Do you recommend any meal replacement shakes, like invigor8?  How about any home meal delivery services?  I’m trying to reduce shopping time and prepping time since I work 11 hours a day and have an 11 month old.

-Angie A. 



Meal replacement shakes work great as an emergency backup for on-the-go or last minute meal alternatives. Look for ones with 10-15 grams protein, 5-10 grams fat, and 20-30 grams carbohydrate (no more than half sugar) that provide at least 200 calories. Plan on a snack such as peanut butter and celery for more fiber and solids to keep you full longer.


Home meal delivery services are a wonder for those that can afford them.  Most have a heart-healthy or calorie-controlled option. Perhaps a dinner-only delivery twice a week in the ‘family’ quantity will guarantee enough leftovers to reheat so that you’d only need to worry about weekend dinners. For quick lunches, a cold vegetable/pasta/protein dish from the service deli counter at your grocer might fit the bill. Consider, too, utilizing frozen skillet meals for two that can be enhanced with fresh ingredients on hand — only one pan to clean!

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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