Product Type: Complan Vitamin 50mg
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Chocolate? Now theres a plan!
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Date: 22/01/12, updated on 22/01/12 (303 review reads)
Disadvantages: None at all
With a recent trip to see my Doctor he wasn't best pleased with me. I am bulimic and struggle with food in a huge way on a day to day basis. My weight had gone down and I was feeling really whacked out. I often suffer with my potassium levels being too low but add to that I have recently been diagnosed with M.E and suffer with hypothyroidism (slow acting thyroid) I really was on the decks and walking about brain dead and feeling and looking awful.
One of his solutions to try and to build me up a little was to give me a huge prescription for some Complan shakes which are meal replacements. As I mentioned earlier I struggle with eating meals and so his idea was for me to have a shake when I was struggling and it was a mealtime and these are packed with vitamins and minerals and a whole host of things that can replace what we lose when missing out a vital but healthy meal.
The chocolate one is the last flavour I wanted to try to be honest and I was dreading it. I am not really a fan of anything chocolate flavoured though I love real chocolate. I have never been a fan of milkshakes either but after having other flavours from this range of shakes I know that although they have substance to them and don't appear like coloured water that they really are not too thick or milky tasting thank goodness!
Well the packaging of these is a brown and white box and on the front of it there is a photograph of a shake made up and we are told that they are 'Nutrition When You Need It' Complan Shake 'Chocolate Flavour' and that they contain a complete range of vitamins & Minerals 'Vitamin enriched, meal in a drink' and that my box contains 4x57g sachets. Other information given on the box includes being told a bit about the product and how to make them up, ingredients and a full nutritional chart is given and we are also told that they contain no artificial colours, preservatives or sweeteners and are gluten free and suitable for Vegetarian and Halal diets. The sachets are dark blue and white and large, easy to tear open and apart from the nutritional information given on the box in appearance are rather the same.
These are so simple to make up and each serving provides a 200ml serving of the shake. You can make these up with water for a light meal replacement which gives us 250 calories or with whole milk which is a whole meal replacement and gives us 386 calories and you can use cold or hot liquid, whichever you prefer.
All you do is tear open a sachet take the light brown fine powder out and pop it into a jug or something, add your liquid (it can be any type of milk you wish by the way or water) and simply beat it gently with a fork until it thickens up a bit. You get a thinnish type of milkshake which is a brown in colour and smells really nice and chocolately and really rather lovely.
I have made this one up with both water and milk and and the only difference is with milk it tastes a little creamier and doesn't look so dark as when its made up with water really.
Taste wise its freat and simply tastes of good quality chocolate, not too sweet but sweet enough, I was worried about the flavour of this being too sickly but it really isn't at all.
Like the other flavours in the range of the Complan shakes this is actually really nice which is really important for people like me who is having trouble with meals and of course this isn't just for people with eating disorders like me but also for people struggling to eat particiulary after illness or used by people who need to build themselves up a bit.
Complan has been a big part of my life lately. I have subtituted meals that I'd usually struggle with and it has helped to stabalise my weight and make me feel a bit more alert. It fills my tummy nicely and fits in with my lifestyle as I can pop a sachet in my bag and take it on the go with me and people think its just a milkshake mix in a glass so I don't feel embarrassed about using them.
I recommend these to anyone who needs them. They are widely available from all good supermarkets and chemists and even on Amazon and cost around the £3.00 for a box of four sachets of mix which is less than a pound a meal!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Summary: A really helpful product for those of us who need them!
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