on March 13, 2013
at 10:43 PM
The main ingredient after water is soy. Coupled with the fact that there are so many chemical / isolated ingredients as well, this is just a whole lot of nope.
Ingredients: Water, Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate. Less than 2% of the Following: Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Carbonate, Zinc Gluconate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Manganese Gluconate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Chromium Chloride, Folic Acid, Beta- Carotene, Vitamin D3, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, Phytonadione, Cyanocobalamin), Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Acesulfame Potassium, Cellulose Gel, Gellan Gum, and Sucralose.
There's really two "ideological" things working against this type of food product - 1) "ready to drink" basically implies processed food, which is generally never paleo, and 2) "shakes" - the general consensus is to eat your food, and not drink it. While otherwise stalwart paleo-ers may sometimes add whey protein or other such processed, isolated supplemental foods to their food on occasion, this is the exception, not the rule.
The thing you can do is focus on drinking water, and eating real food. If time is a concern, consider preparing your food in bulk when you do have time or try to keep more paleo-happy snacks available (nuts, fruits, etc).