Plant-Based Shakeology is a Powerful Vegan Meal Replacement

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Please note that this information is for the Plant-Based Shakeology products only, which are dairy-free and vegan. The regular Shakeology Meal Replacement Shakes 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 they consistently recommended Shakeology, which was whey-based.

Plant-Based Shakeology Reviews and Info - dairy-free, vegan, and available in four flavors + limited edition flavors. From Team Beachbody.

Fast forward to P90X2 … I’m seriously tempted to trial this program. Have any of you done it yet? Tony Horton and the Beachbody team have reportedly lightened the workout lengths (very nice), and they’ve added more flexibility to both the fitness AND the diet segments.

With P90X2 Tony Horton revealshis 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.”

Fortunately, his philosophy spilled over into the Beachbody product lines. When P90X2 came out, they released their first Vegan Shakeology Meal Replacement Shakes in Tropical Strawberry and Chocolate. These Plant-Based Shakeology drinks were so successful that they’ve launched more flavors over the years. Some were limited edition, but a couple became permanent.

Plant-Based Shakeology Reviews and Info - dairy-free, vegan, and available in four flavors + limited edition flavors. From Team Beachbody.

Plant-Based Shakeology is a Powerful Vegan Meal Replacement

I have tried the Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry Plant-Based Shakeology shakes, and here are the Pros and Cons, in my opinion.

  • The Pros: Plant-based Shakeology is fairly low calorie, but still packs a lot of protein with all 9 essential amino acids. It’s also boosted with prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and loads of “superfood” ingredients for antioxidants. The flavors are good, and it is quite low in added sugars, despite being quite sweet. And it suits different dietary needs since each flavor is made without top allergens.
  • The Cons: Definitely the price! This is on the luxury end, but can be worth it if you have a good budget for nutrition. Despite the low sugars, we found them to be a little too sweet, and slightly powdery. But both issues improved when blended with a frozen banana.

I have further details on each product, and you can leave your own rating and review for Plant-Based Shakeology below!

Chocolate

Plant-Based Shakeology Reviews and Info - dairy-free, vegan, and available in four flavors + limited edition flavors. From Team Beachbody.Ingredients: proprietary superfood blend: vegan protein blend (pea protein, flax (seed), rice protein, quinoa (seed)), cocoa powder (processed with alkali), pea fiber (seed), rose hips (fruit), chlorella, pomegranate juice powder (fruit), yacon (root), acerola juice powder (fruit), astragalus (root), bilberry juice powder (fruit), blueberry (fruit), chicory fiber (root), camu-camu (fruit), bacillus coagulans, organic cordyceps (fungi), lycium juice powder (fruit), ashwagandha (root), organic chaga (fungi), organic maitake (fungi), organic reishi (fungi), spinach (leaf), enzyme blend (amylase, cellulase, lactase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, invertase), kale (brassica oleracea l. var. acephala) (leaf), schisandra (fruit), matcha green tea (leaf), maca (root), cinnamon (bark), luo han guo extract (fruit). other ingredients: organic cane sugar, natural flavors, xanthan gum, himalayan pink salt, stevia leaf extract, mixed tocopherols (to maintain freshness). this product is manufactured in a plant that also processes milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soy ingredients.

Nutrition (per 40-gram scoop): 160 calories, 3g fat, 17g carbs, 6g fiber, 7g sugars (includes 5g added sugars), 16g protein.*

Vanilla

Plant-Based Shakeology Reviews and Info - dairy-free, vegan, and available in four flavors + limited edition flavors. From Team Beachbody.Ingredients: proprietary superfood blend: vegan protein blend (pea protein, flax (seed), rice protein, quinoa (seed)), pea fiber (seed), rose hips (fruit), pomegranate juice powder (fruit), yacon (root), acerola juice powder (fruit), astragalus (root), bilberry juice powder (fruit), blueberry (fruit), camu-camu (fruit), chicory fiber (root), bacillus coagulans, organic cordyceps (fungi), lycium juice powder (fruit), ashwagandha (root), organic chaga (fungi), organic maitake (fungi), organic reishi (fungi), spinach (leaf), enzyme blend (amylase, cellulase, lactase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, invertase), kale (brassica oleracea l. var. acephala) (leaf), schisandra (fruit), matcha green tea (leaf), maca (root), cinnamon (bark), luo han guo extract (fruit), chlorella. other ingredients: organic cane sugar, natural flavors, xanthan gum, stevia leaf extract, himalayan pink salt, mixed tocopherols (to maintain freshness). this product is manufactured in a plant that also processes milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soy ingredients.

Nutrition (per 40-gram scoop): 160 calories, 3g fat, 15g carbs, 6g fiber, 7g sugars (includes 5g added sugars), 16g protein.*

Café Latte

Plant-Based Shakeology Reviews and Info - dairy-free, vegan, and available in four flavors + limited edition flavors. From Team Beachbody.Ingredients: proprietary superfood blend: vegan protein blend (pea protein, flax (seed), rice protein, quinoa (seed)), chicory (root extract and root fiber), cocoa powder (processed with alkali), pea fiber (seed), coffee (fruit)**, yacon (root), acerola juice powder (fruit), astragalus (root), bilberry juice powder (fruit), blueberry (fruit), camu-camu (fruit), bacillus coagulans, organic cordyceps (fungi), lycium juice powder (fruit), rose hips (fruit), pomegranate juice powder (fruit), ashwagandha (root), organic chaga (fungi), organic maitake (fungi), organic reishi (fungi), spinach (leaf), enzyme blend (amylase, cellulase, lactase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, invertase), kale (brassica oleracea l. var. acephala) (leaf), schisandra (fruit), matcha green tea (leaf), maca (root), cinnamon (bark), luo han guo extract (fruit), chlorella. other ingredients: organic cane sugar, natural coffee flavor, xanthan gum, himalayan pink salt, stevia leaf extract, mixed tocopherols (to maintain freshness). this product is manufactured in a plant that also processes milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soy ingredients.

Nutrition (per 40-gram scoop): 160 calories, 2.5g fat, 18g carbs, 6g fiber, 8g sugars (includes 5g added sugars), 16g protein.*

Tropical Strawberry

Plant-Based Shakeology Reviews and Info - dairy-free, vegan, and available in four flavors + limited edition flavors. From Team Beachbody.Ingredients: proprietary superfood blend: vegan protein blend (pea protein, flax (seed), rice protein, quinoa (seed)), pea fiber (seed), strawberry (fruit), beet juice powder (root), chlorella, yacon (root), rose hips (fruit), acerola juice powder (fruit), astragalus (root), bilberry juice powder (fruit), blueberry (fruit), camu-camu (fruit), chicory fiber (root), bacillus coagulans, organic cordyceps (fungi), lycium juice powder (fruit), pomegranate juice powder (fruit), ashwagandha (root), organic chaga (fungi), organic maitake (fungi), organic reishi (fungi), spinach (leaf), enzyme blend (amylase, cellulase, lactase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, invertase), kale (brassica oleracea l. var. acephala) (leaf), schisandra (fruit), matcha green. other ingredients: organic cane sugar, natural flavors (strawberry, banana, pineapple, papaya, guava), xanthan gum, citric acid, stevia leaf extract, himalayan pink salt, mixed tocopherols (to maintain freshness). this product is manufactured in a plant that also processes milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soy ingredients.

Nutrition (per 40-gram scoop): 150 calories, 2.5g fat, 15g carbs, 6g fiber, 8g sugars (includes 5g added sugars), 16g protein.*

Plant-Based Shakeology Reviews and Info - dairy-free, vegan, and available in four flavors + limited edition flavors. From Team Beachbody.

More Facts on Plant-Based Shakeology

Price: $129.95 per 30-serving bag or 24 single serves

Availability: Plant-Based Shakeology is sold almost exclusively from Beachbody. See their website below.

Certifications: We did not note any certifications on Plant-Based Shakeology.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Plant-Based Shakeology is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Team Beachbody website at www.teambeachbody.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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38 Comments

  1. Alisha, Love the article! I drink the Vegan Chocolate Shakeology every single day! The good news is that Beachbody has just released new flavors for the vegan line Vanilla and Café Latte Vegan! I’m excited for the Vanilla 🙂

  2. Just found this – didn’t even know they had a vegan alternative! I’d written off Shakeology because of the whey (I’m allergic to dairy).

    As to your question about cross-contamination for people with allergies: It depends on how bad your allergy is (they come in different degrees, from mild itchiness to full-blown anaphylaxis).

    Big red flag for us is “on the same equipment as”. The risk of cross-contamination with this warning is just too high, so we avoid it.

    “In the same plant as” is iffy. If the ingredient mentioned (ex: whey) is powdery, then cross-contamination risk is very high because it can be blown around and get picked up by the ventilation system, then re-distributed throughout the plant. If the ingredient mentioned is oily (ex: peanuts), cross-contamination risk is generally low (as long as the equipment isn’t being shared). Most Western companies nowadays are generally aware of allergen risks and take measures like having employees wash their hands if they change stations in order to ensure the broadest audience possible can consume their products. “Free from” companies are especially good at avoiding cross-contamination.

    However, if you have a level 5 allergy (determined by a “prick test” performed by an allergist), you would avoid “same plant” warning labels, no matter what the ingredient was, because of your sensitivity and the severity of your reaction to your allergen.

    Hope this helps!

  3. I love shakeology, but can’t digest the whey. ( I’ve tried & don’t care for the 2 vegan flavors that shakeology offers, chocolate & tropical strawberry. I’m a vanilla person).
    What is a good alternative vegan protein powder? (Vanilla flavor specially).

  4. These shakes have whey protein. That means that they are dairy derivatives. That is not vegan.

  5. Peggy Zapalac on

    I am gluten free, and dairy free. I don’t want soy or iodine either. I have a digestive problem with bloating and gas in the afternoon after I eat my main meal around 3 pm of lean meat and vegetables. I did the chocolate one several years ago but my holistic Doctor at that time took me off of it. I no longer go to him so I’m thinking about going back to shakeology. I presently use raw protein and then add a green powder and extra fiber. Can I eliminate those two items with shakeology?

    • I’m sorry Peggy, but I can’t offer you dietary advice. I would speak with your physician or contact Shakeology if you have specific product questions.

  6. My biggest concern is led and metals.. Does anyone know if these shakes have those? I heard the green berry shake has led. Now I’m concern about led in the other flavors. I tried chocolate and loved it. I have not try chocolate vegan.

  7. I just started teh 21 day fix with shakeology. I’ve used protien powder in smoothies before, but these are a bit different. The chocolate one, which i had with frozen banana, spinach, almond milk and PB, tasted fine but not the best I’ve had. I know it’s supposed to be more than a protien so I’m sure that’s part of it. I tried the strawberry vegan today–with frozen mango and greek yogurt–and it is chalky and tastes like erythritol (sugar-free gum or medicine-y). Really disappointed considering the cost.

  8. I purchased the Vegan Shakeology and am very disappointed. It smells like Animal Feed and tastes god awful! I had trouble drinking more than one sip. I will give mine away to my neighbor. Dont waste your time or money. It will make your stomach turn.

  9. shakeology is not a protein drink. it is not as expensive when you become a coach. its not about the shakeology. it abojt have planned workouts and a complete nutrition plan with shakeology. yes I have thousands of ppl on our team that have huge transformation. but its cause of the entire system. not just shakeology

      • In terms of ingredients, yes. If you are asking about cross-contamination potential with small or trace amounts of dairy, that is always something you should discuss with the manufacturer directly.

  10. Hi there! You posted that the only added sweetners were erythritol and stevia. I was looking on the ingredients label but couldn’t find erythritol, could it be listed as something else? Thanks!

    • Now that is odd! I’ve got a copy of the ingredients that I copied down from the package and it has erythritol, but looking online, it says it doesn’t. Perhaps they changed the formula a little. That would be great if they toned down the sweetness. Thanks for pointing this out Whitney, I will update!

  11. I’m looking for normal people who are not selling Shakeology drinks that can tell me their experiences with it and if anybody has ever lost any weight on them.
    You can e-mail me at Neilmhatr@aol.com

    -Thanks-Neil

  12. One other note in regards to allergens. Beachbody is very sensitive to all allergen concerns and this is why they have done extensive testing to ensure that the ingredients and formula for Tropical Vegan Shakeology are absolutely free from soy, whey, animal ingredients and gluten. The warning on the package is an FDA requirement based on any facility that processes or packs various ingredients and we will always take extra steps to inform and protect all of our consumers. However, when we make Shakeology, we follow very strict procedures to ensure that our manufacturing procedures meet or exceed strict FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which include immediate cleaning and breaking down of all equipment after every production batch as well industrial grade air filtration systems to ensure purity. Anybody with extreme sensitivities should always test a very small amount of any new product to ensure that they do not have any adverse reaction.

  13. Alisa – I love your honesty review and am so glad you liked the sample I sent you! I became a Beachbody Coach at the first of the year primarily because of Shakeology and how AMAZING I felt after drinking it. I researched all the ingredients and became instantly convinced it was the fuel my body needed – it was the missing link to me feeling and living healthy!

    I’m here for questions OR to send samples to anyone who is interested – just send me an email at jfit4life@beachbodycoach.com.

    Cheers to your health!

    • Nelly Mckinney on

      Jaime if u send samples to us, are we going to pay u..I have lactose intolerance and i want to try the chocolate and strawberry vegan shakeology.

  14. Hi Alisa,
    I actually signed up as a beachbody coach 3 weeks ago because A. i’m addicted to most of their fitness programs, and B. because i was interested in the discount for shakeology. I am gluten and dairy free and bought the chocolate vegan. I like it! i have also noted that my digestion has improved, MUCH less bloated at the end of the day! by 3 pm, i looked pregnant most dayS!
    I’m thinking of doing P90x next. i’ve done TurboFire/Chalean Extreme and Les Mills already. Good luck with P90X2! If you’re interested in some motivation or tips, let me know and i can give you my like page info! Just another gfree dairy free girl wanting to share the motivation for health and fitness! 🙂

    • Christine Domicello on

      Hi I’m interested in trying a sample of the vegan chocolate shakeololgy. .most protein shakes are hard for me to digest

      • You should contact them directly about a sample – You’re on Go Dairy Free, we do product reviews for dairy-free, but are not affiliated with the companies.

  15. I was curious about these, but I’ve been leery of the protein powder drinks, they tend to be too sweet for me.

    I’m still really tempted to do P90X2. I think I might bite the bullet when my gym membership expires in September. Wanna join me?

  16. Love that I can leave a comment on your new site, Alisa! I’ve tried a few P90X workouts in the past (borrowed the DVD’s from someone) and they are so hard! Way to go for sticking with the program. That takes major dedication. 🙂

    • Me too! It helps a lot when you have a buddy. I tried to do the program on my own a year after my husband and I did it together. I wasn’t nearly as in to it that time and cheated more, not doing all of the workouts.