What Is Shakeology? – The Healthiest Meal of My Day

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At age 40, I was a working mom of 2. I was exhausted, bloated, over-weight; I had neck and back pain and… I was sad. I looked in the mirror honestly wondering “Who’s thighs are those?” And my kids loved to squish my jelly belly. Ugh! I knew I needed to start taking care of myself for so many reasons. First, for my own happiness and second to be able to take care of and stay active with my family. Shortly after, we had been introduced to P90X. And the program had been promoting Beachbody’s super-food health shake called Shakeology. But really wondered, what is Shakeology exactly and is it worth it?

My husband, Greg and I started P90X back in March 2011 to get us back in shape, healthy and fit again. We are so happy we stayed focused and followed the nutrition plan and workouts faithfully for 90 days. We got incredible results! Learn more about our transformation in Greg’s story.

Like I mentioned before, at the time we didn’t know much about Shakeology. We had heard of it and simply thought “It’s expensive.” Have you said that to yourself too?

Fortunately, in July 2011, we had a friend send us a sample and we LOVED it. He also shared more with us about what is shakeology and why its so important for our health. Shakeology is clinically proven to help us:

  • lose weight,

  • reduce cravings

  • increase our energy,

  • improve our digestion and regularity,

  • lower our cholesterol and

  • so much more.

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Shakeology did in fact do ALL of these things!

  • Greg and I have both kept our weight off for 4 years with occasional ups and downs, as we tend to eat more around the holidays.

  • It truly reduces my junk food cravings. I don’t find myself buying unhealthy food options when I’m out and about. If I missed my shakeology in the morning, I would find myself wandering to vending machines in the afternoons. It’s crazy!

  • My energy has never been better. I feel good all day, even into the evenings.

  • My stomach isn’t bloated and I’m very regular. I know TMI, but we have to talk about these things 😉

  • My cholesterol has NEVER been as good as it is now. My ratio is a 1.9 and we’re born with a 2.0. Talk about optimal!

  • One very specific change I noticed was mental clarity. I used to feel like I was in a fog. Now I’m very clear and focused.

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So what is Shakeology and why does it have all these amazing benefits?

When talking to people who are looking to learn more about how they can change their health, we often get the question: “So What is Shakeology exactly?” and “How is that that it has so many benefits?”

It’s simply because it contains the most amazing all-natural ingredients from around the world. 70 ingredients at only 160 calories including:

  • Proteins and fiber to help reduce hunger and food cravings.

  • Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins, and Minerals to help fight free radical damage and help support a healthy immune system that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.

  • Adaptogen Herbs traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress

  • Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Digestive Enzymes to help nutrient absorption and support regularity and healthy digestion

We sometimes laugh and think, we so wish we drank Shakeology when we first did P90X 😉

I was so excited with how Shakeology made us feel, so I put together a list of each and every single ingredients in Shakeology in my What Is Shakeology Nutritional Info blog.  Check it out 😉

At this time, our friend, also shared more the Team Beachbody Coaching opportunity with us. We didn’t hesitate for a second. We had great results with a Beachbody Program and were going to be so much healthier with drinking Shakeology. It was exactly what we needed. We jumped right in to the business and became Team Beachbody coaches.

We started drinking shakeology in 2011 and have never stopped since. We drink it for breakfast every single day as it’s a meal replacement and yes that includes weekends and while traveling. We truly can’t imagine a day without it. You only need one shake per day and we continue to drink it not only for the weight loss benefits but to get all the nutrients our body needs to stay healthy and strong.

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What Is Shakeology Like With Flavor Variety?

Shakeology is available in 6 awesome flavors:

  1. Chocolate

  2. Vanilla

  3. Strawberry

  4. Greenberry

  5. Vegan Chocolate

  6. Vegan Tropical Strawberry

  7. Cafe Latte

What is Shakeology Like In Terms of Taste?

We absolutely love the taste of Shakeology, both on its own and within the suggested recipes. There are a ton for every flavor, but here are some of our favorites!

Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Peanut Butter and Banana

  • Chocolate Vegan Shakeology

  • 12oz of unsweetened Almond Milk

  • 1 banana

  • 2 tbsp of PB2 (powdered peanut butter), 12 almonds or 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 5 ice cubes

We make this recipe almost every day. We stray occasionally for variety.

Our 12 year old daughter loves regular chocolate with peanut butter and milk.

Strawberry Shakeology with frozen strawberries

Our 8 year old son loves his Strawberry “smoothie”.

  • Strawberry Shakeology

  • 6 frozen strawberries

  • 1 banana

  • 8 oz of milk

Note: He only used ½ a scoop of Shakeology since he’s 8 and only weighs 70 lbs.

Vegan Strawberry Toasted Almond Shakeology

In the summer months I love:

  • Vegan Strawberry Shakeology

  • 12oz of unsweetened Almond Milk

  • 1 banana

  • 12 almonds

  • 5 ice cubes

Vanilla Shakeology with Banana, Peanut Butter and Walnuts

This recipe is Greg’s second favorite:

  • Vanilla Shakeology

  • 12 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • a banana

  • 2 tbsp of PB2 or ¼ cup of raw walnuts

  • 5 ice cubes

No Bake Energy Bites – Our Kids LOVE these!

  • 1 cup oatmeal (or Rice Krispies; we use Gluten Free Rice Krispies)

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • 1/3 cup of honey

  • 1 cup coconut flakes

  • ½ cup ground flaxseed

  • 1 scoop of chocolate shakeology (not vegan)

  • 1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS: Make small balls and put in the freezer for 1 hour.

What is Shakeology Dessert Like?

Did you know that you can actually make desserts with Shakeology? And the best part is that it’s healthy, so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it 😉

Here is one of our favorite Shakeology desserts that our whole family loves! 

Shakeology Pie

The pie is unbelievable and healthy for you. We serve it to friends and family and they love it!

  • 2 scoops chocolate Shakeology

  • 1 container of tofu, silken or firm (approx. 12 oz)

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter

  • 2 Tbsp. skim milk

  • 1 premade pie crust -(We use a Midel Gluten Free Pie Crust, Graham Style)


  • Place peanut butter, tofu, chocolate Shakeology, and milk in a blender; blend until smooth and creamy. Add a bit more milk if necessary.

  • Pour into pie crust and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour.

  • Serves 8.

Check out our Shakeology site to discover even more recipes.

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What is Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse?

Beachbody coaches designed a Shakeology 3 Day cleanse which uses Shakeology and your own foods. It was developed to help us lose weight quickly.

In 2014, Beachbody created an official 3 day cleanse called the 3 Day Refresh. This cleanse was designed to help our bodies detox while continuing to provide the proper fiber, nutrition and fat in the form of omega3. You eat real food and you can still exercise. It’s the perfect way to clean up our diet.

The Fiber sweep in the 3 Day Refresh will eliminate waste from our digestive system because it has a blend of ground flax, chia and psyllium seed husks.

The Vanilla Fresh is high protein shake with over 20g of plan-based protein, 22 essential vitamins and minerals, probiotics for digestive health, and a patented potato protein extract clinically tested to satisfy appetites.

For this reason, we use and recommend the 3 Day Refresh over the Shakeology 3 Day cleanse.

We do this cleanse when we get off track with our diet and especially after traveling. It’s so helpful to drop the 3-5 pounds we gain when you eat out for a week. Imagine if you did a cleanse every month. Hmm…that weight loss could really add up over a year. And when you continue to drink Shakeology as your Daily Dose of Dense Superfood Nutrition and learn to continue eating healthy meals you can achieve remarkable results.

We’re providing both the 3 Day Refresh and Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse schedules below:

The 3 Day Refresh schedule:

  • Breakfast: Shakeology with a fruit option.

  • Morning Snack: Fiber Sweep

  • Lunch: Vanilla Fresh shake with a light lunch food option

  • Dinner: Vanilla Fresh with an easy to prepare food recipe

Shakeology 3 day cleanse schedule:

  • 3 Shakeology Shakes a day

  • 2 cups of green tea a day

  • 1 or 2 pieces of fruit a day

  • 1 salad for dinner (only white grilled protein in salad)

  • No dairy or almond milk

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Nourish your body with nutrients

  • Lose weight

  • Reduce cravings

  • Increase energy levels and stamina

  • Promote regularity and healthy digestion

Shakeology is our daily dose of Dense Superfood Nutrition! We’ve been drinking Shakeology for over 4 years and we can’t imagine a day without it.

If anyone reading this has Celiac Disease or a gluten sensitivity, Shakeology is GLUTEN FREE. I have Celiac Disease and cannot even get into the smallest crumb. I have my blood tested every year to confirm I’m not getting into gluten. I receive a clean record every time!

Check out my blog The Truth About Shakeology and Gluten: What you Need to Know.

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6 flavor choices!
30 servings in a resealable bag $129.95 USD.
And, remember you only need 1 shake a day, so that’s only $4.30 per day.