Shakeology Review – Is this Daily Nutritional Shake Worth all the Hype?

Shakeology PictureBeachbody Shakeology is a nutrition health shake that seems to be getting the attention of  consumers all over the world.  It is being promoted by highly successful and respectable Beachbody coaches through home workout programs.

Is this nutritional health shake worth all the hype?  I am, by nature, someone who needs to fully research a product before I spend my hard earned money.  I know how frustrating it can be trying to decide on whether a product will work.

This is why I decided to share the information I found on this meal replacement product to make the decision easier.   This Shakeology review evaluates the ingredients, benefits, taste, and cost from an unbiased perspective.

How I Heard about this Ultra Premium Nutritional Shake

I want to start off by telling you that I prefer to listen to real customer unbiased Shakeology experiences.   This is a true Shakeology review by a potential consumer.

A Shakeology Video I found Truly Worth Watching

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This low calorie formula health shake, Shakeology, caught my attention during my research on the P90X2 nutrition guide.   Shakeology meal replacement interested me because I am always looking for an “easier” way to get the nutrients I need to increase my energy and improve my health.   I am at a point in my life where my energy level is low, and I constantly feel like I am fighting an uphill battle just trying to get through normal daily activities.

The idea that I could get all the fruits and vegetables I needed to improve my health and help me lose that extra weight in just one premium nutritional beverage a day really had me interested.  Why?  I can’t stand veggies!

I am a picky eater, which is why I am likely in this boat to begin with.   I am always looking for the easier route that will still give me maximum results.  Let’s see if Shakeology fits my lifestyle.  I hope this 2012 Shakeology review will help you determine if this weight loss replacement shake is right for you.

Beachbody Shakeology Ingredients

I am a firm believer that the ingredients should sell the product.   After all, they are the most important part of any consumable product and are what makes the product worth buying.  Unfortunately, marketing ploys tend to overshadow the ingredients, especially when a product is not truly effective.

The first thing I noticed about Shakeology ingredients, Beachbody focuses mainly on them.    This shake was already starting to gain my respect.   The ingredients packed into this meal replacement shake are potent and extremely healthy.

There are three flavors available at this time; therefore, I am only going to mention a few of the key ingredients you could find in the premium nutritional health shakes.  However, the newest meal replacement Shakeology shake is 100% vegan and does have some different components.

Each ingredient has its own function and is important to the effectiveness of the nutritional shake:

Shakeology items in your shake

Shakeology items in your shake

  • Acai Berry
  • Acerola Cherry
  • Amaranth
  • Amylase
  • Apple Pectin
  • Ashwagandaha
  • Barley Grass
  • Bilberry
  • Blueberry
  • Bromelain from Pineapple
  • Camu-Camu
  • Cellulase
  • Chia Seeds
  • Chlorella Flax
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Cordyceps
  • Flax Seed
  • Gingko Powder (leaf)
  • Goji Berry
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Green Tea (decaffeinated)
  • Holy Basil Leaf
  • Hydrilla
  • Kamut Grass
  • Lactase
  • Lipase
  • Maca Root
  • Maitake Mushroom
  • Oat Grass
  • Papain from Papaya
  • Pea Fiber
  • Pomegranate
  • Protease
  • Reishi Mushroom
  • Rose Hips
  • Sacha Inchi
  • Schisandra
  • Spinach
  • Spirulina
  • Sprouted Quinoa
  • Wheat Grass
  • Whey Protein
  • Yacon Root

In previous Shakeology reviews, you may have noticed Suma Root and Blue-green algae included in the list of ingredients.   Through my research, I discovered that these two were removed from the replacement shake.  The removal of these two Shakeology ingredients did not scare me away; in fact, it confirmed my question as to if the company was respectable.

Beachbody chose to eliminate these two, rather than keep them in, which would have been easier.  There were concerns on whether the source of the Blue-green algae could ensure its purity.   While Suma Root is natural, there is a synthetic version.  It is the only one that can be confused with a synthetic substance.

These are widely used and are not harmful; however, Shakeology prides itself on having only the finest ingredients.  By adjusting the amounts of other Shakeology ingredients that provide the same results as Blue-green algae and Suma Root, Shakeology keeps its effectiveness in- tact.

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A Video Testimonial I Found Inspiring

How this Nutritional Shake Works/Benefits

I believe Shakeology does use wholesome and natural ingredients.  My reason for considering this product in the first place was because I needed to increase my energy levels, lose weight, and improve my health.  Will Shakeology actually do this and how?

Nutrient Groups

This premium nutritional health meal replacement shake only includes ingredients that are known for their potency and bioavailability (ability to deliver nutrients).  They are grouped into four main nutrient categories, which are:

  1. Protein/Essential Amino Acids
  2. Prebiotics/Digestive Enzymes
  3. Antioxidants/Phytonutrients
  4. Vitamins/Minerals

Protein and essential amino acids have many functions.  Shakeology contains whey protein isolate, which is a high-quality protein that absorbs easily into your system.  It helps to build lean muscle mass, maintain blood sugar levels, and reduce cravings and hunger.  Essential amino acids that are actually found in protein help to repair muscle tissue and heal wounds.  They support brain function and healthy skin, nails, and hair.

Prebiotics and digestive enzymes aid in digestion, boost the immune system, increase nutrient absorption, and help keep you regular.  This Shakeology cleanse will gently eliminate toxins that build up over time from highly processed foods to allow for better absorption of the nutrients.

Antioxidants and phytonutrients eliminate free radicals, which are damaging to your cells.  They also help to decrease inflammation, boost your immune system, and decrease your risks for degenerative diseases.

The shake contains 23 vitamins and minerals.  It is important to continually replenish your body with essential vitamins and minerals as many of them are flushed out of your system quickly.   They are easily absorbed into your system in shake form rather than in pill form.

Benefits of this Daily Nutritional Shake

According to my research and other Shakeology reviews, this nutritional shake helps to increase energy levels, accelerate weight loss, increase lean muscle mass, improve digestion and bowel regularity, reduce cravings, lower cholesterol, and boost mental clarity.    These benefits are exactly what I was looking for in a meal replacement shake!

Taste, Texture, Quality

For picky eaters, taste is always a factor in meal replacement plans.   Therefore, I scrolled through numerous customer reviews and found that while the taste is not the best in the world, it is not the worst either.   Honestly, when I read the ingredients, I did not expect it to taste like Ghirardelli chocolate.

There are three flavors currently available, Greenberry, Chocolate, and Tropical Strawberry.  According to consumer reviews, the Greenberry has a “green” taste to it and the texture quality is not very appealing in its purest form mixed with water and ice.  However, when Greenberry is mixed with skim milk and strawberry yogurt, it tastes pretty good.    Many consumers indicate that the chocolate is their favorite.

On February 14, 2012, Shakeology released its newest shake called Tropical Strawberry.  Shakeology reviews show this is a better tasting shake than Greenberry, but a little chalky.  This shake is 100% vegan with no animal proteins.  It uses raw-sprouted brown rice protein rather than whey protein.

There are a few different recipes available that will allow you to drink Shakeology and actually enjoy it.   I have decided that although I am a picky eater, my main goal is to find a product that will give me all the benefits I am looking for in one single glass.  If adding in a few extra ingredients will help me reach my goals, I am going to give it a try.

Shakeology Recipes

There are tons of Shakeology recipes you can find online.   Pay close attention to the ingredients and calories; however, remember this is supposed to be a meal replacement, so it is okay to add a few calories.

Greenberry Shakeology Recipes

Strawberry Cheesecake ((349 calories)

  • 1 serving Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1 oz. cream cheese (light)
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ½ cup water

Blend all ingredients together.

Banana Sunshine (300 calories)

  • 1 serving Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1 medium banana
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice

Blend all ingredients together.

Strawberry Tango (230 calories)

  • 1 serving Greenberry Shakeology
  • ½ cup mango
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup strawberries

Blend all ingredients together.

Chocolate Shakeology Recipes

Butter Cup Cheesecake (459 calories)

  • 1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese (fat free)
  • ¼ cup nonfat yogurt (plain)
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • ½ cup nonfat skim milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • Ice

Blend all ingredients together.

Chocolate Banana (336 calories)

  • 1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 banana (medium)
  • ½ tsp. rum extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup nonfat skim milk

Blend all ingredients together.

Tropical Strawberry Shakeology Recipes

Peach Paradise

  • 1 serving Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sliced peaches

Blend all ingredients together.

Fruity Colada

  • 1 serving Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • ½ tsp. coconut extract
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks

Blend all ingredients together.

Bottom Line

When you look at the price, Shakeology is a bit high.  However, when you compare it to a full meal that you will be replacing each day, the price is not too bad especially for being the healthiest meal of the day.

You can order Shakeology online.  The Chocolate and Greenberry costs $119.95 and the Tropical Strawberry costs $129.95.  I have not seen where you can get a cleanse Shakeology sample; however, they do provide a 30-day money back guarantee.

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Only you can decide if this health shake provides the benefits you need.  I have decided that although this replacement shake may not taste like a gourmet shake, it is worth trying for the amazing benefits.

I am sure there are more people out there like me who really need to step up and take charge of their health.   I hope this quality Shakeology review will help you decide if this premium nutritional shake will help you reach your goals, whether it is for weight loss or for simply improving your health.

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