I have to start this post with the comment that the views I'm expressing are my own and I don't want to offend anyone. I respect your views, please respect mine.
Last week I noticed several flyers in the office offering a free lunch on Thursday. The son of one of the ladies was going to make protein smoothie shakes for everyone. That's nice, I thought, but I need more than a protein shake for lunch.
In the past I've known people who eat no breakfast, drink a power shake for lunch, go to the gym and work out, and then go home and eat 2 carrot sticks and a tablespoon of brown rice for an evening meal. Okay, I am exaggerating a little, but you get the point. They can be content with very little food.
So, Thursday rolled around and I didn't make a lunch to take. I really had plans to go out and run errands and thought that I would pick up a sandwich or something while out and about. Close to noon the young man making the smoothies appeared and asked what flavor I would like. He rattled off quite a few and I choose strawberry banana, still planning to quietly eat a sandwich for lunch. A few minutes later the rather large cup with the smoothie and another cup with green tea was presented to me. It was explained that I should drink the smoothie and then follow it up with the green tea. Honestly, I can't remember the explanation of why I was to do that because I didn't really listen.
I took a few sips of the smoothie. It tasted okay, a little powdery though. A few minutes later I went down to the kitchen to express my thanks to the young man. I was greeted at the door by a strange lady and saw another unknown man sitting at one of the tables. The lady had on a shirt with the name of a well-known supplement type company. I will not name the name of the company, but this young man had just started working with these people. Before I could get sucked into their "free physical evaluation" the lady was distracted. I chatted briefly with the young man's mother, who was singing the praises of the protein smoothies and proclaiming that due to all their special ingredients I would not be hungry. I managed to politely leave the kitchen after thanking the young man and his mother.
I drank about half of the smoothie, but the powdery taste was overwhelming me and leaving a nasty taste in my mouth. The tea was okay, but not very flavorful. I quietly donated the remainder of the drinks to the drain in a bathroom sink. Unfortunately, by this time I realized that I would not be able to get out to get a sandwich. I was hungry, and would have been even if I had finished off the smoothie. I ate a handful of veggie chips I had in my food stash and had a long hungry afternoon. (Just to note I do usually have at least a package of tuna stored away in an emergency stash, but had nothing in the stash on that day, so it really was my fault that I didn't plan ahead and have a back up lunch plan).
I can't understand how a powdery, fruit flavored mixture can really be healthy. I've posted before that I am a firm believer that what you eat has a direct effect on how you feel. I love fresh fruit and smoothies are okay, but I prefer to just eat the fruit. I think it is much more sensible to eat a light, well balanced lunch of healthy food. Protein power smoothie shakes just aren't for me, and that's my opinion.