Where are all the Unbiased Shakeology Reviews? The Beachbody Shakeology shake has been making huge waves in the shake world ever since it came out in March 2009 and it’s time to see what the media is saying about it…
After all, you do not want to waste your money on junk! In this in-depth Shakeology review, you’ll learn everything you need to learn about Shakeology and much more. We’ll cover the Shakeology ingredients, what Clinical Studies have to say about Shakeology, and offer several Beachbody Shakeology reviews and unbiased 3rd party reviews.
By the time you finish reading this article, there’s no doubt that you’ll know what Shakeology really is…
Revised and Updated: April 2016…
Shakeology Reviews: Table of Contents
- What is Shakeology?
- Shakeology Ingredients
- Does Shakeology Work?
- Shakeology Flavors Review
- Shakeology Pros and Cons
- Shakeology Price: Where to Buy Shakeology?
What is Shakeology?
Shakeology was released on March 16, 2009 with Chocolate and Greenberry Shakeology… But has grown to include:
- Vegan Tropical Strawberry (2010)
- Chocolate Vegan (2010)
- Vanilla (2013)
- Strawberry (2014)
- Café Latte (January 2016)
Although Shakeology was released with the tag line: “”The Healthiest Meal of the Day!” . People still want to know “What is Shakeology?” After all, Shakeology is as filling as a regular meal replacement shake and has about the same amount of protein as protein shakes. So, what is it?
To fully understand what Shakeology is, you need to look deep into the Shakeology ingredients. Only then can realize the difference between Shakeology and other shakes on the market.
We’ll go into greater detail about the the ingredients in Shakeology in just a little while. However, here’s a quick overview. The video below goes over several Shakeology superfood ingredients, talk to the creator of Shakeology, Darin Olien and see what Doctors have to say about Shakeology. Check out the video below:
The Beachbody Shakeology shake works from the inside-out in order to transform your health. Shakeology is coming during a crucial time in history because the vegetables and fruits that we get at our local grocery store have been decreasing in nutritional value every year…
- According to a study at HortScience, mineral levels in fruits and vegetables have actually declined up to 40 percent from 1959 to 2009.
- Yet, it’s not just minerals… Donald Davis, Ph.D., research associate at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University at Pullman, found that for 43 different fruits and vegetables, there were significant declines in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and vitamin C over the past half century.
- Additionally, The New York Times reported the following: Studies published within the past 15 years show that much of our produce is relatively low in phytonutrients, which are the compounds with the potential to reduce the risk of four of our modern scourges: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.
However, in order to lose weight and to possibly reverse diabetes, lower high blood pressure or cholesterol, and to live a more thriving life… we NEED the nutrition that can only be obtained from NUTRITIONAL fruits and vegetables.
Shakeology is made up of whole food, superfoods that are grown in nutrient rich soils!… What are superfoods? According to Health.com, SUPERFOODS are:
nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.
To make it easier to explain, we divided the Shakeology ingredients that work to change your health around into Six Nutrient groups that we’ll cover right now… Here are the 6 Shakeology Super Food Nutrient Groups
- Protein & Amino Acids
- Antioxidants & Super-fruits
- Phytonutrients & Super-greens
- Adaptogens Herbs
- Prebiotics & Probiotics
- Digestive Enzymes
Protein & Amino Acids
Protein and Amino Acids are not only for people looking to build muscle. Both of them are needed regularly by everyone.
Benefits of Proteins and Amino acids:
- Help the body build and repair muscles
- Maintain tissue and regulation
- Help in hormone and enzyme production
- Promote healthy skin, hair, and nails
- Reduce hunger and food cravings
- Help keep blood sugar steady
- Support brain function to help promote alert thinking and reduce anxiety
Shakeology Superfood ingredients: Amaranth, Sacha Inchi, Sprouted Quinoa, Chia, Flax, Brown Rice, Pea, and grade 7 Whey protein isolate (on a scale of 7, found in the non-vegan flavors).
Antioxidants and Super-fruits
Antioxidants help reduce oxidative damage in the body caused by free radicals. Free radicals come in the form of ultra violet (uv) rays, they’re in the air we breathe, the food we eat, stress, and our bodies even produce them naturally during the normal process of metabolism.
Our bodies were made to deal with the cell damaging free radicals but only with the help of antioxidants neutralizing them before they do damage to a cell’s components. Oxidative damage is a major cause of degenerative (aging) conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure (which can lead to stroke), dementia, and arthritis.
Benefits of Shakeology – Antioxidants and Super-fruits
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure (which can lead to stroke)
- And Arthritis
Shakeology ingredient list: Cacao, Coconut Flower Nectar, Acerola Cherry, Pomegranate, Camu-Camu, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Blueberry, Acai, Green Tea, Rose Hips, Cinnamon, Luo Han Guo
Phytonutrients & Super-greens
Phytonutrients have been found to be beneficial for human health, not only in preventing diseases, but also in reversing some disorders. These disorders include degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc…
Benefits of Shakeology – Phytonutrients & Super-greens
- Boost immunity
- Help fight diseases
- Can slow down the aging process
- Detoxify the body by removing the unwanted toxins and cleanses your system
- Helps to alkalize the body and promotes detoxification of the liver, kidneys, and blood to restore health and vitality.
Shakeology Superfood ingredients: Moringa, Spirulina, Chlorella, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Oat Grass, Wheat Grass
The reason for naming these herbs “Adaptogens” resulted from the scientific discovery, which proved their effectiveness in helping the human body to “adapt” or to “adjust” to strains and changes of daily living.
Shakeology Benefits of Adaptogens Herbs
- Protects body from stress, anxiety, fatigue, and trauma.
- Balances your endocrine hormones and immune system.
- Increases endurance and stamina.
- Increases concentration and mental clarity.
- Increases your energy levels.
Shakeology ingredients: Maca, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Maitake Mushroom, Cordyceps, Reishi Mushroom, Schisandra, Ginkgo, Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Prebiotics & Probiotics
Many people have heard of the healthy bacteria (probiotics) that are commonly found in our foods, like in yogurt and other fermented foods. People, however, have yet to hear that our bodies can actually manifest its own probiotics if you feed it prebiotics.
With the way we eat today we have created a thriving environment for UNHEALTHY BACTERIA in our body. Studies have shown that probiotics interact with the immune system to prevent disease from harmful bacteria and keep the immune system functioning at full capacity.
Benefits of Prebiotics & Probiotics
- Improve digestion
- Help boost the immune system
- Increase absorption of nutrients
- Help keep you “regular”
Shakeology Super Food ingredients: Yacon root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes (Bacillus Coagulans)
Digestive enzymes are critical for optimal health. A lack of digestive enzymes leads to undigested food, which in turn gives rise to toxin production in the intestinal tract leading to toxic overload and leaky gut.
Digestive enzymes, however, are very difficult to get naturally. Even if you ate your fruits and vegetables raw, there would be a very low amount of enzymes. And cooked food has close to Zero active enzymes.
Why digestive enzymes? They have been called “The Fountain of Life!” They are behind EVERY single process in the body! Yes, EVERYTHING requires enzymes!
The labor force of the body that digests, absorbs, allows for signals to be sent, creates new blood cells, etc. is all governed by enzymes. You would be shocked at how starved your body has been for enzyme support. That’s why the addition of these vital forces to Shakeology was so critical! — Darin Olien, Shakeology’s Ingredient Hunter
Benefits of Shakeology – Digestive Enzymes
- Help break down foods
- Increase absorption of nutrients.
Shakeology superfood ingredients: Amylase, Bromelain, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Papain, Protease.
Shakeology Nutrition Facts
Although I went into pretty good detail above with the Shakeology ingredients, some people might still need some more details for allergy reasons or just to know. Below are the Shakeology Nutrition Facts of each individual Shakeology flavor so that you can take a closer look for yourself.
- Café Latte Shakeology
- Chocolate Shakeology
- Vanilla Shakeology
- Strawberry Shakeology
- Greenberry Shakeology
- Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
- Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology
Is Shakeology Gluten Free?
Although the Shakeology Nutrition Labels can be found directly above, there’s no clear statement about Shakeology being Gluten Free. Yet, what is Gluten to begin with? After all, many people are advising to stay clear from it. Here’s what WebMD says about Gluten:
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten also shows up in many whole grain foods related to wheat, including bulgur, farro, kamut, spelt, and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). Some celiac disease experts warn patients to steer clear of oats, as well.
The first thing to make a note of is that Gluten is a protein. Gluten does not mean an entire food but instead that there’s a protein in wheat, barley, and rye that can cause trouble to certain individuals. Nothing is said about weight loss or health… Instead, Gluten should be avoided by those with celiac disease because of their inability to digest the protein.
Then there some people who choose to live a Gluten Free lifestyle who also wanted to know: is Shakeology gluten free? Here’s what Beachbody officially states about Gluten and other allergies:
Shakeology is not certified gluten free. Although Shakeology is made with gluten-free ingredients, all Shakeology formulas are in a manufacturing facility that also processes known allergens such as soy, milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat (gluten) ingredients. While our manufacturing procedures follows strict, required FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which include immediate cleaning and breaking down of equipment after every production batch and proper air filtration systems as precautionary measures, the possibility of cross-contamination can never be 100% eliminated, therefore we are required by the FDA, to include a warning that addresses this.
Additionally, the Shakeology ingredients includes the following grasses, which are known to have gluten:
Here’s Beachbody official response about the grasses above:
Shakeology formulations do not contain grass seeds. The grasses found in Shakeology (barley, wheat, kamut, oat) are harvested prior to the seed (grain) developing. If there is any concern around allergic reaction, it is best to consult your physician prior to drinking Shakeology.
Is Shakeology Gluten Free?… Yes… However, because of the risk of cross contamination, people with Celiac Disease may choose not to order Shakeology.
Difference Between Vegan and Non-Vegan Shakeology Flavors
The Vegan Shakeology flavors are Chocolate Vegan and Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology and they are:
- 100% Dairy-Free
- Soy Free
- And Lactose-Free
There are two main differences between Vegan and Non-Vegan Shakeology flavors:
- Team Beachbody defines Vegan as containing nothing derived from animals. Thus, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology and Vegan Tropical Strawberry contains it’s own plant based protein blend of pea, rice, GMO-free oat protein, and also sacha inchi, quinoa, chia, flax, amaranth, and spirulina… While the Regular Shakeology flavors contain whey protein, which is derived from cow’s milk and therefore not vegan.
- The Vegan Shakeology flavors derive all their nutrients from the whole food ingredients. This is why the Vegan Nutritional Labels will not state any vitamins and minerals because each Shakeology batch is a little different. On the flip side, the regular Shakeology flavors are fortified with vitamin and minerals, which allows Beachbody to state it on the Shakeology Nutrition Facts.
Does Shakeology Work?
In this Shakeology review, we’re going to go over several different Shakeology reviews in order to answer: Does Shakeology work? We’ll go over Clinical Trials, Beachbody Customer reviews, Unbiased 3rd Party reviews, and finish with someone who refused to order Shakeology at first…
Shakeology Reviews: Clinical Study
We can read all the Shakeology reviews we want, but what kind of results are people really getting when Shakeology is studied under controlled conditions? Medicus Research, one of the nation’s leading organizations specializing in clinical trials for natural health products conducted a study on Shakeology.
For this Independent Clinical Study of Shakeology, the following was accounted for during the 90 Day study:
- There was no change in diet. (They ate how they normally do.)
- There was no change in exercise. (If they exercised already, they continued. If they didn’t exercise, they continued NOT to exercise.)
- They drank Shakeology for breakfast and lunch.
What were the results of the Clinical Study of Shakeology?… Here are the benefits of Shakeology according to the study:
- Weight Loss
- Lowered Cholesterol
- Lowered Blood Sugar
CONTINUED WEIGHT LOSS OVER TIME: Medicus Research found that participants drinking Shakeology for breakfast had statistically significant reductions in the desire to eat at lunch. On average, Shakeology drinkers lost nearly 10lbs after 90 days and the highest weight loss being at 24 pounds.
Best of all, people continued to lose weight throughout the course of the study which gives a nice and steady healthy weight loss.
LOWERED TOTAL CHOLESTEROL: The Shakeology clinical study found that the total average cholesterol was reduced by 7% with a maximum up to 50% reduction in total cholesterol.
LOWERED BLOOD SUGAR: Finally, Medicus took a look into the blood sugar of the participants… Instead of testing a single days blood sugar, which can differ based on what you ate today or what you ate yesterday, the hemoglobin HbA1c looks at their average sugar over 3 months.
“In this study, we saw the 3 month average blood sugar reduced by 5% and up to 19% in some cases, which of course is very helpful for the body in reducing the risk of diabetes but also in your everyday sugar metabolism.” – Dr Udani.
You know what’s the best thing about this clinical study?… Every participant was only asked to drink Shakeology for breakfast and lunch!
- No one was asked to exercise!
- No one asked to change what they normally eat!
- No one was asked to live a healthier lifestyle!
Imagine the kind of results you could achieve if you started eating healthier and exercising while also drinking Shakeology. It shouldn’t take you very long to see amazing results like those above.
Shakeology Reviews: Weight Loss
We already saw from the Clinical Trials of Shakeology that Shakeology does help with weight loss. However, if you want some reassurance, here’s a few more Shakeology reviews about weight loss and personal testimonies. Feel free to flip through the Shakeology reviews below:
Every Shakeology review above is simply amazing. In case you didn’t flip through the reviews above, here’s just a few things that people are saying about Shakeology:
“I lost nearly 100 lbs., ditched my cravings for sweets (no more snack cakes)—and my doctor was so impressed, he took me off my blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar medications. My sleep apnea went away. My energy shot through the roof, and I can only imagine how much better I’ll feel as I continue!”
“Now I have better digestion, tons more energy, my skin glows, and my hair and nails are stronger than ever. Shakeology is THE most amazing product I’ve ever used.“
“To my surprise I began losing weight instantly. From the moment I started drinking Shakeology I could feel the immediate boost of energy.”
“I’ve struggled with eating disorders, I’ve struggled with obesity, and I now know it was all because I struggled with portion control. That changed when my Coach told me about Shakeology.”
“Shakeology was key to my success not only because it immediately curbed my soda and junk food cravings and its high-quality protein was exactly what my body needed to build a ton of muscle. “
“After only one week of Shakeology I felt like a new person and had increased energy right off the bat!”
“I turned to Shakeology, and my glucose went from 131 to 69, my hormones got straightened out, my energy skyrocketed, and my digestion and sleep improved.“
Shakeology Reviews: Weight Loss + Working Out
Want even faster weight loss results and a sexier toned body? Then you’ll want to combine Shakeology with a proven workout program that you will enjoy!
As we have seen from the Shakeology reviews above, you don’t need to workout in order to lose weight with Shakeology. However, by not working out you’re more likely to have saggy skin and possibly still be squishy like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Check out the amazing body transformation you could obtain from combining Shakeology and a workout program. Below, you’ll find people did the following workouts: 21 Day Fix, Focus T25, Insanity MAX 30, CIZE, 22 Minute Hard Corps, and P90X3.
Every Shakeology weight loss review above had an amazing story to share. As you can see, ANYONE can lose weight when they decide they want to lose weight. And here’s a special gift to you…
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6 Shakeology Reviews: Unbiased
1. Shakeology Reviews: Rated #2 of 50+ Popular Meal Replacement Shakes…
Our first unbiased Shakeology review comes from a 3rd party resource who took the time to taste, research, and compare over 50 different popular meal replacement shakes. MealReplacementShakeReviews.com has reviewed several popular meal replacement shakes like:
Here is their Shakeology review, unbiased:
Amazing!!! Out of over 50 popular meal replacement shakes, Beachbody Shakeology has come in at NUMBER 2!
Here are two important notes to consider about Meal Replacement Shake Reviews.com Unbiased Shakeology Reviews:
- Value: The cost is higher than your average meal replacement shake… If you only want a meal replacement shake, then I would not recommend Shakeology.
- There are several Shakeology ingredients not offered in a chemically produced meal replacement shake that will benefit your overall health.
- Taste: Meal Replacement Shake Reviews.com reviewed the Greenberry Shakeology flavor. Several Shakeology reviews will put down Greenberry because it DID taste awful. As of May 2013, Beachbody updated the Greenberry formula to taste better and have more potent ingredients. Shakeology now has 7 different Shakeology favors that you can choose from!
Why does being voted #2 of 50+ Meal Replacements Shakes matter?… Because it means that Shakeology tastes the best, has the best natural hunger blockers, and the best nutrition of over 50 popular meal replacement shakes. Now you don’t need to go out and try to compare over 50 meal replacement shakes to find the best one for you!
2. Shakeology Review: Health Benefits with Whole Food, Super Foods
This is an interesting Shakeology review because it describes the Shakeology ingredients and what the shake offers. This article was published by Bloomberg Businessweek, titled The Adventures of Superfood Man.
Here are a few important notes on the Shakeology ingredients from the Bloomberg Business week article:
- Shakeology is made with Whole Foods: “Dr. Mehmet Oz, says people are better off getting dietary fiber and nutrients from whole foods (rather than mass-produced vitamins).”
- Shakeology is made with Superfoods: Dr. Susanne Talcott, assistant professor of toxicology and a director of research at Texas A&M’s Nutrition and Food Science Dept., specializes in testing superfoods. Dr. Talcott states: “Aside from almost three eggs’ worth of protein, vitamins, and minerals, there seemed to be a tad of almost every superfood known to the herbal-loving world [in Shakeology]…”
Overall, the Bloomberg Businessweek unbiased Shakeology review was about explaining the Shakeology ingredients and how Darin Olien decides which ingredients to use from around the world.
Why are whole food ingredients better for your health?… Because Shakeology is made from whole food ingredients, you’ll feel fuller and will be able to digest the nutrition in Shakeology much easier than if you drank a chemically produced meal replacement shake.
3. Shakeology Reviews: Shaman Approved Superfood Ingredients
Discover News focused on Darin Olien and the Beachbody Shakeology ingredients in Nutritional “Indiana Jones” Searches Remote Jungles and Mountains for Super Foods.
What’s great about Shakeology reviews like Discovery News and Bloomberg Businessweek is that it’s not about taste or comparing it to other products but instead looking at what’s in Shakeology, learning about the quality of the ingredients, and learning about the health benefits.
Here’s what Discovery News reported with their Shakeology review of the ingredients:
“As the developer of Shakeology, the “healthiest meal of the day” shake from fitness behemoth BeachBody (the people who brought you P90X), Olien wanted only the absolute healthiest, most nutritional ingredients for the product. Ingredients that have very powerful antioxidant and adaptogen abilities like acai berry, Camu-Camu, maca root, and Sacha Inchi.”
During his travels around the world in isolated villages, he meets with local medicine men and shamans to discover what foods they’ve been using to heal and promote health for centuries. Darin Olien is on a mission to find the most potent superfoods that the western civilization has never been exposed to or know very little about…
“This is not us coming up with some magic effect from these foods,” he says. “It’s observing what these ingredients provide, and being humble to what these people have been using successfully for millennia. That’s the power.” – Darin Olien
Here’s what Discovery News had to say about Shakeology:
“Some of the 70 or so ingredients he has included in Shakeology have caused “incredible and profound” results according to Olien. He’s seen people who were overweight with dangerously high cholesterol drop significant weight and 80 or more points on their cholesterol levels once they drink his shakes. Enough that they can get off their prescription medications.”
Besides working with Shamans who have used superfoods for generations, Darin is working with Dr. William Li at the Angiogenesis Foundation. They’ve found that some of these nutrients Olien found can actually inhibit angiogenesis, that means they can shut off the things that cause certain diseases, including cancer.
It’s simply amazing what Beachbody is placing into Shakeology so that we can benefit from these superfoods!
Why do superfoods, from around the world, matter to you?… Darin Olien travels the world to find ONLY the most powerful superfoods that have been used by civilizations for centuries to include into Shakeology because they will not only help you lose weight & gain more energy but also improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, and improve your overall health.
Go Dairy Free was first launched in 2005 by Alissa Fleming and she states:
I do my best to keep the site updated with new recipes, product reviews, news, and FAQ’s each week to help with this growing need for non-dairy information.
Why did Alissa offer a Unbiased Shakeology review? She says: “I receive quite a few requests for dairy-free meal replacement drinks, and this new version of Tropical Strawberry Shakeology definitely tops my list of recommendations.”
Alissa Fleming’s Shakeology review of Vegan Shakeology flavors:
The Pros: Dairy-Free Nutrition, Diet-Friendly, Low Sugar
- It is fairly low calorie (160 per serving), but packs in so many nutrients including: 15 grams of protein from raw sprouted brown rice, 9 essential amino acids, prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and loads of “superfood” ingredients for antioxidants.
- The vegan shakeology suits a variety of special diets.
- It is fairly low in sugar. It’s almost dessert-like and when blended, not bad compared to other options on the market.
The Cons: Rice Protein Texture, Cost, Too Sweet?
- Since it uses a brown rice protein base, it has that “powdery” texture. If you’ve had brown rice protein, then you know what I’m talking about. Some people love it. I’m not a big fan, but when blended into a smoothie, the texture mellows quite a bit.
- This isn’t a cheap meal replacement! I can say it is out of my budget for regular purchase, but if it fits your needs, it may be worth the price tag.
- They pack a lot of info onto that packet, but fail to note if it does supply any of your days essential vitamins and minerals.
Alissa ended her unbiased review of Shakeology by stating:
“Though I would give the [Tropical] Strawberry Shakeology 4 stars, just knocking one star off for the cons noted above, I have since trialed the Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, which just nudges this review up to 5 STARS.”
Here are a few notes to consider about Alissa’s Vegan Shakeology review:
- Tropical Strawberry has been updated to be less grainy than when Alissa first wrote her review. Vegan Chocolate is the least grainy of the two vegan flavors.
- Vitamins and Minerals are not listed on the Vegan Shakeology formulas because it’s not fortified with vitamins and minerals like the non-Vegan Shakeology flavors. Instead, all the nutrition in the Vegan Shakeology flavors is directly from the whole food sources which can vary from batch to batch.
Is there a difference in benefits between the Vegan and Non-Vegan Shakeology flavors?… Both Vegan and non-Vegan Shakeology offer the same superfood, whole food ingredients that will benefit your health. Outside of how the Shakeology flavors get their taste, the only difference between Vegan and non-Vegan Shakeology is the protein source. Vegan Shakeology uses a rice protein source and the non-Vegan Shakeology flavors use a high quality whey protein source.
5. Shakeology Reviews: Quality Ingredients, Quality Relationships
We’ve seen several Shakeology reviews on the powerful superfood ingredients in Shakeology. However, we haven’t heard too much about the quality of the ingredients… It’s important to realize that the Beachbody Shakeology shake is made…
Plain and simple, Shakeology is a pure health shake. The idea of a revolutionary health shake was so interesting that O’s editor-in-chief, Susan Casey, went with Darin Olien to find out how exactly he gets the Shakeology ingredients.
The article appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine in the May 2011 issue, titled GOOD MORNING WORLD! and is highlighted on the cover as: “6 Superfoods That Will Change the Way You Eat (And You’ve Never Heard of Them Before)”. Susan Casey wrote 13 pages on Darin Olien and the Shakeology ingredients!
Susan Casey wrote the following about Shakeology:
No one understands Shakeology better than Olien, who created it in 2008, after Carl Daikeler, CEO of the fitness company Beachbody, challenged him to come up with a supplement to match the tagline The Healthiest Meal of the Day.
His customer was someone who wanted optimum wellness, wanted to lose weight, wanted cholesterol levels to drop-but had no intention of eating a platter of broccoli each day.
Daikeler gave Olien no limits on quality, no cost/revenue restrictions; the goal was to shoot the moon, to seek out and combine the most extraordinary plants, fruits, nuts, herbs-nature’s secret weapons.
And Olien found them: ashwagandha from China, cordyceps from Bhutan, yacon from Peru. An alphabet of vitamins and minerals from the purest sources.
Prebiotics. Probiotics. Green tea and grapeseed extracts, chlorella and spirulina and hydrilla, a spectrum of enzymes.
An amazing thing about Darin is the connection he makes with the farmers… Susan reported the following:
Olien’s relationship to his suppliers is a deeply personal one. He believes in cultivating relationships first, supporting indigenous practices, seeking the highest-quality products and paying generously for them.The farmers he works with have become his close friends. “It’s fair trade on steroids,” he says of his approach.
While it’s important to have quality Shakeology superfood ingredients, it’s also important to have a good relationship with those who you get those ingredients from…
Beachbody even takes the time to educate farmers on sustainable agricultural in order to get abetter quality ingredients and to not damage the ecosystem.
Since O, the Oprah Magazine reported on Shakeology in 2011. Darin Olien has gone on to include several more Shakeology ingredients from around the world! Here’s just a small sample of what’s now in Shakeology:
- Asia – Cordyceps, Hydrilla, Schisandra
- Bolivia – Quinoa Seed
- China – Astragalus root, Gingko, Schisandra, Barley Grass, Reishi, Goji Berries
- Costa Rica – Papain
- Madagascar – Vanilla Beans
- Mexico – Chia Seed, Moringa
- Northeastern Brazil – Acerola
- Peru – Yacon Root, Sacha inchi, Maca root
- Peruvian Andes – Maca
- South America and Central America – Stevia
- South American rainforest – Camu-Camu
- U.S./Canada – Wild Grasses
Why does having high quality Shakeology ingredients matter?… Just like eating junk food every day will make you gain weight, increase your blood pressure, and increase your cholesterol… Drinking the powerful super-food ingredients in Shakeology everyday will work inside out to lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, increase your energy, and help you break through weight loss plateaus!
6. Shakeology Review: Shakeology Hater to Lover!
All the Shakeology reviews above have been pretty amazing. Yet, you still may be wondering what people really think about Shakeology. After all, many people run away from even looking at Shakeology once they hear the Shakeology price. And Qi Heart was the exact same way. She loved Focus T25 but didn’t think Shakeology was worth the money… at first… Check out her unbiased Shakeology review below:
That is an amazing Shakeology review and I would like to point out a few things that Qi mentioned…
There’s no way around it. Everyone get’s sticker shocked by the Shakeology price because everyone is used to cheap $30 meal replacement shakes. Often, people will look at the Shakeology price and then not even look at what Shakeology has to offer.
Qi was the same way, she thought that she could get several more supplements for $100 than to buy Shakeology.
Almost three years later, after Qi heard about Shakeology, she bought Focus T25 and started working out with her mom. It was her mom that first showed interest in buying Shakeology and had Qi look into the ingredients to see if it’s worth the cost…
Qi was simply amazed when she saw all the ingredients that Shakeology has to offer. She read the Shakeology ingredients and saw that it had Chinese medicine herbs, western medicine herbs, and much more…
In short, Qi Heart states: “It [Shakeology] has everything you’ve ever heard of that’s good for your body.”
After seeing the list of Shakeology ingredients, she knew that all the herbs and superfoods are pretty expensive and the price started making sense to her.
2. Tons of Energy to Do Anything She Wants!
Need more energy to workout or need more energy in general? After only 3 days, Qi noticed a huge difference in her energy levels. Not only does she state that, “This stuff is freaking amazing” but she shares that she has plenty of energy to do chores, take care of her two young children, and is still looking for more work to do.
Additionally, she says that she takes Shakeology in the morning in order to give her sustained energy throughout the day. Shakeology is not like a energy drink that will have you crashing a few hours after you take it! Do you need more energy?
3. Shakeology Tastes Amazing!
In Qi’s unbiased Shakeology review, she mentions how great the Chocolate Vegan Shakeology flavor is and how she looks forward to her shake every morning. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a Vegan in order to enjoy the Shakeology vegan flavors. And Beachbody does offer several different flavors that you can enjoy:
- Tropical Strawberry (Vegan)
- Chocolate Vegan
- Café Latte
Personally, I enjoy the Chocolate Vegan because it’s not super creamy like the regular Chocolate. Regardless of the flavor you choose, you can bet that you’ll get the same health benefits in every Shakeology shake.
4. Qi Highly Recommends Ordering Shakeology
How do you know when something is worth buying?… You tell your family about it. In this case, Qi isn’t the only one drinking Shakeology and giving their thumbs up about it; her husband and mother are also huge fans of Shakeology.
Personally, I like that Qi’s unbiased Shakeology review mentions that there was “no freaking way” she would buy Shakeology at first… not until her mom told her to look into it… But once she really understood the ingredients in Shakeology, she knew she was getting a great deal at the price… Best of all, Shakeology is delivering amazing results for her and her family.
5. Can you Really buy Shakeology at Amazon.com?
Many Shakeology reviews will say to look at Amazon.com or even Ebay.com in order to save money on Shakeology but there are pitfalls with that. Beachbody does not officially sell Shakeology on Amazon nor on Ebay. And Beachbody Coaches are also not allowed to sell Shakeology on either site.
I did a quick search on Amazon for Shakeology and found NO ONE selling Shakeology on Amazon. Click Here to see for yourself!
It’s also important to realize that sites like Amazon and Ebay do not regulate supplements. This was reported in NaturalNews.com, where they discovered that sellers on Amazon were regularly selling fake, counterfeit nutritional products to unsuspecting consumers.
In short, Buyer Beware! If you want the real Shakeology shake that comes with a Money Back Guarantee, then you need to order directly from Beachbody. Click on the image below to get the REAL DEAL:
Shakeology Flavors Review
OK… You’re ready to buy Shakeology but aren’t sure what Shakeology flavor will taste the best. Well, here’s a good idea of what the Shakeology flavors will taste like…
In no particular order, here are the Beachbody Shakeology Flavors Review:
Chocolate Shakeology Flavor:
Chocolate Shakeology mixes up thick and creamy. Out of all the Shakeology flavors, chocolate is the most ordered and preferred flavor.
It mixes up nicely with only water and ice but you are welcome to try several other Shakeology recipes which come with your order or you can find them easily online.
It has a stronger Chocolate taste than the Vegan Chocolate but is not overbearing. Overall, this Chocolate tastes much better than whey protein powders and meal replacement shakes.
Chocolate Vegan Shakeology Flavor:
As Beachbody says, you don’t need to be a Vegan to enjoy a vegan health shake. Chocolate Vegan is not as creamy or as strong chocolate tasting as regular Chocolate Shakeology.
It offers a nicer Chocolate aroma with a very light, dark Chocolate taste. Best of all it’s not grainy like many vegan shakes, which is a common issue with Vegan meal replacement shakes.
Vegan Shakeology is my personal favorite and one you may consider as well.
Greenberry Shakeology Flavor:
Greenberry got upgraded on May 2013. The upgrade was to include the new superfoods that are already in the other Shakeology flavors and to improve the taste.
Before the upgrade, Greenberry had a love it or leave it taste. Much like the Chocolate flavor, it’s creamy and offers more of a berry taste now.
While creating the new flavor of Greenberry, they found that 3 out of 5 Non-Greenberry drinkers liked Greenberry enough to add it to their flavor rotation. Though tasting better, I would only recommend Greenberry if you enjoy healthy green shakes that tend to be on the sweet side.
Tropical Strawberry Shakeology Flavor (Vegan):
The Tropical Strawberry Shakeology flavor has the lightest taste of them all. If you’re looking to customize Shakeology with other fruits, then Tropical Strawberry is the best choice.
However, I would not drink Tropical Strawberry with only water and ice. Tropical Strawberry is grainy and watery. Adding a frozen banana will help with the grittiness.
If you want a light and smooth Shakeology flavor, look towards the Vanilla Shakeology flavor. Or for a real Strawberry flavor, get the Strawberry Shakeology flavor. Though having the name “Tropical Strawberry”, it doesn’t fully taste like strawberry because of the other tropical fruits (papaya, bananas, pineapple) added into it.
Vanilla Shakeology has finally been released after 3 years of research and development. Vanilla Shakeology took so long to release because it was difficult to make a 100% Natural shake without using FDA loopholes like other “natural” health shakes do.
Vanilla Shakeology is smooth like Chocolate Shakeology and has a great Vanilla scent. You can easily change up the flavor with any additional fruits or vegetables that you like.
Of the regular Shakeology flavors, this one would be third best after Strawberry Shakeology. However, if you’re a Vanilla fan, you will not be disappointed!
This Shakeology really tastes like Strawberry and is much smoother than Tropical Strawberry. Released on January 2014, Strawberry Shakeology quickly became the most popular Shakeology flavor with supply not meeting demand.
If you’re not a fan of chocolate and vanilla doesn’t satisfy your taste buds, then Strawberry Shakeology will be a huge delight to you.
Many have said that Strawberry Shakeology tastes much like an ice cream smoothie when blended with ice and water. Now you can have a healthy dessert 😉
Café Latte Shakeology
Café Latte is the newest Shakeology flavor that was released to U.S. residents on January 11, 2016. And later released to Canada as well once Health Canada approves it. (Health Canada is known to take a while on approving supplements but the goal is to have it out by the end of 2016.)
Although I’m not a coffee drinker, I was very impressed by Shakeology new flavor made from whole coffee fruit. Are are a few thoughts:
- Cafe Latte is smooth.
- Has a light coffee taste. For those who prefer black coffee or bold blends, you may want to still add some of your own coffee into it.
- When blended with almond milk, it has a nice Starbucks’ Mocha Frappuccino taste to it. Sweet but not overly sweet. And definitely without the Mocha Frappuccino junk.
- Best of all, Cafe Latte has about the same caffeine as all the other Shakeology flavors and contains 75% less caffeine than an 8 oz. cup of Coffee. As a result, you will NOT get a High Energy Boost followed by a crash. Instead, it’s a natural energy boost like the other Shakeology flavors.
Not sure which flavor Shakeology is the one you’ll love? You can order your own Shakeology Samples so that you can find the flavor you’ll enjoy the most. Click on options below:
- Shakeology 7 Day Sampler! – Sample ALL 7 Flavors
- Shakeology Vegan Sampler – Sample Chocolate Vegan & Tropical Strawberry
Money Saving Option for Sampling Shakeology – The Shakeology Super Sampler Costs $34.95 before shipping and taxes for only 7 Shakeology samples. After shipping and taxes, it’ll cost you about $45.26. Another option would be to order the “Shakeology Chocolate + Vanilla + Strawberry Combo Packets”. You’ll get a total of 24 packets. You won’t get the other 4 Shakeology Flavors (Chocolate Vegan, Greenberry, Tropical Strawberry, Cafe Latte). However, most people normally enjoy Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry the most. Or, you can check out the other Combo Packet Boxes that you may enjoy more!… When placing your order, make sure to order with monthly auto-ship to save even more money! Order Shakeology Here!
Shakeology Pros and Cons
I want this to be the most honest Shakeology review you can find so that you can determine if Shakeology is right for you. There are 1,000s of people who give a review of Shakeology and I believe everything can always be broken down to the following Pro and Cons.
Shakeology Review Pros:
– 1. Ingredients –
Beachbody only offers the most beneficial superfood ingredients from around the world. Darin Olien (Shakeology creator) travels around the world to isolated villages and meets with local medicine men and shamans to discover what foods they’ve been using to heal and promote health for centuries.
Beachbody works hard to in ensuring that the Shakeology ingredients are of the best quality and have been shown to be beneficial to people’s health.
– 2. Quality –
Vanilla Shakeology was once the most requested flavor on the market. However, when Beachbody first created a Vanilla Shakeology flavor, they found that it was very difficult to cover up the 70+ ingredients with only Vanilla bean. After further research, Beachbody discovered that other “Natural Vanilla” products would use FDA loop holes in order to be called natural. Beachbody, however, refused to lie to the public even though legal.
Instead of compromising the quality of Shakeology, Beachbody refused to make a Vanilla Shakeology flavor until it can be done right. It took just over 3 years but Vanilla Shakeology has finally been released with real Vanilla Bean being used for the flavoring.
If that doesn’t inspire you about the integrity of Shakeology. Then you should know that Beachbody regularly sends out members of their own team to ensure every single Shakeology ingredient is being taken care of with the highest of standards. This is not required for them to do. Instead, they do this because they want to deliver the best product to you!
Why all this work?.. Because Beachbody said NO to using factory fabricated herbs because your body doesn’t absorb fabricated nutrients the same way as the real stuff, which would cause a decrease in health benefits to you.
– 3. Health Benefits –
I have drank several meal replacement and protein shakes in the past. While Shakeology is filling like a meal replacement shake and has as much protein as a protein shake it does not have the same health benefits. I cannot give the same Shakeology review as I would other shakes on the market because Shakeology offers health benefits like:
- Continuous weight loss over time (clinically proven)
- Lowers your cholesterol (clinically proven)
- Lowers your blood sugar (clinically proven)
- Reduces hunger & food cravings
- Gives you healthier skin, hair, and nails
- Increases your energy
- Boosts your immune system
- Improves your digestion & regularity
And the list keeps growing every day as more people publicly give their own review of Shakeology…
– 4. Raving Shakeology Reviews –
We have already gone through several Shakeology reviews in this article. However, here’s an interesting Beachbody Shakeology survey completed by Beachbody. Beachbody simply contacted close to 3,000 Shakeology Customers to see what they thought about Shakeology and here are the results below:
– 5. 30 Day Money Back Guarantee –
Beachbody offers a Bottom of the Bag Money Back Guarantee. If, for whatever reason, you don’t like Shakeology… simply throw all the Shakeology into the trash and mail back the bag for a full refund. Simple as that!
Shakeology Review Cons:
– 1. Price –
Several Shakeology reviews mention the price being too high. The cost for a 30 day serving of Shakeology is $129.95, which is about $4 per serving. If you were to make a Shakeology alternative from a grocery store, here’s what you would need to buy:
At the same time there are several Shakeology reviews who praise Shakeology because they’re actually saving money. Shakeology drinkers will often give a review with 1 or more of the following statements:
- Saving money because they’re no longer on medications (normally blood pressure, cholesterol, digestive disorders)
- Saving money because they no longer need coffee to be energized in the morning.
- Saving money by replacing one meal a day with Shakeology.
- Saving money by drinking and satisfying their sweet tooth with Shakeology instead of with chips, cookies, cakes, or soda.
– 2. Taste –
Depending on when a Beachbody Shakeology review was written, it could be talking about an old Shakeology flavor formula. The Chocolate Shakeology flavor went through three revisions until a final one was made in December 2012. The Greenberry Shakeology flavor went through a revision in May 2013.
The Shakeology formula updates were made to include new superfoods and to increase the potency of the ingredients. The important thing to remember is that Shakeology combines 70+ ingredients to give you max health benefits. It’s a total health shake, not an ice cream shake who’s only purpose is to taste good.
Overall, Shakeology tastes very good compared to other “health” shakes on the market.
– 3. No Alternative –
There’s nothing on the market that is a fair comparison to the Beachbody Shakeology ingredients or quality.
- If you’re looking only for a meal replacement shake, there are several cheaper alternatives.
- If you’re looking only for a protein shake, there are several cheaper alternatives.
- If you’re looking for a complete health shake with premium ingredients, then Shakeology is the only option.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a Shakeology alternative at the same quality. Yes, there are many meal replacement shakes. However, there’s only one Shakeology. Check out all the different supplements you would need if you wanted to create a Shakeology alternative below:
Shakeology Price: Where to Buy Shakeology?
First of, where to buy Shakeology? As we covered a little earlier, Shakeology is NOT SOLD at WalMart, GNC, Amazon, Ebay, Costco, nor anywhere else. The real Shakeology shake can only be bought directly through Beachbody and this site directs you to them. Additionally, Shakeology can only be bought by U.S. Citizens and Canadians.
As for the Shakeology price, it’s $129.95 and there is no Shakeology Coupon. However, there are several ways to get a Shakeology discount. I know what you’re thinking… You don’t want to sign up for any kind of membership like becoming a Beachbody Coach or becoming a Team Beachbody Club Member. However, hear me out a little… Here are the top ways you can buy Shakeology cheap…
Become a Beachbody Coach: In another article about buying Shakeology cheap, I explain to you the cheapest way to order Shakeology is to become a Beachbody Coach and to order with monthly auto-ship. This option is great if you’re planning to stay on Shakeology for a good amount of time. Plus, you’re not required to sell nor buy anything else. Become a Beachbody Coach Here
Become a Team Beachbody Club Member: Your next cheapest way to order Shakeology is to become a Team Beachbody Club member and order with monthly autoship. This option is great if you want to stream several Beachbody workouts with Beachbody on Demand. This gives you access to hit workout programs like Insanity, P90X, P90X3, TurboFire, Brazil Butt Lift, Hip Hop Abs, and the workout library is continuing to grow every single month! Become a Team Beachbody Club Member Here
Order a Beachbody Challenge Pack: Another great way to get a Shakeology discount is to order a Beachbody Challenge Pack. We covered several Beachbody Challenge Pack reviews earlier in this article. As a reminder, a Beachbody Challenge Pack includes both a Beachbody workout of your choice and Shakeology. This will save you anywhere from $30 to over $100 on your order and it will sign you up for monthly auto-ship. Sometimes you can get a FREE workout just for ordering Shakeology! Compare Beachbody Challenge Packs Here
Order with Monthly Auto-ship: Ordering with monthly autoship is your last chance to buy Shakeology at a discount. What is monthly auto-ship? Monthly auto-ship simply means that your Shakeology will be automatically shipped out every single month. You even have the option to rotate between Shakeology flavors or calling Beachbody in order to change your flavor. By ordering with monthly auto-ship, you’re saving anywhere from $12 to over $15! And here’s the best part, you can call Beachbody and cancel at any time! You can place one order and then call to cancel. This is a great option to save money on Shakeology if you want a workout and don’t want to join a membership. Order Shakeology Here
Just Order Shakeology: Don’t want to save money on Shakeology? Simply order Shakeology and make sure your order type is “One-time order only”. This way you don’t have to worry about canceling anything. Order Shakeology Here
That’s it! Those are all the ways to save money on Shakeology and make use of the 30 Day Money Back Guarantee… If Shakeology doesn’t transform your health, then send it back. It’s that simple.