This is a Shakeology Review for just the dairy-free and vegan varieties. Note that they do have flavors, which contain dairy!
I joined the P90X craze several years ago. To this day I think it is one of the best at-home fitness programs ever created (If you think there are better, do tell!). Both my husband and I saw real results, and though it was difficult, we enjoyed having the schedule and goals in place. What we didn’t love was the meal plan. It was dairy-heavy requiring us to make many modifications and the consistently recommended Shakeology supplement was whey-based.
Fast forward to P90X2 … I’m seriously tempted to trial this program. Have any of you done it yet? Tony Horton and the Beach Body team have reportedly lightened the workout lengths (very nice), and they’ve added more flexibility to both the fitness AND the diet segments in P90X2.
Tony Horton’s talks with the media have revealed his prior plant-based roots and a desire to promote all healthy diets, without defining one set of rules for everyone. According to Horton, “P90X2 takes that philosophy a step further with grain-free, vegan and high-protein plans — all healthy, varied options.”
This philosophy has spilled over into their product lines, and new vegan versions of Shakeology have emerged! I receive quite a few requests for dairy-free meal replacement drinks, and this new version of Tropical Strawberry Shakeology definitely tops my list of recommendations.
At first, I followed the directions, blending half the packet (reserving some to trial in a smoothie) with a little unsweetened milk alternative and ice. Here were my Shakeology review notes …
I over road most of the “cons” by turning the rest of my Shakeology sample into a meal replacement shake. I tossed it in the blender with fresh strawberries, a frozen banana, and just enough unsweetened almond milk. It was a tasty nutrient-packed treat.
Though I would give the Strawberry Shakeology 4 stars, just knocking one star off for the cons noted above, I have since trialed the Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, which just nudges this review up to 5 stars. I’m not quite sure what the difference is - perhaps it is the simple addition of cocoa powder or the fact that it doesn’t includ erythritol - but the texture of this variety is a little silkier and the flavor is delicious.
The Chocolate Vegan Shakeology is still a touch too sweet for my tastes to enjoy straight with water, so I jumped ahead and whizzed half a packet with a frozen banana. It was pure chocolate malt goodness. Even half a package offers a good dose of protein, fiber, and loads of extra goodies, so I feel comfortable in recommending this product as a supplement to smoothies. Plus, it was VERY filling!
Have you trialed any of the dairy-free Shakeology products?