Replacement for Ensure
I have a family member who is addicted to Ensure. To my horror, I read the ingredients and one serving of this meal-replacement drink has 32 grams of sugar!! It's like drinking a can of sugary soda. Does anyone know of a Paleo-safe substitute for Ensure? I'm looking for something with coconut milk as a base, high fat, and if there has to be a sweetener, then Stevia not sucrose or corn syrup.
My first thought was Glucerna if you're looking for something with lower sugar, but the ingredients list is rather horrifying. I think you're better off making your own with protein powder and coconut milk. I don't know of any meal replacement drinks without a number of preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
Bone broth might be a good place (perhaps makign one of the Weston A Price foundation's bone broth based infant formulas?)
A "Paleo-safe substitute for Ensure" would be real food.
Are they just drinking it because they like it? As a meal supplement? Because they can't eat solid food?
[QUOTE=jojohaligo;1014658]A "Paleo-safe substitute for Ensure" would be real food.
Are they just drinking it because they like it? As a meal supplement? Because they can't eat solid food?[/QUOTE]
I was going to say that but you beat me to it.
The whole point of Ensure type drinks is to pack as many calories as possible into a person who is in danger of being under-nourished.
When my father was ill, the doctors were trying to give him that stuff but I made my own for him based on coconut cream with various flavoring combos of cocoa powder, vanilla, real fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. using just a touch of stevia for sweetening. (If using fruit, the stevia is not even really needed. The fruit is sweet enough.)
sun warrior warrior blend (vanilla tastes best) with almond milk & heavy cream? That's close to 700 cals.
Yeah, I was thinking hot chocolate/Mexican hot chocolate/pumpkin-spiced latte based on coconut milk/cream, with stevia, maple syrup, or honey as a sweetener.
There are so many things that are tastier than Ensure!
I agree with chocolate, but I'd skip the sweeteners and spice it up with chili peppers (powdered) and cinnamon instead.
[quote]Water, Salt, Corn Syrup, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Concentrate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Citrate, Sugar, Carrageenan, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferric Phosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin, Phylloquinone, and Vitamin D3.[/quote]
Skip the sweeteners and add chili powder? Fruit is sweet enough? Maybe that's good enough for a Primal, but I assume this person is a CW with a massive sweet tooth. Take away that sugar all at once, and you're asking for a fight.
Can they have dairy? I would start with a cup of half-and-half and a half-scoop of whey powder, then add 3 teaspoons of real sugar and a dash of vanilla extract. Yes, that's still 15 grams of sugar, but IMO they need to wean down.