Shakeology review and recipe

Not gonna lie: Shakeology tastes kind of nasty at first sip.

But then again, most shake-like supplements taste that way to me.

But you find ways to doctor the mix to make it tastier.

Vanilla Shakeology

shakeology-vanillaThe first flavor I tried was Vanilla. I picked Vanilla because it has the lowest number of calories per serving: 130.

By the end of my 30 days of Vanilla shakeo, I felt that just adding 1/2 cup of frozen berries was enough to make it a meal I looked forward to post-workout.

I would also occasionally get fancy and put together concoctions like this:


And I would love to some day replicate LYFE’s kale banana smoothie using Vanilla Shakeology!

Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

shakeology-vegan-chocolateThe next flavor I tried was Vegan Chocolate. This got rave reviews by so many people, that I had to order it. But I didn’t like it.

I settled on this as my go to recipe for Vegan Chocolate:

1 scoop vegan chocolate Shakeo + 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 banana + 1/3 tray mini ice cubes

The banana is a must to mask the taste of the chocolate.

The Shakeology recipe I’ve been using for the past year

I’m a creature of habit. Once I find something that works fairly well, I stick with it.

This is what I’ve been using for the past year:

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • Half a medium frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup mini ice cubes
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  1. Mix all ingredients in a NutriBullet until blended (30-60 seconds).
  • I add flaxseed for fiber, Omega-3s, and protein.
  • I add cacao powder for antioxidants.
  • When bananas get super ripe, I cut them into slices, and store them in a Tupperware container in the freezer, just for smoothies!
  • The texture is smooth and creamy, just like a milkshake!
  Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 shake
Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 204mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 14g
Protein 18g 36%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The final verdict

I’m going to stick to Vanilla for now — it’s the lowest calorie, and most versatile. I’m going to try different recipes to change it up every now and then.

Oh and one more random observation: the scoop for vegan chocolate is bigger than the one for vanilla. According to official Shakeology site, one serving of vegan chocolate is 43 g, compared to 35 g for vanilla.

January 2017 update

I had my last Shakeology today. After pretty much one year, in which I thoroughly enjoyed having a daily shake post-workout, I can no longer justify the price. That, and each serving contains 200mg of sodium, which I’m trying to cut back on to improve my blood pressure numbers.

Wanted to document my final Shakeology configuration, which I love so much, just in case I decide to come back to it again:

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/2 medium frozen banana
1/4 cup roasted sweet potato
1/2 cup raw spinach
1-1/3 cups water
3/4 cup mini ice cubes

Love the creaminess, thickness, and flavor of this shake! Tastes like banana, sweetness (but no flavor) from sweet potato, color (but no flavor) from the spinach. Plus lots of potassium!

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