– Prevent Malnutrition: Seniors often have a decreased appetite combined with a slower metabolism, which combined can result in malnutrition. Meal replacement and supplement shakes provide an easy supplementation of their required proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
– Maintain Muscle Mass: Decreased metabolism causes a decrease in the amount of proteins that seniors can absorb into their bodies. This can cause weakening of muscles which can lead to other health problems. Meal supplement protein shakes contain high levels of proteins and amino acids that work to maintain health muscle mass and strength.
– Convenience: Many seniors can find it difficult to prepare nutritionally healthy meals on a daily basis, especially if they live alone. With meal supplement shakes, many of which are in ready to drink containers, they can easily get their required nutrition from a drink.
Listed below are the healthiest meal supplement shakes for seniors.
This shake comes in a powder form, packed in separate serving size pouches. The advantage of this is that it is lighter than pre-made liquid shakes and therefore more portable. Advocare contains an equal amount of carbohydrates and proteins, at 24 grams each, and has a total of 220 calories. Each serving also contains 12 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fat. It is also fortified with several essential vitamins and minerals. Advocare comes in four flavors, with 14 pouches per package, retailing at $49.
Almased is designed for seniors who need help with controlling their weight. It offers a high protein content with 27 grams of protein, and a total of 180 calories. The high protein content of this meal replacement shake increases satiety levels, which helps to reduce appetites and lessen food consumption – especially things like fattening snacks. It also is suitable for diabetics and is gluten free. It retails for $27 for a package of ten servings.
This popular supplement shake from Nestle comes in various formulations: Boost high protein with fiber, Boost Plus, and Boost Max. These different formulas cater to different individual nutritional needs, such as low calorie or low carbs or high protein or high carbs. Boost also offers an exceptional vitamin and mineral content with 27 vitamins and minerals. It comes in four different flavors, and retails for $36.96 for a package of 24 ready to drink bottles.
As its name implies, this supplement shake was designed primarily for consumption in the morning, but it can also be consumed as a snack during the day. Each bottle contains 15 grams of protein, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fat, and a total calorie count of 220. A serving also contains 21 vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, B, C, and calcium. Carnation shakes come in classic French vanilla and chocolate flavors, and retail for $32.75 for a package of 24 ready to drink bottles.
This shake formula is very nutrition rich, with 27 vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, D, E, and K plus calcium, iron, and magnesium. Each serving contains 16 grams of premium quality protein with a total of 350 calories and 2 grams of fat and 19 grams of carbs. For those who like variety, Ensure comes in five different flavors, that include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and butter pecan. It retails at $48.08 for a package of six ready to drink bottles.
Glucerna is available in different formulations, each catering to specific individual nutritional needs. It is very nutrition rich with 28 different vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, D, C, E, and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. This shake product helps to maintain both nutritional balance and a strong immune system. It is available in five different flavors: rich chocolate, homemade vanilla, creamy strawberry, classic butter pecan, and chocolate caramel. A bundle of 24 bottles retails for $45.99.
This a very high protein powdered formulation, providing 29 grams of protein per serving. Huel is also completely vegan/vegetarian friendly, as its protein is plant based and it can be mixed with water, not just milk. In addition to all that protein, it contains 27 different micronutrients. A package containing 34 servings retails for $65.
Pure Protein is another very high protein shake formula, coming in ready to drink bottles. This protein shake has 30 grams of protein per serving, plus 24 vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, D, E, and Zinc. It is also gluten free and contains milk proteins that are easy to digest for seniors with lactose intolerance. Flavors include frosty chocolate, strawberry cream, cookies n’ cream, and vanilla. A package of 12 bottles retails for $34.99.