If you’ve been reading up on the 3-Day Refresh, you probably weren’t surprised to see Shakeology included in the meal plan. But you might be wondering about the two other supplements included with the program, Fiber Sweep and Vanilla Refresh. You’ll be sipping these daily, and they can keep you on track and help you get the best results from your cleanse.
Why You Need Fiber
Each morning, you’ll mix Fiber Sweep — a blend of fibers from whole-ground flax, chia, and psyllium seed husks — with a cup of water. This mid-morning snack includes 13 grams of fiber in each serving and plays an important role in the 3-Day Refresh. “Water and fiber are the two things that are going to cleanse your system the most,” says Denis Faye, senior director of nutrition at Beachbody. Here are three major benefits you’ll get from Fiber Sweep:
1. Better digestion
You might assume the point of all that fiber is to, you know, move things along, and you’re right — Fiber Sweep does help eliminate waste from your digestive system. It also boosts your digestive health by supporting the healthy bacteria in your gut.
2. Heart health
Flax and chia are both excellent sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Psyllium fiber can help naturally lower cholesterol and as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and psyllium husk may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
3. Smoother sailing
You may have heard horror stories about people feeling famished and grumpy during a typical “detox diet,” but there’s no rule that says you have to be miserable during a cleanse. Fiber helps you feel fuller, even though you’re eating fewer calories — and it helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which can keep your energy from lagging.
How Vanilla Fresh Helps
Vanilla Fresh, which you’ll drink with your lunch and dinner each day, is a high-protein shake loaded with nutrients your body needs for healthy weight loss. Unlike vanilla Shakeology, which can be a meal on its own, Vanilla Fresh is meant to go with your Refresh meals. So what does it do?
1. Maintains muscle
You won’t be eating meat or dairy during the 3-Day Refresh, which can be a big adjustment (unless you’re vegan, in which case you’ve got a head start here). Vanilla Fresh helps make up the difference with 20 grams of plant protein per serving to help prevent muscle breakdown. “This is a great opportunity to learn that you can get protein from vegetable sources,” Faye says.
2. Improves digestion
Vanilla Fresh contains probiotics that help promote your digestive and immune health. It’s also dairy-free, soy-free, and free of artificial favors, colors, preservatives, and sweeteners — good news if any of that stuff upsets your tummy.
3. Boosts health
Along with all the nutrients you’re getting from veggies at lunch and dinner, Vanilla Fresh adds 22 essential vitamins and minerals into the mix.
Last but not least — if you think it’s impossible to actually look forward to sipping a supplement, check out these tasty recipes that can help you customize your drinks during the 3-Day Refresh. Vanilla Fresh mojito, anyone?