The more we train, the more we need sustenance. When you’re training for competitions such as the Regionals (which is a pre-cursor to the Games), it’s understood that you’ll be working out multiple times a day. If you’re a full-time CrossFit athlete (meaning you don’t have a job or even a family), then this might not be an issue. But if you have a family, a corporate job or if you have to coach as well, then setting aside the appropriate time for training and nutrition could pose as a challenge. Most if not all competitive CrossFitters would attest that one of their biggest challenges is to carve out time to prepare their meals, train full time and maintain a job or a family life.
An alternative would be to just eat out, but we can all agree that it isn’t the most economical (and even healthiest) solution.
Meal replacement shakes, anyone?
Meal replacements have gathered a good following the past few years mainly because of the convenience it brings. It’s a shake that offers the same nutritional checkmarks as a full solid meal (such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein), but it’s handy and you can take it anywhere.
It’s made for people on the go, but does it work for athletes, particularly CrossFitters?
Meal Replacement Shakes and Protein Shakes
Most people would confuse meal replacement shakes with protein shakes.
A protein shake has around 100-150 calories, with a less vitamins but obviously a lot more protein. Depending on your needs, it might also contain a recovery and mass gaining property. It will give you about an hour to an hour and a half of sustenance before you’ll need more food. It’s a valuable component of your training and supplementation.
Most meal replacement products, on the other hand, are marketed as weight loss aids. Interestingly enough, competitive CrossFitters do not need to lose weight. If anything, we actually have to keep our weight or even add a bit more. Furthermore, some meal replacement products have gotten a bad rap, mainly because of the amount of oil and fat they contain.
But what if there’s a meal replacement shake that can fill nutritional needs and actually supplement training? Don’t get me wrong, I will never just rely on meal replacements, but if I need something handy to take post workout –something that would provide a healthy alternative while I’m on the go—then I’m all for it.
Enter Vital House
- 32 grams of protein
- 20% fiber content per serving
These figures and descriptions are typically not what you’d associate with a meal replacement shake, but Vital House’s Athlete Shake isn’t your ordinary meal replacement.
Now to answer the question I posted above – do CrossFit athletes need Meal Replacements, allow me to put it straight -- there’s no replacing real food, but it’s always beneficial to have a meal handy especially if you’re a competitive athlete. Whether you’re tracking macros or if you just need a quick meal after a tough workout, a meal replacement meal is worth a shot.