I've been a vegetarian for 3 yrs. Unfortunately, I'm a picky eater, always on the go, & I've had trouble getting the vitamins & nutrients I need. Back in Sept 2010, I found the perfect solution: Shakeology! A premium nutritional health shake containing the world's most powerful superfoods. Shakeology uses a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes & prebiotics to gently & efficiently eliminate toxins. A combination of antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogens, & many other rare ingredients give your body the essential nutrients you can't get from a normal diet. You get a salad bowl's worth of fruits & vegetables in a single glass. Whole-food ingredients--all-natural foods that still maintain the vitamins, minerals, & fiber often stripped from highly processed foods--deliver these nutrients to help your body shed stored fat & promote optimum health. It provides the widest array of nutrients from around the world in a nutrient-dense but low-calorie formula. One that can't be replicated anywhere.
This sounds like a commercial, but seriously...it has changed my life. I replace one meal a day (usually breakfast) with a shake. I typically put in water, ice, almond milk, a small spoon of almond butter, & some cinnamon. It is soooo good! I loved it so much that I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach so I could get the discount. I thought this site would be a great place to get the word out. You can check out my site to find out more... http://myshakeology.com/rockchick1
You are correct. In addition to 15 grams of protein, it also contains 15 grams of whey protein. So this is not ideal for strict vegans. For vegetarians, like myself, it is an excellent option for a meal replacement. It is gluten and caffeine-free. I have a co-worker who is allergic to dairy and couldn't stomach other kinds of protein shakes or meal replacement shakes, yet she tried Shakeology and did not have any adverse affects. However, it is important for those who want to be 100% vegan to know it does contain some dairy!
I drink the chocolate (not a fan of the greenberry.) The chocolate actually contains 17g protein/15g of whey protein. I've attached the link to the ingredients in case anyone else was interested in seeing the full list...
A shake replacement can never replace whole foods...vegan or otherwise. My personal trainer has been trying to hawk this stuff on me for a while, but I'd rather eat my nutrients in the form that they were created to be eaten. And if you're going to use a meal replacer, there are plenty of vegan options out there, such as Vega that are much better for you all around than Shakeology.
Your personal trainer is a smart person, because Shakeology is an excellent product...however, if you are vegan instead of vegetarian, they should be listening to your preferences!! As we can all see now, it has been made clear that it is not ideal for vegans. I just did a little digging, and Beachbody is in the process of creating a vegan version...so I'll be looking forward to that. It does state that the only non-vegan ingredient is the whey protein.
Here's my own shake that I make at least three days per week-
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 (70%) protein, h20, unsweetened plain soy yogurt, banana, kale, one stevia pack amd some other fruit of choice (right now it's clementines because they are "in season"). Sometimes I add dates but since I am watching extra sugar not using right now.
It holds me all morning (or lunch) and through a hard workout. It tastes amazing and has so many good nutrients.
Another point for skake peeps to note is that protein isolates are not as good as pure protein. Hemp protein is a perfect protein, minimally processed, has all the aminos and omega 3 & 6 and is very high in iron. I used to use soy protein until I found this. I am a big fan of mixing up my sources of proteins- hemp, beans, legumes, lentils, tofu, tempeh, nuts and seeds, I try to get some protein with each meal and it's never the same protein twice in the same day. Like if I have hemp with the shake, I might have beans or lentils for lunch, then maybe a soy product for dinner. If I have two soy products in one day it would be the soy yogurt in my shake then one later but never three. It sounds kinda anal but been doing this for awhile and it seems to work out well. It's more of a habit now anyway.
Cheryl- thats really smart about mixing up the proteins. I never thought of it that way but I guess I've kind of been doing that just in general as in I believe variety is always best in your diet. I agree about the hemp too. I use hemp protein too.