Chocolate Shakeology Review And Comparison
A morning nutrition shake has been a staple of my diet for many years. While I’m not into Slim Fast (don’t get me started) I am into balanced high quality shakes and have been known to try different shakes to add some variety. Last year I was introduced to Green Monsters at HLS and absolutely loved them.
A few weeks ago @rhondalayton from Motivation Mama Drama dropped a call out on Twitter for people interested in trying Shakeology so I jumped at the chance. I’ve heard a lot about Shakeology and figured it would be nice to find another shake to rotate through in addition to the Full Strength shake I already use.
Thanks go out to Rhonda for sending me this sample!
Note: For full disclosure, I received a single (as in 1 serving) packet of Chocolate Shakeology free of charge to try. I was otherwise not compensated in any way nor was I asked to write a review, I’m doing so because I wanted to share my opinion.
First things first, a glamor shot of the Shakeology Shake Packet:
Nice hand model I was actually surprised at the size of the shake packet, it was tiny. I think I’ve been trained for 11+ years to visually think of shake packets to be sized like the Myoplex and Full Strength ones:
As you can see the Shakeology packet is much smaller than the others when placed side by side. After looking at the nutrition information and serving size I can immediately see why:
This is roughly half the serving size of a Myoplex or Full Strength shake. Here’s a quick spreadsheet I threw together showing how Shakeology nutritionally compares to Full Strength and Myoplex.
At first glance Shakeology looks like significantly less calories but after you normalize the serving size you see how it really compares to the rest.
Overall it’s not too bad in terms of Calories and Fat which is nice but what gives with the Sugar? Shakeology has over 4x the Sugar of Full Strength and 9x that of Myoplex. I don’t understand why they’d throw that much sugar into a “healthy” shake but maybe I’m missing something.
I sometimes like to augment my shakes with fruit of peanut butter (yes I’m an addict) for added flavor but with that much added sugar, and the total carbohydrates already being high I’d think twice with the Shakeology.
The other disadvantage (for me) of Shakeology over the others is that it has significantly less Protein. Shakeology has 6g less Protein than Full Strength and 9g less than Myoplex. If you don’t care about protein being higher then this might might not be a biggie but to me I need all I can get and starting my day with a good shot of protein, especially after a hard workout, is always a plus.
On to the tasting!!!
Here’s a glamor shot of the Shakeology shake in the blender. One thing I noticed right away was how much clumpier it was than Full Strength. Then again when I first got Full Strength I noticed how much it didn’t clump compared to Myoplex so that’s probably not a biggie
Here’s a bad shot (sorry it’s so dark and a tad blurry) from my iPhone of the shake after blending. I have a pretty powerful Vitamix blender that I usually let do it’s thing for about a minute and for the Shakeology I did about 1.5 cups of water and a handful of ice.
So what was my first impression … in 2 words … Gritty & Filmy.
Check out the grainy leftover in my cup, the blender didn’t fair much better. I’ve had many a shake in my life and it’s been years since I tasted grit in my mouth drinking one.
I blended it for a whole minute like I do all my shakes and if you know the Vitamix you’ll know it’s a beast of a blender, especially when you have one like mine where Low is broke so it’s all High all the time.
Once I was past the gritty texture it tasted like chocolate, went down smooth, and it didn’t upset my stomach. It wasn’t the tastiest shake I’ve ever had (that’s reserved for Full Strength) but it wasn’t horrible either. All in all the Shakeology Chocolate shake left me unimpressed and wishing for something smoother and tastier.
So what about cost?
Ever the consumer and always worried about the bottom line I was curious what the cost of Shakeology was and how it stacked up with the competition. Well here’s a breakdown of roughly what it’d cost you.
First, you have to realize that this is the normalized cost per shake not the cost per packet. Since both Full Strength and Myoplex are roughly twice the serving size of the Shakeology I doubled their count in the Normalized Count column and used that to calculate the cost.
So what do these numbers tell you?
The Shakeology shake is very expensive per serving when compared to the competition. It’s almost 3x more expensive than Myoplex and almost 2x more expensive than Full Strength. I would have thought that it would be a cheaper option or more aligned with the pricing of the competition but it wasn’t.
Part of me thinks that Beach Body (the makers of Shakeology) are capitalizing on people not understanding serving sizes and also on the popularity of their DVD products. Ask anyone who’s been inducted into Beach Body or a similar program and they’ll tell you that Shakeology is where the Beach Body coaches make their money, it’s not on the DVD’s. Tying you into the monthly Shakeology shake sales is their bread and butter, not the one off sale of the Insanity, P90X, or other DVD’s.
And you know what, there’s nothing wrong with that so long as consumers are armed with the right information to make an informed decision. For me, having a shake with better protein and vitamin profile is what I’m looking for out of my nutrition shake. For others, a smaller serving size and lower calories is more important … to each their own.
One thing to also make note of that you might not have gleamed from the grid above is that the Shakeology option ties you in to a monthly payment and delivery which is both convenient and concerning. Make sure to ask if there are any cancelation fees and what the up front costs are. Also note that the cost is higher when you don’t sign up for the monthly version … I think it’s $120 but I’m not certain so be sure to ask about other purchasing options if you go this route.
Another thing to note is that there is a reoccurring payment / delivery option for Full Strength as well but it’s not required. Again, be sure to read the fine print with them if you go with that option. Personally, I just order mine 6 boxes at a time (which saves some $) and make sure to order when needed.
The Shakeology texture was gritty and the chocolate taste wasn’t impressive. Combine that with the overall cost with the small serving size and I can’t recommend it. I really hope that the gritty problem I encountered was an anomaly but first impressions leave an indelible mark and for me it means I’m not a Shakeology fan.
Have you had a different experience or think maybe I made it wrong? That is assuming your not a Beach Body coach