|Are Ensure's Healthy Mom shakes and snack bars healthy?
|Ensure Healthy Mom Shakes and snacks are designed to provide balanced nutrition for pregnant and nursing women. They are low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol and contain zero grams of trans fat. And since they're lactose-free they can be used by most moms. One 8-ounce "shake" provides about 200 calories and 10 grams of protein. So, yes these are healthy options for pregnant or nursing moms.
However, keep in mind that bars and shakes can be expensive and that a glass of milk and a piece of fruit will provide you with about the same amount of calories and protein for a lot less money. If you are interested in using the Ensure Healthy Mom shakes or snacks as easy, portable snacks while traveling or at work, they will help you meet your nutritional needs during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. However, I do not recommend using these products as calorie-controlled meal replacements, which is not a healthy choice.
Tanya Jolliffe, BabyFit healthy eating expert