“ Asda's Measure Up Strawberry Milkshake is a meal replacement supplement, aimed at aiding weight loss. It is a cheaper alternative to others, but works well and is easy to use. The taste may put some off. „
So here we are again on another weight loss jaunt. In a bid to kick start weight loss after too many jubilee celebrations I took the decision to go on the Slim Fast diet for a period of 7-10 days. A trip to Asda later and I had decided to try the pre mixed Asda own brand meal replacement shakes as opposed to the Slim Fast ones, mainly due to the cost. I am reviewing the product not the diet - thats a whole other review!
I firstly checked whether the calories and supplement values were on par with Slim Fast, of which they were, in fact the Asda carton came in slightly lower on calories than the slim fast one.
Cost wise a pre mixed Asda carton came in at 85p per carton whilst the slim fast one was £1.25. There are often deals available on both brands but not at the point when I purchased them. For your 85p you get a 330ml pre mixed ready to go meal supplement shake with a straw attached for convenience. The shake is presented in a cardboard tetra pack carton, like kiddies fruit drinks, with calorie content on the front and coloured to represent your flavour. Flavours available are Strawberry (pink), chocolate (Brown) and vanilla (cream) in our local Asda.
I wasnt expecting too much on the taste front, it is a diet drink first and foremost, but was most pleasantly supprised. After piercing the pack with straw you instantly get a gently whiff of stawberry. The shake itself is nice and thick with no powdery or gritty quality to it, and the strawberry flavour I felt was more than pleasant, a tiny bit synthetic but still pallatible. It did also leave me feeling satisfied, I wont say full as I dont think you can feel full if you havent physically eaten, I dont feel any hunger pangs for a good couple of hours afterwards.
Good luck if you do go on the meal replacement type diets, they are not easy, but this product is not all that bad!
In a bid to lose some weight .. again, I came across Asda Measure Up Drinks. A meal replacement drink for weight control.
The picture above is of the cartoned ready made version, which I have tried however I am reviewing the powdered version which you have to make yourself as this is the one I buy most often.
Measure Up comes in a 450g white plastic tub with a screw off lid. A large sticker is placed all around the tub showing us a picture of a glass of shake and informing us about the drink. The tub clearly tells us on the front it is Asda Measure up Strawberry flavour shake mix. It also tells us it's fortified with vitamins and minerals and is meal replacement for weight control. Below this it also tells us it contains 202 calories per serving and you only have to add water. Now this I liked the sound of as I know with other meal replacement shakes you have to add milk.
This large tub costs just £4, which is usually cheaper than other brands even when they are on offer too.
The back of the tub offers an ingredients list, how to store this product, the vitamins it contains and also allergy advice. The powder does contain milk and soya and may also contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
I will list some of the vitamins within the shake powder but not all as there are so many but just to give you an idea of what this shake contains, vitamins A, D, E, C, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron amongst many others.
I was a little worried at first that this would be some sort of thin, watery, dribbly substance when made which wouldn't taste anything like the cartoned version. The cartoned version costs just 88p and comes with a straw making it a more convenient drink to take somewhere for lunch or just buy when you're on the go. In the carton it tastes thick, creamy as well as milky with a lovely strawberry taste to it. I knew that one of these filled me up for a good few hours too so I kept my fingers crossed before trying the powdered version.
Opening the lid first you have to peel off the paper seal beneath and then you are met by a creamy coloured powder with a plastic spoon/scoop sitting on top. Smelling the powder alone you can smell a faint strawberry smell but it has a chalkiness to it, like you can actually smell the powder.
Measuring my water and forming my scoops in the plastic scoop provided I shook my drink inside a cocktail shaker. The tub does advise that a shaker is best to use or a blender - if you don't you will end up with a really lumpy drink which tastes absolutely disgusting with the odd lump of powder to swallow. If mixed thoroughly so you do have something which actually resembles a strawberry milkshake, it's pink in colour with frothy bubbles at the surface and surprisingly looks thick despite being made with water. It smells of strawberry too which was pleasing when I first made it. I was a little scared to drink it at first, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was quite pleased with it. It tasted of a thick, strawberry milkshake, fruity but not overly so and actually had a creamyness to it as if it was made with milk too. Drinking the shake was just like drinking another milkshake however I could feel myself filling up almost straightaway. I was even more pleased with the fact that the shake actually kept me feeling full and satisfied for a good 3-4 hours. If I have one of these shakes I only have them once a day, this way I don't feel like I'm going a day without actually eating something. But as a quick dinner in work these shakes do keep me full for a good few hours to finish off my day, so I can end my day with a nutritional and tasty tea with my sons.
I'd definitely recommend trying these to anybody who likes meal replacement drinks, and wants to save a little bit of money buying them. As I only have them to have them for dinner, one tub tends to last me about a week. You don't just have to buy it in strawberry flavour either you can also buy Chocolate - which I also like and Café Latte which I havn't tried. If buying a carton version you can also buy vanilla which is also very tasty too.