So what are Complete Foods?
The best way to explain what Complete Foods are is to first define what they are not: Complete Foods are not Slimfast for nerds. They are not a diet plan (though they do fit well into one) and they are not designed around weight loss (though again, they can be used here to great effect).
Complete Foods are, simply; the idea that good nutrition can be refined and reduced to the point where meals are simple, cost effective, take the minimal of fuss and yet are still properly balanced and nutritionally complete.
You can get more information on how Complete Foods came to be over here.
What can you use Complete Foods for?
Often powder based but increasingly taking Ready to Drink formats, shakes can be used to replace whole foods and yet still deliver a nutritionally complete diet.
There are three main camps when it comes to Complete Foods.
- People replacing skipped or poor quality meals
- People looking to get control of their calorie intake
- People ditching regular food altogether
1. Replacing skipped or poor quality meals
With today’s fast paced lives it’s not unusual to grab whatever’s there for breakfast or skip eating entirely. Then in office jobs it’s common to eat the sandwich of the day at the local supermarket with crisps and a can of soda. Complete Foods are in both scenarios. Ensuring proper nutrition at breakfast, and/or replacing what would otherwise be a low quality meal at lunch.
2. Controlling calorie intake
Weight loss is about running a calorie deficit and often improving nutritional content of meals. Balanced nutrition is the quickest win with Complete Foods, but a they also make counting calories much easier. Whether you want a 400 or 700 kcal meal, if you have a set of scales or a scoop either are easy to accomplish and keep an eye on.
One thing to note is that you will be hungry when eating Complete Foods to lose weight. Not only will you consume less calories than your body needs to maintain weight, but shakes are less dense than solid food and are much quicker/easier for your body to digest.
3. Ditching food altogether
Complete Foods are a new kind of nutrition and whilst not generally intended to replace every meal, they can replace any meal. With balanced nutritional profiles however and well thought out macro balances there’s a growing number of people that use them for high percentages of their daily nutrition. Whether that’s breakfast and lunch, with a cooked meal in the evening, or as a majority of their calorific intake and the occasional plate of ‘proper’ food, it’s an interesting development.
By now lots of people have been living on diets containing large amounts of Complete Foods for multiple years. I’ll admit that to a point we’ve been early adopters and have been experimenting on ourselves and how we get our nutrition, but really – nutrition is, simply, nutrition; and it’s a common misconception that there’s any real difference between natural ingredients and their synthetic counterparts.
All food, indeed everything in the world around us, is made from the same basic chemical building blocks and whether they occur in nature or are created in a lab doesn’t matter.
We’ve a bigger article on this over here.
How to use the website
Search is at the centre of our website. Pulling together content and review scoring it’s the core of Eat Complete and allows you to quickly drill down to what you want to find.
Looking for a particular brand, type, or whether it’s vegan or not, we’ve got you covered. You can find search here.
We write articles ourselves of course, but we also feature general news, personal experiences and info posts as well as aggregating from brand blogs of all the product makers, and relevant Youtube videos.
We’ve planned for a kind of Complete Food central hub, and we think it’s fairly great. Check out news here.
We feature the information and reviews that you need to make an informed choice between brands, set out clearly, and with less noise around the edges.
You can view pricing, nutritional information and quick see whether the macro balance is one you’re looking for. Check out Plenny Shake as an example.
Where we’re able, we’ll list any relevant promo’s alongside the Makers website link. Keep your eye out for them before you click.
This is where it starts to get good. If you’ve tried a product and want to share your thoughts just write a headline, mark the scores and add any text you’d like. Then hit Submit and you’re done.
It’s also the place to read others’ opinions and experiences and see what the community thought.
Your own place with EatComplete. Profiles are your central hub capturing any reviews you’ve left, forum posts you’ve made and so on. You could even keep a blog or submit news if you wanted.
Wishlists & Favourites
You’re profile also holds your Favourites and Wishlist. So if you want to keep track of a product you really enjoyed, or keep a note of one you’ve yet to try – just click the buttons on the info page.
The Wiki is ever growing, and encompasses tips, tricks and guides to help you get the most out of Complete Foods. Want to know more about the category, learn about your daily energy expenditure or make your own almond milk; we’ve got you covered.
Check out the wiki here.
Why you should follow EatComplete
You might be new to meal replacements or somewhat of an old hand, but with the sheer amount of choice available it can be hard to easily compare products. EatComplete was born of an interest in tracking my own experiences with Complete Foods; but grew to hold more information, news, reviews and more. It’s the best place to find and easily compare the key details across brands.
Who are we trying to be?
We aim to be independent, unbiased and without agenda; EatComplete is a news and review website helping you compare nutritionally complete future foods.
A note on affiliate links
EatComplete is a free service to share information about and around the Complete Food space. I’m grateful to be able to provide it to you for use free of charge. In order to do this we have implemented affiliate links where brands provide them. Thankfully these not only provide value to us, but usually provide a discount to you should you click them.
As a website we do not employ any tactics or recommendations that would unduly inspire your purchase, importantly; all reviews you read are the genuine opinions of our website members including (hopefully) yourself.