When scrambling to get ready for work (or racing from the office to the gym), you don’t always have time to sit down for a square meal or prepare a healthy, energizing snack – and grabbing a greasy breakfast sandwich or a Milky Way on the go certainly doesn’t meet the nutritional grade. For quick, convenient fuel, we’re loving Orgain, a high-protein meal-replacement shake that tastes like dessert.
This is hardly your mother-in-law’s Slim-Fast. Rather than using a dizzying melange of synthetic flavors and colors, cheap ingredients, and fillers as many grab-and-slam “nutrition” shakes do, Orgain is USDA Organic, meaning there’s nothing artificial about it. Each 11-ounce, 255-calorie drink packs in 16 grams of whey and milk protein, 24 vitamins and minerals, and the equivalent of 10 servings of organic fruits and vegetables for sustainable, not turn-and-burn, energy. Plus, the sleek Tetra Pak pouch is easier than a can or jug to stash in your laptop case or gym bag. But the real ace in the hole is Orgain’s rich flavor and non-grainy texture. We like Creamy Chocolate Fudge best, but Iced Cafe Mocha and Sweet Vanilla Bean are damn good, too. All taste better cold but are totally fine – and safe to drink – unchilled. [$42 for 12 shakes; drinkorgain.com]