Herbalife Formula 1 meal replacement shakes provide an excellent balance of macro and micronutrients. Depending on your needs and activity levels, you may like to add some ‘shake boosters’ for extra flavour or nutrients.
Tailoring your shake to suit your needs such as with extra protein, fibre or calories is easy when you know how - a boost of fruits, vegetables and seeds in your smoothie might do the trick. Plus, mixing it up with tastes and flavours can help to keep your taste buds happy too! So why not let your creativity run wild, and customise your shake to deliver exactly what you want or need?!
Booster #1: Protein
We’re recommended to consume up to 30% of our daily calories from protein, which can be a struggle for some people. Fortunately, there are plenty of shake boosters that can help to increase the protein content.
Protein powders are one of the easiest ways to get more protein and to tailor the amount your shake provides to suit your personal needs. Try adding a scoop of Formula 3 Personalised Protein Powder or Protein Drink Mix to your Formula 1 shake.
Fat-free or low-fat dairy products such as cottage cheese or yogurt provide extra protein along with calcium and vitamins A and D.
Tofu – especially the soft or silken variety – provides protein, blends nicely into smoothies and its mild flavour won’t overpower the other ingredients in your shake.
Booster #2: Fruits and Vegetables
If you have trouble getting enough fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, adding them to your smoothies can be a big help.
Fruits: As well as berries or bananas, you might try mixing it up with less-typical fruits like kiwi, pomegranate seeds, pineapple or papaya.
Vegetables like cooked carrots, pumpkin or butternut squash are great shake boosters because they’re mildly sweet. Greens such as spinach are mild in flavour and help to boost your vegetable intake too – why not add them to tomorrow’s shake?
Booster #3: Healthy Fats
The below shake boosters can help you meet the recommendation to consume 30% of your daily calories from healthy fats. While these healthy fats are often high in calories, they can also provide some vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and fibre.
Seeds like flax, hemp, chia or sunflower seeds add a bit of texture to your smoothie, and a boost of some minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
Nut butters such as almond, walnut or pistachio are a good option, and also add fibre too.
Avocado adds a creamy texture and healthy fats, without a strong flavour.
Booster #4: Fibre
Most people don’t eat the recommended 25 grams of fibre a day*, but it’s easy to boost your daily intake when know how...
Rolled oats, chia seeds, flaxseeds, apples and berries help to boost your soluble fiber intake – that’s the type of fiber that traps water and swells, contributing to feelings of fullness.
Carrots, most other seeds and leafy greens can boost the amount of insoluble fiber in your diet – the type of fiber that helps keep you regular.
Booster #5: Calories
If you are trying to gain weight, high-calorie extras in your smoothie can really help. The trick is to add healthy nutrition along with the calorie boost.
Rolled oats – a scoop of quick-cooking rolled oats adds calories and soluble-fibre.
Avocado and nut butters – adding half of an avocado or a heaped spoonful of nut butter to your shake can add 100 kcals or more.
Booster #6: Flavour
Herbalife Formula 1 shakes come in a range of delicious flavours, but to keep your taste buds happy, it can be a good idea to mix it up. Herbs, spices and natural flavours are a great choice for this.
Spices - try a dash of sweet cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger!
Aloe vera juice adds a mild, sweet flavour.
Herbs may not be something you’ve thought about adding to your shake, but there are plenty of herbs that work really well. Try mint, rosemary, thyme or basil – but don’t stop there! I know people who like fresh parsley or fresh cilantro in their shakes, too.
Extracts and Zest – a little fresh lemon or orange zest adds a bright, fresh flavour. I also like extracts such as pure vanilla, almond, coconut and peppermint for an extra flavour boost.
* EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA). EFSA Journal 2010; 8 (3): 1462.