Eating a balanced diet is important to you! But given your busy lifestyle, healthy eating is often easier said than done, and you often find yourself craving unhealthy processed foods in the face of that mid-morning or mid-afternoon energy dip. With temptation in the form of sweet or salty junk foods lurking around every corner, you’d like a healthy, convenient, and most of all, tasty snacking alternative that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Meet Natural Balance Shake strawberry flavour. It’s a tasty and versatile snack with the right nutrients your body needs to curb your sweet tooth in a healthy way.
Natural Balance Shake strawberry flavour is a high-protein, high-fibre ready-to-mix shake formula that satisfies snack cravings. It contains high-quality protein from eggs, whey, as well as peas, and dietary fibre from apple, sugar beet, and rosehip. Protein contributes to the maintenance and growth of muscle mass, while dietary fibre helps promote digestive health.
The versatility of the Natural Balance Shake means that you can customise it however you like! Blend it with fresh fruits and vegetables for a deliciously nutritious smoothie after a sweaty workout or add a scoop to your coffee for a tasty afternoon treat – the choice is yours! That’s smart snacking made easy.
Sweetened with sucralose. Blend with water, milk or plant-based milk alternatives. Enjoy as a snack 1-2 times per day. High protein. High fibre. Non-GMO. Gluten free. Preservative free. No artificial colours or flavours. Halal compliant formula. Developed in Sweden.
Every 18g serving of Natural Balance Shake strawberry has:
•71 calories (kcal)
•7.0g protein, of which approximately 3g are essential amino acids
•1.6g fat (of which saturates – 0.4g)
•6.4g of carbohydrates (of which sugars – 3.8g)
•1.6g dietary fibre
•0.25 g salt
How to Use
The Natural Balance Shake is deliciously nutritious and can be enjoyed as a healthy snack alternative 1-2 times per day. Simply:
•Take one scoop (18g) of the Natural Balance Shake powder of your choice (Strawberry, Vanilla, or Chocolate) and add it to a container of 150 ml of cold water.
Alternate directions for use:
You can also blend your Natural Balance Shake with milk or plant-based milk alternatives (such as oat, soy, almond, and more) depending on your personal preferences and availability*.
NBS can even be used as a base for a healthy smoothie* or as a more filling alternative to your morning or afternoon coffee.
Note: The nutritional profile of NBS when taken with additional ingredients will change and calories may increase depending on the ingredient and amount consumed. The below nutritional values are general estimates and may vary depending on what type and brand of drink used
However, proteins are not one and the same – there are many different types, all of which play different but equally key roles in the body, including: structural proteins, transport proteins, enzymes, hormones, and immunoproteins. Just as proteins are the building blocks of the body, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and are either essential or non-essential, essential meaning that they cannot be produced by the body and must be provided by our diet.
Not all proteins are created equal! Some are of higher quality than others – such as the proteins found in our Natural Balance Shakes:
Egg & Whey Protein: Egg & whey protein are great sources of high-quality protein, as they are easily digested and absorbed, and provide all 9 of the essential amino acids that the body cannot make1. Whey protein (a type of milk protein) is an excellent source of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) including leucine, which is the key amino acid in stimulating muscle protein synthesis1. 1Miller GD, Jarvis JK and McBean LD. Handbook of dairy foods and nutrition. 3rd ed. CRC press, Taylor & Francis group, Boca Raton (2007) 1-55. Pea protein: This is a sustainable, plant-based protein. Pea production is sustainable across the following environmental measures: greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, land use and water use2. What’s more, pea protein is one of the more easily digested plant-based proteins compared to many other plant-based proteins. In general, animal proteins are more easily digested and absorbed by the body than plant-based proteins – pea protein, however is one of the more easily digested plant-based proteins3. 2Poore J, Nemecek T. Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers. Science.. 2018;360(6392):987-923 Rutherfurd, S.M., Fanning, A.C., Miller, B.J., & Moughan, P.J. (2015). Protein digestibility-corrected amino acid scores and digestible indispensable amino acid scores differentially describe protein quality in growing male rats. The Journal of nutrition, 145 2, 372-9 .
Dietary FibreYou’ve probably been told to add more fibre to your diet at least once in your life and this is very sound advice, as dietary fibre has lots of health benefits, especially when it comes to gut health. Dietary fibre sources include fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and wholegrains (i.e. non-processed grains where the peel or bran has not been removed). It adds bulk to the diet, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, and keeps you regular! But what is it, exactly? Dietary fibre is a type of carbohydrate, but unlike other carbohydrates such as sugars or starches, it cannot be digested by our body’s enzymes in the small intestine and instead, reaches the large intestine or colon where it is fermented by gut bacteria, producing short chain fatty acids and gases. Despite the many benefits of a fibre-rich diet, consumers worldwide are not getting enough fibre in their diet, with many falling short of the 25-35g daily amount recommended by the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. In fact, many countries are only meeting half or two thirds of this recommendation, with most people worldwide consuming less than 20 g of dietary fibre per day4.
Every serving of our Natural Balance Shake contains 1.6-1.8g grams of the dietary fibre required for a healthy diet. The dietary fibre in our Natural Balance Shake comes from natural sources such as apples, rosehip, and sugar beet. Dietary fibre helps to:
•Add bulk to your diet, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, and helps keep you regular
4Stephen, A. M., Champ, M. M.-J., Cloran, S. J., Fleith, M., van Lieshout, L., Mejborn, H., & Burley, V. J. (2017). Dietary fibre in Europe: current state of knowledge on definitions, sources, recommendations, intakes and relationships to health. Nutrition Research Reviews, 30(2), 149–190. Cambridge University Press.