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. *