Is Shakeology Worth It?

If you follow me at all on social media, it’s pretty clear that Shakeology is a part of my daily routine and nutrition.  I drink it every single day and have since the day I first tried it.  I’ve talked before about the benefits I’ve seen, which range from lessened depression symptoms, better moods, more energy, digestive regularity, and even a higher libido (sorry, parents!).  Even with all of these benefits, a lot of people that I talk to who are looking to make a healthy change in their life often tell me that they don’t want to try Shakeology because of the cost.  The price tag does bring some sticker shock, at $129.95 for customers and $97.46 for coaches, plus tax and shipping.  Are the health benefits really worth the price?

If you break it down per serving (30 per bag), a customer pays $4.33 per serving, and a coach pays $3.25 per serving.  Less than $5 for a meal or a snack per day.  At first, that seemed like a lot to me.  But when I started to think about it, I realized that these prices are less than the fast food I was getting at the drive thru, and was less than the Starbucks drink I got to treat myself and get a caffeine boost.  Shakeology has a lot more nutritional value than anything you can get at any drive through, and if you tried to recreate the nutritional value, you would spend waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than a serving of Shakeology costs.

It’s also easy to forget part of the reason Shakeology is more expensive than some other nutritional powder options–the ingredients are of a very high quality.  There is a quality assurance group involved, and the co-creator actually travels around the world to meet with the farmers producing the superfood crops that go into Shakeology.  There isn’t a greenhouse in the US creating false environments for the superfoods to thrive–they are being grown in the environments to which they are indigenous, ensuring that as much nutritional value stays in the plants as possible.  This process is arduous and expensive, so logically that extends to the consumer price.  Though other powders might offer a cheaper price, they don’t have the same quality of ingredients or the same nutritional value.  So, you get what you pay for.

Finally, consider the actual health benefits.  A lot of people say that Shakeology has helped them with a lot of different ailments and health concerns, but I can’t speak for other people. I can only speak for myself and my own experience.  In addition to the benefits I listed above, Shakeology was the main difference maker in helping me get unstuck from my depression and unhealthy attitude toward myself.  I just feel better.  I am a completely different person from who I was 10 months ago, and in the best way.  I started to feel better when I started working out and eating clean, but when I started drinking Shakeology, all bets were off.  I was happier.  More confident. More energetic.  More pleasant to be around.  More patient with the people in my life.  More present with my family.  More aware of what my body needs.  So many people over the past several months have said that I seem like a completely different person.  It makes me so proud when people tell me that they notice the changes I’ve noticed in myself.  And I give Shakeology the credit for these changes more than any other positive change I’ve made.

Is Shakeology a miracle shake?  Of course not.  Is it a magic pill that will make you thinner just by drinking it.  Absolutely not. Is something that might help your health?  YES.

The value of Shakeology far outweighs the cost, in my experience.  But you can’t just take my word for it–you have to try it for yourself.  Imagine what it could do for you and your life!  You can visit this site to get a sample to try it yourself.  Why not you?

Meal Plan and Workout Schedule 10.24-10.30

Last week was so great for eating and working out, and this week was struggle city!  Life’s friendly reminder that being healthy is a constant choice and battle for balance.  Since birthday and holiday schedules are in full swing in my family, I’m going to have to be really disciplined about planning ahead for family get togethers so I have healthy options for myself and don’t derail my progress.

This week is a clean eating group, so I won’t be linking the recipes.  But if you contact me on Facebook, you can get in the group and have access to everything!

Breakfast: Shakeology, baked oatmeal cups, and egg cups interchangably (and for snacks!)

Lunch: Mexican Chicken Soup


Sunday: Chipotle burgers

Monday: Sloppy Joes

Tuesday: Black bean/sweet potato flautas

Wednesday: leftovers/Trunk or Treat night

Thursday: BBQ salmon

Friday: Leftovers

My workouts are still 21 Day Fix!  I’m loving it.  It’s really my soulmate workout!

Saturday: Yoga

Sunday: 5k run

Monday: Total Body Cardio

Tuesday: Upper

Wednesday: Lower

Thursday: Pilates

Friday: Cardio

Mentally preparing myself for all the Halloween celebrations this week–I will not eat all the candy, I will not eat all the candy…

10.17-10.23 Meal Plan and Workout Schedule

Back in the swing of things!  We did awesome last week following our meal plan and not eating out (except the day the chicken had gone bad!), and I’m down almost 3 lbs in one week of really clean eating and no cheats.  Woo hoo!  This week is Bread Man’s birthday, so the end of the week is not quite as clean because they are the meals he chose, and his cake.  At least it has fruit in it, right???

Saturday: leftovers

Sunday: Chicken Fried Rice

Monday: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Flautas

Tuesday: Fixate Mac and Cheese

Wednesday: Thai Salmon

Thursday: Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Friday: Baked Potato Soup and Strawberry Cake

My workout schedule is still following 21 Day Fix–if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?

Saturday: Special Beachbody Super Saturday group workout

Sunday: Yoga

Monday: Total Body Cardio

Tuesday: Upper Fix

Wednesday: Lower Fix

Thursday: Pilates

Friday: Cardio Fix

What does your week look like?

Busy Mom Paleo Mexican Soup

I’ve had this pinned on my Pinterest clean eating board forever, and I finally decided to try it this week.  I’m so glad I did!  It is really flavorful and pretty easy to make, and it made a big batch that stayed tasty for days and days!  I’m including a link to the original recipe here, but I made some changes.

The original calls for boiling a whole chicken in water and then boiling the sweet potato in that water.  I opted to use a rotisserie chicken, chicken broth, and frozen roasted sweet potatoes for two reasons: 1) it’s easier and 2) it’s tastier.  It is a little more expensive my way, so if you’re looking to cut costs, the original would be more up your alley.  Just plan on using more spices to compensate for flavor!

Busy Mom Paleo Mexican Soup

1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat pulled off the bone (shredded)

3 cups organic low sodium chicken broth

1 package frozen roasted sweet potato (at Target!) or 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 white onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp olive oil

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 bunch cilantro

Heat the oil in a stockpot on medium heat.  Add onions, red pepper, and sweet potatoes until onions are translucent and potatoes are soft, about 10 min (YOU COULD COOK THE POTATOES IN THE MICROWAVE AND ADD THEM WHEN YOU ADD THE CHICKEN, TOO).  Add the garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the chicken stock and stir to combine.  Add the shredded chicken, tomatoes, cilantro, and spices.  Simmer on low for at least 20 minutes, but the longer the better!

Old School Meal Plan 10.9-10.16

This morning we are enjoying our family tradition to kick off the fall season–an arts and crafts fair in my hometown! Since I’m not at my computer for a high tech meal plan, you all get a picture of the real deal 😊

My workout schedule is following the 21 Day Fix schedule, with maybe a short run somewhere in there. I have been following my eating plan and feeling good, but taking a rest day today with workouts because I overslept two days in a row and I’m taking it as a sign that I need to rest!



Mon–Total Body Cardio

Tues–Upper Fix

Wed–Lower Fix



What are you planning on this week?

Meal Plan and Workout Schedule 10.3-10.9

My 10k race was today and it went great! I didn’t make my ultimate goal of less than an hour, but I did it in 1:01:21 according to my Garmin watch, which is still awesome! The run felt great and I felt strong. Win win!
Saturday: Adobo Bacon Burgers/leftovers
Sunday: BBQ Salmon with roasted green veggie
Monday: Out–Mommy/Little Man date
Tuesday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (spaghetti squash for mommy!) with roasted mushrooms and something green
Wednesday: Leftovers or out (doing a kitchen DIY project)
Thursday: Roasted Apple and Onion Chicken with green beans
Friday: Carne Asada with fajita veggies
My workout plan is to get back to 21 Day Fix! I am so excited to get back into it. I want to use Cize and PiYo as supplements, but the scale has been moving in the wrong direction this week and last week so I need to get back to basics. Tracking my food, using the containers to measure my servings, and doing the 21DF workouts every day are my “basics” to get my health on point.
Saturday–10k run
Sunday: 21DF Yoga
Monday: Total Body Cardio
Tuesday: Upper Fix
Wednesday: Lower Fix
Thursday: 2 mile run around neighborhood
Friday: Pilates Fix