How to Make Your Best Shake

How to Make Your Best Shake

There’s something about a healthy, well-made shake that’s so… satisfying.

But the “perfect shake” means different things to different people: For some, the perfect shake is just water, ice, and a few basic ingredients.

For others, it may be an elaborate combination of fruits, veggies, nut butters, and add-ins like chia seeds, spices, and toasted coconut.

Whatever your shake jam is, it’s important to make sure you’re putting in healthy ingredients in the right amounts that help fuel your body.

Here on the Beachbody Blog, we’ve got hundreds of delicious Shakeology recipes, but we get it, sometimes you just want to improvise.

So, to help you get your creative blending juices going, we created this Shakeology recipe template to help you make your best shake.

Print it out, stick it on the fridge, or Pin it!

Pro tip: The “too much of a good thing” struggle is real — don’t forget to keep an eye on portion sizes. Making a healthy shake is not a free pass to toss the contents of your fridge in a blender.

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Step 1: Base Liquid

Your choice of a base will determine how thick or thin your shake will be. If you prefer a thinner shake, stick with plain water or coconut water.

A cup of ice in addition to your base will provide a nice texture. For a thicker shake, other options include:

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • Unsweetened rice milk
  • Unsweetened organic soy milk
  • Unsweetened coconut milk

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Step 2: Shakeology

This step is super easy: Just add in a scoop of your favorite Shakeology flavor!

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Step 3: Additional Protein (optional)

You may want to add a little more protein to your shake depending on your nutritional needs, or if you want your shake to be even thicker. Options include:

  • Reduced-fat (2%) Greek yogurt
  • Organic silken tofu
  • Cottage cheese (2%)

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Step 4: Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a great way to add heft to your smoothie without adding a bunch of calories. You can use fresh or frozen fruit; frozen fruit adds thickness as well as making your shake extra frosty!

For fruits, berries and bananas are dependable go-to’s, but if you’re feeling like a mad scientist, try one of these options:

  • Mango
  • Guava
  • Passion fruit
  • Pomegranate
  • Melon (honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe)
  • Apple
  • Cherries

For veggies, kale and spinach are the workhorses of healthy shakes everywhere but don’t be afraid to experiment with other veggies like:

If you’re not a huge fan of vegetables or you don’t have access to fresh greens, a supplement like Power Greens is a great option.

Each serving of Power Greens has the equivalent to one cup of green veggies (volume before drying) — with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.†

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Step 5: Healthy Fats, Seeds, and/or Nut Butters

Healthy fats are a key part of a great shake. Along with protein and fiber, healthy fats can help you stay fuller longer.

Keeping your portions in check for this step is important because a healthy shake or smoothie bowl can easily turn into a calorie bomb if you don’t.

Healthy fats include:

  • Avocado (Remember: A single serving is ¼ of a medium avocado!)
  • Nuts (all varieties)

Seeds can add a nice nutty flavor to your shake. Try one of these:

  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower seeds

There are several options for nut butters, but make sure to check the label: The fewer the ingredients, the better. The only ingredients that should be in a nut butter are the nuts — and perhaps a little salt.

  • Peanut butter (FYI: You can make your own in five minutes or less. Find out how.)
  • Almond butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Seed “butters” (all varieties). Fun fact: Sunflower “butter” is a spread made from sunflower seeds.
  • PB2, or powdered peanut butter. Peanut powder is made when roasted peanuts are stripped of their oils and the remaining nuts are ground into a fine powder. The result: Two tablespoons contains 45 calories, one gram of fat, four grams of protein, and six grams of carbohydrates (depending on the brand).

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Step 6: Other Flavors and Boosts (optional)

For this step, you can add any herbs or spices that appeal to your tastebuds.

Or add in your favorite Shakeology Boost — Focused Energy for a wholesome boost of energy* or Digestive Health for an excellent source of fiber to help keep you regular.*

Other possible add-ins:

  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Shakeology Boost Focused Energy
  • Shakeology Boost Digestive Health

Top Shakeology Recipes

If you’re stumped on where to start, check out these top Shakeology recipes from the Beachbody Blog. Then, once you have those down, start making your own variations or create something completely new!

Nutty Butter Shakeology

Peanut Butter Cookie Shakeology

PB and Banana Latte Shakeology

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Shakeology

Snickerdoodle Shakeology

S’mores Shakeology

 

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†Each 5g serving of concentrated powder provides the equivalent of 1 cup green vegetables (volume before drying).

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.