Ok, now that that is out of the way, on to my Shakeology review! I tried both the Greenberry and the Chocolate.
Shakeology through Beach Body Coaches that are Twitter friends. They all had so many great things to say about it and what it had done for them; they had me intrigued. It sounded a bit too good to be true. So I went to Beach Body's site and checked it out. I saw the price and immediately said, pffft, no way. Never gave it a second thought. To me it was just glorified whey protein and who would drop that kind of money on that? Not me. I love my whey protein and am perfectly happy with the brand I use. I wondered at what these people were thinking!
When my sister in law (who is a Beach Body coach) offered me samples I thought, aha, now I can see what all this hype is about. I tried some shake samples the night before a 5k race. I liked the taste of both flavors OK, the greenberry is just sort of meh for me, but the Chocolate is yumtastic!
The front of the package claims:
Shakeology The healthiest meal of the day, Replace one meal a day with Shakeology to help: Lose weight, feel enrgized, improve digestion & regularity, What's Inside Shakeology? protein, essential amino acids, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, prebiotics, vitamins & minerals, phytonutrients, gluten-free, caffeine-free.
Hmm, now this had my attention.
I had searched online for 'what is in Shakeology' and 'Shakeology ingredient list' and found nothing, so I couldn't wait to read the back of the package. Wow. This is not glorified whey protein as I'd previously judged it. In fact I wouldn't even use this like I do my regular whey protein. I see this as more of a multivitamin, nutrition drink.
Nutritional information from the back of my Chocolate Shakeology packets:
Total Fat 1g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 9 g
Vitamin A 100%
Vitamin C 300%
Vitamin D 50%
Vitamin E 50%
Vitamin K1 50%
Vitamin B1 100%
Vitamin B2 77%
Vitamin B3 25%
Vitamin B6 100%
Folic acid 50%
Vitamin B12 100%
Pantothenic acid 50%
Whey protein 15 g
Proprietary super-fruit blend: 2075 mg
Acerola powder (fruit, Camu-Camu powder (fruit), Pomegranate powder (fruit), Bilberry powder (fruit), Blueberry powder (fruit), Lycium (Goji) powder (berry), Acai powder (berry), Cordyceps, Maitake powder, Reishi powder, Citrus bioflavonoids, Rose Hips powder (fruit), Schisandra powder (berry), Suma powder (root), Gingko powder (leaf).
===You would think I'm done, nope. I may have carpal tunnel at the end of this===
Maca powder (root) 1000mg
Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubiis) meal 1000mg
Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) powder 1000mg
Flax (seed) meal 700mg
Chia (seed) meal 500mg
Apple pectin powder 250mg
Astragalus powder (root) 200 mg
Blue green algae 200mg
Spinach powder 200mg
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) 150mg
Pea fiber 150mg
Quinoa (sprouted) 150mg
Proprietary nondairy probiotic blend: 150 mg
Bifodobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacilus casei, Streptococcus thermophilus.
Proprietary enzyme blend: 130mg
Amylase, Papain, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain.
=====yep, definitely carpal tunnel, nope, still not done!===
Ashwagandha powder (root) 100mg
Barley grass 100mg
Kamut grass 100mg
Oat grass 100mg
Wheat grass 100mg
Amaranth (sprouted) 50mg
Grape seed extrade (seed, 95% proanthocyanins) 50mg
Green tea decaffeinated extract (leaf, 50% polyphenols) 50 mg
Holy Basil powder (leaf) 50 mg
PHEW! The Greenberry is just slightly different, but ain't no way I'm typing all of that too! You get the picture. Normally I would never type out all of what is in something, but this blew me away. There is a lot of amazing things in this. When they say healthiest meal of the day, I see what they mean. I couldn't wait to try it out on a longer term basis. I ordered a whole box of the chocolate and greenberry packets (and paid for it myself dear FTC).
I tried it plain. But I really like my smoothies thick, so I tried adding things to thicken it. I tried the Chocolate with peanut butter. I tried the Greenberry with spinach and strawberries. I even tried the Chocolate with spinach, you know me and spinach in my smoothies, and it was good! I tried it a couple times alone as a meal, and a few times together with an egg white omelet for breakfast. I really like the Chocolate just plain with a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk and ice blended. Yummy.
It's yummy, it has a lot of amazing ingredients that are good for you, but you know what else? After a few days of a shake a day I felt fabulous. I had more energy and just overall felt better. I say this a little begrudgingly. I really didn't expect to fall in love with this stuff. I expected to just try it, review it, and move on. I texted my sis in law (who is also my Beach Body Coach) and told her I had felt fanfriggintastic all week and I thought it might have to do with the Shakeology. She of course knew that.
Being ever the stubborn one I told myself that I HAD really turned a corner mentally and physically lately, and that was probably the explanation for feeling markedly 'better'. I have felt overall well since losing weight and exercising regularly. That was it.
The true test would come when I ran out.
I ran out 2 days ago...and I miss it. Dangit! She was right. I still feel good, as I usually do, but I really miss how great I felt. I had more energy and just felt more ready to tackle anything that came my way, I felt....well. I know that sounds crazy, it sounds crazy to me too. But I am in love with Shakeology. I will be looking hard at our budget to see how often I can fit it in. Considering how cheap I am I would say that is nothing short of amazing ;) I am also extremely curious if it would make my husband (with narcolepsy) feel more alert and overall better too.
From the Beach Body site:
Shakeology can help you:
- Lose weight
- Reduce cravings
- Increase energy and stamina
- Promote healthy digestion and regularity
- Lower cholesterol1
I can't speak to all these claims, but I can say that I had more energy and felt better overall. I have not noticed a big difference in my weight loss efforts and didn't have my cholesterol checked for comparison. I do notice a reduction in cravings when I'm having a chocolate shake per day. It is packed full of amazing good for me ingredients and I give Shakeology 5 Stars, yep I'm in love with the stuff.
As I've said, I'm not a BeachBody Coach, but if you'd like to check it out yourself Josie (a fellow blogger) is. Her Beach Body site:http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/yumyucky .
**I have had some nasty comments, that I deleted, which make me feel compelled to further point out: I AM NOT A BEACHBODY COACH. My sister in law is. And that is where I originally tried Shakeology.
The links in this post go to a fellow blogger's site. I receive no compensation for this post or for referrals to her.
I am NOT biased. I simply linked to her to be nice. My integrity and that of my blog are far more important to me than to post mis-leading, biased reviews.
I still love Shakeology. Especially the chocolate. I don't buy it every month, but when I don't I miss it. That is MY opinion which is in no way influenced by being related to a Beachbody Coach or having friends that are Coaches. These days, really, who DOESN'T know one!