If you have been following me for a while on my faith and fitness journey, you probably have seen or heard me talk about my superfoods shake. It’s called Shakeology and I drink it just about every day because it gives me A TON of energy and nutrients to give my body the fuel and vitamins and minerals it needs. Shakeology is truly a special drink so I wanted to write this post to really educate you guys on what makes Shakeology so amazing.
Background on Shakeology
To first understand Shakeology, you have to understand who created it. Darin Olien, known by many in the nutrition and fitness world as the Superfood Hunter, was approached by Beachbody to be the lead developer and co-creator of Shakeology. He’s known as the Superfood Hunter because he travels all over the world looking for the most dense, nutrient rich food on the planet. He’s written a book called Superlife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome, that is packed with information on how to live your best life through eating and living the way it was intended in nature. In this book, he talks about how he wanted to make Shakeology different than any other supplement or meal replacement on the market:
“Carl (CEO of Beachbody) wanted to make a high-end, no compromises superfood meal replacement shake like nothing that existed at that time…Something that even I, a maniac for pure healthy ingredients, would drink.”
-Darin Olien – Author of Superlife
It took two years for Darin and Beachbody to develop Shakeology because Darin went all over the globe to meet the villagers, shamans, and farmer that grow the plants and fruits in order to see first hand the ingredients that go into Shakeology . You can see part of the journey here:
So what types of superfoods did Darin put into Shakeology? Well, to put it simply there are 5 main blends of foods in Shakeology: Protein, Super-Fruit/Antioxident, Super Green/Phytonutrient, Adaptogen, and Pre and Probiotic/Digestive Enzyme. Within each blend is an array of foods, some you have heard of, some you haven’t, but all strategically added in there to get you the most nutritious foods possible.
Protein Blend: Whey, Pea, Sacha Inchi, Chia, Flax, and Quinoa.
Super-Fruit/Antioxident Blend: Camu-Camu, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Lycium Berry (Goji Berry), Green Tea, Luo Han Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips, Vitamins A, C, E.
Super Green/Phytonutrient Blend: Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Kale
Adaptogen Blend: Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Maca, Maitake, Reihst, Schisandra
Pre and Probiotic/Digestive Enzyme Blend: Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Bacillus coagulans, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Glucoamylase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Invertase.
(Pictures of a few of the superfoods in Shakeology)
So what does all of this mean? How are all of these ingredients beneficial to my body? Each of the ingredients listed above packs tons of nutritious vitamins and minerals that will help your body function as best as it possible can. Let me highlight a few ways that each does:
Proteins help build and repair muscle, while also helping to reduce hunger and food cravings. Since I mostly drink the vegan vanilla Shakeology, this gives me a complete protein source without the animal byproducts.
Antioxidants fight any toxins that are in the body and help support a healthy immune system. Camu Camu berries are found in the Amazon and they are filled with antioxidants. Did you know that they can have as much as 60 times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange, and has some antioxidant acids like gallic acid and ellagic acid that have been studied for it’s anti-cancer and anti-diabetes effects.
Phytonutrients are nutrients unique to plants that give fruits and veggies their various colors and help support human health and vitality. They reduce blood pressure and are anti-inflammatory. Moringa leaves are just one ingredient in this blend that is filled with nutrients. Moringa trees are found in Africa, and it’s leaves have over 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges, 3 times as much Vitamin A as carrots, 3 times as much calcium as milk, and 3 times as much potassium as a banana,
Adaptogens Adaptogens are used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress. Adaptogens have been used for centuries by Chinese and Indian medicine. Traditional medicine believe adaptogens help support physical and mental wellbeing. Maca root is well-known for being an adaptogen and has many phytonutrients as well.
Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Digestive Enzymes help nutrient absorption and support regularity and healthy digestion. Foods like the yacon root and bacillus coagulans provide “good bacteria” to help gently eliminate waste from your digestive system.
Vegan Vanilla Shakeology Nutrition Label
Shakeology comes in a variety of flavors, and while my husband’s favorite is Green Berry, my go to is Vegan Vanilla (and sometimes Cafe Latte). So for those interested in seeing the exact nutritional breakdown, the nutritional label for Vegan Vanilla is below:
If you are interested in trying Shakeology, shoot me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you more information on what flavor might be right for you.