How many times have you been rushed in the morning and forgotten to eat what is ‘the most important meal of the day’?
Don’t worry, I’m not going to sound like a parent or an annoying doctor, but I’m writing from experience here.
I was the guy who NEVER had enough time in the morning for breakfast and would either go without or stop at some donut or coffeeshop for a ‘quick fix’.
Last year, I discovered Shakeology and it literally changed my breakfast habits, if not my whole life.
I was resistant at first, for sure. A shake instead of breakfast? Get out of town… But after researching the alchemy of ingredients and health properties from the shake and the guy behind formulating them, Darren Olien, I was convinced to give them a try.
Shakeology is a super food shake that has 70+ ingredients that lend to a balanced meal and nutrition.
Now. I’ll interject real quick and say that to me NOTHING can ever replace a big plate of eggs, bacon, toast and homefries for when you really want a breakfast. I’m not ever going to say these shakes are more amazing than that.
But they are incredibly easy.
And being a well rounded source of nutrients and vitamins, I rest assure that no matter where I am in the world or what I resort to eating on busy days, I have always started the day with healthy dose of the essentials.
How do they compare to other shakes on the market? Well watch this little video from Tony Horton below.
Let’s take a closer look at the 5 proprietary blends of ingredients and functions in Shakeology:
Protein is made up of amino acids, the body’s primary building blocks. Muscles, bones, skin, internal organs—and much more—are all made of amino acids. What’s more, we’re in a constant state of breaking all these things down and rebuilding them. Long story short, we’re made of protein and therefore we need to consume it to stay healthy. This blend is formulated with a variety of quality protein sources.
A number of your body’s vital processes depend on a series of chemical reactions called the oxidation-reduction (redox) cycle. Free radicals are generated by oxidation reactions. Antioxidants inhibit oxidation. When in balance, they’re both good things and necessary for a number of biological processes. Unfortunately, a number of 21st century issues, including lousy diet and stress, can promote free radicals, causing an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidant levels. Consuming antioxidants helps bring balance back, therefore helping to fight free radical damage and helping support a healthy immune system. Vitamins A, C, and E are known antioxidants. Also, key superfoods in Shakeology have been specifically selected for their antioxidant properties.
PROPRIETARY SUPER-GREEN/PHYTONUTRIENT BLEND: Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Kale.
Phytonutrients are substances distinct to plants that also happen to benefit the animals that eat them (including us). They’re also what give fruits and veggies their various colors, thus the saying, “Eat the rainbow.” The nutrition science community has been gaga over phytonutrients for years, as new studies come out almost daily—most demonstrating how they help support human health and vitality. While it’s still recommend you eat your veggies, this Shakeology blend will give you a phytonutrient leg up.
Adaptogens are just what they sound like: substances that have traditionally been used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress—and they’ve been being used by cultures across the planet for centuries. While there’s no shortage of science behind many of the ingredients in Shakeology, this blend focuses more on holistic approaches, traditional practices, and ancient wisdom to offer ingredients that can help promote homeostasis, or balance, in the body.
PROPRIETARY PRE- AND PROBIOTIC/DIGESTIVE ENZYME BLEND: Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Bacillus coagulans , Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Glucoamylase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Invertase.
Your intestines are loaded with bacteria—and much of it is hugely beneficial in a number of ways, including helping properly break down food and creating important nutrients like short-chain fatty acids. Probiotics such as Bacillus coagulans are digestible forms of these beneficial bacteria. Prebiotics, including yacon root and chicory root, act as food for these important little critters. Consuming a combination of the two can help support the biome in your belly, therefore supporting a healthy digestive system.