I used to drink a post-workout protein shake that was just designer whey in a shaker with water and ice and that has gradually evolved to a protein/fiber shake and then into green smoothies that have about 800-900 calories and take me from breakfast through lunch. That may seem weird to some people but it really works for me (and I like to eat the bulk of my calories pre-dinner). The initial investment is high but I buy bulk and each addition came slowly rather than thinking, one morning, "I will go to the health food store and buy 200 dollars of smoothie ingredients."
1/2 cup unflavored hemp milk
1 cup water (or more)
50ish-90ishg baby spinach
various fresh fruits when things are in season and cheap and delicious
1 serving designer whey chocolate powder (looking to move to something sans sucralose..)
1 serving designer whey chocolate weight control powder (I feel like a moron buying it but I like the taste better than the standard formula (stevia sweetened)
1/2 serving unflavored vega powder (by sequel naturals)
1 serving manitoba harvest hemp powder (unflavored)
1 serving nature's answer chia seeds
1 serving ground flaxseeds
serving of frozen fruit (nothing with a syrup or any sweeteners, or anything that is not fruit)
tablespoon or two of raw cacoa powder
(blend, add ice or liquid as needed)
I had to add the ginger and allspice when I got the vega because the unflavored one tastes like paper mache paste
I'd rather add 10 calories of delicious spices than 20 calories of sugar or "natural flavors". The vega is a really great product though and I love the added goodies. Only place I've ever seen it in stores is Whole Foods.
I have been known to add plain greek yogurt or 1/2c V8 Splash to the blender. And every once in a blue moon things aren't tasting edible and a dash of stevia is called into play.
And added disclaimer that this concoction has about 40g of fiber and you need to work up to that level without digestive upset.