Thursday, December 4, 2014

Shake the Crave Review

I'm not a breakfast person.  I know it's the most important meal of the day, but I like to sleep for as long as possible, and if that means taking an extra 30 minutes in bed instead of using that time to make a breakfast, I'm staying in bed!  Needless to say, I do get hungry once I get to work so I either try to eat something small before I leave the house or take something with me.  One thing I do like to have in the morning is a breakfast shake, and Shake the Crave is a delicious new option!

Shake the Crave is a guilt-free shake that helps keep you feeling full while also boosting your energy.  I drank mine in the morning, but it's also great for any meal-on-the-go or as a healthy snack.  It's available in two flavors, Chocolate and Vanilla.  The ingredients are 100% pure, including natural cane sugar, milk, coconut powder, and vanilla or cocoa (depending on the flavor).  The 20 grams of natural sugar it contains are a type of sugar that the body converts to glucose quickly, which fuels ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production in the body--ATP transfers chemical energy within cells for metabolism, thus giving you the energy to think, move, and perform.

Shake the Crave is more than just a shake, though.  Their website also provides resources for weight management, including a game plan, lifestyle dos and don'ts, recipes, and more!  I like that they provide so many helpful resources, since the more support you have, the better your chance of success.

I didn't realize at first that the instructions say to use a blender for your shakes, so since I didn't have one on hand I made my Chocolate shake without.  You add the shake mix to eight ounces of milk (any kind you like, I used 2%), blend for 20 seconds on low, then three seconds on high, let it sit for one minute, then blend on low again for five seconds.  After blending, immediately pour the shake into a glass and let it sit for another minute so that the ingredients can rehydrate.  I had to improvise a bit, and at first I tried stirring it up with a spoon.  That didn't work quite so well, so I transferred it to a reusable water bottle and shook it up (if I had one of those protein shake separator cups I think that would have worked perfectly).  The shake tasted great, but the finished product was still a little bit chunky because I didn't use a blender--that's entirely my fault, though.  I was very impressed at how great this tasted; normally products like this have a weird taste or texture that isn't for me.  This one tasted just like a glass of rich chocolate milk.

When I made up the Vanilla shake I borrowed my mom's blender and followed the instructions and it came out great!  No chunks, and it tasted just as great as the Chocolate one.  I prefer Chocolate over Vanilla in general, so I did like the Chocolate shake more, but I think anyone who likes Vanilla would love this.

Bottom Line: If you're looking to lose weight and/or for a yummy meal-on-the-go, I think Shake the Crave is a great option!  The Chocolate and Vanilla shakes were delicious and really did help me feel full in the morning.

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Shake the Crave.  Press samples received for review purposes.

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