I'm not a huge fan of the shakes, but I think they have their place. For me, I rely on them more when I'm traveling or otherwise too busy to find or make a good option. Like if I have a layover at the airport, I'll try and find a good smoothie or shake.
The smoothies are more of an on the go option, while I use the more traditional mixes and shakes at home.
I really like the "Naked" brand blue machine, that is packed with blueberries and a lot of fiber. It also has no soy, which I am currently trying to avoid. But it's also very expensive, usually more than $3/bottle.
I do keep a big canister of Slim Fast around at home, along with powdered milk. That's serious survival food: Even if I haven't shopped in ages and am too tired to think, I can mix that up with my immersion blender for a quick fix. So I voted for Slim Fast on the poll.
If you can buy the mix and either have it at home or take it along in a insulated to-go bottle, that's a good way to save $$.
I also sometimes use meal replacement bars as well, which are inherently more transportable!
I'm not a big fan of the shakes either, but I do keep some of the Equate brand in the fridge for those mornings that I don't have time to fix a proper breakfast. Since I get up at 3:30 am, I'm not always "into" eating right away.
I haven't found a meal replacement bar that I really like the taste of; and most of them are very expensive. What's your favorite?
I dont use shakes, the only shakes i like is mcdonalds chocolate milkshake, so i avoid all shakes,
But i can see where they would be usefull
Thanks for the tip on the powder. We have been looking at those. Like I said, looking to save bucks.
No idea about bars.