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Meal Replacements for Picky Eaters

written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 2/4/2011

Picky eating meal replacements are all over the market, but that doesn't mean that they are all healthy choices. Learn what to look for and what to ditch when shopping for something to replace your next meal.

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    Oh, The Options...

    Granolabar Picky eating meal replacements can be extremely helpful in providing proper nutrition and energy. If you have a hard time eating enough fruits, vegetables or other healthy foods, some meal replacements can help fill in when it’s needed the most. However, not all of these replacements are created equally, so it’s important to understand which ones are healthy to use.

    When looking for a proper meal replacement option, you have to look further than the nutrition label. It’s important to make sure that the ingredients used are made from healthful, whole foods and not manufactured fillers. Oats, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds are all ingredients to look for. Added sugars, artificial flavors and colors, and ingredients you can't pronounce should be avoided whenever possible. The following options are a great place to start.

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    LivingFuel SuperGreens

    This is considered a whole meal superfood because it provides you with all the nutrients you need from any traditional meal. It is minimally processed, and it’s raw. It's loaded with protein, carbs, and even fiber. Made of whole food ingredients like barley, broccoli, kale, carrots and spirulina, this product can be used in place of a full meal or a snack.

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    EnerHealth Meal Replacement

    This is a great option for picky eating replacement meals because it comes in powder form and can be added to any drink, smoothie or shake without much detection. The organic ingredients include wheat grass, barley grass, beet root and other important foods that provide essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

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    Cliff Bars

    These handy little bars are made from organic ingredients and pack quite a punch when it comes to protein and fiber. Made from whole grains, these bars come in a number of different styles and flavors. You can find trail mix bars, chocolate brownie bars, raw food bars and more at your local grocery store.

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    Special K Meal Bars

    These rich bars were designed to replace a meal when you’re too busy to find the time for a real meal. They are a rich treat, found in flavors such as honey almond, strawberry, double chocolate, chocolate chip, and chocolate peanut butter. Special K also carries a line of protein shakes that can be used in the same way as the bars.

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    SlimFast Meal Shakes

    Sometimes, it is easier to drink a shake on the go than eat a meal or a meal replacement bar. Although these shakes aren’t designed for children, adults enjoy weight loss benefits and hunger satisfaction when consuming them. They can be used in place of milk when creating your favorite recipes which helps provide extra protein, fiber and bulk to cookies, cakes, or pies.

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    What to Look For

    There are numerous picky eating meal replacements on the market; the trick is to know what’s in them before deciding to purchase them. Look for at least three grams each of protein and fiber, and make sure the sugars found in the product are from natural sources like fruit.

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    Resources

    Living Fuel: "Super Nutrition" Retrieved January 1, 2011

    EnerHealth: "Natural Meal Replacement Review" Retrieved january 1, 2011

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    Image Credits

    Wikimedia/Commons