I actually love it! But you won’t find me buying it regularly.
It’s loaded with great stuff and Beachbody is known for it’s high quality supplements. If you’re looking for a nutritional boost and NOT necessarily a tool to lose weight, this shake can give you power & energy for your workouts. However, it does not replace veggies. Not at all. (sorry!). It’s to be consumed as PART of a healthy diet: not to replace one.
And yes, it’s expensive. Really expensive for some. If you’re already struggling with buying regular, healthy groceries, it’s not a product that’s easy to stick into the budget. It’s also not NECESSARY. You can get adequate minerals, vitamins and more from your everyday diet by including more fruits and veggies.
There are other ways to sneak veggies into your meals that are delicious too: most adults who ‘hate’ veggies simply don’t prepare them well, don’t try enough of them, and haven’t explored ways to sneak more veggies into their diets. There are literally hundreds of options and thousands of ways to prepare veggies.
1. Try adding them to your smoothies. Spinach is a staple in almost ALL of my smoothies, and when mixed with fruit, you can’t taste it at all. (Not in the bullshit ‘you really can taste it, and I’m lying to you’ way. You REALLY can’t taste it). Avocado, sweet potato (softened), carrots etc. All easy veggies to add to smoothies.
2. Add more veggies to your sauces & regular meals. Double up veggies in dishes like lasagna, pastas, rices, etc. A side salad at lunch is an easy way to fit in 2-3 servings. The more veggies you have IN your meals, the higher your intake, and the easier it is to include them in your day. (add more veggies to sandwiches, wraps, soups etc).
3. Try new things/recipes. There are tons online, but we do too much ‘looking’ and not enough ‘trying’. Choose one new veggie dish a week to try. They can be simple (like grilled cheese with tomatoes), but should each include at least 2-3 servings of veggies (a serving is typically about the size of your hand if the veggie were crushed up).
4. Prepare them properly and do your research. Sometimes ONE bad experience with a veggie is enough to turn us off, but some can be absolutely delicious when prepared and coupled with different items. Find recipes that show you how to prepare the veggies properly.
5. When in doubt, stick with what you like. Tomatoes, spinach, asparagus, cucumber, sweet potatoes, corn, peppers, mushrooms etc. There’s always at least 2-3 veggies that we eat regularly: try to boost the content of them in your meals. If you love tomatoes, try a greek salad with cucumbers and feta. If you’re a pepper fan, sautee them and add them to sandwiches, omelets and more.
Smoothies, shakes and other meal replacements may serve a purpose short term, but they do not replace a normal, balanced, healthy diet the rest of the time. Get that part down first, then add in things like Shakeology once you already have a good foundation. And if you can afford it.
Hope this helps!
(p.s. I’m not a Beachbody coach, but I have tried several Shakeology flavors. I like them, but they aren’t necessary).