Where do I begin?
This is the superfood shake to end all superfood shakes. Because it actually is what it says it is (and you would be shocked by how many products are NOT at all).
It's also NOT (just) a protein shake. It has protein, yes. It has awesome macros, but the key is all the micros, too! Here's some of what's in every glass of Shakeology (which, did I mention, tastes like a milkshake?):
- Proteins and Fiber – to help reduce hunger and food cravings (see my story below: APPLE!)
- Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins, and Minerals – to help fight free radical damage and help support a healthy immune system
- Adaptogen Herbs – traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress
- Prebiotics, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Fiber – to help nutrient absorption and support regularity and healthy digestion
The sourcing and quality are what truly set Shakeology apart. Science knows that the ingredients in Shakeology make a difference for your health and wellness. And many products purport to have some of them, as well. But, the question is: are they what they say they are? Because Shakeology actually is. I can't even fully explain how painstakingly this stuff is made, developed and sourced.
My favorite factoid in this regard is the fact that Beachbody refused to have a vanilla flavor for YEARS because they could not source the high-quality natural organic vanilla they needed to use, in order to avoid having to add even any additional so-called "natural flavorings", which they refused to do because those kind of flavorings are actually quite artificial and processed. They finally found some Malagasy farmers who (literally) hand-pollinate some special vanilla plant so that they can now finally offer a vanilla Shakeology! Do you know how many companies put out a VANILLA flavor shake and just cut some corners or sacrifice a little quality here or there?!?! All of them!
The amazing thing is that if you look at the others, you can actually see where they sacrificed health and quality to do so. Can you imagine how much Vanilla Shakeology the company would have sold if they would have just given in a tiny bit and sacrificed their ideals about impeccable quality just a smidgeon, like every other organic/health food/wellness company has done? And they did NOT. It's actually pretty absurd, but just one reason why I love the company so much.
My taste in food has changed so much since I started drinking Shakeology daily that I literally CRAVE apples and carrots, and things that yes, I could previously enjoy when put in front of me (or would eat because I knew I “should”) — whole, natural, unprocessed foods — but now I wake up craving them like I used to crave a cinnamon bun or chips or sweets! It’s actually just straight up WEIRD. We had to make a late-night grocery store run the other evening so I could have an apple.
I. Had. To. Have. An. APPLE.
Ha! (I just finished an apple, as I was typing this. No kidding.)
I have so much more energy drinking Shakeology. I personally love the Vegan Chocolate, Vegan Tropical Strawberry and Vegan Vanilla flavors. I use them as a base for all sorts of delicious spicy drinks that are my preference.
UPDATE (May 2017): Kelly and I have both been drinking Shakeology for almost two years now, every damn day. #iama365er
I have made hundreds more delicious recipes, and in that time, I haven't even had a common cold. Nor the flu. Nor the bug that went around the kids' school and the neighborhood. Not even the one that everyone got. Not. One. Time.
It is worth the chance that it works for you like it works for me. With a 30-day money-back guarantee, you can't lose. #winning
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