Shakeology: What Is It, Exactly?

Shakeology: What Is It, Exactly?

Note: This article is intended for our U.K. audience. Click here for the U.S. version.

It’s a conundrum people face in kitchens the world over: You want to eat healthy, but you don’t know where to start.

Oh, and you kind of don’t like vegetables.

You’re in good company: Carl Daikeler, Beachbody co-founder and CEO, does not like vegetables.

The solution? His wife Isabelle and superfood hunter Darin Olien created Shakeology so Carl would eat healthier.

But what’s actually in this shake? Are the ingredients legit healthy? Is it a meal replacement or just a protein shake? Why should I drink it?

Let’s get some answers to your most pressing Shakeology questions:

What Is Shakeology?

In a nutshell, Shakeology is a nutrient-dense superfood protein shake that’s formulated with globally harvested ingredients that supply phytonutrients, antioxidants, bacillus coagulans, fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

Depending on your goals, you can use Shakeology as a meal replacement or as a nutritious, anytime shake.

The Shakeology Meal Replacement Plan

To lose weight, replace two meals per day with a delicious Shakeology smoothie and eat one balanced, sensible meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – it’s your choice!

To maintain weight, replace one meal per day and eat two balanced, sensible meals.

Tip: What’s a sensible and balanced meal? Keep the meal balanced and about 700 to 800 calories.

Include reasonable portions of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Most 2B Mindset or Portion Fix meals would work great with the Shakeology Meal Replacement Plan.

Nutritious, Anytime Shake

Get creative and make Shakeology any way you like it, whether it’s adding just water, or blending it with almond milk, yoghurt, and frozen fruit.

Drinking Shakeology consistently is important, and there’s no better way to enjoy your shake than having fun with your own recipe!

High-Quality Ingredients

Green Fresh Vanilla beans


Without good nutrition, your body may struggle to perform the basics.

And things like going above and beyond or taking on new challenges? That’s even harder.

That’s why we put so much care into creating Shakeology.

We crafted our proprietary formula with a potent blend of high-quality proteins, bacillus coagulans, fibre, antioxidants, superfoods, vitamins, and minerals — unique nutrients that are pretty hard to get from the average diet, let alone track down in a grocery store.

This precise combination of ingredients is as complex as your body’s needs. When you start your day with a healthy foundation, you’re able to build a more meaningful life.

Beachbody searches the world over for the best quality ingredients. Before anything makes it into our shakes, hundreds of hours of work go into vetting and testing both the ingredient and the supplier.

This helps ensure that each new ingredient is of the highest quality and complements what’s already in the mix.

The Benefits of Shakeology

So, why should you drink it? Shakeology’s powerful and premium formula can help support healthy energy, normal digestion, and normal immune system function††, all to help you eat better, feel better, and live better.

In addition, the nutrition in Shakeology provides nutritional support for your Beachbody fitness and nutrition programme to help you get better results when you pair it with killer our workout programmes.

Pouring smoothie into a glass jar

What’s in Shakeology?

  • Premium Plant-Based Protein: Helps support lean muscle growth§
  • Fibre & Digestion: Our formula contains a combination of insoluble and soluble fibres, as well as calcium to help support digestion
  • Superfruits & Antioxidants: Free radicals can cause damage to your cells. For centuries, people have turned to the antioxidant vitamins C & E, free radical scavengers to help protect cells from oxidative stress ^
  • Essential Vitamins & Minerals: You need a variety of vitamins and minerals for optimum health. In Shakeology, these essential nutrients come together to perform hundreds of roles in the body such as helping support energy metabolism and immune function ††

Blender with vanilla Shakeology ingredients

Is There Sugar in Shakeology?

Shakeology has about 15 grams of sugar per 100 g from a combination of organic cane sugar and the various superfood fruit powders.

To put this into perspective, there are 14 grams of sugar in a medium banana and 19 grams of sugar in a medium apple.

When Should I Drink Shakeology?

Anytime you want nutritional support, you can drink your daily shake.

You can also have it whenever you’re replacing one or two meals a day as part of your Shakeology Meal Replacement Plant — breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s your choice!)

Shakeology is loaded with proteinfibre, and wholesome ingredients, all of which work together to help get the most out of your Beachbody programme.

How Many Calories Are in Shakeology?

Shakeology contains about 387 kcal per 100 g. Keep in mind: As you add fruit, nut butters, and milk, that number starts to climb.

Even when you’re eating healthy foods or shakes, it’s important to keep an eye on all the add-ins so it doesn’t turn into a calorie bomb.

Is Shakeology a Protein Shake?

All that protein + other macro- and micronutrients + superfoods make Shakeology a multidimensional premium nutritional, meal replacement shake, not just a protein shake.

But it is so flexible you can also have it as a daily nutrition shake any time of day even if you’re not replacing a meal.

What Are Superfoods?

“Superfood” isn’t an officially recognised term, but you can think of them as foods that are nutrient-dense and considered to be beneficial for health and well-being.

Common superfoods include foods like blueberries, salmon, nuts, legumes, seeds, and whole grains.

Less widely available superfoods include foods such as bee pollen and mangosteen. Shakeology includes an array of superfoods like matcha, goji berry, and more.

Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals

What are these free radicals and antioxidants that we speak of?

Long, complicated science short:

We generate free radicals as a result of various bodily processes and when we’re exposed to things like pollution, radiation, and chemicals.

These free radicals are atoms that contain a single electron. But electrons like to travel in pairs, so they roam around stealing electrons from other atoms.

Then those atoms, in turn, become free radicals, which start looking for another electron, triggering a chain reaction of electron theft.

That process is called oxidation, and over time, results in oxidative stress on your cells.

Enter antioxidants: These are compounds like vitamins A, C, and E found in foods, especially colourful fruits and vegetables, that help neutralise these scavenging free radicals by giving them free electrons. ^

Now that you’ve got the info on all the good stuff that’s in Shakeology, it’s time to get to the practical stuff, like how it tastes, what flavours it comes in, and how you can get your hands on some.

Shakeology comes in a variety of delicious flavours: Chocolate Plant-Based Vegan, Vanilla Plant-Based Vegan, and Café Latte Plant-Based Vegan.*

*Not all flavours are available in all locales

What Protein Does Plant-Based Vegan Shakeology Contain?

Plant-Based Vegan Shakeology formulas all contain a proprietary blend of plant-based proteins, which is ideal for those who cannot tolerate — or choose to avoid — animal proteins, whey, or dairy.

The proteins in Plant-Based Shakeology — pea, rice, flaxseed, and quinoa ingredients — are plant-based proteins that supply all nine essential amino acids (ones that our bodies can’t produce).

Is Shakeology Dairy-Free?

The three Plant-Based Vegan Shakeology flavours (Chocolate, Vanilla, Café Latte,) are dairy-free.

Is Shakeology Gluten-Free?

Yes, our Shakeology Meal Replacement shakes are gluten-free. Just look for the Gluten-Free statement or symbol on the label. We test each lot to ensure it meets the gluten-free standard.

Is Shakeology Organic?

Since we globally source Shakeology ingredients, certifying every exotic ingredient is very complex.

However, the possibility of a completely organic Shakeology is being researched. Stay tuned!

How Do I Buy Shakeology?

You can buy Shakeology online as a one-time purchase or monthly subscription. The price varies, depending on which purchase option you choose.

And if you find that Shakeology is simply not to your liking, you can return it within 30 days of your purchase for a full refund of the purchase price, minus shipping and handling, even if the bag is empty.

How Much Is Shakeology?

The price of Shakeology varies, depending on whether you order a bag or a sampler box. Here’s the breakdown:

Shakeology Bag or Combo Packets £129.95

You can buy a single 30-serving bag, or if you like a little flavour variety, there is the Barista Plant-Based Vegan Combo carton that contains 24 single-serving packets of each flavour.

† Magnesium contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
‡ Calcium contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.
^Antioxidant vitamins C and E contribute to the protections of cells from oxidative stress
†† Vitamins A, C, D, B6, B12, Zinc, and Selenium contribute to the normal function of the immune system.
§ High in Protein. Protein contributes to a growth in muscle mass