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How does a meal replacement product help you in your diet?

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How does a meal replacement product help you in your diet?

Have you developed a curiosity for the Jake products or are you familiar with our products and want to know more about using them most effectively? This article will help you gain insights into meal replacement products, your best match with them and the benefits of consuming them.

What is a meal replacement?

Jake products are meal replacements, in shakes, bars or a soup. They consist of nutrients that, altogether, create a nutritional profile suitable for a complete meal. This means that any of your daily meals; your breakfast yogurt, your lunch sandwich or your dinner, can be replaced with one of the Jake healthy meal replacement shakes – without having to feel guilty about not getting your vitamins, minerals or other nutrients.

Jake products don’t come with a set of rules, this means you can eat and prepare them whenever you want. The biggest benefit being the time and effort you save: stay in bed longer in the morning, stay in your workflow instead of making lunch or dinner. Forget vacuuming your car due to breadcrumbs, vegan meal replacement drinks don’t crumble!

Which product suits you best?

For starters, let’s look at the amount of calories you’d like to consume. You can determine the amount of calories by using a TDEE calculator. TDEE is the total daily energy usage, where the BMR (rested energy expenditure) is multiplied by PAL (daily exercise indicator). 

If you’re trying to lose weight, the easiest way to achieve that goal is by gaining less than you take in. Otherwise, just stick to the amount of calories you use daily. If you are familiar with your daily usage of calories, start off by choosing the meal of the day you wish to replace. You can choose to replace all three of your meals, or just try replacing one of three first. There are no rules to Jake, you decide when, where and what you eat. You can find your best match by using our comparison tool, where you can compare products with ease. To clarify how and when you can replace meals, here are some examples.

What are the benefits?

Of course there are several benefits when replacing one or more meals a day, with Jake products. An important example is the time you save with not having to do grocery shopping or cooking. When replacing every meal in a day with Jake, you can save about an hour a day to do other things.

Here are 14 things you can do in your saved, spare time:

  1. Follow an (online) yoga class
  2. Go for a run
  3. Take a walk in the park
  4. Meditate
  5. Read a book
  6. Go for a bike ride
  7. Put together a playlist of your favourite songs
  8. Read another Jake blog
  9. Read the newspapers
  10. Create a binding of your favourite photos
  11. Complete at least one task out of your to-do list
  12. Solve a puzzle
  13. Learn some new words in a foreign language
  14. Clean your mailbox

Another major advantage is your vitamin intake: without having to think about it, your body gets all the vitamins it needs. Together with the examples above, your intake would be between 103% and 111% of the recommended intake. This means no more extra supplements or vitamins. You don’t have to worry about getting too many vitamins, you’re not close to the daily limit.

Yet another benefit is the grip you get on your energy intake. This means you can regulate your energy levels way better, making you eat just the right amount instead of too much or too little. The danger of eating too little, for example during lunch, is that you get hungry too quickly and end up snacking random bits and bites. However, if the intention is to eat more than usually, you’re still at the right address. Jake is a good way to eat more, and gain weight, while still being in clear control of your nutrition.

There are many benefits to using Jake in your diet.

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The Vitaminbar: Everything You Need to Know

We love food that’s easy, healthy and sustainable. Every meal replacement shake we make meets these three requirements. And yet, when it comes to ‘easy’, we know all too well that it means different things in different situations. Sometimes even pouring water into a shaker can be too much work. That’s where the Vitaminbar comes in.

The Vitaminbar is a 330-calorie snack that is ready to eat and easy to bring with you wherever you go. You can use it as a light breakfast, a 4pm snack or just anytime you get the munchies.

What’s inside?

Let’s start with what’s not inside. The Vitaminbar is completely soy-free, nuts-free, lactose-free and animal-free. As for the rest, it’s packed with nutrients.


Each Vitaminbar contains 19-20g protein and has a complete amino acid profile. It’s all about the right combination of protein sources. The protein in the Vitaminbar comes from peas, oats and rice. Pea protein lacks the sulphur-containing amino acids cysteine and methionine, whereas oats and rice protein provide a surplus of them. Together, they make for a complete amino acid profile.

At 12-14g sugar per bar, the Vitaminbar packs less sugar than a banana and twice the amount of dietary fibre, at about6g). Fibre is important for the normal functioning of your digestive system and it helps lower your blood pressure.

There’s fat in there, too. The good kind. The Vitaminbar is a good source of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. At the same time, we’ve kept saturated fat to a minimum, at 1.6-2.2g per bar.

Vitamins and minerals

With each bar you’re getting at least 25% of the recommended daily amounts of every vitamin and mineral. For particular vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, phosphorus and iron, you’re even getting more than that. Here’s why.

Vitamin D and iron deficiencies are among the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies worldwide. By increasing the amounts you get with each Vitaminbar, we’re minimising the risk that you don’t get enough of them.

At the same time, we always consider the absorption rate of different nutrients. Just like the rest of our ingredients, the iron we use in the Vitaminbars comes from plant sources. Its absorption rate is about 10%, which is rather low compared to the 25% absorption rate of iron from animal sources. To compensate for this difference without involving animals in the process, we’ve boosted the amount of iron per bar.

Vitaminbar flavours

The Vitaminbar is available in two flavours, Forest Fruit and Coffee Cacao:

Forest Fruit is a tight mess full of nutrients, whole grain oats and fruity bits. It tends to make a good first impression with its fruity scent and a flavour that’s just the right level of sweet.

Coffee Cacao is a chunky bar with a mild cacao flavour and an extra kick: it contains the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee. You can trust Coffee Cacao to wake you up and get you going.

Want to take a closer look at the Vitaminbars’ nutritional info? All details are here. For the closest look possible, order a box of Vitaminbars here.