Here’s the skinny:
Last year I tried Beachbody coaching for about 6 months and it didn’t quite work out for me. I was drinking the shakes and doing some programs, but I didn’t put too much effort into it. I wasn’t seeing much of a change, and my wallet was taking a good beating. So I quit. And then I realized that I still needed an easy on-the-go breakfast. I was hoping for one that tasted as good as Shakeology, but that cost a lot less.
I must have tested over 7 different brands, all ranging in prices under $4 per shake. I’m lactose intolerant so it makes it even harder to find a good one. And, let me tell you, try as I might, I couldn’t find a decent comparison. All ranged from okay to downright terrible, but none were anything I could commit to drinking on a daily basis.
It’s always best to do your own research and take the advice others give as opinionated suggestions – they like what they like for whatever reasons and that’s okay. That’s what I did for me. And it turned out that Shakeology still came out on top. I don’t believe that it’s about name brand, the endorsements, or even the hype surrounding Beachbody. It’s about the ingredients (over 70 including super foods), how my body feels after I drink it (energetic), and, even more importantly, how my body feels when I don’t (sluggish with mean cravings for sweets and carbs).
When it comes down to it, it’s about the facts. Shakeology is filled with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, pre-biotics, digestive enzymes, and fiber. It gives me energy, reduces cravings, nourishes my body, and gives me the nutrients and vitamins I might not get throughout the day (see the chart from Beachbody below).
Shakeology comes in 5 regular flavors – Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry, Café Latte, and two vegan flavors that are equally as delicious and versatile – Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry. I favor the Chocolate Vegan. Sometimes I drink it with avocado and cayenne pepper (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it), sometimes with peanut butter, but mostly with cinnamon, vanilla extract, and honey (a liquid version of a cinnamon bun). Either way, it’s like a milkshake for breakfast and I love it!
For me, it is both a superfood shake and meal replacement. So taking all of that into account, a $4 breakfast doesn’t seem that bad – especially when I’m used to paying the same amount or more for my favorite Starbucks drinks. And once the ingredients and nutritional info are listed side by side, it’s a no brainer. Last night when I was doing my research for this post, I was shocked to find out that I was taking in over 400 empty calories (food/drinks that supply food energy but are devoid of nutrition) each time I drank a Frappuccino. And here I just wanted to be like the cool kids…
Whatever decision you make, choose what’s right for YOU!
If you’re interested in trying Shakeology, the 7-Day Sampler* is a great start.
*Other options available online. Team Beachbody Club members save 10%, coaches save 25%. Visit teambeachbody.com for more information on programs and to sign up for Beachbody On Demand.