I have had a lot of Instagram DMs over the past few months looking for alternatives to Shakeology, and I thought it was time to write a post. Here are my favorite Shake-O substitutions that are budget-friendly and full of flavor!
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To make it easy for you to read this, the majority of the products shared on this blog post will be available from Amazon since I know both Canadians and Americans have access to this.
I will also provide notes on if I personally tried the product being shared or not, plus my personal and professional thoughts.
As time goes on, I will update the list.
I would also love to know what you use instead of Shakeology, let me know in the comments.
What is Shakeology?
Shakeology is a popular meal replacement shake that is sold through Beachbody and their Independent Beachbody Coaches. The claims are it’s a superfood shake to curb your cravings and aid weight loss.
It is a MLM product and that can rub a lot of people the wrong way as it typically adds up the cost and brings on the pressure of purchasing from friends, family, and DMs from total strangers (which we all hate).
I’m going to say this first: I don’t think it’s a bad product. However, I do believe it’s expensive and there are alternatives out there that are at a lower price point.
In all honesty and transparency, I like the company. I used to purchase the products and enjoyed them but I no longer do. I do the workouts on Beachbody on Demand, but I don’t buy their products anymore due to cost and knowing I can get healthy supplements elsewhere.
I find I’m more than happy with a protein shake that is more cost-effective and isn’t doused in “superfood” marketing.
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The cost is $155 + shipping for Canadians (and roughly $130 for Americans) if you’re not a coach. Coaches get 25%, which is still pricey!
Can you buy Shakeology on Amazon?
Yes, but I wouldn’t. Beachbody doesn’t sell it on there are resellers that have the price jacked up. If you’re adamant about buying it, you won’t be getting the best deal and you don’t know if it’s expired.
Alternatives to Shakeology
Let’s get this list started, here are some of the best Shakeology alternatives.
- Are the the same? No.
- Is that a bad thing? Also, no. A lot of brands have proprietary blends where we don’t know the exact amount of ingredients being used. So it’s common to be sucked into marketing with all this health washing with terms like “superfoods” and other promises.
- Will I still lose weight? Weight loss is about calorie deficit, not special ingredients. You don’t need any specific food or ingredient to lose weight.
- Am I calling any of these companies liars? No. But it’s something I want you to keep in mind. They are in the business of selling you a product. I’m in the business of helping you find something that works for you, your budget, and your lifestyle.
- No one should ever feel ashamed because they can’t afford a supplement or guilted into buying because you’re scared you won’t get the results you desire (untrue). You can and will find something that works for you and your budget. All of these protein powders and meal replacements are similar to Shakeology and are mostly plant based (or vegan).
I bought this one a few times. I found the chocolate to be tasty, especially when it’s blended with fruit.
That being said I was able to drink it with just water too. The greens also add some extra vitamins and minerals too.
In many health and fitness groups this protein powder pops up when someone asks for recommendations. I was told the texture is amazing and it’s a gluten free and low calorie alternative.
I personally haven’t tried it yet, but with over 20,000 ratings at a 4.5 star average, I’d say it’s a pretty good Shakeology substitute.
It has 21 grams of protein in each scoop and no artificial sweeteners.
I share Nuzest on Instagram often. They’re a supplement company that I purchase protein powders from often and they’re delicious and have pretty decent ingredients. It’s a protein powder, it doesn’t have dehydrated veggies or anything in it but it’s a great option for post-workout fuel.
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I have to be honest, I’m not a big of this one. The taste doesn’t sit well with me but so many others love it, I wanted to include it. Plus the price is good and it’s the most common Shakeology substitute that I see people using.
The All in One formula includes probiotics, has 6 grams of fiber, and comes in a french vanilla or chocolate flavor.
This is another meal replacement shake I haven’t tried, but I see a lot of people swearing by this brand.
It has probiotics, digestive enzymes (helps with digestion), and is plant based. It does have adaptogens added to its blend in addition to fiber and superfoods.
The protein blend includes pea protein, brown rice, and pumpkin (soy free). It has 15 grams of protein (not high protein content but not bad).
310 Shake is the closest I have seen to Shakeology (protein and carb counts are similar), it’s a great dupe.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes
I personally use whey protein powders and add my own ingredients to supercharge them with added nutrients (like chia seed, fruit and a veggie like spinach or kale), here are a few of my favorites:
- Strawberry Cauliflower Smoothie (one of my favorite snacks)
- Anti Inflammatory Green Smoothie
- 50 Best Spinach Smoothie Recipes
- Pineapple Green Smoothie (High Protein)
If you’re looking for a protein supplement, you can get a high-quality one from brands like Quest, Naked Nutrition, and MyProtein.
What are your favorite alternatives for Shakeology? Let me know what you use in the comments.
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