By Nancy Smorch
I don’t make a habit of having meal replacement drinks... but, as I’ve mentioned, there are days that I’m running around crazy, and I may be on my way out the door in need of a QUICK - but nutritious - snack.
That’s when Beachbody’s Shakeology comes in handy.
I’ve been working out with Beachbody’s P90X and P90X2 for a couple of years now and I love it (although I’m usually opting to choose other four-letter words than "love" while I'm doing them). They're the most intense workouts out there, but what I love about them is that they don't promise those quick and easy results that most others do, but can't deliver.
You have to work hard and put a ton of effort and have discipline, but the results speak for themselves.
And so it is with their Shakeology. They didn’t skimp on the research that went into developing the formula, nor did they cut any corners with the quality of ingredients that goes into their mixes. Reading through the list of ingredients you’ll see great super-protein foods like chia, quinoa, and amaranth.
There's also superfruit and antioxidant foods like camu-camu, goji berry, and green tea.
Then there’s the adaptogen foods (foods that decrease cellular stress levels) like ashwagandha, ginkgo, and maca.
And, finally, a probiotic and digestive enzyme blend that may include yacon root, lipase, and lactase.
I love how I recognize all of the ingredients - nothing I can’t pronounce, though some are certainly exotic. I also love that they don’t use any artificial sweeteners. If I were to make a meal replacement drink, it would look pretty similar to Shakeology - which says a lot!
How about the taste?
My family opts for the chocolate flavor, which is the best tasting chocolate meal replacement drink I’ve ever tried. Seriously. They even have options for vegans.
When I make Shakeology, I substitute coconut water for regular water, add ice, and top it off with 1 to 2 Tbsp. of organic peanut butter.
Sometimes, like I mentioned, I will drink it when I’m out of time and need some dense nutritious food quickly, and other times I will use it for a mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or evening snack. No matter when I need it, it's delicious, it fills me up, and I feel satisfied for hours after drinking.
Oh, and a bonus - it’s gluten free!