Having personally tried a lot of different meal replacement drinks and protein powders over the last ten years or so, Muscle Milk is my favorite of them all. It tastes great and has got a perfect balance of protein, carbs, and fat for my personal goals. Of course, there are also some things about Muscle Milk that make it less than desirable for some people; I’d like to discuss both the positives and negatives to help you make an educated decision on whether Muscle Milk is right for you.
First, the taste of Muscle Milk is far superior to any other protein powder or meal replacement I’ve ever personally tried (and like I said, I’ve tried too many different brands to count). Blend up the vanilla flavor with 2% milk and some ice and it literally tastes like a milkshake. Additionally, there are a great variety of flavors of Muscle Milk to choose from, with flavors ranging from blueberries and cream to chocolate chip cookie dough – they’ve got a flavor to appeal to nearly everyone.
Another positive of Muscle Milk is that it’s got a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat. They’ve altered the formula recently to include less fat and a little more carbohydrate – the breakdown for a single scoop of cookies n’ cream muscle milk is 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of protein. You could add a piece of fruit to your shake and have a nice zone-friendly meal.
A thorough review would of course not be complete without a discussion of the downside of the product. For one thing, the fat content may be a bit higher than many people desire. However, it is important to keep in mind that the fat in Muscle Milk comes from Medium Chain Triglycerides, which, according to the Muscle Milk product page on bodybuilding.com, are more likely metabolised as muscle energy and heat than stored as fat.
Also, if you’re going for extreme convenience, a shake might not be the best option for you. A protein bar is something you can grab and eat even if you’re on the run – a shake takes a little more preparation time. What I personally do is just take a shaker cup with me with the powder in it, mix it up with some water, and drink it down. It might not taste quite as good as if you were to mix it in a blender but it still does the job.
Another important thing to note is that you don’t have to include meal replacements or protein in your diet; it’s just an easy and convenient way to get the protein you need. If you’re a big guy like me, getting 200 or so grams of protein a day can be tough to do from solid foods like chicken breasts and tuna – so a protein shake makes life a lot easier.
So, Muscle Milk is a great option if you want a great tasting meal replacement drink. Although the fat content is on the high side, and mixing up a shake is a little inconvenient, I think the quality of the product more than makes up for it. To order a jug and test it out for yourself, click the picture below to go directly to the Muscle Milk order page on bodybuilding.com: