, it’s best when you buy in bulk since each serving will cost you only $2.08!

Use the code LATESTFUELS10 to get 10% off on your first purchase!

Key Stats:

  • Macros (C/P/F): 14/65/16
  • Kcal: 118kcal
  • Protein (g): 18g – from pea protein and organic rice protein
  • Sugars (g): 3.0g of which 1.5g are from added sugars
  • Allergens: None
  • Profile: High protein, low-calorie, vegan
  • Flavors: Chocolate and Vanilla.
  • Best Flavor: Chocolate.

2. Instant Complete

Weight Loss

Instant knockout kachava alternative for weight loss
Taste85%
Texture90%
Nutrition85%
Price90%

Pros

  • Super filling
  • High in protein (29g), high in fiber, low in sugars
  • Designed for weight loss with the help of MMA fighters
  • Costs 1/3rd of Kachava
  • CUT to accelerate weight loss

Cons

  • Only 1 flavor
  • Less natural, no superfoods

Looking for a meal replacement that it’s going to help you with your weight loss journey? Then, there are very few as Instant Knockout Complete.

This Kachava alternative excels at providing you with all the essential nutrients, from plant-based ingredients only. It comes with 35g of protein per 400kcal serving, 1g of sugar, and plenty of fiber.

While other shakes might neglect essential fats, like omega-3 fatty acids which are primordial for proper brain functioning, Complete provides you with a well-rounded shake. It has all nutrients, 100% of your vitamin D, 90% of your vitamin A and 50% of your vitamin C.

Instant knockout complete test
Our US expert Johnny, testing Complete.

Thus, even if you find the full serving too big (400kcal), you can enjoy a half serving and still get a huge boost towards your daily nutrient targets. You can then use it as a snack or protein booster, too.

Cut plus Complete. Great tools to help you with weight loss.

For those who are looking for a little extra help with their weight loss diet, I recommend looking at CUT, their metabolic booster that helps you stay full for longer and promotes fat burn (according to them).

Make sure to use the bulk discount to get the best prices, up to 25% off when you buy Cut and Complete together.

Key Stats:

  • Macros (C/P/F)40/35/25
  • Energy (Kcal): 400kcal
  • Protein (g): 35g – from pea, soy and organic brown rice
  • Sugars (g): 3.0g
  • Allergens: soy
  • Profile: Vegan, high protein
  • Flavors: Vanilla, and Chocolate
  • Best Flavor: Chocolate

3. Orgain Shakes

Best Organic

Orgain vegan RTD alternative
Taste85%
Texture90%
Nutrition85%
Price85%

Pros

  • USDA organic certified
  • Gluten-free, soy-free, kosher
  • Includes superfoods, probiotics, and antioxidants
  • More affordable
  • Plant-based and whey-based versions

Cons

  • Limited flavor options
  • Synthetic vitamins & minerals

Anyone who’s looking for a Kachava substitute should consider Orgain shakes. For years, they have been the reference for US-made organic meal replacement shakes.

As its name suggests, Orgain takes being organic to a whole new level and offers certified organic products ranging from protein bars to meal replacement shakes. However, the two I like the most are their All-in-One ready-to-drink meal replacements and the powder.

Orgain RTD’s when we tested them.

These offer the convenience Ka’chava shakes do, include tons of greens and superfoods to boost your nutrient intake, and ensure you get all the essential nutrients.

Furthermore, the nutritional shakes are available in plant-based and whey versions. While personally, I enjoy the taste of the whey-based shakes better, both will offer a great Kachava alternative to drink on the go.

Perhaps, it will not be as natural as Ka’chava, as they will add synthetic vitamins and minerals, but this way you can be sure to get at least 15% of your daily values.

Key Stats:

  • Macros (C/P/F): 46/34/20
  • Kcal: 220kcal
  • Protein (g): 20g – from organic pea protein, rice protein and chia seeds*
  • Sugars (g): 10.0g of which 10.0g are from added sugars
  • Allergens: None
  • Profile: RTD, Vegan, Organic, Gluten Free
  • Flavors: Smooth Chocolate, Vanilla Bean (more in the whey-based version)
  • Best Flavor: Chocolate

4. HTLH Complete Meal

Best Low Carb

HLTH code keto alternative to kachava
Taste85%
Texture90%
Nutrition85%
Price85%

Pros

  • Best low-carb shake
  • Only 4g of net carbs, no sucralose
  • 27g of protein, 27g of premium fats – 1:1 for better absorption
  • Super easy to drink and gut-friendly
  • Chocolate Macadamia is deliciuos

Cons

  • 2 flavors only
  • Not vegan friendly

If you are looking for a keto alternative to Kachava – or a low carb alternative- then HLTH’s Complete meal is your pick. I love the smooth, silky, creamy HLTH shakes and I think you will too.

However, it’s not only the taste I enjoy about these shakes, I also think they are excellent low-carb shakes. They provide you with only 4g of net carbs (per 400kcal), and a carefully crafted balance of 27g of premium protein and 27g of fats. This 1:1 ratio was promoted by Dr. Bikman who believes increases nutrient absorption and promotes fat burn.

HLTH is always on my cupboard.

They also add tons of micronutrients, apple cider vinegar, probiotics, and prebiotics, plus digestive enzymes to their shakes. With other keto drinks, I sometimes have a stomach ache, but never with HLTH Complete Meal.

Besides, they are also more affordable than Kachava at $3.3 per 400kcal meal. So a great mix of good nutrition, delicious taste, and affordable pricing.

Key Stats:

  • Macros (C/P/F): 12/27/61
  • Kcal: 400kcal
  • Protein (g): 27g – from whey protein isolate, grass-fed collagen, egg whites
  • Sugars (g): 2.0g of which 0g are from added sugars
  • Allergens: None
  • Profile: Low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, free of artificial sweeteners
  • Flavors: Chocolate Macadamia, and Creamy Vanilla
  • Best Flavor: Chocolate Macadamia

5. Huel Black

Most Affordable

Taste: 75%

Texture: 80%

Nutrition: 85%

Price: 95%

Pros
  1. Vegan, soy-free, gluten free
  2. 40g of protein per shake
  3. Great all around nutrition
  4. Much more affordable than Ka’chava
Cons
  1. Some of the flavours are not great (Chocolate, Berry)
  2. Not as natural, does not contain as many superfoods

What if your budget is considerably lower? Then, do not worry, because you can still enjoy excellent meal replacement shakes. One of which is Huel Black, one of the most popular shakes in the world.

This is a low-carb high-protein shake (40g per 400kcal!) that it’s solely made of plant-based ingredients and will provide you with all essential nutrients. This is a gluten-free shake that contains no artificial sweeteners, too.

Unlike Kachava, Huel opts for more practical ingredients, slightly more processed, and that is what makes it more affordable.

It might not have the 70 superfood blend, but Huel has plenty of nutrients, plus probiotics, plus a bunch of phytonutrients. Thus, you will get most of what Kachava is able to provide but at a third of the price.

Huel-Black-chocolate-taste
Testing Huel Black.

Furthermore, there are a lot more flavors to choose from. Not all of them are great, but Salted Caramel is a keeper for sure. I’ve been having it regularly, as for late.

Key Stats:

  • Macros (C/P/F): 20/40/40
  • Kcal: 400kcal
  • Protein (g): 40g – from pea protein and rice protein
  • Sugars (g): 4.0g of which 4g are from added sugars
  • Allergens: None
  • Profile: Low-carb, high protein, no artificial sweeteners
  • Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana, Berry, Salted Caramel, Coffee, Unflavoured & Unsweetened, and Strawberry Cream
  • Best Flavor: Salted Caramel

How I Chose These Kachava Alternatives

The truth is that there are plenty of meal replacement shakes out there, but very few offer as a complete package as Kachava does. Their superfood blend comes with tons of healthy ingredients, but this is sadly reflected in the cost.

However, I believe that, as I’ve shown in this article, there are tons of other healthy shakes that you can take and still enjoy 95% of the benefits Kachava gives you. I mean, Kachava is not perfect either, and some of the abovementioned drinks might even be suited for you.

Criteria

So let’s have a quick look at the criteria:

  • Quality of ingredients. First and foremost, I tried to pick shakes and companies that have rigorous standards on what ingredients they choose.
  • Good nutritional output. Secondly, they need to provide you with a balanced, and complete meal where possible. Kachava’s strength is nutritional output, so should it be for the competitors.
  • Needs to be tasty. We love the taste of Kachava shakes, thus, the alternatives need to be as tasty if not more.
  • Preferably plant-based. While I don’t have any issues consuming dairy-based shakes, Kachava is a dairy-free meal replacement shake. Thus, I tried to mostly provide you with vegan shakes.
  • Should contain probiotics, digestive enzymes, superfoods or other “extra nutrition” ingredients.
  • No crap ingredients. No maltodextrin, or syrups, or fake fibers. Natural wholefood ingredients as much as possible.
  • Bonus: US based.

There are a few more shakes that I think are perfect Kachava alternatives, like Orgain that I missed out on, but I am happy with the selection that I came up with.

Kachava on a Budget

Furthermore, I want to share a small trick with you. Many of you have come looking for cheaper alternatives to Kachava (spoiler all the ones above are), but some of you might have a tighter budget.

For those, I would recommend buying one of the most affordable options (Complete or Huel Black) and adding some of the best greens powders to the mix.

This would provide you with the benefits of complete and balanced nutrition the best meal replacements provide you; with the benefits of the superfoods Kachava provides.

Because, green powders are in essence a concentrated blend of superfoods ( kale, broccoli, berries, spirulina, dandelion…) that are designed to boost your nutrient and phytonutrients intake.

Check my personal pick SuperGreen Tonik:

Supergreen
Check my personal pick: SuperGreen Tonik
  • Clean, 3rd party lab tested ingredients
  • Blend of 16 superfoods
  • Great to boost nutrient intake, help with digestion and boost your immune system
  • US made

Conclusion; The Best Kachava Alternatives Are

Lyfefuel Daily Essentials and HLTH Complete Meal (if you want a more affordable shake).

However, I hope that I was able to highlight that there are plenty of Kachava substitutes out there that can work out for you.

Even much cheaper alternatives, like Instant Complete with the extra protein, and carefully boosted micronutrients to improve your daily performance and help you with weight loss.

No matter what your situation is, there’s a meal replacement shake out there that will be able to help you out with your goals and will provide you with a healthier meal.

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