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Recently I was hit with not only the flu for 9 days but then a bout of the dreaded sickness bug that has been going around and I'm normally an eater. I'm not unhealthy though usually with a BM of 23 but this sickness made me not eat for a full 24 hours, then on most food smells have been putting me off, along with the size of food cans etc and the thought of it coming back up as nothing is pleasant the second time around. I have been really struggling with eating even taking 30 minutes to eat three plain biscuits as my stomach is still tender so I had the idea that maybe I should take a supplement in the form of a drink as I have been managing fluids little and often; after some searching through different brands I found Build Up to be the best value.
Build Up is a brand manufactured by Nestle producing soups and shakes in flavours such as tomato, chicken, strawberry and banana designed to provide more nutrition, energy, vitamins and minerals when they are needed most. The advert shows an older couple which suggests that these are aimed at the elderly but I am 26 so it is equally valid for the younger of us who need a boost.
The company produce a plain flavoured variety which comes in a 480g tub which can be added into any drinks or foods for fortification without the altering taste.
I purchased a pack of 15 sachets from Ebay for £9, they usually come in boxes of 4 for around £4 and are 38g each. The sachets are to be made up with a mix of whole milk for maximum nutritional value, semi skimmed milk, water or both and can be enjoyed hot or cold. They should be used in conjunction with meals if they are for someone in real need but in my case it was to help me not lose weight in the first place and to maintain me until I raise my calories in food again so I had it when I could not manage a meal. Although, I do find the shakes to be very heavy and filling when I have them with milk so at the minute I am mixing the milk with water to make them easier on my stomach.
The strawberry is a light fake flavour such as that with a Yazoo milk shake; I like the fact that it is not too strong as it can be off putting especially for people taking these who are struggling with food.
The nutritional information for the strawberry variety is:
Plus 19 vitamins and minerals.
If you are looking for a build up drink or a nutritional support I would recommend this brand for versatility and flavour but seek medical advice if having health troubles.
(may be seen on ciao under the name FrostBit)
I have been using build-up for a number of years now and I can't fault them! They come in 4 great flavours:
The banana flavour is unavaible to buy in shops but you can purchase it from online pharmacy's or amazon! The are often on special offer in boots etc... My favourite flavour is either the chocolate/banana. the banana one is quite sweet. I think the strawberry one is as close as it gets to tasting like strawberry milkshake!
The are easy to mix up, just put the 38g dry powder into a glass and add milk and stir well (very well), it can be quite lumpy and so thats why you need to mix it well! if you dont want to add milk you can use water instead. Build up can be used as an aid to slimming (meal replacment) but usually it is used to help gain weight and drink between meals. I find it particualrly useful if i have a stomach bug as you can't tolerate food, but it is important to drink plenty, and build up provides the fluid and all the vitamins/minerals to help you recover from the sickness.
I wont go into too much detail about the reason behind me using this product, but I do think it is important. I had lost a few stone from an illness and weighing 7-8stone as a 6ft 1inch guy is quite unhealthy. I wanted something that would help me put on weight and 'build up' - this product was ideal for that. Build-up comes in a pack of 4 sachets each containing 38grams. This is the flavoured drinks I am talking about, Nestle have a large product range of 'build-up' and this includes soups.
I used the milkshake style drinks as I thought they would fit easily into my lifestyle. The instructions highlight that you must take the sachets in addition to your usual meals. If you take them instead of meals then this will reduce the effect of the product. I used to consume a couple of these a day and found them very filling. You can have them hot or cold, but I personally only drunk the chocolate variety hot. They can be bought from chemists and supermarkets and for 4 sachets they are usually between £4-5 which i thought was quite expensive but they served their purpose.
The box says that the contents of the sachets are fortified with vitamins and minerals and are a good source of fibre to help optimise your nutritional balance. Overall I found the sachets did work and helped me maintain much of my strength and reduce my weight loss very much. The 'shakes are tasty and the flavours I can remember are chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and banana. I took them upon medical advice and they gave me peace of mind that my body had access to sufficient nutrition. I cannot recommend them based upon any particular medical grounds, but i would say that if you are looking for a nutritional milkshake then I would definitely point you in the direction of this range.
I am not a health professional and have often had to seek advice from the team of caring staff that we are lucky enough to have in and around our area. My elderly Mum was hospitalised a couple of times last year and it was at that point we decided that it was far easier for us to go and stay with her temporarily until she was back on her feet.
I don't have a problem with making good nutritious food but sometimes no matter how I tried I couldn't come up with anything that she fancied eating.
At first I wasn't too worried, Mum was drinking and although she was frail she remained in good spirits but after a day or so alarm bells started to ring.
I decided to make a telephone call to the local Doctors surgery and seek advice, the GP kindly sent the District Nurse out to visit and she was able to point me in the right direction.
The District Nurse suggested that I try some Nestle Build-up, at that time I had heard of them but that was as much as I knew.
The chemist stocked them in strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and banana flavour, I chose the strawberry flavour knowing that Mum enjoyed that fresh taste.
I fully understood that as much as Mum wanted to be able to enjoy some `real food` at that point in time she just wasn't able to cope with it.
Nestle Build-Up was a good way forward, at least the fruity milk shakes were easy to drink and simple to digest and they made me feel secure in the knowledge that I was at least trying to help the situation along.
There are four separate sachets of Nestle Build-Up in each box and I paid somewhere in the region of £2.50 for the box at our local pharmacy.
The milk shake is easy to make, just pour the contents of the sachet into a glass, measure out 200ml of cold milk into a jug and then add a small amount of the milk to the powder and make it into a soft paste then add the rest of the milk and stir the contents of the glass well until the milk shake is smooth.
Nestle Build-Up smells much the same as the Nesquik milk shake but there are some obvious differences which will be explained in a while.
The strawberry smell was appetising without smelling too sweet. Initially I only offered Mum a half a glass full, it was easy for her to drink and we replaced some of her hot drinks with the Nestle Build-Up. Thankfully the Build-Up milk shake acted as a stop gap for a couple of days and as Mum got over her stay in hospital her appetite started to creep back slowly.
For a good few days we used Nestle Build-Up and started to slowly introduce tiny portions of her favourite foods as well, so her diet was being subsidised at all times.
Nestle Build-Up is rich in vitamins - C, D, B, E, B6, B1 (Thiamine), B2, (Riboflavin), B2, (Niacin), folic acid, a mineral mix containing Magnesium Hydroxide, Iron Orthophosphate's, Zinc Oxide and Potassium Iodide. Build-Up also contains Calcium, Glucose and Lactose.
One milk shake contains 263 calories and 14.9g of protein. Nestle Build-Up also contains at least 30% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals and it is considered to be a real food formulation.
Nestle Build-Up mustn't be given to children under three years old, personally I would always ask either our own GP or Practise Nurse before trying out anything new anyway.
I now know that there is a range of savoury flavoured Build-Ups too, these are modelled on a cup a soup yet they are packed with the much needed vitamins and minerals that we all need.
I blessed Nestle for providing something that helped to tide us through a difficult time, in the end we managed to get back to normal but I would always use the Nestle Build-Up milk shakes again.
Flavoured drink fortified with vitamins, minerals & soluble fibre.