Introduction to Plenny Shake Active v3.1

 

Plenny Shake Active is a nutritionally complete meal that is high in plant protein, omega 3, and fibre and low in sugar and salt. 

 

Because of the high protein content of 35 grams per meal, it’s well suited for anyone who likes to be active, work out, and wants to maximise muscle protein synthesis! Bring on those muscles! 

 

One meal of Plenny Shake Active provides you with all macronutrients and micronutrients your body needs to function properly: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and all 26 essential vitamins and minerals.

 

And last but not least, some small but powerful ingredients to make Plenny Shake Active even more special: probiotics, Ahiflower, choline, and algae.

 

One portion contains 400 kcal, of which 31% comes from carbohydrates, 30% from fat, 35% from protein and 4% from fibre.

 

The shakes are available in four tasty flavours; Vanilla, Strawberry, Banana, and Chocolate.

 

Nutritional breakdown

Per portion of Plenny Shake Active 3.1 Vanilla 

Nutrition

Value

Energy

400 kcal/1674 KJ

Fat

13 grams

From which saturated fats

1.6 grams

Carbohydrates

32 grams

From which sugar

3.8 grams

Fibres

6.7 grams

Protein

35 grams

Salt

1.1 grams

 

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
  • Freeze-dried T. chuii microalgae  
  • Depending on the flavour: Fruit powder, cocoa powder, beetroot powder, beta-carotene, and aromas when applicable.

 

Macronutrients

   

Proteins

The protein in Plenny Shake Active comes from soy protein isolate, oats, soy flour and flaxseed. Each portion of Plenny Shake provides 35 grams of protein, so you’ll easily hit the daily recommended protein intake for an active person. Besides that, protein keeps your stomach full for longer because protein takes longer to digest than, for example, carbohydrates. 

 

We use soy protein isolate 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

1949

-

Arginine

3242

-

Aspartic Acid

4939

-

Glutamic Acid

7883

-

Glycine

1830

-

Hystidine

1112

139 %

Isoleucine

2033

127 %

Leucine

3454

111%

Lysine

2707

113%

Methionine + Cysteine

1252

104%

Phenylalanine + Tyrosine

3823

191%

Proline

2230

-

Serine

2237

-

Threonine

1706

142%

Tryptophan

556

174 %

Valine

2075

100 %

 

As you can see, Plenny Shake Active meets the daily recommended intakes the World Health Organization has established for all nine essential amino acids, helping you meet your personal protein needs.

 

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 fatty acids and indisputably essential nutrients that the body cannot sufficiently produce on its own. Fat is a major energy source for your body, and it helps you absorb vitamins and nutrients.

 

  • The sunflower oil we use for Plenny Shake Active 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. 
  • We add golden flaxseed because of its high content of α-Linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6). 
  • The oats help a little bit with the fat content of the product. 
  • 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 source [3–7].  

These ingredients combined achieve the following omega profile:

 

Fatty Acid

Mg per portion

Omega 3

927.6

Omega 6

1487.9

 

Carbohydrates

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

 

Fibres

The main sources of fibres in our products are inulin, oats and flaxseed. They help in lowering 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 fibre per portion. If you are curious to know more, check out this blog dedicated to gut health and fibres [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 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 (98g)

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, probiotics, and algae

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 fibre content in Plenny Shakes, they have a symbiotic effect. This means that probiotics become more resistant and provide a stronger health effect thanks to the fibres they eat and live from. So one ingredient strengthens the other one! Sweet, right [17]? 

Plenny Shake Active v3.1 contains freeze-dried microalgae: Tetraselmis chuii. This alga has a lot of the antioxidant “superoxide dismutase” (SOD). Our body naturally produces this antioxidant, but as we age, we produce less and the quantity decreases. SOD is the first antioxidant in the line of defence against ROS: reactive oxygen species. These can damage proteins, lipids and genetic material [4]. When there are too many ROS and too few antioxidants to battle them, the antioxidant defence system gets overwhelmed, and the body will experience oxidative stress [18]. 

Many diseases, including cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, chronic inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, and cognitive disorders, are thought to be influenced by oxidative stress. But studies have shown the advantages of antioxidant supplementation in reducing oxidative stress. [19]

Can’t wait to benefit from the tasty and nutritional advantages of the Plenny Shake Active v3.1? Go here!

 

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