I never understood when people would say that they were too busy to eat breakfast. I have never been a meal skipper, no matter how busy. However I have now reached the stage of life where I am a meal forget-er, especially where breakfast is concerned. I plan to eat breakfast all morning and then suddenly I’m out the door with an empty stomach and my travel mug full of coffee inside on the windowsill where I forgot it. Again.
I recently had the chance to share Kate Farms’ Komplete Meal Replacement Shakes with my family, which might be the answer to my breakfast forgetfulness.
Kate Farms’ founders, Michelle and Richard Laver, are the parents of four children, including their daughter, Kate, who was born with cerebral palsy. Her parents wanted to give her a healthier, dairy-free option to the meal replacement shakes recommended by her doctor. On their website they write, “We developed our own meal replacement shake in the Laver kitchen one night with the help of a dear friend. We left out the sugar and dairy products and replaced them with all-natural vegan ingredients, creating the world’s first dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free ready to drink meal replacement shake!….As a result, Kate Farms was born.”
I am not usually a meal substitute drinker, but I enjoyed all three flavors of Kate Farms’ dairy-free Komplete Meal Replacement Shakes: Cocoa Fudge, Vanilla Bliss, and Jav’a Latte. The Cocoa Fudge was rich and chocolatey. The Vanilla Bliss was my favorite—not too perfumey. And the Jav’a Latte was a perfect morning pick-me-up. Some in my family found the texture to be a bit “gritty” (most likely from the rice protein powder), but I didn’t mind the texture.
I have tried dairy-based meal replacement shakes in the past and found them to be too thick and sometimes indigestion-causing. The Komplete Meal Replacement Shakes are filling without being too heavy. They also were an enjoyable, quick breakfast to enjoy on the go. I think the Komplete Meal Replacement Shakes would be handy for travel, too, when allergic kids can’t always get all the nutrients they need.
In terms of nutrition, the shakes contain 21 “superfoods” (from green tea to camu camu!), 24 vegetables, 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of plant-based fat, and 17 grams of protein (from rice protein, pea protein, chia seeds and quinoa flour). They are also fortified, and contain a hefty dose of calcium, vitamin D, B vitamins, magnesium, and much more.
Images by Alisa Fleming
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kate Farms’ Komplete Meal Replacement Shakes are vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Kate Farms website at www.katefarms.com