Ample Meal Replacement Reviews are not hard to find as this popular protein meal replacement company seems to have really made some noise with some features on TechCrunch, Forbes, The LA Times, and more. In this Ample review, I’ll give the product a run through and let you know how it worked for me (and my boyfriend bc he stole a few scoops from me!). I’ll analyze the nutritional information to see if this really does qualify as a full meal.. I’ll discuss the flavors and let you know if Ample actually tastes good.. And then I’ll talk about the two Ample packaging options. I may also compare Ample to some other popular meal replacement options such as Huel and Shakeology to see how it stacks up against the others. Let’s begin our the Ample meal replacemenet review.
Well. It seems a day doesn’t go by where another one of these meal replacement products doesn’t come on my radar. But today’s product I’m actually super excited about because after taking it for about a week now, I’ve become a pretty big fan. Let’s dive right into the review. So. Ample meal replacement comes in three different varieties:
- The traditional Ample meal which is made primarily using Grass Fed whey protein as the primary protein source.
- The Ample V Meal Replacement which is made using plant-based protein sources instead of dairy-based
- The Ample K Meal Replacement which swaps the carbohydrates out for more fats – tailored for people who adhere to the ketogenic diet
I have not been following any specific diet this Summer so I opted for just the regular Ample meal replacement shakes that have the dairy in them. Another thing to note is that Ample comes in two different packaging options- the first is in the ‘empty’ jars with just the raw powder in them. Then you add water and shake it up yourself. The other option is purchasing Ample meal replacement in a bulk powder bag (actually reminds me a lot of the LadyBoss Lean meal replacement packaging!).
I opted for the latter because the empty jar with powder thing just seems weird to me. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain but I just have this feeling that the product isn’t really finished that way? It doesn’t seem like it would have the best quality that way. Like maybe it would get clumpy when you add the water. But yeah I just stuck with the big pouch of Ample powder. Let me start by talking about the Ample taste:
Does Ample Meal Replacement Taste Good?
I bet a good deal of you are here to find out my thoughts on the flavor. Unlike most other meal replacement products, Ample comes in just one standard regular flavor. It has some ingredients that do help give it a pleasant taste, but do not expect big, bold, dessert-like flavors like you get from some of the other more flavor-forward products like UNICO Gemini. But what does Ample taste like? To me it tastes like, well, a sort of ‘oaty’ sweet porridge. I know that sounds weird but that’s the flavor I get. It has that sort of dense, wholesome flavor of a muesli. At first I was not a fan but after a few sips I actually did start to enjoy the flavor. It has some dairy notes from the whey, and just a hint of tartness from lemon juice powder. Overall I enjoy it.
*EDIT* My friend at work purchased some of the Ample V Vegan meal replacement and let me try a scoop- and that one tasted much worse than this one. The plant-protein flavors really came through in my opinion and not in a good way. Almost like a toasted pea flavor that I wasn’t a fan of.
What is In Ample Meal Replacement?
So the flavor is decent. But what about the formulation? What is in the Ample product anyways? I have already told you a few of the key ingredients like grass-fed whey protein, but let me go through the full list and then touch on some of the macros as well.
NOTE: I was taking the full 400 calorie (2 scoop serving)
Ample Meal Replacement Macros:
Calories from fat 230
Saturated Fat 11g
Total Carbohydrate 21g
Dietary Fiber 10g
NOTES: So the macros are pretty good with Ample. You are using a LOT of powder in the full 3 scoop serving- I can tell you that. It seems like about 2 full cups of powder practically, but, overall I like the macronutrient profile. It is more or less balanced in a 1:1:1 ratio of carbs:fat:protein. I think the saturated fat is a little high at 11g, but it is from coconut oil which is a relatively healthy source and shouldn’t impact cardiovascular health too badly. The sugar is still low at 4g which I like.
Ample Meal Replacement Ingredients:
Grass Fed Whey Protein, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Oat Powder, Chicory Root Fiber Pea Protein, Collagen Protein, Sweet Potato, Acacia Fiber, Macedamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Dried Honey, Sea Salt, Psyllium Husk, Lemon Juice Powder, Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Guar Gum, Cinnamon, Probiotic Blend, Monk Fruit, Stevia
NOTES: As you can see, the primary protein source in Ample meal replacement is the whey protein. I don’t mind this since it is grass-fed, and they also use some other protein sources to complement it, like collagen protein and even some pea protein. The coolest ingredients in Ample meal replacement to me are the probiotics, and the healthy carbs (oat and sweet potato). I also enjoy the inclusion of wheat and barley grass for some added nutrients. The usage of macadamia nut oil is also a creative and healthy ingredient to add some of those healthy fats. Some of the cons for me are the monk fruit (which upsets my tummy sometimes) and the coconut oil which isn’t quite as healthy as you might think.
Overall I do think that this Ample formulation is pretty good. The ingredients are high quality and the macros line up nicely. I will also say that I felt really great when I would drink Ample. I felt energized and really full and yeah, I just felt like my body was running on clean fuel which is an awesome feeling. My workouts felt great. I felt good and on top of things mentally…it’s amazing what happens when you put the right fuel in the tank.
Ample vs Huel:
I have had a lot of people asking me about how Ample compares to Huel and I have to say that Ample is a much better product than Huel for a couple of different reasons. The top reasons that I would go with Ample over Huel are:
- Better Ingredients: Ample has a much more thoughtful formulation that does not include soy
- Better Value: Even though Huel is cheaper per meal, you are getting much better nutritional quality from Ample
- Flavor: Ample doesn’t blow me away on taste but I still prefer it over the soy-centric flavor of Huel
Ample Meal Replacement Review Summary
– Ample is a popular meal replacement option that comes in large pouches or in jars with powder in them to add water
– Ample comes in one original flavor and in three varieties: A dairy-based, a vegan, and a keto-friendly version
– Ample has a pleasant, plain flavor with a hint of sweetness that reminds me of a sort of oat-y cereal or muesli flavor. It is quite good
– Ample has a slightly higher price point at $4.14/meal, but uses premium ingredients to justify it’s premium price
– Ample provides excellent satiety benefits and a good, clean, energized feeling when you take it
I am a fan of this Ample product. In the meal replacement space it is actually quite difficult to find a product that has the right balance of macros, ingredient-quality, adequate flavor, and feels good to drink…but I’m pleased to say that Ample is right there near the top of my list of favorite meal replacement products.*
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