I feel like I am constantly on the go. Every morning I enjoy my morning coffee before the chaos begins, but I swear, it is lunch before I even realize that I haven't had breakfast. In the recent past I have invested some time and research into meal replacement drinks, and much to my dismay, they really are not a good option for everyday consumption. First of all, HELLO SUGAR - I am pretty sure that many of these drinks are the equivalent of eating a candy bar, or five, for breakfast. I'm not really willing to compromise health for convenience at this point as I probably already did that enough as a teenager (oh hey, Ramen Noodles!). I was thrilled when I was chosen to review the Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage created by Be Well Nutrition.
First of all, the ingredients are all real and identifiable - there are no long, scientific, hard-to-pronounce names. This is reassuring. If you are missing a meal, and trying to replace it, you don't want to pump your body full of things that are going to make you crash and burn. You want fuel to keep you going, and sustenance to keep you full. These drinks provide both - you get 20 grams f protein, 8 grams of carbohydrates, only 3 grams of sugar and all while only being 130 calories per 11 fluid-ounce serving. They come in a sturdy carton that has a twist-off cap, making it perfect for on-the-go. You don't have to worry about a straw popping out, or a drink spilling all over everything - you could play volleyball with this thing and it would be good to go.
The Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage comes in to flavors: Pure Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Truffle (I tried both, even though only the vanilla is pictured). I found that their formulation is as smooth as water. Many of these meal replacement drinks are thick, gritty and hard to get down. This is not the case here. My only qualm about this drink is that the flavor is a bit watered-down. Flavor is the one things that most meal replacement drinks just can't perfect because it involves too much of the "bad stuff", so it is an even trade-off in this case; I will gladly forfeit a bit of taste for less junk. Keeping them cold makes it tastier. I found that the Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage did a great job at holding me through meals, and did not provide any "crash and burn", a huge plus! I would definitely recommend these if you are looking for a high protein meal replacement-type drink and desire nutritional, wholesome ingredients to nourish your body. These would be great post-workout drinks too!
I give the Iconic Healthy Lifestyle Beverage 8 stars:
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If you are interested in purchasing some for yourself, check out their handy-dandy Store Locator on their website, or you can purchase them directly from Amazon in Chocolate Truffle or Pure Vanilla Bean. They cost $36.00 for a pack of 12. You may also connect with them through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (use #drinkiconic).
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.