What the heck are you drinking?

What the heck are you drinking?

LOL that was the question I got one day when I was sitting on a park bench, people watching, while on my lunch break. I happened to be drinking a peanut butter, banana, and chocolate shake. Yeah, you read right – a peanut butter, banana, CHOCOLATE shake. That was my liquid lunch for the day.

Hey, what can I say, I like liquid lunches. 😉 No, there was no booze in it — though, if it were happy hour, maybe a shot of a liquor could turn it into an adult beverage. LOL. Anyways, my liquid lunch on that day, happened to be a sinful, yummy, damn good HEALTHY shake.

 

what the heck am I drinking-

What is this shake? It’s called Shakeology and I’ve been drinking it for almost 4 years now. I was introduced to it by a fellow coach, and at first I hated it. I mixed it with room temperature water and a spoon. As the somewhat liquid beverage passed my lips and coated my tongue I thought, what the hell is this crap? It reminded me of when I was a kid and thought Nestle Quick powder was better, but then when I went to drink it the powder hadn’t fully dissolved. ICK. No wonder some people hold their nose when they drink protein powder drinks. I walked the three steps directly to the kitchen sink and dumped the entire beverage down the drain. Good riddance. I wasn’t going to finish that.

A few months later, I saw Jenelle post about drinking chocolate, peanut butter shakeology. I was curious – had they came out with a chocolate peanut butter flavor – like Reeses Peanut Butter cups? I had to ask her and found out that she blended peanut butter and chocolate Shakeology in the blender. She used a blender! Duh. Why didn’t I think of that? Growing up as a kid, I was a huge fan of milkshakes. Why the heck I didn’t think to use my blender? Honestly, looking back I have no idea how that slipped past me. Total brain fart.

She sent me a sample packet of Shakeology and the recipe. I can’t remember now if she said to use low fat milk or water. I just know that I used 1 cup water, 1 package/scoop of chocolate shakeology, 1 banana, a tablespoon of whatever peanut butter I had on hand at the time, a bunch of ice and tossed it all into the blender. (By the way, my Osterizer blender is over 20+ years old and it’s STILL going strong!) I was skeptical, but the thick, almost creamy looking texture was a vast improvement to the mess I previously created. So I thought what the heck, I’ll give the recipe a try. This time when the cool, thick liquid passed over my lips and the rich flavors hit my tongue I couldn’t stop thinking – HOLY HELLO – this is good! I am HOOKED. How could something healthy for you, taste soooo good? It’s not possible! But really it is.

What the heck is Shakeology?

It’s definitely more than just a typical “protein powder”. If I’m gonna get official, “Dollar for dollar, Shakeology is the probably the world’s greatest value in nutrition. How else can you get the nutritional equivalent of $41 of fruits and vegetables in a single glass?” Seriously, if you’re like me, you probably can’t stand eating salads ALL. THE. TIME. I can put away desserts. I can put away big plates of pasta or pizza, but when it comes to salads — I get TIRED of chewing on vegetables. Of course I make sure I don’t overeat pasta and pizza because I refuse to buy bigger pants. Drinking Shakeology on a daily basis is my “salad” for the day.

It’s been 4 years now and I’ve lost over 25 pounds AND I don’t get sick like I used to. While everyone around me at work suffers from really bad colds or the flu, I’ve been pretty lucky. Thank you Shakeology for all vitamins and nutrients that is in one serving! And, I don’t have to graze like a bunny and eat boring salads every day. If it wasn’t for Jenelle Summers tweeting about peanut butter, chocolate shakeology – I would probably still be a little roly poly, wearing plus-size clothing on my 4’11” frame. So, THANK YOU Jenelle for sharing!

So if you too aren’t a salad eating lover, but want to get all the nutrients a salad and so many other healthy foods can provide, feel free to message me on facebook or tweet me. I’m more than happy to provide you more information on Shakeology. Also, if you’re interested in getting some protein shake recipes you can make at home using Shakeology OR your fave protein powder, signup here. It’s FREE.

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20 Responses to What the heck are you drinking?

  1. Great to read how valuable Shakeology has been for you and your well being. Great name too! I love shakes as well and have just started the amazing products from Usana Health Sciences. The balanced nutrition and high quality ingredients make their shakes one of the best I have experienced. It is always so uplifting to find something that claims to be great and to have your own experience of it and find out it IS great. Congrats on having so much success with your own weight and health as well!

  2. I love a liquid meal. I use a different product and get similar results. I started when I had little time for a rich breakfast & continued even when I started working from home. The key is to find what works for you. We are all different. I too have a 15 yr old blender still doing its job.

  3. Hi Hazel,

    Great post! Thanks for sharing this awesome information 🙂

  4. It is always awesome to hear personal success stories (especially when the first run might not have been too successful). While I am not a great shake drinker I am getting more into healthy juicing. Baby steps I guess! Hehe! But in the end it is about putting better things in your bod and feeling more healthy! Congrats on your sustained success with Shakeology too!

    • hazel says:

      Thanks Lynn! yes, baby steps. I am not like those who can restrict their calories and watch every single thing they eat and drink. No way. I’m too much a foodie to do that.

  5. Sounds interesting but not for me. I like my veggies, happy to chew away at a salad. Not so good on mix shakes. I try them on and off but prefer the salad.

    It is a great idea for those people who don’t like their veggies. Blending it would make all the difference.

  6. Renee says:

    Hazel, congratulations on the 25 lbs you lost. Amazing! Thanks for letting us know the benefits of Shakeology. Great info!

  7. What a funny story! 🙂 I like my shakes with peanut butter and a little energy mix in there. Sometimes, I will add some pure cocoa. Now that is a dream! 🙂 Try it with more cocoa if you love chocolate!

    • hazel says:

      Norma – yeah, I have a chocolate one. it’s def my fave flavor out of all of them. but then again – it’s chocolate. HELLOOO! YUM!

  8. Wonderful story! I have been hearing about Shakeology for some time now and I think I may have even tried it out but had a similar experience with the whole powdery ick taste. Blending with chocolate and a banana probably would have been a much better choice. Ha!

    • hazel says:

      Niq – If I took video of myself trying it out for the first time – it would probably win on America’s funniest home videos show. Remember that scene from the Tom Hank’s movie Big – when he tried eating caviar? yeah, i kinda wanted to do that.

  9. I’m not much of a shake fan – of any shakes, really. However, I have had some concoctions from my blender that were made from veggies & fruits – which looked worse than they tasted! I’m glad this works for you and congratulations on getting healthy!

    • hazel says:

      Thanks Tamara! LOL – yeah, I’m sure that final color of the blended veggies and fruit didnt look to appetizing. what is it about shakes that you dont like in general?

  10. Dalisse says:

    Sounds interesting but you’re drinking chocolate and peanut butter my two vexing allergies 🙁 I too market meal replacement shakes. How about some frozen fruit added to blend yum yum!!

    • hazel says:

      Oh that sucks that you’re allergic to chocolate and peanut butter! 🙁 I’d cry. I LOVE me some peanut butter. I always add frozen fruit to my shakes. My go to lately is strawberry shakeology, frozen strawberries, half a banana and walnuts. Yumo.

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