Shakeology Ingredient Roundup – BILBERRIES

No, I didn’t say BLUEBERRIES, I said BILBERRIES.  The bilberry may just look like a regular berry, but it is much more. This berry is packed with supernutrients that make this fruit a superfood. 

The bilberry, a relative of the cranberry, huckleberry, and American blueberry, is a plant with bright green leaves and bell-shaped flowers that grows wild, primarily in northern Europe.

The bilberry looks very much like a blueberry, but its flesh is darker — somewhere between deep purple and crimson — and its flavor is tarter, says Steve Foster, a plant photographer. 

While both fruits are loaded with antioxidants and anthocyanins, bilberries typically contain up to four times more of those goodies than blueberries. Plus, bilberries are extremely rich in vitamin C!

And for the last 500 years, these little “blue” berries have been used all across Europe for medicinal purposes.

Bilberry Benefits

~ Improve Vision

~ Retina Repair

~ Used to stop diarrhea, nausea, indigestion  

~ Cancer prevention

*these are only a few benefits of Bilberry

So if you want some bilberry action in your life, instead of seeking them out in supermarkets, just go make yourself a delicious and nutritious Shakeology. Because when it comes to putting healthy stuff in your body, Shakeology has your BACK!

Resources

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Shakeology is TOO Expensive

Shakeology is too EXPENSIVE.

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For months I thought so, too. Then I learned a few things:

I thought Shakeology was a protein shake (an expensive protein shake). Heck, I could just go to GNC for a protein shake. There are so many protein shakes and meal replacement shakes out there. BUT, Shakeology is not protein shake or a meal replacement….it is both (and THEN SOME!). Shakeology was made for people who want more than protein and more than a meal replacement. It is for people who want good a nutritional meal.

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If you took all the vitamins that are in Shakeology and bought them separately, you would be spending WAY over $250 a month on supplements. Shakeology breaks down to about $4 a day. If you really look at what you buy for a “quick” meal, I GUARANTEE you it is WAY more that $4 (I’m not talking about anything for the dollar menu either). I am talking about a nutritious, delicious, and filling meal for just $4.

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Here my next another point: Shakeology is a WHOLE FOOD. You are buying a month’s worth of FOOD. I dare you to buy a month’s worth of food at the grocery store. Guess what, it is going to be more expensive then purchasing a day’s worth…or even a week’s worth.

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Shakeology also has some extra “magic”, too. Here’s what a few of Shakeo drinkers have reported:

“Since I have been drinking Shakeology, my eczema is gone. GONE! When I missed it for a week after when traveling, it started to come back. It’s the best my skin has ever looked.”

“I have been taking medicine daily for years due migraines. Since I started drinking Shakeology, my migraines have been dramatically reduced. I am saving so much money on migraine meds!”

“Shakeology gave me the energy and mental focus I needed. I am able to get thought my work more efficiently and still have enough energy to exercise at the end of the day”

Guess what? Give your body what it needs…it gives back to you!

How to Use Shakeology

“Sabrina…how do you use Shakeology? Is it a meal replacement? Is it a snack? When should I drink it?” I get these questions DAILY.

These were the questions I even asked my coach before I got started. So I compiled a list of how I use it. With a little research I even came up with some information as to why each possible use of Shakeology could benefit you.

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As a meal: One of the most popular ways to drink Shakeology is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Shakeology can vary from 140-170 calories depending on the flavor. Adding ingredients like fruit, nut-butters, or milk gets you to a healthy caloric content that is satisfying and delicious (not to mention nutritious)!
Snack: Shakeology is an incredibly nutrient dense snack. Since Shakeology doesn’t have much fat, the nutrients are put to use very quickly in your body. Shakeology will give you lasting energy because it’s providing nutrients your body needs. You can either make yourself a ½ scoop serving of Shakeology or a full scoop. Sometimes I use 1/2 for a mid morning snack and the other 1/2 for a nighttime treat. It’s beneficial to eat small meals throughout the day, to help your matabolism work efficiently. Shakeology as a snack will keep your metabolism going and your cravings reduced!

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Pre-Workout Supplement: A good way to use Shakeology is as a pre-workout snack/meal. Your workout will help you get the most out of Shakeology, and Shakeology will give you the energy you need to get through your workout.
Energy Boost: Next time the 2PM slump rolls around, try Shakeology. Shakeology will give you sustained energy because it’s providing nutrients your body needs to get things done. It has a low glycemic impact, meaning it helps keep blood sugar levels stable unlike sugary energy drinks.
Late Night Sweet Cravings: Sometimes at the end of the day i crave something sweet; ok, this happens a lot! Instead of grabbing something sugary, I’ll make a chocolate Shakeology. I often eat a small dinner with my kids and have a sweet treat at night. My kids are on the “early bird special so eating dinner at 5:30 was not cutting it for me! Drinking Shakeology at night is better than binging on cookies once I became hungry by 8 PM!
Post-Workout Supplement: Here are several reasons why Shakeology is a good post-workout supplement:

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Calories: Too many of the wrong calories after a workout will greatly impair your fitness goals. At 140 to 170 calories, Shakeology fills your hunger needs with low caloriesthis requirement perfectly.
Protein: Protein is so important after a tough workout because it works to repair your muscles. Shakeology has 15 to 18 grams of protein in each serving, which great as a muscle building tool.
Replenish Electrolytes: The magnesium, sodium, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in Shakeology will boost your electrolytes. Better than Gatorade in my opinion!

Long story short: You can’t go wrong! Find out what works best for you and your needs!

Cheers!!

How to Shake Your Shakeology

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It is so import to know HOW to make your Shakeology. If you follow the directions on the back of the bag, it will come out WAY too thick! Here’s what I do:

I use 1 cup of almond milk (I always use unsweetened almond milk). I then add water to my shake. Depending on how thick you like the shakes, will determine how much water to add. For me, I don’t like it too thick so I add 1/2 cup. My hubby likes them thiner, so he gets closer to a cup. From there’s I’ll add 8-10 ice cubes and I blend. It may take you a few tries before you find the consistency, so add the water gradually.

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

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Chocolate Covered Banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla is really yummy)
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 banana (frozen if possible)
1 scoop peanut butter (Can use pb2)
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
*this recipe is yummy without peanut butter, too!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Vanilla Shakeo
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 banana (frozen if possible)
1 scoop peanut butter (Can use pb2)
1/2 cup frozen/fresh strawberies or blueberries
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
*if you use frozen fruit reduce ice cubes

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Greenberry Berry Good
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup mango
1/2 banana
1 scoop of Greenberry Shakeology
*if you use frozen fruit reduce ice cubes

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My Big Fat Greek Strawberry
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 medium banana
1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology

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Better than a Frap
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
Splash of vanilla extract
8-10 coffee cubes (frozen coffee 😜)
1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology (vanilla tastes good too)
*I sometimes add 1/2 banana, too
**Try flavored coffee. It’s yummy!

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