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Prefab Protein Shakes - Are there any that taste good and will pack on pounds?

A friend has had their doctor recommend protein shakes to put back the weight lost due to health issues. If they have to drink them, they may as well enjoy them too. Are there any available in Canada that can do both?

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  1. Labrada Lean Body Shakes are amazing and run about 250 calories per shake. You can find them at all GNC's or anyother nutrition shop.

    For a really amazing taste (for a shake mind you) go for the Muscle Milk shakes. Every single flavour, and they have about 20, is amazing and my personal favorites are banana, cookies and cream and chocolate mint, strawberry & cream. Generally speaking, their fruit and decadent-ish flavours are a hit.


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    1. re: meatnveg

      muscle milk cookies and cream is great!

    2. protein shakes vary - some are specifically designed for weight gain - that seems to be what the person needs - maybe google for weight gain protein shakes and see what pops up.

      1. Does it have to be prefab?
        If not, you might consider adding favorite fruit to vanilla flavored mixes to augment to friend's tastes.

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        1. re: porker

          porker, they're working on creating a delicious protein drink. In the meantime they need a convenient product so they don't have to wait.

          Thanks for the help so far all. I'm going to track down Muscle Milk.

          1. re: Googs

            When I mentioned "vanilla flavored mixes", I meant protein powders. I'm new to this myself and have been frustrated by the lack of of different flavors. Its basically vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate. There are others, including non-flavored, but the prices are much higher than I like.
            I'm not a sweet kind of guy, so its frustrating. I've settled for a skim milk base (added protein, little fat) with a couple scoops of vanilla protein powder and a banana blended together.

            1. re: Googs

              With Protein powder is general, you'll find that ones made with Casein are better than the ones made of Whey or a Whey+casein belnd. Whey tastes nasty and is thinner in consistency. Casein with a little less water can come out feeling like a milkshake!

              Optimum Nutrition makes a great 100% casein Vanilla Powder. Muscle Milk also has powders but the end result is far less palatable than the Ready to drink ones.

              When using powders, I always go with a basic vanilla, which allows you to add other flavors and create some amazing drinks.

              1. re: meatnveg

                vanilla might be basic, but it aint neutral - it kinda clashes when mixing with a beef or pho broth....

                1. re: porker

                  A beef/pho protein shake? i can't even.....

                  1. re: meatnveg

                    I'm just saying...why does a shake have to be dessert-like. OK, maybe thats the definition of a "shake", but what if I want a salty, meaty tasting protein drink? What If I don't like vanilla or chocolate or strawberry? I'm just saying...

                    1. re: porker

                      1. The OP requested 'Pre-fab Protein Shakes'. Apart from, meat broth (90% protein), I don't much else that fits the bill.

                      2. I knew a guy who used to make what he called 'Glop'. he'd take spinach, ground beef, chicken broth and blend it. It was the most disgusting looking, awesome tasting thing i've tried.

                      Didn't mean to come off as rude. This internet thing needs a tone of voice gadget.

                      1. re: meatnveg

                        No offence, or even rudeness taken (but you're right, the lack of tone keys (especially tongue-in-cheek) is severely lacking on this internet thing).
                        I am only a dabbler in protein powders, but was disappointed to find most of them in only the three flavors listed above. Yes I've seen a non-flavored one here or there, but at 5 times the cost of most others, its not something I'm willing to buy.
                        As la2tokyo mentions, if you are going to drink the stuff 3 times a day, better find something you like. If it was me, I wouldn't like strawberry or chocolate or vanilla or any combo 3 times a day.
                        Alternative: make your own, right? And using a powder chock full of protein sounds like a pretty good base to start with. Adding a non-flavored powder to your friend's glop would certainly boost the protein content I'd think. (adding vanilla powder, maybe not so much...).
                        I'll say, like I say, I'm just saying.

          2. Mr. Sueatmo lost a lot of weight right after his by pass surgery a decade ago. He was told to eat more protein, but no other specific recs. I had him try yogurt, which has become a must have for him. I would only use Greek style or other natural yogurt, and flavor to suit. Add fruit and the favored sweetener to taste.

            1. The only ones that taste good to me are available in the U.S. and by mail order cases, too. EAS Myoplex; they're high protein. I used the carb control variety, but they have carby ones, too. I just wanted to maintain lean body mass, not store more fat. HTH and your friend gets strong fast!

              1. My absolute favorite (and I've had a lot of them) is Svelte. I found them at Whole Foods and the only flavor I haven't tried is the Chai. It tastes like a melted ice cream milkshake. I'm going to try heating them, too, as I always preferred Ensure/Boost microwaved.


                I also like the aforementioned Muscle Milk.

                1. I really like the BSN protein powders. There is one that is good for weight-gain/adding muscle called True-Mass, which has 620 calories/48 grams of protein for one serving. One serving is 3 scoops--I find that a bit heavy so use just under two scoops. I mix with whole milk and sometimes add heavy cream when I need extra calories.

                  I also like their Syntha-6 powder, which is about 200 calories/20+ grams of protein per scoop. I use about 1.5 scoops with that powder.

                  I've tried a number of protein powders and this is my favorite by far--not gritty and the flavors are good. They also pass the "sneak test," meaning I can sneak them into a fruit smoothie for my daughter and husband without them knowing they are getting a supplement.

                  I checked and it is available in Canada.

                  1. up until a year or so ago I spent a lot of time in the gym, and supplemented with protein shakes quite a bit, so I've tried quite a few of them. For the ready to drink ones, its pretty hard to beat Muscle Milk, so I'll second whoever said those. For powders, syntha6 is delicious, though a bit pricey.

                    Whoever said casein tastes better than whey, i can't really agree. Casein shakes are typically thicker, but I also find them to be a bit grainy and usually have a bit of an off flavor. Was never a huge fan of casein, and steer clear of Optimum Nutrition- when it comes to flavoring, they got left in the dust years ago. First by xtreme formulations(their powders are all great), then by Gaspari(Myofusion may be the best tasting product available for the money). Another good, relatively inexpensive whey protein is made by muscle gauge nutrition. The powders are a LOT cheaper than the RTD's. I'd suggest getting about 5 blender bottles from GNC(its a shaker cup with a little mini ball whisk that mixes your shakes up smoothly as you shake it together), and just make sure to have some cool/cold water handy to mix with.

                    1. Muscle Milk is my favorite ready-to-drink, but it only has 250 calories per shake. All the flavors are pretty good, and the best deal I've found is by purchasing on Amazon Subscribe and Save.

                      If you really want to gain weight, a mass gainer will provide more than double the calories, and if it's mixed with milk you can get close to triple the nutritional value of a Muscle Milk or other RTD shake, so even though Muscle Milk is good, it's not a good long term solution if you're drinking three or more a day. And I have to say that for me, anything mixed with cold milk tastes much better than Muscle Milk. Anyone who has drank three protein shakes a day for months will tell you that finding something you don't dread drinking will be the most beneficial in the long run. I have boxes of Muscle Milk in my house, but I only drink them if I have to pack them up and take them somewhere. Also, if your friend mixes the shakes at home an immersion blender will make life a lot easier - it makes takes all the lumps out of the shake in three seconds with no fuss.

                      Side Note: I have had severe reactions to a couple casein products, so I advise testing a couple times before you buy a ton of a certain product.

                      1. I really like Simple Bars...not a shake, but it's like a granola bar. Very tasty and about 20g protein a bar.

                        1. Skip the pre-fab/pre-bottled ones as the shipping is pricey and the protein content questionable.

                          Best bet would be to buy a well flavored protein powder and mix with water or milk depending on lactose tolerance and amount of weight desired.

                          Excellent brands include Ultra Peptide 2.0 by Extreme Formulations while a slightly less ideal option (though still quite good) is Muscle Milk.


                          1. I want to thank each and every one of you for your help. You'll never know how much it's appreciated. After your input, some internet research, and a well-timed newspaper article we went with... wait for it... chocolate milk. Yum-mee.

                            1. go to www.bodybuilding.com endless choice there, and delivered cheaper than what you find at supplement stores. If you buy bigger portions at least. They will give you suggestions if you email them and ask which are the most popular for taste.

                              If you go to Costco, they have protein bars called Premium Protein, 3 flavours in each box, which are excellent. Also pack the highest amount of protein in any bar I have seen. 30 grams per bar! Out of all proteins I have tried for the same reason as your friend, I love these bars the best.