Ensure Complete

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Annice H.
Joined: 2/18/2014

I have been drinking Ensure as a meal replacement.  But now that I have a nutribullet and plan to juice/smoothie,  would it be ok to use the Ensure as a liquid in some cases.  In an 8 0z bottle it has 51g carbs, 20g sugar, 13g protein.

Annice47 welcome to the forum and on your NutriBullet! I would use pure water, coconut water, green tea you brew yourself or unsweetened almond milk. Ensure is not what I would consider healthy. It is too high in sugar, low in fiber and most of the ingredients are not healthy for us. Sugar is the 2nd ingredient after water. Then Corn maltodextrin (another form of sugar) which isn't good either (most corn is now GMO) soy is not good for us unless it is organic and fermented like tofu or miso. Canola oil and corn oil are highly inflammatory and most of it is GMO. Most of the Vitamins that have been added are synthetic and are not absorbed very well. Nothing is better for you than real food. Your body absorbs the nutrients from real foods better. Sunshine is your best source of Vitamin D. Ingredients Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Pea Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Magnesium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Potassium Hydroxide, Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3. Contains milk and soy ingredients.; Contains Milk Ingredients; Contains Soy Ingredients; Gluten-Free; Halal; Kosher Dairy; Low-Residue; Not for patients with galactosemia; Suitable for Lactose Intolerance; I hope this helps Healthy Wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
Wally, I find your commentsWally, I find your comments about Ensure interesting. I am a Cancer survivor, now a larygectomy, I can not swallow even a sip of water in the last 7+ years, thanks to exposure to Agent Orange while serving as a Marine in Vietnam. So everything I take is through a feeding tube. I take 5 Ensures a day with water. My nutritionist says that's all i need, but I feel like i'm just surviving, not striving. I do not have any energy for stairs, walks etc. I bought a NutriBullet yesterday to take matters in my own hands, i could not stand the feeling of hunger any longer. Today I had my first blast using the Vita Berry Blast from the stage 1 recipe. I will continue on the Ensure while I test my tolerance to the recipe. Is it possible that there is a recipe that I could replace Ensure with, knowing that it will be the only thing that I will live on, makes this decision harder than most people just trying to lose weight.
rogermack50 wrote: Wally, I find your comments about Ensure interesting. I am a Cancer survivor, now a larygectomy, I can not swallow even a sip of water in the last 7+ years, thanks to exposure to Agent Orange while serving as a Marine in Vietnam. So everything I take is through a feeding tube. I take 5 Ensures a day with water. My nutritionist says that's all i need, but I feel like i'm just surviving, not striving. I do not have any energy for stairs, walks etc. I bought a NutriBullet yesterday to take matters in my own hands, i could not stand the feeling of hunger any longer. Today I had my first blast using the Vita Berry Blast from the stage 1 recipe. I will continue on the Ensure while I test my tolerance to the recipe. Is it possible that there is a recipe that I could replace Ensure with, knowing that it will be the only thing that I will live on, makes this decision harder than most people just trying to lose weight.
A created some recipes that would match the nutrient profile of ensure using all natural ingredients. Here are the recipes if you want to try these. They are higher in protein which is very important for you to receive adequate sources of protein. NB Chocolate Health Shake: 1 medium banana 1 Tbsp Hemp Seed 1 Tbsp cocoa 4 oz coconut milk (silk) 219 kcal 6g Protein 7.5g Fat 35.5g CHO 14.5g Sugar 5g Fiber NB Diet Strawberry: 1 Tbsp + 2tsp hemp seed 1/2 Medium Banana 1/4 cup strawberries 4oz coconut milk (silk) 204 kcal 6.3g Protein 9.1g Fat 22g CHO 11g sugar 2.2g Fiber NB Resource 2.0: 1/3 Medium Banana 2 Tbsp Hemp Seed 1 cup coconut milk (silk) 1/2 cup mixed berries 1/4 cup walnuts 1/2 cup green peas 476kcal 14.2g Protein 40g CHO 29g Fat 158mg Sodium 351mg Potassium
Sarah that's awesome! I hope everybody drinking Ensure gets these. This is so much better! Healthy Wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.