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I’m a busy person and constantly looking for ways to save time and be more efficient. With this in mind, I find meal replacements very appealing.
Over the years, I’ve tried to replace meals with these products. Recently, I decided to try a popular meal replacement supplement called KaChava.
The company claims it makes “The world’s healthiest shake.” But does KaChava deserve this title? And is it worth trying?
According to Dr. Rizza Mira, our in-house nutrition expert, meal planning can be a hindrance to achieving your weight goals, especially if you’re working.
“Having a go-to meal like Kachava will save you time,” she adds.
In this KaChava Review, I’ll give you my thoughts and provide the information you need to make an informed decision.
Meet The Expert
Dr. Rizza Mira is a medical doctor and a general practitioner who specializes in nutrition and dietetics. She believes that good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are key to staying fit.
KaChava is a plant-based, high-protein meal replacement supplement. It’s designed to meet your nutritional needs and support overall health and vitality.
The formula contains a blend of plant proteins, organic superfoods, adaptogens, and probiotics to help keep you full and energized.
KaChava is made up of seven proprietary blends, including:
KaChava’s ingredients are 100% certified organic, except for pea protein, chia, flax, and chlorella. They’re also vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.
Other ingredients are coconut milk, natural flavors, soluble vegetable fiber, xanthan gum, guar gum, and Lo Han fruit extract. It doesn’t contain preservatives or artificial ingredients.
KaChava shakes contain 26 essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Other key nutritional facts per 2-scoop serving of KaChava are:
Dr. Mira explains what these values mean for your health:
“KaChava is able to provide 10% of fat, 10% of carbohydrate, and 25% fiber daily requirements for the average adult. It has 5 to 6 grams of added sugars — a value that falls within the allowable 25 to 35 grams of added sugars by the American Heart Association.”
The cost for a one-time purchase of KaChava is $69.95 a bag (15 servings). You can sign up for a monthly subscription which reduces the price to $59.95/bag.
If monthly delivery doesn’t work for you, you can choose to have your order delivered every 15, 45, or 60 days instead.
KaChava will let you pause or cancel your subscription anytime, so there’s no need to worry about committing.
KaChava isn’t designed to be a weight loss shake. But it supplements your diet with enough proteins, fibers, and fats — nutrients that can reduce your appetite and keep you full longer.
Since you’re less likely to overeat and won’t be constantly hungry, KaChava can help reduce your calorie intake and support your weight loss goals.
Let’s face it. Eating highly-processed and calorie-rich junk foods is much easier than preparing a healthy meal. I’m guilty of it myself.
“KaChava, which is high in fiber, adds bulk to the diet so that we feel full for longer periods. Its high-protein content also helps to lessen our cravings,” says Dr. Mira.
Thus, KaChava makes it easy to develop healthy eating habits for weight loss. It provides you with a healthy and convenient meal option.
The meal replacement is also packed with enough flavor to satisfy your sweet tooth. It can lessen your sugar cravings and chances of eating empty calories.
You can make a shake or smoothie with KaChava much faster than deciding what to eat, preparing meals, and cleaning up after. You’ll also spend less time shopping for groceries.
Lack of time to prepare healthy meals is one of the biggest barriers to sustainable weight loss. KaChava helps remove this barrier.
Magnesium is important for energy production, bone and heart health, and mood. However, two-thirds of Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium in their diets.1
Eating a healthy diet doesn’t guarantee you’ll get this mineral. Each serving of KaChava provides more than half of the recommended daily magnesium intake.
Vitamin B12 is another nutrient that many people are deficient in but is found in KaChava. It plays a role in energy metabolism, red blood cell production, and brain health.
“Aside from this, we can also keep track of the sodium, potassium and other mineral content with KaChava. This is important because some electrolyte excess can also be a source of health problems,” says Dr. Mira.
With each serving of KaChava, you know exactly how many calories, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates you eat.
This can make it easier for you to meet your nutrition, weight loss, or fitness goals.
You can drink KaChava at any time of the day. What makes it a really good meal replacement is that it can replace breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even snacks.
Some people may find the adaptogens and B vitamins in KaChava to overstimulate them. If this happens, try to consume it in the morning or early afternoon, so it doesn’t disturb your sleep.
I replaced some of my meals with KaChava shakes, and here’s what I found:
I was pleasantly surprised by how good KaChava tasted. In fact, it’s one of the best-tasting meal replacement supplements I’ve tried. I looked forward to drinking it each morning.
Many plant-based meal replacement powders taste chalky. The flavor of the protein source (usually pea or brown rice) also tends to be overpowering.
KaChava is sweetened with monk fruit extract (also known as Lo Han). It’s a natural compound that adds sweetness without the need for sugar.
The shake tastes mildly sweet and doesn’t leave any weird aftertaste. It’s also tasty enough to be enjoyed alone without adding anything extra.
There’s a wide selection of flavors to choose from, so it’s easy to find one you like. These include vanilla, chocolate, matcha, coconut acai, and chai.
While some ingredients like organic tart cherry, kale, maca, and reishi mushroom can taste sour, bitter, or earthy, these flavors are hardly noticeable.
I’ve found that with a plant-based protein blend, I tend to get hungry within a few hours after consuming them. This wasn’t the case with KaChava, which has a more balanced formulation.
Drinking KaChava meal replacement in the morning (around 8 AM) kept me full until lunchtime. Maybe it’s because it contains high amounts of proteins and fiber.
Ingredients like chia seeds have also been shown to help you stay full for longer.2
KaChava contains 60% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium. According to Dr. Mira, magnesium helps control good blood sugar in people with diabetes type 2.
A normal blood sugar level is important for maintaining energy. Sudden spikes in blood sugar can lead to sudden feelings of hunger.
Getting enough protein with each meal is important for me. It helps control my appetite, support muscle growth, and improve my workout recovery.
I’m not a fan of consuming protein powder. Thankfully, KaChava supplies a decent amount of protein with about 25 grams per serving.
“This amount of protein supports healthy muscle functioning and serves as a good backbone for a healthy immune system,” explains Dr. Mira.
Many of the superfoods and adaptogens in KaChava’s formula are supported by solid research.
For example, reishi mushrooms can improve immune system function and help fight infections.3 Tart cherry reduces inflammation and oxidative stress while improving blood pressure.4
When it comes to the proprietary blends, it’s clear that the creators behind KaChava carefully chose each ingredient based on science.
It’s easy to blend KaChava into a smooth shake with a handheld mixer. Even a shaker bottle works decent enough.
Other meal replacement powders tend to clump up and require a high-powered blender. This makes KaChava more convenient for traveling.
“Research backs up the use of probiotics, like Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces as an aid to good digestive health,” says Dr. Mira.
Most probiotic supplements tell you which probiotic strains it contains. Unfortunately, KaChava doesn’t specify which specific strains are in their blend.
This is important because different strains of the same bacterial species can have very different effects.
For example, KaChava says it has Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. But it doesn’t tell you which strains of these species are in the blend.
There’s also no information on how many there are of each probiotic in colony-forming units (CFUs). CFU refers to the number of living and active bacteria in a probiotic supplement.
Not knowing how many CFUs are in a supplement can make it hard to tell how effective it is.
Another issue I had with KaChava was the underdosing of key nutrients and superfoods.
For instance, KaChava only contains 200 IU (5 mcg) of vitamin D. This is simply too small a dose to be of any benefit.
The National Institute of Health recommends 400 to 800 IU daily. This means you must consume KaChava 4 times daily to meet this need.5
At nearly $70 per bag, it costs you $4.66 per serving.
You can sign up for a subscription and bring this cost down to $3.99 per serving. But prices can add up if you’re consuming it every day.
Yes. KaChava shakes are definitely worth trying. But only if you’re willing to spend a little extra for its convenience and variety of ingredients.
It’s delicious, filling, and high in protein. If you’re too busy to prepare a meal, think of KaChava as a ready-to-go meal.
With that said, there is still a lot to be desired in terms of the quality of key nutrients and inadequate dosing of certain ingredients.