A Non-Beachbody Coach’s Take on Shakeology

Shakeology Flavors

I initially heard about Shakeology 6 months ago. Those first 3 months were spent in a perpetual state of skepticism. The next 3 months were spent in limbo between piqued interest and hesitation to fork over cash for a product I wasn’t sure would deliver.

Finally though, intrigue won out over financial responsibility, and 1 week later, my Super Sampler arrived in the mail. There I was — committed to trying this so-called “superfood supplement” I’d been resisting since December. No turning back now.

So, I took the plunge. Ripped open a packet. Poured some powder into the blender. Added a few ingredients lying around my fridge…

Then, I drank.

The first sip told me everything I needed to know. My eating habits would never be the same. In those .5 seconds it took to gulp down that smoothie, I became a bona fide Shakeology believer.

Since then, my mornings don’t even begin until this smoothie addict gets her Shakeology fix, which provides numerous essential nutrients in one wholesome, appetite-curbing (not to mention, ah-mazing!) meal.

In fact, according to the website, here’s what you’ll find in a single Shakeology serving:

  • Protein & Fiber: to naturally reduce hunger and unhealthy food cravings
  • Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins & Minerals: to fight free-radical damage and support a strong immune system
  • Adaptogen Herbs: to help your body adapt and respond to the effects of stress
  • Prebiotics, Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes: to aid in nutrient absorption and promote digestive regularity

I’m not a paid distributor or Beachbody Coach. Nor is this a sponsored review that’ll earn me some sweet commission. Nope. I’m just personally attesting to the product’s incredible taste and positive results.

What can I say? It’s L-O-V-E. Love.

And logic. Because, damn, does this stuff work!

Shakeology turned my dubious trial run into a permanent lifestyle staple. That’s one “told ya so” this former skeptic will drink to anytime!

But, for all you other skeptics still at-large: maybe these RECIPES will change your mind…Go ahead: the indulgence comes completely guilt-free!

Chocolate Shakeology Smoothie:

Vegan Chocolate Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology Powder (or, make it Vegan)

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Fresh or Frozen Blackberries

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

Strawberry Shakeology Smoothie:

Strawberry Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology Powder (or, make it Vegan)

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Fresh or Frozen Strawberries

1/2 c. Chopped Spinach Leaves

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

Greenberry Shakeology Smoothie:

Greenberry Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology Powder

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Chopped Granny Smith Apple

1/2 c. Chopped Avocados

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

Vanilla Shakeology Smoothie:

Vanilla Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology Powder

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Chopped Fresh or Frozen Mango

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

And…Protein Pancakes Too!

Chocolate Shakeology Pancakes

2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology Powder

1/2 c. Almond Flour (grind 1 c. Raw Almonds in a blender or food processor)

1 Egg Yolk (or Vegan substitution)

1/2 c. Water or Unsweetened Nondairy Milk

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. Organic Stevia Powder

Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and pre-heat on a medium stovetop setting. Ladle the pancake batter onto the skillet in approximately 1/4 c. increments and cook about 3 minutes on each side. Top the pancakes with fresh fruit and nut butter.

Spring Has Sprung. Here’s a Smoothie to Celebrate.

With the weather FINALLY warming up and this life-giving season in full, glorious swing, let’s do a smoothie recipe!

Wanna cool off from a day spent soaking up the sun, while treating your body to essential nourishment at the same time? Sure ya do! So, whether you need to refuel after a workout, snack smart between meals, or stay energized and refreshed in the great outdoors, I’ve got a SUPER SMOOTHIE that will satisfy on all cylinders.

This blendiful thirst-quencher is also a  nutritional powerhouse — featuring protein packed edamame, Omega-3 enriched avocado, antioxidant fortified papaya, and vitamin loaded spinach.

But, if those health benefits don’t quite tickle your taste buds, maybe the lusciously creamy texture will. Trust me, getting more greens in your diet has never been so indulgent!


Avocado & Edamame Green Smoothie

total time: 5 minutes; yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Spinach (shredded)

1/4 c. Papaya (fresh or frozen, diced)

1/4 c. Edamame (shelled)

1/2 Avocado (peeled & diced)

1/2 tsp. Rolled Oats (whole grain)

1 tsp. Almond Butter (organic)

1 c. Cashew Milk (unsweetened)

1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology Powder (optional, if you’re an avid Shakeology fan, like me!)*

*If you’re looking for a natural protein powder but can’t afford Shakeology, I’d highly recommend checking out Fuel-6 from DailyBurn. This supplement is an excellent source of plant-based protein; plus it’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. Can’t beat those stats, right?

green smoothie ingredients

Preparation:

Combine these ingredients together in a blender and puree until smooth.

green smoothieSpringtime just got sweeter. Bottoms up, my fellow smoothie enthusiasts!


P.S. Sharing is caring, so spread the love by re-posting this recipe on social media — or even feature your own blended concoction — with the hashtag #ShowUsYourSmoothie.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: Lots of Love to Go Around {Product Review}

I’ve recently had the privilege of participating in my very first product review through the Sweat Pink Ambassador community. So, here’s a quick shout-out to the fabulous SPA founder Alyse for this opportunity. Much appreciated!

Now, onto the real business. Today, I’ll be reviewing hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest, a sustainable manufacturer of hemp-only foods, based in Winnipeg, Canada.

Confession Time: Until about 20 minutes ago, I’d never tried hemp hearts before. Scratch that, I’d never tried hemp anything before. I thought hemp was just rope material that middle-schoolers use to make friendship bracelets. So, let’s just say…prior to receiving my free sample in the mail this morning, I was a hemp virgin.

But, nevertheless, they arrived to put the breaks on my virginity, and I eagerly tore into the packaging.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

First Impressions: Okay, they’re all natural: check. Each serving has 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegs-3s: check, check.

Moving right along, then…

*opens bag*

Well, they’re not exactly what I’d expected. To be honest, I’m not even sure what I was expecting, — maybe granola pieces in the shape of a heart? I don’t know! — but these disc-like things resemble lentils more than seeds. Hmm…intriguing!

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Seeds

The Taste Test: Nutty. Buttery. Tender. Just a slight crunch. Yep, I can get on-board with these little guys!

So far, hemp hearts get an A+ rating.

And that concludes our preliminary round. Time for the finals.

This company website features several tantalizing recipes, so component number 2 of this product review is to experiment with hemp hearts in one of these recipes.

I’m a sucker for superfood smoothies, so I chose to blend up my own twist on Manitoba Harvest’s Cinna-Butter Bliss Smoothie. The original recipe has been copied below for your convenience:

  • Ingredients:
  1. 2 tbsp. Almond Butter
  2. 1 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
  3. 1 Banana*
  4. 1 Date*
  5. 1/2 tbsp. Cinnamon
  6. 1 cup Hemp Bliss Organic Beverage*
  • Preparation: 
  1. Combine all these ingredients together in a blender.
  2. Pulse until the mixture is thoroughly smooth (yields 1 serving).

* Notes: I don’t particularly care for bananas, so I substituted roughly 1/3 cup frozen mangoes. I didn’t have any dates on-hand, so I omitted that ingredient altogether (although I’m sure dates would add tons of flavor). Instead of Hemp Bliss, – because, if I barely knew what hemp hearts were, why would I just happen to have drinkable hemp lying around?! – I substituted coconut milk.*

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Smoothie Ingredients

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts SmoothieDespite these variations, the smoothie still tasted absolutely incredible. In fact, I can see it becoming my standard post-workout recovery fuel.

And now, for the overarching question: Do I recommend purchasing Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts?

110% YES!

This product has earned my seal of approval and exceeded whatever preconceived notions I had about hemp (which, by the way, is so much more than just a pre-teen fashion statement!).

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Seal of Approval

So, sprinkle the deliciousness on top of salads, oatmeal or yogurt. Toss them into a protein shake or smoothie, like I did. Cook or bake with them in your favorite dishes (or try a brand new recipe, like those displayed on the website). You can even enjoy a handful straight from the bag, as a nutritious and satisfying snack.

Sold, yet? Well, maybe this will persuade you:

During the months of October and November, you can score 20% off all products at ManitobaHarvest.com.

Use the promo code HHSweatPink14 before check-out (and send a cyber thank-you to the awesome folks over at Sweat Pink and Manitoba Harvest for making this special offer possible!).

* Reminder: This promotional discount will expire November 30, 2014. *