I have gotten A LOT of questions from people about why I drink Shakeology, what it is, what are the benefits, etc, so I thought I would share a little bit about why this product plays such a huge role in our daily diets!
What is Shakeology? It is a meal/snack replacement shake that contains more than 70 natural ingredients derived from rich, nutrient-dense whole-food sources from around the world. Ben likes to drink his as lunch or as a supplement when he’s lifting a lot, Caleb thinks it’s a milkshake (and I don’t feel guilty at all about giving it to him!), and I typically drink mine to replace my lunch! Because I’m really busy working full time, I would either forget to eat lunch or would just be eating the gold fish or sandwich crusts off Caleb’s plate.
What makes it different than every other shake out there? It is is derived from WHOLE food sources from around the world, so it’s not just a bunch of vitamins in a mix, then flavored up – it includes fruits and veggies like: Açai berries, acerola cherry, bilberry, blueberries, camu-camu, goji berries, pomegranate, rose hips, luo han guo, grape seed, Moringa, chlorella, spirulina, spinach, barley grass, kamut grass, oat grass, wheatgrass, green tea….and that is seriously a SHORT list of what is included! (here is a full list for you!) It includes pre and probiotics, adaptogens and digestive enzymes – it is truly everything you need, all in one shake. One thing that is really important to us personally is that Shakeology does NOT contain soy protein or ANY artificial ingredients or sweeteners. Most protein shakes on the market include soy, which I would never give to Caleb on a regular basis, nor do I really want that in my own body. Additionally, most shakes on the market are loaded with chemicals, artificial ingredients and artificial sweeteners. The BIGGEST difference here is that Shakeology is not just a protein shake (you can get the protein you need from foods!), or a weight-loss shake. It’s a nutrient-dense meal that I know is giving me full servings of fruits, veggies, and proteins in ONE meal that I literally just have to shake up (or blend with a frozen banana and it’s like drinking a Frosty!)!
My personal results: I had heard of Shakeology for a few years before I finally decided to give it a try after Caleb was born in conjnction with starting the 21 Day Fix. It has been nothing short of a game changer for me for weight loss and overall nutrition and I can tell any day that I’ve missed it! I have a HORRIBLE sweet tooth, and the fact that I can have a delicious chocolate shake really helps curb that– there’s been a massive reduction in cravings overall. It keeps me really full (something I was worried about with a meal replacement shake because I love to eat). I have noticed my skin clearing up, my nails and hair growing faster, and digestion being more…regular 😉
Why is Shakeology so expensive? If you look at Shakeology as a meal replacement, it breaks down to about $4/serving. Is it more expensive than the chemical filled shakes at the grocery store, yes, it is, but that is because it is a completely different product. Remember, this is a whole food shake chock full of dense nutrients! For us,Shakeology is a non-negotiable.We specifically budget and grocery shop including it in the cost, knowing it will replace one meal a day for at least one of us EVERY DAY. Cutting back on food we’re not otherwise eating has made room in our budget, and since my sweet tooth is under control, we rarely buy things like ice cream that would be more of a splurge (we ALWAYS used to have at least one pint in the freezer) I like to compare the cost of Shakeology to eating lunch out (DEFINITELY more than $4 if you’re eating that much healthy, whole food), or grabbing a drink at Starbucks, a smoothie at a smoothie store, etc – it’s easy to spend money on those things that are not filled with such nutrition, so why not refocus your budget for Shakeology? Other things to think about eliminating or reducing? Snacks, alcohol, ice cream, random treats when you’re at the mall (I just pack snacks with me or drink my shake on the road)– I think if you REALLY want it, you can figure out how to make it work.
Also, Beachbody allows you to sign up as a “discount coach” which allows you to get 25% off of Shakeology (and all other products!) which drops the price down below $4/serving.
Want to try Shakeology for yourself? Shoot me an email!
Shakeology has a 30-day, bottom of the bag, money back guarantee. What does that mean? It means you can use the ENTIRE bag, and if you aren’t satisfied, send it back for a full refund. Pretty great, right?!