Introduction to Plenny Shake Active v3.0

Plenny Shake Active is made for our customers who like to be active, workout and who want to maximize their muscle protein synthesis! Bring on those muscles! Higher protein and fewer carbs for this bad boy.

 
It is a nutritionally complete meal that is high in plant-protein, omega 3, fibre and low in sugar and salt. 


One meal of Plenny Shake Active provides you with at least 20% of the daily recommended intakes for all macronutrients and micronutrients your body needs to function properly: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and all the 26 essential vitamins and minerals.

 
Last but not least, three small and powerful ingredients are also present: probiotics, ahiflower and choline. 


One portion contains 400 kcal of which 35% comes from carbohydrates, 34% from fat, 27% from protein and 4% from fibre.

Apart from their healthy composition, the shakes are available in a neutral variant (without flavor nor sweetener) and in 5 tasty flavours; Vanilla, Strawberry, Banana, Chocolate and Chai-latte (added caffeine and L-theanine). 

 

Nutritional breakdown

Per portion of Plenny Shake Vanilla 

Nutrition

Value

RI* (%)

Energy

400 kcal/1674 KJ

20%**

Fat

15 gram

22%**

From which saturated fats

2.3 gram

11%**

Monounsaturated fats

5.8 gram

Polyunsaturated fats

6.9 gram

Carbohydrates

35 gram

13%**

From which sugar

3.3 gram

4%**

Fibres

7.3 gram

Protein

26.3 gram

53%**

Salt

0.29 gram

6%**

*Reference intake of an average adult (8400 kJ/2000 kcal)

 

Ingredients

  • Oat flour
  • Soy flour
  • Sunflower oil
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Inulin (not in the chocolate flavour)
  • Ground golden flax seeds
  • Vitamin and mineral mix
  • Ahiflower powder (refined Buglossoides oil)
  • Sweetener: sucralose
  • Probiotics: Bacillus Coagulans
  • Depending on the flavour: Fruit powder, cocoa powder, beetroot powder, beta-carotene, and aromas when applicable.

 

Macronutrients

   

Proteins

The protein in Plenny Shake Active is provided by the soy protein isolate, oats, soy flour and flaxseed. Each portion of Plenny Shake provides 26,3 gram of protein so that you hit the daily recommended intakes for an active lifestyle. Besides that, the protein can give a long satiety feeling because protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates. 


We use soy as the main protein source because of its high digestibility and absorption rate. Want to read more about plant-based protein? This article will tell you all about it! [1,2]


The combination of protein sources in the Plenny Shake Active, results in the following amino acid profile:

 

Amino Acid

Mg per portion

% from the WHO daily recommended intakes

Alanine

649

-

Arginine

1144

-

Aspartic Acid

1783

-

Glutamic Acid

2770

-

Glycine

634

-

Hystidine

383

48 %

Isoleucine

690

43 %

Leucine

1158

37 %

Lysine

937

39 %

Methionine + Cysteine

403

34 %

Phenylalanine + Tyrosine

1299

65 %

Proline

795

-

Serine

790

-

Threonine

589

49 %

Tryptophan

201

63 %

Valine

720

35 %

 

As you can see, Plenny Shake Active meets the daily recommended intakes the World Health Organization has established for all 9 essential amino acids, helping you reach your personal protein needs and providing you enough building blocks to maintain your muscle health.

 

Fats

The ingredients providing heart friendly fats to our Plenny Shake Actives are sunflower oil, ahiflower oil, flaxseed, and soy flour. Omega 3 and 6 are indisputable essential nutrients, which the body cannot fully produce on its own; reason for which it should be present in your food. Sunflower oil has mainly monounsaturated fats and a great amount of omega-6 and omega-3.
The majority of the fats in soy flour are monounsaturated fats and provide a big part of the omega-6 in the final product. Moreover, we add golden flaxseed because of its high content of α-Linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6). Moreover, the oats help a little bit out with the fat content of the product. Fat is a major energy source for your body and it helps you absorb vitamins and nutrients.


To keep a good ratio between the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, Ahiflower oil (also referred to as refined Buglossoides oil) is added. Ahiflower oil is the only natural plant source on the market that brings a complex omega profile: it brings an omega 3-6 ratio of approximately 4:1 from the most bioavailable sources wherefore we found it worthwhile to incorporate [3–7].  

These ingredients combined achieve the following omega profile:

 

Fatty Acid

Mg per portion

Omega 3

1198.0

Omega 6

4342.4

 

A diet solely based on Plenny Shake would leave you with 5% of the total energy (E%) coming from saturated fatty acids (SFA), of which a maximum level of 10 E% is established. 

 

Carbohydrates

Most of the carbohydrates in our product comes from oats, which are especially interesting because of their content of beta-glucans and their low Glycemic Index (GI). This means that blood glucose levels will fluctuate less and so will your energy levels thanks to their fiber content. As a second source of energy, soy flour wins this place [6,8,9].

We decreased the carbohydrate content to be able to simultaneously increase the protein content and preserve the same amount of energy. 

 

Fibres

The main sources of fibres in our products are inulin, oats and flaxseed. They help in lowering the blood pressure and smoothen your digestion. In particular, inulin, extracted from chicory, is added to achieve a wider variety of fibre sources and upgrade the type of fibres per portion. If you are curious to know more, check this blog that is dedicated to gut health and fibers [10,11]!

 

Micronutrients

The vitamin and mineral mix that we add to the product provides all the needed 26 micronutrients. We use the most bioavailable forms of the micronutrients so that your body can absorb each bit of all the vitamins and minerals easily and at the highest rate. 

For instance, we add vitamin D in the form of cholecalciferol (D3) and vitamin K in the form of menaquinone-7 (K2 MK7). You can read more about our micronutrient mix here.

Per portion (95g)

Vitamins and Minerals 

Amounts

 RI%*

Vitamin A

160 μg

20%*

Vitamin D

5.0 μg

100%*

Vitamin E

4.0 mg

33%*

Vitamin K

16 μg

21%*

Vitamin C

30 mg

38%*

Thiamin

0.4 mg

36%*

Riboflavin

0.3 mg

23%*

Niacin

3.6 mg

23%*

Vitamin B6

0.4 mg

29%*

Folic Acid

60 μg

30%*

Vitamina B12 

3.2 μg

128%*

Biotin

10 μg

20%*

Pantothenic acid

1.2 mg

20%*

Potassium

400 mg

20%*

Chloride

279 mg

35%*

Calcium

185 mg

23%*

Phosphorus

140 mg

20%*

Magnesium

75 mg

20%*

Iron

3.2mg 

23%*

Zinc

2.0 mg

20%*

Copper

0.4 mg

40%*

Manganese

1.0 mg

50%*

Selenium

18 μg

33%*

Chromium

8.0 μg

20%*

Molybdenum

13 μg

26%*

Iodine

30 μg

20%*


*% of the daily reference intake (RI) for vitamins and minerals

** Reference intake of an average adult (8400 kJ/2000 kcal)

 

Last but not least; Choline and Probiotics

We wanted to add extra functional benefits to our products, for which we dug into the best ingredients out there and decided to add choline and probiotics. 

Choline is a small organic molecule that your body needs to function properly. It is an essential nutrient because it is a key element in metabolic pathways that govern our bodies and run our cells, more specifically, it carries important building bricks called methyl groups, which are very important in food processes and in the brain for example [12-16]. 

Moreover, probiotics came to our thoughts because of their ability to possibly enhance and strengthen our gut microbiome. Because of the high fiber content in Plenny Shakes, they have a symbiotic effect. This means that probiotics become more resistant and provide a stroger health effect thanks to the fibers which they eat and live from, so basically one ingredient strengthens the other one, sweet right [17]? 

Can’t wait to benefit from the tasty and nutritional advantages of the Plenny Shake Active v3.0? Make your order here!

 

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