I’m about 3 weeks into my Shakeology experience, and so far, I must say…. I like it.  Being a fitness coach with Beachbody, I feel like it is my responsibility to tell you about Beachbody products.  To try them, use them, tell you what I think of them, and give you some insight.  So after 3 weeks, I can say, I do like them, I like the health benefit of getting veggies each day.  It can easily be a low calorie meal replacement, or you can add some ingredients (natural peanut butter) and give it a boost.  But if you get Shakeology, and simply throw a scoop into a shaker and add water, you might be slightly disappointed.  The only one I can drink with water in a shaker is Greenberry.  But strangely enough, chocolate started off being my favorite, in just water.  But I have now grown to like mixing up my Shakeology.  I’m going to post some recipes below.  But if you are a simple person, as I am, let me give you my quickest recipe for Greenberry.  1 scoop Greenberry, 1 scoop vanilla protein, 8 oz lowfat soy milk, some water.  TASTY.  But everyone has there own tastes.  So here are some ideas to get you started.  If you have a favorite recipe, email it to me.  🙂

I took these Shakeology recipes from the Beachbody forums, and Chalene Johnson’s blog. (Chalean Extreme fitness trainer.)

Also, check out the benefits of Almond milk. Super low in cal, and you can find it in the powdered milk section of your grocery, in the non dairy section, not the cold milk area.  Enjoy, and you should definitely try this stuff!  You can also DOWNLOAD Shakeology Recipes at the links below.

Shakeology Recipes

Orange Julius
1 scoop GreenBerry
1 cup of water
1/2 cup almond milk
1 packet Crystal light Sugar free “Classic Orange” or “Sunrise”
Ice (I put in like 2 cups of ice)

1.5 scoop Chocolate Shakeology powder
1 banana
1 Tbsp almond or peanut butter (or to taste)
ice to taste
8oz water

SUNRISE – Antioxidant Special
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 scoop Berry Shakeology powder
3/4 cup water
Ice to taste

Most people have been able to kick their am coffee habit completely with Shakeology. I have to agree that after 2 weeks I could not believe how strong I felt even 50 minutes into my workouts! Wow! Coffee always just makes me crash later. But I do love the taste of it! I really do, so I understand why people would want to mix instant coffee with their Shakeology. Just remember that it needs to be added cold so as not to disrupt the delicate balance of nutrients in this masterful mix.

Mocha Madness
1 cup water
1/2 almond milk
1 cup of water with 1 tbsp instant coffee disovled – pour over ice after it disolves!
then add 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology powder
Ice to taste
Sweeten if desired 🙂

1/2 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen peaches
1 scoop Berry Shakeology powder
3/4 cup water
Ice to taste

Chocolate covered bananas
1/2 banana
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology powder
1/2 cup water
¼ cup non-fat soy, rice or almond milk
Ice to taste

Yogo Berry Blast
8- oz water
1- scoop of greenberry shakeology
1- cup of frozen mixed berries
1- 4 oz container of Dannon Light & Fit yogurt vanillia

Reeses PB Cup
1 Tbsp natural almond or peanut butter
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology powder
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup Almond Milk
Ice to taste

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology powder
1 cup water
1/2 almond milk
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Ice to taste

½ cup combined frozen blueberries and blackberries
1 tsp fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp non-fat blueberry yogurt
1 scoop Berry Shakeology powder
3/4 cup of water

Cap’n Crunch O’ GreenBerry
1 scoop Greenberry
2 cups of Cap’ n’ Crunch Ceral
1/2 heavy whipping cream
1 cup Vanilla Haagen Dazs Icecream
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup strawberry cornsyrup
ice to taste
Top with Whip Cream
(just kidding!! You’ve been jammed! Simply trying to keep you on your toes! )

¼ cup sliced strawberries
¼ cup GreenBerry Shakeology powder
¼ cup non-fat soy, rice or almond milk
½ cup water
Ice to taste

Tropical Banana Berry
1 Scoop Greenberry
1/2 cup Unsweetened almond milk
1/2 banana
2oz of 100% Pineapple juice

Strawberry, Choco PB Banana

1 Scoop of Chocolate
8 oz water
1/2 banana
1 tbsp of peanut butter
Frozen strawberries

Some Fun things to add to your Shakeology Recipes:

To switch up your flavor experiences, and boost your smoothie benefits, you can add:
1 scant tsp fresh orange juice will add a bright flavor punch!
1 Squeeze fresh lemon or lime is a very happy addition to the berry smoothies!
1Tbsp of organic nut butter peanut, cashew, almond, hazelnut are great)
Cinnamon is noted to suppress appetite and level out glycemic levels after meals.
1 Tbsp non-fat yogurt adds satisfying body to the smoothie.

Fruits that taste great in your shake:
Pears, Asian Pears, Korean Pears

Kids and Shakeology (from Chalene Johnson):
I don’t know that Beachbody has officially listed their position on serving Shakeology to children and the appropriate dosages, servings and frequency. I can only speak for myself and say that it’s far better than the zero GREEN my 12 year old son was eating before Shakeology came along. The only veggie we could get him to consume without gagging and running for the bathroom was corn and come on…is corn really a vegetable? Cierra loves her fruits and veggies. Brock HATES ’em! This kid wont even eat an apple. So this has been a God -send. However, parents, this takes some STRATEGIC PLANNING on your part. If you have a “picky eater”,don’t think for a second you’re going to be able to add ice and water to the mix and your kid is going to beg for more! Be smart! Baby steps! Remember when you weened them off of baby food to “real food”. Same thing! Ween them on to it. The first shake I served to Brock was anything but low cal! It was very much so a delicious desert… by design…but he still got his veggies in! I added some the tastiest of ingredients I could find… just to get him to love it AND to agree to have one every day. After that first shake I slowly started cutting back on the “yum yum stuff” but in small doses so he didn’t notice. Now he’s drinking a pretty healthy version and still loving it! Baby Steps!

I call this technique the “Bait and Switch”

Okay…so what was in that first “bait and switch” shake? Fat free vanilla yogurt, a big ‘ol scoop of peanut butter, sugar free chocolate sauce, almond milk, half of a banana and honey for added sweetness! For real! Shut up! Save it! I don’t want to hear it, because it worked and the next time I made him one it was much healthier and far less calorie dense, but with picky eaters, that first taste is critical!!! I had to win him at the first sip. You have to win over your picky eaters or your dead in the water! (Right Moms?) So the next one I just cut back on all the yummy ingredients and added more ice. Slowly, over the course of the month I got him to the point that I’m just putting a 1/2 cup of Fat Free Fro Yo, Almond milk and 1/4 banana and tsp of Peanut butter. It’s magical! He’s totally asking for them by name and talking all of his friends into drinking it! He’ll make an awesome coach one day!

Enjoy one Shakeology drink a day as a meal replacement or healthy snack alternative, and enjoy the many benefits. Lose weight, increase your energy, lower your cholesterol and thats just for starters…