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A health shake is a blended drink intended to be, or marketed as being, healthful for one to consume. They are often consumed either by sportspeople as part of a fitness diet, or as a meal replacement, e.g. an instant breakfast.
Bodybuilders sometimes drink a protein shake to help build and recover muscles. While some health shakes have more calories than a plate of pancakes or a cheese omelet, suggesting they are unhealthy, these extra calories and nutrients may be required by athletes in training.
Arguably smoothies—particularly green smoothies—are a type of health shake, though health shakes often contain processed ingredients rather than raw fruit/vegetables. Factory-made products often contain sweeteners and other additives (e.g. antioxidants, preservatives).
- Silver Diner Health Shake, TheDailyPlate