Dollie, not judging, just want to figure out your problem. You need a meal replacement shake because of 1. You don't have time to make a meal 2. The food you eat are deprive of nutrient 3. You are gaining and thinks what you are eating is not working.
When you do the meal replacement, are you planning to go on 2 or 3 meals replacements a day for a few weeks, or you are try to just replace a meals that you are on a rush?
If you have cravings, therefore eating too much bad carb, therefore weight gain, we just started South Beach Phase I, that for sure will fix cravings. Come take a look for the words from the people who started 11/28. You can choose to do Phase I or Phase II (a little more wiggle room). We are scheduled to start Phase II next Monday, but someone just started 2 days ago.
Good Mood Diet, on another thread at Diet, has a regular Whey protein shake with flax and skim milk some other good stuff for a morning or afternoon snack. That is a good way to look at it to supplement the protein that you don't have enough of. That, at least have some real food on a regular basis instead of being cut off from society at meal time with the kids and dh. I expect you like to have sit down meals with the family at a regular basis.
Let us know the problem, we can figure it out together.
If you don't have green smoothie (I don't like green smoothie in the winter), I rather have hot blender vegetable puree soup. Chick stock base, cook any vegetables you want in it (garlic and onion is sauteed is always a good start), then blend it. It is cooked, it is dense in nutrient, it is satisfying, you can have it and have a sitting down meal with the family, and the kids can have some nutrient rich yummy soup too. This will be a lot easier than bone broth. However, making bone broth yourself to start puree soup is also a good idea.
Left over soup in jars, you can have a snack and meal replacement anytime. Puree soup in a big batch can be frozen for later days too.
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