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by Carly Neubert, BA, NC July 19, 2018
Updated on 09/10/20
NuMedica Total Vegan is the best-tasting meal replacement I have had in a long time, maybe even that I have EVER had. It contains a blend of 5 different vegetarian protein sources: chia, pea, rice, hemp and cranberry proteins. Who knew that cranberries contain protein? If you have tried these protein powders you know that some of them don’t have a great taste or consistency; however, NuMedica has perfected the blend and transformed them into a delicious protein powder.
With 24 grams of protein, Total Vegan is a perfect meal replacement for breakfast or lunch. I always recommend slightly more carbohydrates at dinner. It has a 4:1 ratio of protein to carbohydrates so it fits into a low-carb meal plan and lifestyle. It comes in your choice of vanilla, chocolate, or mocha. One canister holds 14 servings.
NuMedica Total Vegan is more than a meal replacement. It also contains L-glutamine which is important for healing Leaky Gut and gaining lean muscle. The protein powder includes broccoli seed extract and calcium d-glucarate. I call broccoli seeds/sprouts “the superest of superfoods” because they contain the most potent anti-cancer nutrients on the planet. Calcium-d-glucarate supports liver detoxification. When you use NuMedica Total Vegan as a meal replacement, you are also supporting your liver health.
When I make a protein smoothie I use collagen protein or NuMedica Total Vegan protein powder. Whey protein powder, without antibiotics and hormones, is very hard to find and expensive, so I opt for vegetarian protein powders. Protein powders can be very convenient and a source of healing, but there is a dark side too. Don’t buy discount protein powder because you will likely end up with a low quality and toxic protein shake. As I have written about before, collagen powder is just protein without added nutrients to constitute a full meal. Total Vegan, on the other hand, contains protein, a small amount of carbohydrates, healthy fat (MCT) and detox nutrients. It is a total meal replacement.
You don't need to be a body builder to appreciate protein in your diet. Most Americans eat far too many carbohydrates and not enough protein to maintain their muscle mass. Protein is the building block for your muscles, skin, and joints. Protein is much more filling and satisfying than carbohydrates. Protein doesn't cause blood sugar spikes and crashes like sugar-laden carbohydrate foods.
A high protein diet is a key to losing weight and sustaining your energy throughout the day. On the other hand, opting for coffee and a doughnut is guaranteeing that you will be on the dreaded blood-sugar roller coaster for the rest of the day.
I recommend adding full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream to increase the healthy fat. I sometimes add ½ a large avocado instead. If you use the Vanilla Total Vegan powder, you will end up with an avocado-green protein shake. But if you use the chocolate flavor, it won’t affect the color as much. If you are working on a high-fat diet, you can add MCT oil. It doesn't affect the taste and mixes well in a blender. You can also add plain water too. The packaging recommends 8 ounces of liquid, but I tend to add 16 ounces.
My only complaint about Total Vegan is the very small amount of sugar it contains. I am a proponent of a zero-sugar diet. However, I allow up to 4 grams of sugar with a meal, or in an after-meal treat. Total Vegan contains exactly 4 grams of sugar from cane juice. Sugar that is extracted from cane is the original sugar. Other granulated white sugar comes from GMO sugar beets or corn. Sugar cane juice is the least of all evils when it comes to sugar. Gratefully, Total Vegan also contains 4 grams of fiber which helps to reduce blood sugar spikes.
Protein powders are a dime-a-dozen these days. But read your labels carefully to ensure that you are getting a meal replacement that helps, not hurts, your overall health. Avoid any powder that contains more than 4 grams of added sugar. Look for a meal replacement that contains only a small amount of carbohydrates. Total Vegan is loaded with amino acids and is low in carbohydrates. It tastes great and supports liver function.
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Carly Neubert BA, NC
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