By now, anyone who has ever become interested in making themselves healthier and fitter knows that eating real, whole and healthy foods will always be the best option if we want to live healthier.
But life can’t be perfect ALL the time and when it starts to get busier by the minute, it’s next to impossible to find time to make a good nutritious meal. And nutritious meals aren’t always cheap and ready-made options from companies like Slim Fast and Nutrisystem may be out of reach due to budget problem.
That’s where quality supplements and such can help to fill in those nutritional gaps.
One of my favorite supplements, that I personally am still currently using daily, is from LYFE Fuel. I’ve been religiously taking two (this one here and this one here) of their products (which I will get into more detail below) for the past 6 months and the whole experience has been nothing but short of surprisingly satisfying, good tasting.... pretty much just amazing.
I’ve tried countless meal replacement shakes for breakfast in the past but in the end I chose to stick with LYFE Fuel…in specific, their Essentials Shake, and frankly, it’s one of the best decisions of my life.
If you wanna know why I favor them so much and why they are factually superior to most all other shakes (other than kachava) take a minute and give my personal, definitely opionated review a read below. I freakin love this brand, they have products I swear by, and I use them myself personally pretty much daily.
About LYFE Fuel - an Overview
When I first heard about LYFE Fuel, I thought the owners were just trying to sell expensive protein powder changing the I in LIFE with a Y… Until I took a look at their pricing. they are dirt cheap comparitvely speaking to others such as Kachava.
This is why I was looking for a cheaper alternative to keep my on-the-go lifestyle health at its best.
… it turns out LYFE actually stood for their mantra, “Live Your Fullest Everyday.” Imagine my mind blowing when I learned that a few months after. It’s pretty impressive and the mantra really motivates me to keep at it! (1)
Back in 2015, the people behind LYFE Fuel found the health supplement industry overhyped and severely lacking in a lot of essential nutrients – these nutrients were ones you could only get from whole foods.
Armed with the belief that nutrition should be a, if not THE, major component to a healthy lifestyle, the brains of the company began to develop a smarter way to fuel the body.
They took a holistic approach to wellness and focused on using real, plant-based whole foods to be the ingredients. The brand then launched its first product, the Daily Essentials Shake (which is the one I'm using today) in 2016. (2)
As seen on their website, the brand’s mission is “to inspire and empower change toward a healthier future by producing the most nutrient-dense products on the planet; created by nature, rooted in science, and designed for modern lifestyles.” (3)
LYFE Fuel envisions to inspire everyone to not only feel, look, and perform better through its products, but have the power to encourage others to live their lives to the fullest as well.
Now, moving on to their products…
LYFE Fuel Products
As of writing, the brand has released five products, namely:
Daily Essentials Shake;
21-Day Transformation Program
Essentials Bar; and
We’ll be reviewing the first 3 products in the list above, starting with the Daily Essentials Shake.
More than a low sodium protein powder, their Daily Essentials Shake is a complete plant-based meal you can make in a minute or less. They further claim that it can help you achieve a stronger body, a sharper mind, and a better life.
A serving of the Daily Essential Shake is sure to give you the energy you need for the day while keeping your cravings at bay.
The brand boasts of providing consumers with much needed essential nutrients. These essential nutrients are taken solely from real food ingredients and the shake has no artificial additives.
One serving or 33g of the Daily Essentials Shake contains the following:
- Protein: 18g
- Carbs: 6g
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugar: 3g
Every serving also has over 27 essential vitamins and minerals, probiotics, antioxidants, and superfoods like flaxseeds, barley grass, spirulina, kale, and dandelion to boost nutrition while helping you to stay focused and full for the rest of the day.
The Daily Essentials shake is fully plant-based; the protein in it is made from a blend of pea protein and organic rice protein. It’s also worthy to note that it has no artificial additives, is low calorie, soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. You can consume this delicious shake without worrying what will happen if I drink protein shakes without working out.
When I first decided to add LYFE Fuel to my regular intake, I was more focused on simply getting my complete nutrition every day. To my pleasant surprise, I got more than what I expected: it helped me stay more awake, perform better, and even aided me to lose unwanted weight along the way.
Taste and Texture
How a meal replacement shake tastes can be a real dealbreaker for many of us. To be frank, when I read the nutritional label , and saw how “wholesome” the ingredients were, it made me think that I was going to be tasting fresh grass. I was also bit worried as I thought this might not be the right protein powder for my sensitive stomach.
IF that was the case, I would have dropped this product immediately and moved on to another meal shake.
Thankfully, LYFE Fuel proved me wrong (VERY WRONG) because taste-wise, their Daily Essentials Shake exceeded my expectations! While it still reminds me of a (much more pleasant-tasting) fresh green smoothie, it doesn't taste too err… earthy.
On the bright side, the taste definitely assured me that the shake has no artificial ingredients in it, what with how clean and “raw” it tastes. It certainly reminds me of the shakes I make at home with fresh fruits and veggies – only that LYFE Fuel tastes so much better.
The Daily Essentials Shake comes in two flavors: Vanilla Chai and Chocolate.
If we’re basing it only on flavor, many consumers prefer the chocolate over the vanilla when taken with just water or milk but prefer the vanilla when mixed in a smoothie or fruit shake recipe.
Based on my personal experience, I would have to agree with both sentiments. The Vanilla has a stronger “green smoothie” flavor when you drink it on its own, but adding it to a recipe (e.g. plant-based milk, ice, and banana), and you have a delicious smoothie party going!
On the brighter side, both have just the right amount of sweetness for me and does not give off a funky stevia aftertaste.
As for texture, both flavors are very easy to down and the smooth consistency when drinking it makes me look forward to having it every day. I like that the powder dissolves easily and doesn’t get lumpy whether you use a shaker bottle or a blender.
It’s not too runny when you add just the right amount of water or milk and it blends easily with fruits and yogurt. But that’s just my experience – a few have pointed out that they still find it a tad bit chalky especially if you’re only using a shaker bottle or water bottle.
You can buy a 1.75lb bag of LYFE Fuel’s Daily Essentials Shake straight from their website at $70.00 for a one-time purchase and at $60.00 if you get a subscription.
Basing it off the one-time purchase price, each serving would cost $2.9.
Slightly more expensive than your average meal replacement shake but, when you look at the Daily Essentials Shake‘s nutrient profile, list of ingredients and add in the company’s commitment to providing consumers with “nothing but the cleanest and the best formulation for a complete meal”, I say the price is justified.
Besides, it’s cheaper than Shakelogy, Herbalife and other plant-based meal shakes out in the market today.
Great! Now, let’s head over to LYFE Fuel’s second product, the Recovery Nutrition Shake.
The Recovery Nutrition Shake, or the Recovery Shake for brevity, is not just your regular old protein shake. Made to be more of a post-workout high protein powder without whey, it’s carefully formulated to help with quicker and more optimal muscle recovery.
In addition to utilizing shakes for muscle recovery, I also use a Theragun before and after workouts to ensure that my muscles are properly recovered.
This helps me to maximize the impact of my workouts while minimizing the risk of injury.
The brand claims that with the Recovery Shake, consumers not only build more muscle faster, they get to train harder while lessening the risks of burnout, injury, and muscle fatigue. (5)
Like essentials shake, the Recovery Shake is 100% plant-based with a protein blend that’s made from pea protein isolate, brown rice protein, and quinoa.
One serving or 37g of the Recovery Shake contains the following:
- Calories: 150
- Fat: 3g
- Protein: 25g
- Carbs: 6g
- Fiber: 1g
The Recovery Shake boasts of being made from 25 whole food ingredients including Kale, Spirulina, Acai Berry, Maca Root, Mangosteen, and Gotu Kola, among others. To top that off, LYFE Fuel also added 4.5g of BCAAs along with micronutrients such as Magnesium and D3 in every serving of the Recovery Shake to aid in quicker muscle repair.
Like the Daily Essentials Shake, it is low calorie, soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Taste and Texture
You can choose from two flavors for the Recovery Shake as well:
- The Vanilla Chai - You can see this flavor by clicking here.
- and my new favorite, their Chocolate flavor. - You can see this flavor by clicking here.
The Vanilla Chai Recovery Shake tastes almost exactly the same as the Daily Essentials Shake in Vanilla, and I prefer using it as a base for a protein smoothie rather than drinking it on its own.
The Chocolate Recovery Shake was surprisingly less “chocolate-y” than the Daily Essentials one, but tastes good mixed with just water or added to a smoothie recipe.
A number of consumers on Amazon have shared that while the Recovery Shake (particularly the vanilla) feels slightly chalky in the mouth. But they quickly added that it’s something they could turn a blind eye to since the shake does live up to its promise of quicker recovery time and more energy throughout the day. (6)
While I wasn’t religious in drinking the Recovery Shake as much as I did with the Daily Essentials, I have to admit that the Recovery Shake did help me see an increase in performance at my basement gym and during my running after leg day.
I’d normally take 2-3 days off to rest and recover, but after having LYFE Fuel’s Recovery Shake a few times, I found myself eager and strong enough to do biceps, triceps on the same day and shoulders after chest day.
You can get a 2lb bag of the Recovery Shake for only $50 for one time purchases on LYFE Fuel’s website. They also offer a $10 discount if you get a monthly subscription from them.
Based on their one-time purchase price, a serving would cost you about $2.08.
Last on the list is LYFE Fuel’s latest bundle offer…
The 21-Day Transformation Bundle
Like the name suggests, this set of LYFE Fuel products was put together to help anyone transform their lives and achieve more than their health goals in 21 days. (7)
The 21-Day Transformation Bundle is a program that’ll take your health and fitness performance to better heights with plant-based nutrition and mindful living techniques. Included in the bundle is $250 worth of products.
They’re also offering domestic free shipping and promises to donate 1% of their sales to an eco-based charity the brand supports when you get the bundle.
Priced at $150, the 21-Day Transformation Bundle guarantees to give consumers a much needed boost by providing a roadmap; this can be especially beneficial for those who don’t know where and how to start living their LYFE to the fullest.
While I haven’t personally tried the bundle yet, I have to say it looks promising! Sometimes it’s much better for us to let experts lead the way and to follow a results-guaranteed program as a stepping stone to reaching our health goals and more.
Plus with all the inclusions such as the digital app and recipe book, it would be hard NOT to be accountable and way cheaper than getting a personal trainer to kick off your journey to better health.
LYFE Fuel Alternative: Ka’Chava
Out of all the other meal shakes I’ve tried in the past, the only brand that’s at par with LYFE Fuel in terms of nutritional benefits and quality ingredients is Ka’Chava.
Before settling on Ka'Chava, I compared it to many other Ka'Chava alternatives, such as Vega one, Orgain, Huel, Soylenet and Athletic Greens (Check out my detailed comparison of Ka'Chava vs Athletic Greens).
So, after consideration of their relative merits, I ultimately decided on Ka'Chava as the best option for my nutritional needs. Here is my comprehensive Ka'Chava review that will help you determine if Kachava is the right choice for your nutritional needs.
Definitely one of the best vegan meal replacement shakes in the market, it had been my go-to meal shake for a while before I switched to LYFE Fuel. (8)
While I did mention that both brands offer superior benefits when it comes to my health, I felt I got more bang for my buck with LYFE Fuel. To make things easier to picture out, check out this quick comparison I made below:
$70 / $2.9 per serving
$50 / $2.08 per serving
$69.99 / $2.9 per serving
2 Flavors available
2 Flavors available
5 Flavors available
Both LYFE Fuel and Ka’Chava are vegan-friendly, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.
When you simply look at the chart, Ka’Chava looks like it’s a mix of the Daily Essentials Shake and the Recovery Shake, and you’d think “well, isn’t that much better than buying two different products?”
The answer is… it depends.
LYFE Fuel’s Daily Essentials Shake appeals to the low-carb audience – say, people who still want to feel full and get enough nutrition without having to worry about calories and carbs.
On the other hand, the Recovery Shake is developed for a specific purpose in mind: to boost protein intake for better recovery and not to replace whole meals.
So yes, Ka’Chava is a great alternative to LYFE Fuel if you only want to buy one product based on convenience. Here are my favorite Ka'Chava recipes that you can try to spice up the flavors.
And if you’re looking to explore more flavors but still want to get the same quality as LYFE Fuel’s Daily Essentials or Recovery Shake, then I highly recommend Ka’Chava.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It's like we've gone over all there is to know about Lyfe Fuel, right? Still got some questions? Here are a few more tidbits.
How long do LYFE Fuel Shakes last?
LYFE Fuel products last about 2 years from their manufacturing date. To maintain freshness, the brand recommends you store LyfeFuel products in a cool, dry place away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight.
Can I take more than 1 serving of LYFE Fuel Shakes?
Yes, you definitely can!
A serving of LYFE Fuel products is enough to provide you with the nutrition you need for the day or to help you recover after a productive workout. But if your daily routine keeps you way more active than the average person, then your body might benefit more with 1 or more servings added to your intake.
Feel free to experiment to find the right balance that can help fill you up and get you through the day.
Any allergens to look out for?
LYFE Fuel contains tree nuts from coconuts and wheatgrass but other than that, their products are dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.
Can LYFE Fuel help with weight loss?
LYFE Fuel’s shakes are designed to help you lessen unhealthy food intake by making you feel full longer which can ultimately lead you to a healthy weight loss journey. Combining LYFE Fuel with full body workout every other day and healthy eating habits, you’ll be able to shed that extra weight and live a stronger, healthier life.
What is LYFE Fuel’s Return Policy?
The brand is committed to giving quality while also being open to constant improvement. LYFE Fuel’s accepts returns within 30 days from purchase if any customer should experience any issues with their products or shipping. Should product replacement be impossible, LYFE Fuel will issue a full refund.
Does LYFE Fuel ship outside the US?
Yes, they offer international shipping to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
So Is LYFE Fuel Worth It?
At first, I was a little bit skeptical of LYFE Fuel because of how low the calories were with every serving. An average meal can be around 300 to 700 calories, and I was afraid I’d get hungry in an hour or so from taking either the Daily Essentials Shake or the Recovery Shake.
Surprise, surprise! LYFE Fuel did not disappoint when it came to keeping me satiated until my next meal.
Another reason why I’ll be sticking to LYFE Fuel is the fact that it has absolutely no artificial flavors and added sweeteners, and drinking their shakes is nothing short of a clean and green experience for my well being.
It may be a little bit expensive than other protein powders for smoothies but its topnotch ingredients and the company’s commitment to providing a holistic and healthy option justifies the price.
And if you’ve been waiting for a sign to point you to one of the best, if not THE BEST, complete meal in a shake out in the market today, then this is it!
When you’re ready to live LYFE to the fullest, treat yourself to a 10% discount over at LYFE Fuel’s website by using the code BENBENMAYZ when you check out. Click this link here and the discount will automatically be applied at check out
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