It is probably the single most asked questions I receive from prospective people. Is Shakeology a Meal Replacement Shake? The biggest problem with Shakeology (that’s right, there’s actually a problem with Shakeology) is that it’s really hard to classify. It’s not really a meal replacement — nor is it a protein shake. So what the heck is it?
I recently had the opportunity to hear co-creator Isabelle Daikeler speak about how Shakoelogy came to be and the thing is, Shakeology is so much more than you could ever realize. By placing it in a category, you only limit how dynamic this supplement is. So let’s break it down.
Is Shakeology a Meal Replacement?
By itself, Shakeology does not replace a meal. That being said, it certainly can be part of a balanced meal when combined with healthy foods like berries and other fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butters, avocados, various milks, or whatever else tickles your fancy.
Or what about drinking it before your meal? “Wait!” you say. “Won’t that ruin my appetite?”
It sure does—but in a good way! Shakeology is loaded with protein and provides fiber—both which help promote a feeling of satiety and curb appetite. So drinking it before breakfast, lunch, or dinner is what’s referred to in clinical circles as “pre-loading,” or consuming a pre-meal snack to suppress hunger and decrease food intake.
In other words, Shakeology is not a meal replacement, but it could be considered a healthy way to tide you over, keep you from “pigging out,” and help you stay on course with your balanced, healthy diet. That said, it’s not just a plain old protein (and fiber) shake!
Is Shakeology a Protein Shake?
With 16 to 17 grams of protein per glass, depending on your flavor, Shakeology comes in at roughly the same protein level as a serving of Greek yogurt (18 grams per 7 ounces) or tofu (16 grams in 7 ounces). And it surpasses eggs, which check in at 12 grams for two. While it’s not as high as meat or fish, it still has enough protein for it to count as a Red Container in the Portion Control Container system.
So, in a way, yes, Shakeology could be considered a protein shake.
That said, regular protein drinks tend to focus almost exclusively on, well, protein. Therefore they have more protein grams at the expense of other nutrients. This isn’t the case with Shakeology, given it includes a variety of nutrients, including carbs and fiber, probiotics, digestive enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Shakeology’s even low glycemic index-certified by an independent laboratory.
The combined effect does so much more than just provide amino acids. It works to benefit your overall health, helping to support healthy energy, curb cravings, and support your digestive health. So while you can certainly drink Shakeology to add protein to your diet, you’re missing the big picture—and some of the prime benefits—by focusing exclusively on this one macronutrient.
***It is packed with:
Protein + Amino acids* that help the body build lean muscles, heal wounds, improve skin and hair, support optimal brain function, mental clarity, improved mood and reduces cravings. I can attest to all of these. My hair and nails have grown so much in the past 9 months of me drinking this daily.
Antioxidants (red super foods)* help reduce oxidative damage in the body caused by free radicals. Oxidative damage is a major cause for degenerative conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and arthritis. — I have witness a handful of people in our challenge groups go OFF of their prescribed medication (after consulting their physician), blood pressure medication, type 2 diabetes medication and MORE because they started using Shakeology.
Phytonutrients (green super foods)* boosts immunity, help fight diseases, can slow down the aging process, detoxify the body and have alkalizing properties.
Adaptogens* plant derived agents that help the body from stress. These are herbs that help with balancing endocrine hormones and the immune system.
Prebiotics* help promote better intestinal health. Stimulates growth of friendly bacteria for better digestion. ANYONE that knows me knows that my digestive system is TERRIBLE. It is one of the main reasons I easily gain weight but since I have started Shakeology I am better regulated and I have been able to keep the weight I lose OFF– so DOUBLE win for me.
Digestive Enzymes* Helps the body break down foods and increase absorption of nutrients.
There are NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, fillers OR preservatives.
So what do you call Shakeology? The marketing gurus at Beachbody have gone around in circles with that one for a while. “Your daily dose of nutrition”? Sure, that’s a great tagline, but given Shakeology’s diversity, it’s a hard product to pin down. So instead of spending all this energy coming up with a label, how about we do what we’re supposed to do with the stuff: Drink it, keep active, eat right, and get healthy.
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