Shakeology Alternatives - 3 Excellent Shakeology Substitute Supplements

Shakeology Alternatives – 4 Excellent Shakeology Substitute Supplements

Shakeology is a quite successful supplement program that has been heavily marketed  in the fitness industry. While there are many positives to the program, cost is not one of them. Shakeology’s formula is not all that unique. In fact, you can find a number of Shakeology alternative supplements that are far less “marketed” but essentially the same. In the following article, I’ve broken down three (4) different substitutes that I can fully endorse. Please feel free to share your comments and experiences at the bottom of the page!

Why Shakeology Isn’t the Answer: Shakeology vs Other Shakes

Two words: marketing and price. Shakeology has thousands of “distributors” who have a vested interest in pushing the product. It’s not that the product is “bad”; it’s just overpriced for what you get. In short, you are sold a lifestyle. Shakeology marketing will make you feel like you are receiving more value than you actually are. If you are looking for the extra placebo effect, then maybe it’s worth the money. However, I quickly realized that you can get the same nutrient profile (or better) and save as much as 60%!

UPDATE: Another “concern” with Shakeology is the much publicized Dr. Oz report that it contained high levels of LEAD! Before the Beachbody “coaches/distributors” start parroting the company line, I did my research. Well, I read about other people who did the research. Check this article out for further validation.

The Beachbody response? Essentially that this lead is “natural” and found in many plants. The lead is natural!? While it may be true that some common ingredients include lead, this is a result of bad farming practices. In short, Shakeology has an issue sourcing and testing their ingredients. It’s not an acceptable excuse any more than polluted drinking water in Flint Michigan is “naturally occurring”.

Unfortunately, all natural lead is not the new superfood trend…

UPDATE #2: I’ve been told that the above test was done on an “older” blend (Greenberry) that has since been rectified. This may be so. Personally, I’m not willing to take a second chance when a brand does something like this. Especially not a brand that is THE most expensive on the market and touts their “premium” ingredients as the reason for the high cost. This isn’t a case of lead paint. This is ingesting lead in a health supplement…

Here are some alternatives I’ve had success with:

Garden of Life Raw Vegan Meal Replacement

Garden of Life is one of my favorite all natural plant-based meal replacement supplements. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not for everyone. It doesn’t “taste sweet” or mix as easily as Shakeology, but it has one of the best nutrient profiles out there. What is more, it is a “clean” supplement with no additives, artificial flavoring, or other “fillers”. While mixing it with water “works”, I prefer using almond milk (lightly sweetened) or with berries and fruit in a smoothie. You can even use the same Shakeology recipes with Garden of Life as the replacement! For a full review of it, see this article.

Shakeology talks up their “unique” ingredient profile a lot, so I was very interested to check out what Garden of Life comes with as an alternative. First, its a sprouted brown rice protein base, combined with (all organic) Amaranth Sprout, Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat, Grabanzo Bean, Lentil Flax Seed, Adzuki Bean, Coconut Blend, Seasame Seed, Chia Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Spirulina, Chlorella, Alfalfa, Barely Grass, Wheat Grass, Cherry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, and other raw enzymes. In total, it actually measures up to and even exceeds the ingredient profile of Shakeology.

Perhaps most importantly, Garden of Life Raw has 34 grams of protein per serving. This is 2x the 17 grams of protein from Shakeology. If the ingredient profile isn’t enough, this sure is. If you are serious about losing weight and finding a real meal replacement, then the key thing to look for is protein content. Here, Garden of Life is clearly a more efficient protein source.

Finally, Garden of Life is better than Shakeology when it comes to price. Standard Shakeology bags come with aprox. 30 servings at $129.95. Garden of Life comes in a 14 serving container at less than $40. That’s $2.87 per serving for Garden of Life vs $4.33 per serving for Shakeology.

You can find Garden of Life for even less than $40 at this listing here.

Nature’s Bounty Protein Shake Mix

Nature’s Bounty is similar in many ways to Shakeology, with a few key differences. The only downside is that it has only 15 grams of protein, instead of the 17 grams in Shakeology. However, it is ideal for those looking for a low calorie and low sugar alternative. It has fewer calories than both Shakeology and Garden of Life, with just 110 calories per serving and 2 grams of sugar.

The protein blend is a combination of whey, soy and additional vitamins and enzymes. As such, it’s not a vegan (dairy free) supplement, but it does use all natural ingredients. Another aspect that I like about Nature’s Bounty is that it has 50mg less sodium than Shakeology. Sodium is considered a cheap flavoring “filler” and Shakeology has over 150mg of it. No bueno for me. Nature’s Bounty also has 1/3 of the sugar of Shakeology.

As a disclaimer, this supplement does contain soy. If you have sensitivities to soy or just don’t want it, try one of the other supplements instead.

The last key selling point for Nature’s Bounty vs Shakeology is the cost per serving. The standard Nature’s Bounty containers only have 13 servings; however, at about $15 per container the cost per serving is quite affordable. It comes out to $1.15 vs $4.33 for Shakeology. You can find good deals at this listing for Nature’s Bounty.

Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement

If you are looking for something more traditional, but still less than Shakeology, Labrada Lean Body is a an excellent alternative. If the Garden of Life protein is too “green” or vegan for you, Labrada will taste quite similar to Shakeology. You might not even notice a difference. It’s one of the better conventional alternatives to Shakeology out there.

First, there are a few things that I don’t quite like about Labrada. It has 350mg of sodium per serving, which is much higher than I usually like to go for a meal replacement supplement. It also has 290 calories per serving, again higher than Shakeology and other alternatives. However, it really does act as a genuine meal replacement. Sometimes Shakeology left me feeling hungry all the time and not fully satisfied. The trick to sustaining a diet like this long term is having a meal replacement that actually feeds you.

The critical component of Labrada is 35 grams of protein per serving. This is the best pure protein meal replacement in its class. It’s even 1 gram higher than my favorite Garden of Life. It also more than double what Shakeology can offer. In terms of cost per serving, it’s still a LOT more affordable than Shakeology at $2.19 per serving vs $4.33 (Shakeology). You can check out the full product listing for Labrada Lean body here.

Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein

I’ve recently had a good experience with Orgain protein, (full review here). For people who are concerned primarily about taste and texture, this is a good option to consider. It comes in a creamy chocolate fudge or vanilla bean flavor, both highly mixable and great tasting.

Orgain really threads the needle with a smooth taste and simple, quality ingredients. It doesn’t have all the “extra” superfoods like Shakeology and Vega One (below), but it does have a solid nutritional foundation. The protein blend is a combination of my favorite plant based sources, pea protein, hemp protein, and sprouted chia seed protein. In total, you get 21 grams of protein per serving, 4 grams more than from Shakeology.

What you get is an Organic, non-GMO, soy-free supplement. It’s not marketed as a full meal replacement, but you can definitely use it as one. If you feel you are missing out on some of the superfoods, try adding something like Amazing Grass Green Superfood. There is no sugar added and low sodium at 125mg per serving. It also only has 150 calories per serving, slightly less than Shakeology.

Best of all, it’s a fraction of the price. I order mine here for a 20 serving container.

Vega One Meal Replacement Shake

I’ve actually done a head-to-head comparison of Shakeology vs Vega One here, but it’s definitely worth mentioning Vega One in this article as well. It’s recently been one of my go-to meal replacements and definitely a top option to consider in lieu of Shakeology.

Like Garden of Life, Vega One is a completely plant-based supplement, without any dairy. This is good for a number of reasons, but mainly because most of us already have quite a bit of dairy present in our daily diet. It’s good to mix things up, and plant based supplements can aid in digestion and help cleanse your dietary tract.

There is a perception that vegan supplements are light on protein, but Vega One has 20 grams of high quality plant protein per serving. This is a full 3 grams more than Shakeology. It has 160 calories just like Shakeology, less saturated fat, and much less sodium (only 30mg vs 150mg). It also features 7 fewer carbs than Shakeology per serving, has the same amount of fiber, but over 5 grams less of sugar. It really hits all the marks in terms of nutrition facts that you want in a good meal replacement. It also has a lot of antioxidants and “super foods” that defenders of Shakeology often point to as Shakeology’s key advantage.

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Vega One isn’t as cheap as some, which is my only hesitation in recommending it. However, at just over $50 for a container of 20 servings that still works out to only around $2.60-70 per serving, almost half as expensive as Shakeology. That’s actually a pretty good price for a premium supplement. You can check out this listing for the current deals on Vega One.

Comparison Table

For an easy  “at a glance” comparison of the five supplements (including Shakeology), see the chart below:

Shakeology AlternativeCaloriesSaturated FatSodiumCarbsFiberSugarsProteinPrice
Shakeology (30 Servings)
1601g150mg17g6g6g17gClick here for latest
Garden of Life (14 servings)2700g 95mg35g9g11g34gClick here for latest
Nature's Bounty (13 servings)1101g100mg10g6g2g15gClick here for latest
Labrada Lean Body (16 servings)2902g350mg21g7g6g35gClick here for latest
Vega One (20 servings)1600.530mg10g6g<1g20gClick here for latest
Orgain Organic (20 servings)1500g125mg13g5g1g21gClick here for latest

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But Owen, These Aren’t Meal Replacements Like Shakeology!

  • I’ve heard this criticism a few times, but here’s the truth. First, Vega One, Garden of Life, and Labrada Lean Body ARE marketed as meal replacements.
  • Second, the difference between a “protein supplement” and a “meal replacement” is largely in how you use it! For example. I’ve used Nature’s Bounty shake mix, added berries and veggies in the blender, consume it at 7 AM and – Voilia! – Meal Replacement!
  • When I evaluate a “protein supplement” or “meal replacement shake”, I look at the same nutrition label and ingredient list. A lot of times the term “meal replacement” is a marketing tactic. Sorry for the tangent – but I wanted to clear this up.

But Owen, Good People Make Money from Shakeology!

  • I get it. I’m not trying to put down people who promote products. I am trying to present the other side of the story. A side that doesn’t usually get told because BeachBody provides a lot of incentives to stick to the company line. I’m not anti-corporate, or anti-making money, I’m just anti-bias.
  • In my personal experience, most of the BeachBody coaches and distributors make professional trainers look bad. Just because you start calling yourself a “coach” doesn’t mean you are.

  1. I want to thank you for creating such a detailed explanation/ list for shakeology alternates. I bought and tried Garden of Life raw vegan chocolate meal replacement, mainly because of your recommendation ( I had done a fair bit of research on products and comparable, and you were the most convincing). I just tried it, and I think it’s actually delicious! I think it is very similar in fixability and taste to shakeology vegan chocolate, and tastes just as good (I actually think both are DELICIOUS, contrary to what most people seem to think, and actually very similar in taste imo (can’t wait to try all the shakeology recipes with Garden of Life!).

    Just one tiny correction about serving size and protein… the serving size of garden of life raw meal is two scoops, (87g) and is roughly twice the serving size of shakeology… so in terms of protein when you bring them down to the same serving size they are equivalent, even down to the amount of calories. Really minuscule difference in amount of fat and carbs, less than 1g/ 1% I think by memory.

    Anyhow. Considering shakeology isn’t easily available where I live whereas garden of life is, and that garden of life is way cheaper, and has the same if not better nutrient profile, I’m personally gonna stick with Garden of Life. So really thank you for your review! (what do you think of the raw protein vs regular whey protein ( like from optimum nutrition for example? )

    • Olivia – Thank you for the comment and sharing your experience!

      In terms of raw vs regular whey protein, I have a preference for raw but I’ve also used organic whey protein supplements in the past. It really depends on your fitness goals. I like raw protein meal replacements, because I think too much of our diet already is dairy based. I’m not one of those “vegan fanatics”, but I think there are a lot of benefits to raw vegan protein as a supplement for most people. Optimum Nutrition is a good brand, but I do prefer organic options like “Tera’s Whey” etc… If I’m going to consume whey in the mass quantities you have to for max effect, I want it to be best ingredients without hormones, additives, etc…

      I’ll be doing more comparisons in the future, including whey vs vegan supplements.

      • Great thank you! I guess you are right about hormones etc. I actually am embarrassed to think I had not thought of it!

        And I kind of do like the idea of eating certain vegan things too.. though i’m not vegan either. I do think meat has a place in our diets, just maybe not as big of a one as today.

  2. Wow, that was crazy helpful and very thorough, thanks for helping us tonot blindly follow the Beachboy brand into Shakeology because we don’t know any better!

  3. Thank you for your help on these products. I am just starting the 21 Day Fix and I couldn’t afford to incorporate Shakeology into my plan. I am not a breakfast eater so I am hoping this will get me going!

    Thanks again,
    Donna

    • Yay, me too! I’m so excited to try the workouts and I think the portion controlling is a great idea for life, not just the 21 days.
      I was really excited to come across your comparisons, because I’ve been trying to do them myself for days and my head still hurts. Haha. My friends are all spending tons of money on Shakeology and Isagenix, and I just can’t justify the expense knowing the weight will come back on if you stop using the products. I don’t do shakes/smoothies every day but they are great for working late and not wanting to eat a huge dinner at 9PM, or for on the go mornings, to get some complete nutrition.
      Thanks so much for your stellar review. I think I may try the Garden of Life and will be sure to report back after my 21 days are up.

      • Genie,
        Thank you for posting! I’m all about saving money AND being healthy. Keep us posted with your experience with Garden of Life. There’s no problem with experimenting with different brands. A lot of distributors obviously try to sell Isagenix or Shakeology as “THE” solution, but this is far from the truth. 1) Very little separates them and 2) there are much healthier and wholesome options with better ingredients.

  4. Hi I thank you so much for explaining this. I do however have a question, how do these 3 compare to shakeology vitamin intake? Because that’s the whole thing shakeology tries to sell you on its not just a protein shake its a protein, meal replacement but let them tell it the most import and what you’re paying for is the wonderful vitamins and exotic super foods.

    • Hi Sabrina, thanks for commenting. The way I look at it, I can get my vitamins from a multivitamin pill. Even so, brands like Vega One and Garden of Life have a very similar nutrient profile without all the artificial additives and junk. You kind of alluded to it, but the exotic “super foods” are just that, exotic. The more exotic sounding the better, I guess. In actuality, the exotic super foods are a very minor component. Even if you value them highly – which the medical community is dubious about already – does it really matter if its sprinkled on top of a poor foundation of artificial ingredients?

      Shakelogy is a lifestyle brand built on an MLM platform. As such, they will overcharge you for every single ingredient (the good ones and bad). I hate that people are getting “sold” that this is THE way to change their health.

        • I feel the same way and it’s so great to see it in writing from someone who obviously took the time to do all the research. I enrolled in the 21DF program and love the program itself, but couldn’t justify the cost of Shakeology. After doing some of my own research, I’ve been using the Tera’s Whey Organic whey protein powders and I love them! I still use the Shakeology recipes because they’re delicious. Thanks again for putting such a thoughtful article on the Internet for folks like me to find!

          • Hi Helena – thanks for commenting! The best part about finding a good substitute is that you can still use all the same recipes and programs. It’s not an either/or situation.

    • Hi Ashley,

      I honestly have not tried Arbonne yet, but I’ve added it to me list (I’m constantly testing new stuff and posting reviews here). Just looking at the ingredient profile, I think that I would probably like it better than Shakelogy. Arbonne doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners and only 8 grams of REAL sugar, and no soy or derivatives, so it’s probably one of the “good” ones in terms of quality ingredients. 20 grams of protein per serving also is quite competitive. I’ll try it out and post a review.

  5. This has been very helpful! I started shakeology in February. I was basically desperate for a meal replacement, and I wanted an accountability grouo to help with weight loss. Now it’s been 3 months, and while I’ve lost weight and changed my eating habits, I don’t see the point of the shakeology, especially the price. So my thing is, I have two young kids, and I don’t have time in the morning to cook myself a big healthy breakfast, so I went for meal replacement. I would love to make time to cook, but until then, I need something. I completely agree with the vitamins and super foods aspect, shakeology seems to have less than what your daily needs are, and the super foods aren’t really super at all, most haven’t been proven to do anything beneficial, or so I’ve read. I’m curious what my best option would be for meal replacement. I’m concerned about soy, and I want organic and the healthiest option. But I also can’t do high sugar and carbs. Is garden of life going to be my best bet? Thank you for the article!

      • Thank you! I like that that one has way less sugar! I don’t know much about protein powders unfortunately; do the plant based proteins contain soy? One of my issues with shakeology is that because they claim they can’t call it organic because it’s too hard to confirm it for all 70 of their ingredients, they don’t actually answer the question. So. I read that if the whey comes from cows that are not grass fed, that they are fed soy and corn, therefore making the shake contain soy….which is one of the ingredients shakeology jumps at saying they don’t use. Am I making sense? I don’t see soy in the ingredients, just trying to confirm. Thank you!

        • Hey Brianne,

          Just saw your follow-up comment. Garden of Life and Vega One do not contain soy. Nature’s Bounty does, unfortunately. Soy is technically a plant based protein source, but most vegan supplements avoid it.

          Regarding Whey that comes from cows… I’m generally concerned that most of our food supply is either corn or soy (or wheat) based. We are overly dependent on just a few food sources, either directly or indirectly via meat from animals that consume soy, etc… There isn’t a whole lot of concrete scientific studies on this yet, but It’s just an educated assumption. Because of this, I really like Tera’s Organic Grass Fed Whey if I need a whey supplement (non-vegan).

  6. Hey Owen,

    Out of these 3, which one do you think tastes the best? I need something that will be good to go with just water or almond milk etc., as I work outdoors and have to pack lightly which unfortunately denies me the use of a blender. Thanks in advance for any help!

    • Hey Johnny,

      Excellent point. In terms of mixability, I definitely prefer to use Garden of Life in a blender because it’s a little granular for just shaking or spoon mixing with water. In terms of good taste and mixability WITHOUT a blender, I like both Labrada and Nature’s Bounty. I’d recommend getting a blender/shake bottle (with a mixing ball), if you don’t already. It’s what I use when I’m hiking and need to mix on the fly.

  7. Love Love Love Chocolate Shakeology. The coach price makes it expensive too. The coach price after the 25% discount is about $97.5 and adding back the coach membership plus tax (about $18) makes it about $115 / bag with 30 servings. Coach price saves $15 off the price. In case you were wondering. Not pushing it, but I felt that the cost basis needs a little bit more information. I miss the coach discount when I buy the programs now! I love Beachbody and I love that they are trying to change America’s view of fitness….even if it is a MLM program. 🙂

    So here I am looking for a replacement as well. I think that the initial up tick in feeling good when using Shakeology, or anything like it, comes from the additional intake of vitamins. Most people are so under good levels of nutrition because of bad diet and stress the extra vitamin load at the beginning makes them feel better. I’m looking at the RAW as I’m familiar with their product line. I’ll give the RAW recommendation a whirl! Thank you for the information.

    • Linda,

      Thanks for the comments, and for sharing about the coach discount. I still think $115/30 servings is steep, but maybe if you have a great coach it helps. There’s a serious conflict of interest, however between pushing the “program” and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

      I also agree that a lot of people probably experience a nice uptick after using Shakeology after going from the “average” diet. There’s just so much more out there than Shakeology, and feeling great from eating well doesn’t have to be so darn expensive!

  8. Hi Owen,

    So how would you compare the products you listed in this article to your product comparison found here?: http://www.altprotein.com/advocare-vs-herbalife-shakes-is-herbalife-or-advocare-a-better-choice/

    I’m brand new to this whole meal replacement thing, but I was looking at Vega One, and it seems to me that it has a lot of the same added benefits of probiotics and other vitamins that Shakeology touts, while still at a fraction of the cost. Based on your reviews, the sugar and carb content certainly seems lower, but the fiber and calorie content is the same, while the protein is higher. I guess I’m just wondering if nutritionally speaking, Vega One serves as a full blown meal replacement or more as a protein supplement.

    Thanks in advance for your input!

    • Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks for the comment. I’d still take something like Garden of Life or Vega One over Shakeology, Herbalife, and Advocare. All of these last three have serious limitations, many of them similar (sucralose, soy, etc…), not too mention poor nutrient ratios.

      To get to your other question, Vega One offers both a protein supplement (Vega Sport I believe) and a meal replacement (Vega One). Some of the “difference” between a protein supplement and meal replacement is just semantics and marketing, but the extra nutrients you are getting really make it a true meal “replacement” in my opinion. You can use any old protein supplement as a meal replacement here and there, but a good ones will give you a healthy profile of vitamins, minerals, and other health-optimizing ingredients. A protein supplement JUST serves to provide extra protein, but a good meal replacement still should put protein first.

  9. I’ve been looking for some good information on this for a while, so thank you. I do have a question. I live in England, so some of the above-mentioned products have expensive postage costs. I’m not vegan and really want something that doesn’t initiate a gag reflex. What are your thoughts on the more accessible USN Ultra Lean Shake and the PhD Diet Whey?
    Sorry, I’m completely new to this meal replacement idea, and I know nothing other than the infomercials. I’ve started considering these shakes due to in part wanting to lose a bit of weight, but more significantly to provide a quick way to increase my low energy levels from a hectic life.
    Cheers in advance for any help!!

    • Hi Amber,

      Thank you for commenting! I haven’t heard of the shakes that you mention, but it could just be the difference markets (I’m based in the U.S.). As a starting point, I would look to see if anyone carries Garden of Life or Vega One in your local market. It’s a much safer alternative that doesn’t have harmful ingredients. I’ll definitely look into USN Ultra Lean and PhD to see what I can find. A lot of times the inspiration for my research/testing comes from reader comments, so I may be able to post an in depth comparison. I’ll add these two to my list!

      Cheers!

    • Hi Carrie,
      Let me start by saying that I am NOT a doctor (always check with your doctor), but Garden of Life has far better ingredients that other most mainstream supplements on the market. There is actually some nutrient crossover with common prenatal vitamins, so I’d just try and calibrate Garden of Life with your other supplements and – of course – talk to your doctor.

  10. Thanks so much for this!! I was a BB coach and I love the workouts, but the Shakeology was just too expensive. This was so detailed and simple to understand. I’ve been looking for an alternative and this was the exact information I needed.

    Really really appreciate it! 🙂

    Kimberly

    • Hey Kimberly,

      Thanks for the comments and kind words. There is so much “marketing” going on in this space, that it is often quite difficult to clear out the “fluff” and focus on the essentials.
      Best of luck with your health and fitness in 2015!

  11. Hi Owen,

    Just wanted to say thanks for this article, I have actually been using Nature’s Bounty for a few months now and I bought it because I was looking for a meal replacement alternative to Shakeology so it’s nice to know that I made a wise choice. I had also considered Vega One and Garden Of Life (honestly the only reason I went with natures bounty is because it’s easiest for me to get and it was the cheapest) so this was really helpful to find and I will definitely try the other products now that I know I was on the right track of finding a great alternative for meal replacement. I found this article on pinterest btw and have definitely repinned!

    • Amanda,
      Thank you for the kind words and for the repins! It’s really appreciated. A lot of my readers come from Pinterest, so spreading it that way is always helpful.

      Nature’s Bounty is great. I think Nature’s Bounty, Vega One, Shakeology are all good options. The most important thing is that it’s not Shakeology. A lot of protein supplements/meal replacements have the same gimmicks/ingredients, but these three are ones that I’m really comfortable using interchangeably. Good Luck!

  12. What can I say? Beachbody rocks because it’s a lifestyle not just a drink. For those of you who do just cardio maybe sometimes weights also you do not need a whole bunch of protein unless you want kidney stones in the long run. Protein shakes and meal replacements are two different things. Research well people if you want a healthy lifestyle. Just because I say something it doesn’t mean is true, so study your materials. Good luck to everyone!

    • Elsa, that’s just it, the 17 grams of protein per serving in Shakeology is just not that impressive when stacked up against other meal replacements AND protein shakes. I guess it is a lifestyle, but it seems to be more about slick marketing than solid science. Just sayin’… If people are having success with Shakeology than more power to them, but there ARE other options out there that 1) have more protein, 2) have “cleaner” ingredients, and 3) are FAR less expensive. I just don’t see the real added value.

  13. Im so glad that i stumbled upon your site. It really helped me narrow down my options for choosing a better meal replacement. I have one question…if u had to choose between Vega One and Garden of Life for purposes of losing weight, which one is the most effective (solely for weightloss) and would you recommend anything else besides clean eating and exercise. Im torn between these 2 choices and i have about 50lbs to get rid of. Id appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

    • Hi Nissa,

      I’d go with Vega One because of the lower calorie count. Otherwise they are very similar. I’d recommend doing a colon cleanse as well (there are many different good colon cleanse pills on the market). It’s a good way to start “fresh” with a new diet or lifestyle change. Good luck!

  14. Thank you for this awesome article!! I wanted to start the 21 day fix but I couldn’t justify paying top dollar for the shakes. I’m buying the Vega One tomorrow. Thank you for saving me money. I can use that money instead to buy new bikinis!

  15. Thanks for the great comparison! Very helpful. Another one I really like is Naturade Vegan Smart. I am not vegan either but I like that it’s available at my local grocery store, and it’s non-gmo. I agree that Nature’s Bounty tastes really good (better than Naturade!) and it’s also at my small town grocery store, but I try to avoid soy products, so the Naturade is a great option for me. But I do hope to try the Garden of Life shake now…I also love their products!

  16. This information has been so helpful. Thank you!! A friend gave me some single serve shakeology packets to try (she’s a coach) and I was disappointed to see (and taste…yeck) that there is stevia in them! I am not a fan at all and think it’s actually one of the worst tasting “sugar substitutes” out there. Before I buy a new meal replacement shake, do any of the ones you mentioned contain any type of sugar substitute? Thanks again for all the great information 🙂

  17. Shakeology and The Vega Nutritional shake make me very ill…very sick to my stomach. I don’t have any known food allergies (I’ve been tested for many allergies). Do you have any idea what could be causing that kind of violent reaction? Thank you for you very informative article. I’d like to try Garden of Life and Nature’s Bounty, but I’m a little timid after my reaction to Shakeology and Vega (other products like Ideal Shape haven’t had this reaction, but I know it’s got unhealthy ingredients). Thank you.

    • Hi Sisa,

      Sorry about your experience! It could be the stevia, which is common to both. Garden of Life is good option and also Sun Warrior Blend which is another vegan supplement without problematic ingredients.

  18. Thanks so much for doing the heavy lifting on this. I was turned off by the Shakeology pricing. I am happy to say that I just bought the Vega One as a non-GMO and I can’t wait to try it. I bought the Chocolate and the Berry. I’ll keep you posted. I also take several supplements including an organic multivitamin and things like Krill Oil and Turmeric capsules so I think I’m covered.

  19. Hi there, not sure if you’re interested in checking out other shakes at this point, but I’d love to see a comparison of Shakeology with Aloha. I haven’t been able to find any direct comparisons online, but my own bit of research seems to put Aloha pretty high up there with shakeo and some of the others like Vega One and Nature’s Bounty. I’d just really like to see another opinion on it! Thanks for all the info you offer up here as well =)

  20. I tried Vega One for a week and developed some stomach issues. Doing a Google search online, I’m not the only one! Quickly discontinued using and feel great again! Will go back to Shakeology – wish it weren’t so costly.

  21. I have been using Garden of Life’s Raw Fit. Is this what you are referring to in the original post as the vegan meal replacement or this raw fit a different variety? I have been purchaing at Sprout’s for $32 (on sale). It is the 1lb container.

    • Hi Liz,
      Raw Fit is similar, but more of supplement as opposed to a true meal replacement. They both contain many of the same quality ingredients, but you probably shouldn’t treat Raw Fit as a standalone meal replacement. That said, if you add Raw Fit to a shake/smoothie it becomes a defacto meal replacement.

  22. This information was so very helpful for me! As a previous consumer of Shakeology, I’m embarking on my journey of weight loss again and already have so much knowledge on what to do as far as meals and exercise. The protein part was really stumping me as I’ve not added a protein shake yet and have been finding myself very hungry despite the fact that I eat just about every 2 hours. What I’m eating is not always protein so I knew I needed to add protein powder, but didn’t want to just get any protein, nor do I have the funds to take the Shakeology venture again – I loved Shakeology. I’m going to try Garden of Life.
    Again, this was the most comprehensive, unbiased, and informative comparison. Thank you so much!

  23. Hi! I LOVE chocolate shakology. I do not like any of the other flavors. I can’t stand shakes that have that herbal grass like after taste! I am down to my last scoop of shakology and I’m really sad because I can’t afford to spend $100+ dollars a month on it right now. I just turned 40 and my metabolism seems to be slowing down. I also have issues with low energy and sugar cravings. I need to lose about 20 pounds. I am doing the 21 day fix work outs along with walking a couple miles a day. Which one of the recommended shakes do you think would be best for me? Remember, the taste is important! I prefer chocolate, nothing herbal tasting! Thanks! 🙂

  24. I am so glad to read your terrific reviews, I have been on Shakeology way too long. While it has kept me thin, I am over paying so much. My husband had been using Standard Process for a few months, I was just curious what you think of that product? I think it runs about $65 for a 30 day supply.

  25. I’ve been hesitant to jump on the Shakeology bandwagon, primarily b/c of price and also b/c of the cult-like zealots that push the product. For those with the little fitness/nutritional backgrounds, I guess the Beachbody lifestyle might do the trick.

    I am in search of MRP that has a whey base with no soy. Most of your recommendations are plant based proteins. While I am sure these have complete amino acid profiles, it’s hard for me to shake my bodybuilding background. I was thinking of trying of the Garden of Life MRP, and adding 1 scoop of grass fed whey to the mix. i wanted a shake that was one stop shopping, but I don’t think it exists.

    • Hey Tommy,
      I think you are right that the one stop product you are looking for doesn’t quite exits. I think blending with a good organic whey protein is actually an excellent option.

  26. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I was thhhhiiiiiisssss close to purchasing Shakeology again, but didn’t have the stomach to pay the crazy cost for it. I really did love it, but I knew there had to be something else out there that was just as good, or at least similar and hopefully half the cost. Your article is the best thing I could have stumbled across. I agree, so many of us get warped into the Shakeo/BeachBody Placebo effect because I do love the BeachBody workouts and the shakes, and the marketing is clearly fantastic, but that price was horrific. Thanks for doing the research for us!

  27. Thank you so much!!! I tried using Shakeology my first round of 21 Day Fix which was great, but seriously at that price, and being a single mom with no extra help or financial support, I cannot justify spending $195 !! (my cost with shipping).. I know it replaces a meal, and is “cheaper” then a latte at a coffee shop… but I wasn’t doing “lattes” either ever in my life as I couldn’t afford something like that being the sole income. So! on that note, I have been using Isofemme protein mix and copying recipes for shakes for Shakeology and Body By Vi.. just not sure of the nutrition value (though do love the low carb).. but I am excited to give one of these other brands a try!! Thank you for all your work in breaking this down 🙂

  28. Thank you so much for doing the legwork for me! I have been on the fence about the 21 day fix program only because of the cost of the Shakeology. While grocery shopping tonight, I was looking at Vega One and wondered if it was comparable….and you’ve proven that it is – if not better. Now I’ll have no problem ordering the essentials for the program, and substituting Vega One for the costlier Shakeology.

    Thank you so much!

  29. Thank you so much for this article. Shakeology is just way too expensive to buy alone or keep a Shakeology membership. I am so happy to find the Garden powder. Thank you!!

  30. Thanks for a great foundation. I guess what I am stumbling on is superfoods. I cannot see any other supplement drink that has the number of superfoods Shakeology claims to have. I did notice chlorella, but it’s listed as “whole” rather than pulverized. Our digestive system cannot break down whole chlorella, so it would be about as useful as having dirt in the drink in terms of its nutrients, when consumed whole. So, this casts a shadow of doubt in the quality and quantity of superfoods in Shakeology. If there were some way to confirm the ingredients, that would be useful, yet, these products are not under any regulation.
    But, I digress. Have you found any other superfood blend? Otherwise, I can make my own by getting the individual ingredient at a natural food store…. but, here’s the catch…that would make the cost per serving (when combined with some non Shakeology supplement, very much approach or even eclipse the price of Shakeology!! Ideas? Thoughts?

    I currently add extra: goji berries (dehydrated), maca powder, acai powder, cocoa powder…. all quite expensive.

    • Hey Ryan,

      Thanks for commenting. I think you were on to something with regards to the Chlorella whole vs pulverized. There’s a lot of superfoods in Shakeology, but not all superfoods are equal and I think they are going for quantity over quality (also over effectiveness).

      Have you thought of supplementing with a green superfood supplement like Amazing Grass Green SuperFood or Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW? It might be more cost effective to invest in a one or two of these supplements and just add them to whatever other non shakeology supplement that you choose.

      Also, Garden of Life has a handful of superfoods included in their meal replacement supplement.

  31. Thank you for the comparison! I’ve been using Garden of Life because i’ve always happy with their supplement products. Also worth mentioning is that Garden of Life is gluten, dairy and soy free. Something I don’t believe the others are, if i’m not mistaken.
    Chocolate with a banana and a few drops of cinnamon oil – yum!

  32. Hi Owen,

    Your review was really helpful in helping me determine an alternative to Shakeology. I just started Body Beast workout and wanted a protein supplement to help with weight loss and muscle building. I went with Garden of Life raw fit. It’s a little grainy but tastes pretty good especially with frozen bananas. Thanks again.

  33. Dear Owen,

    First of all, great review! This shed a lot of light for me as I was looking for an alternative to Shakeology. I do however have a question for you. Have you heard of Ideal Shape protein mix? Throughout my research, it came up several times as the top replacement for Shakeology. What do you think about this? Also, if you had to choose between Vega 1, Nature’s Bounty and Ideal Shape for optimum weight loss, which would you choose after also weighing in the taste? Thank you so much in advance!

    • Hi Kish,

      Thanks for the comment! I have heard of Ideal Shape and tried it once or twice prior to starting this blog. All I remember from this experience is that I was not overly impressed, although nothing bad to report either. From the ingredients, I’d be a bit wary. Particularly, I’m concerned about their proprietary “hunger blocking ingredients”. In my experience, most “hunger blockers” are the result of chemical modifications with sometimes serious and at least mild second and third order effects (sometimes unforeseen until years later). It also contains sucralose (not ideal sugar replacement), and only has 11 grams of protein. 11 grams is pretty low. It’s also close to $60 a container (last I checked).

      I’d look into Tera’s Organic Whey, Sun Warrior, Garden of Life as well.

      • Does any of the alternatives you mentioned contain a hunger blocker feature as well?

        Also, as organic protein might be harder to find if not online, what is your take on Optimal Nutrition’s Whey Gold Standard? Thats probably the easiest and most common one to find around here

          • Kish,

            Optimum and Labrada Lean are both solid – if generic – protein supplements. They are definitely cheaper than Shakeology, but also come with “no frills” included (superfoods, etc…).

            I’d be careful chasing hunger blockers, at chemically modified ones. There are some natural hunger blockers, but many of the chemically modified hunger blockers have some seen and unforeseen side effects. I’m just not comfortable “tricking” my body. I feel the same way about a lot of sugar substitutes.

  34. My daughter and I are both on the weight loss journey and because of our schedules the shakes are a great alternative. I absolutely agree that Shakeology is too expensive so I went to GNC and they sold me on Lean Shake 25. Have you had an opportunity to review and compare this to Shakeology. Your opinion is appreciated

    • Hi Diane,

      Thanks for commenting! So, Lean Shake 25 is one of the standard GNC alternatives. On its face, there is nothing special about it. I’d personally recommend a supplement with more plant based proteins/ingredients. Lean Shake contains Sucralose which is a common – but not great – sugar alternative. It does offer more fiber and at least 8 grams MORE protein per serving that Shakeology. On the Cons, it has almost double the sodium per serving. Although I haven’t personally tried it (I’ve added it to my list to personally review), it’s a mixed bag.

      Overall, you are definitely getting better value, both on a cost per serving AND protein per serving basis, but the quality of protein and other ingredients may not be better. Again, I’d try and look for organic whey protein or plant-based alternatives (hemp, rice, pea blends).

      • Hi Owen

        Thank you so much for your review…didn’t realize that there were so many of us out there all looking for the right replacement without getting ripped off. I think I’ll first try Nature’s Bounty and see how that goes. Again, my sincere appreciation for your time

        • Good luck, Diane! Yes, there are lot of people in the same boat. I get so many comments and emails every day. I get it because I had the same questions/struggles a few years ago which led me to create this blog.

  35. Hey bro,
    Thanks for all the research here. Im a bit of a nut when it comes to quality. Im willing to pay for the best, but this whole shakeology thing raised some flags for me. I for one know that beachbody’s prices are horrendous but their programs sublime. However they do exploit their nutritional supplement buyer’s with extreme pricing and the subliminal idea that you wont succeed without it. Im doing fort bennings prep workout for ranger school for 90 days and among a lot of crossfit workouts comes old school army pt with fast long distance running and carrying weights up to 90 lbs in a ruck sack over 18 miles in under 5 hours. This said i need nutrition and im willing to pay for the best so i can be the best for the army. Youve pretty much sold me after all the research ive done but i do just have a few questions.
    1. I bored you with this long story so i can ask whether its good for me to do meal replacements when i have such a heavy cardio schedule, will i end up just lossing weight anyways since i run roughly 10 miles a week at a 6 min mile pace. I do a lot of core and crossfit lifting with my program.
    2. I understood the comparison chart you made but if im running and lifting like crazy and i wonder, is it better for me to have more fats and sodium. Im only 157 lbs and i want to hit 165 before the year ends?
    3. Proteins important but what about the other things shakeology promises.
    A. The detoxification process
    B. Antioxidants like flavanoids and anthocyanins that will kill of harmful free radicals and aid in slowing cell degeneration and improve the immune system.
    C. Digestive Enzymes (this is important to me because i have awful acid reflux i take papaya suppliments for)
    D. Prebiotics for supporting adsorption and aiding freindly bacteria.
    E. Better resulting in cognitive areas. (I spend a lot of time in classrooms studying S.H.A.R.P and other required army classes that produce “Death by powerpoint”
    F. Vitamins for energy, heathly skin, and a general good mood.

    I just wanna say if garden of life or vega one can give me these results then im all in. Which would you recommend for the ease of a quick meal since im out the door at 4:30 am for my workout but will help me gain the most muscle weight?

    Sorry for the long comment, i just feel your a guy i can really trust. This is really important to me and it would mean the world if you could help me do the research because im just not good at this stuff.
    Thanks again.

    • Hi Yogi,

      Thanks for the comment! Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you, but I wanted to answer it thoroughly. Thanks for your service!

      1 & 2) It sounds like you are not trying to lose weight. A “meal replacement” really is just a name. If you take a meal replacement AND eat breakfast, it’s not a meal replacement but a supplement. It sounds like you are more on the “supplementing” path. It’s all about calories in and calories out. I’d never recommend taking additional sodium as that will just lead to water weight gain. A few more “good fats” might not hurt in your case.

      3) Vega One is a good alternative because it offers similar bonus ingredients that you mention (like Shakeology, but at a fraction of the price). Check out the full ingredient list of Vega One vs Shakeology to get a sense of this. I know for a fact that Vega One has plenty of probiotics, enzymes, and antioxidants included. Other options are to supplement with a good multivitamin + energy + a superfood blend powder + protein powder. You can turn a lot of common protein supplements into a Shakeology or Vega One, just by adding these things to your shake or supplementing separately.

      Hope this helps!

  36. Thanks for this review. I’m almost ready to start working on changing “me” for better health. (2 young kids, hubby with long/variable work hours and military requirements) I have a number of friends doing Shakeology that really like it, but I was finding price to be one of the sticking points for me. I’m glad to have some other options to consider now for changing my eating habits.

  37. I’ve read your article and everyone’s contents and I’m still so undecided. I just wait my coach membership with BB and loved the shakeology but it was just too darn expensive. I just had a baby 4 mths ago and am looking to lose weight and gain muscle. I am doing the 21day fix extreme and going to the gym for weight lifting. I also want this as a mean reinvestment. Which one would do all of these things plus taste the best in chocolate? You are awesome for putting all of this together and assisting us further BB members lol

    • Hey Amber,
      I’d recommend Vega One as the most comparable Shakeology alternative. Also check out Garden of Life. I think they both have chocolate versions. Taste is such a personal thing that I’d recommend trying a few samples of each first, just to compare.

  38. Hi Owen – having read your review I plumped for the Garden of Life rather than Vega One simply because the cost here in the UK for Vega was going to be roughly £100 whereas I could get Garden of Life for £26 🙂 I’m wondering about the calorie levels and protein and carb quantities though – given these are twice as high as the vega (and shakeology for that matter) is it recommended to take one scoop rather than two – or does that defeat the object? If you have any views or know what other people tend to do I’d be really grateful to know. Thanks again. Nic

    • Hey Nic,
      Thanks for the comment. I personally use and recommend two scoops to get the full benefit. This is especially true if you are treating Garden of Life as a “meal replacement” and not “just a supplement”. If you are just supplementing, stick to one scoop. Calorie levels are higher, but if you are genuinely replacing meals, it should be fine. This is the one “negative” with GoL. It just requires a little more due diligence on your part. As I tell people all the time, as long as you can account for your calories (through consumption and exercise) you should be fine.

      At the minimum, you are not putting a garbage supplement into your body… which is better than an artificially low calorie count.

  39. I have been on the 21 day fix off and on since April. Solid program and I’m happy with it but wanted to get more protein (reds) in and have read how shakeology is good for that.
    I had a few samples and they taste so great!
    I got a few samples of Vega One (emailed them from their webpage and asked for samples) and I tried a packet of chocolate Vega One last week and it seems I’m allergic to something in it.
    My tongue started swelling up and I felt all strange. I took some Benadryl and threw the other sample in the trash. Right now I’m scared to try anything new but not sure what I may be allergic to in the Vega One.
    Now I’m feeling like it’s just plain whey or shakeology for me as I’m pretty nervous about the swelling.
    Any thoughts on that?

    • Sorry to hear that Michele! I’d carefully check the ingredients. Both Shakeology and Vega One have a lot of Super Foods that some of us aren’t used to, but can be allergic to.

      As an alternative, I’d look into Garden of Life, Orgain Protein, Sun Warrior or something similar. For a good straight whey supplement, I’d recommend Tera’s Organic Whey.

  40. Hello-

    Between Vega One and Bounty’s Life, which do you prefer, as I am looking for a full meal replacement and honesty, if it’s possible, the most healthiest in terms of lack of soy, sodium, and sugar. While looking at your chart, the two are pretty comparable, however, I would like your opinion regarding which you’d use as a full meal replacement and why.

    Thank you so much for your time and help!
    Sofia

    • Hi Sofia,

      Thanks for the comment! I’d try Vega One first. Any protein supplement can be turned into a “meal replacement” if you consume it as such i.e. mix nature’s bounty with berries, kale, etc.. in a shake. Still, Vega One is a more “complete” option out of the box. It has a lot of the “extras” that you’d need to manually add if you were just using nature’s bounty. It really depends on how much work you can do on your end. Vega One is a better option for a complete “on the go” option.

      Hope that helps!

  41. Thank you so much for all the comparisons! I was on the fence about shakeology, but my inner non-conformist is not a fan of over marketed mlms. Just ordered my garden of life off of amazon and can’t wait to try it!

    • Hey Kyli,
      Your comment made me laugh a bit. I feel you. My “inner nonconformist” is what led me to create this site. I was tired of hearing regurgitated talking points from “distributors” and “coaches” with little practical knowledge outside of the products they were promoting.

  42. Hi Owen,
    I’m reading all these comments and while they’re great, I’m getting confused! I, like everyone else, want to hop on the Shakeology bandwagon, but can’t afford to. I need protein and veggies in my life and am looking to lose at least 50 pounds. I’m hoping to find a delicious shake to have in the morning while driving to work. Low sodium and sugar is key…I’ve got enough bloat! Can you point me in a clear direction? Thanks!!

    • Hi Jenn,

      I hear you! My best advice is to experiment with some of the alternatives I mention. They are lower cost and it’s worth finding out what works for your body. It terms of similarity, I’d go with Vega One as the most similar option to Shakeology (at a much better price). It’s low sodium and has plenty of protein and veggies (among many other benefits).

  43. I drink Vega One and get it at Costco for $29.95 for 30 servings. Just a heads up for those that have a Costco membership. I like to blend it with green tea, half a banana and 1/4 cup raw walnuts (and ice). Thanks for this list – I was glad to see Vega One on the list.

  44. So, I’ve been on the 21 Day Fix eating plan for almost 9 weeks (3 rounds) and it does work very well. I’ve lost 16 lbs. and I feel great. I am an avid gym goer, but was not losing weight due to menopause, thyroid issues and probably eating too many carbs. I’ve been doing the Shakeology as well, however, it is quite expensive and I have canceled my shipments. I also have had some “digestive” issues with it. First few weeks, I had diarrhea with it and now I’m constipated!!!! Also, it has a huge amount of Vitamin A which I have heard can cause some health problems due to too much antioxidants going into one’s body. So, I do enjoy the shakes in the morning very much and mix with fruit, etc. however, between the cost and the digestive issues, I’ve been researching alternative shakes. I think I’m going to try the Nature’s Bounty one because the ingredient list seems to be better and there is no Vitamin A or Beta Carotene listed on it. I have a question, can it be mixed with fruits and extracts, and such like the Shakeology is? Thank you so much for this info!!

    • Hi Karen,
      Thanks for sharing your story. A lot of “meal replacement” supplements go heavy on extra vitamins, even if they are redundant beyond a certain point. I would try something simple, like Nature’s Bounty or Organic Whey and then slowly build off of there. Everyone’s body is different! You could try Vega One as well, but they have lots of extra vitamins and antioxidants as well, so you might experience similar issues (vitamin A, etc…).

    • Stella, it’s a tough choice! I actually have both in my cupboard above the stove right now. I’d order a small sample of both. I think Amazon has sample packets. Vega One probably has a more similar taste/texture to Shakeology, while Garden of Life is less processed and has more whole food sources.

  45. Hi Owen,
    Thank you for the article, I really appreciate it! I have been using Shakeology for 3 months now and although I find it useful as a meal replacement I don’t think it’s worth the price. I think I’m going to try Vega One. My question is do you recommend taking a multi-vitamin with Vega One or not? I know with Shakeology I did not need to.

    Thanks again!

    • Hey Susana,

      I still take my multivitamin, although I probably don’t need it. If you didn’t take it with Shakeology, you won’t need to with Vega One. Vega has almost all (and more) minerals/vitamins as Shakeology.

  46. Hi Owen!

    After two months of using Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, I knew I couldn’t continue simply because of the price. Sadly, I am a very selective eater and do not get a lot of nutrition from my food due to this. Most veggies literally gag me. I loved the taste of Shakeology, it kept me full until the next meal, I started growing fingernails and I had enough energy for my 21 day fx extreme workouts, so I knew something was working, I just can’t afford to continue it. I was so pleased to find your site and all your exhaustive research while trying to find a Shakeology alternative. After reading all your recommendations, I decided to go with Vega One chocolate. I knew I was in trouble when I removed the lid and the smell of it nearly gagged me – very veggie like smell. Anyway, I’ve been using it for a week now. Each day I’m adding more stuff to try and stomach the whole glass – honey, peanut butter, cocoa powder. I use almond milk and blend with ice. I do need vitamins and protein to continue my workouts, cannot take vitamin supplements due to digestive issues, so the shakes are very attractive to me for giving me the nutrition I need. Can you recommend another brand simply based on my taste issues? Also, do you know of a place where I can order samples of these shakes before committing to the whole canister? Thank you so much for your help!

  47. Thank you for these reviews! This is very helpful information. I was just wondering if you have tried or reviewed Plexus. It seems to be all the rage now.

  48. I am doing the 21 day fix program and bought the Vega One nutritional shake in chocolate (based on your reviews) and was wondering if it counts as one protein container, just like shakeology?
    Thanks!!

    • Hi Nicollette! Servings per container are slightly different, depending on the size of container you ordered. As long as you have the ratio’s right, you should be fine. I think Vega One uses 41 grams per scoop as a serving size and Shakeology uses 42 (on the most common bags/containers).

  49. Hi Owen,
    I have been on the 21 day fix for 6 weeks and bought Shakeology chocolate vegan first from BB, then I got some of Ebay for $90, much cheaper. But i really can’t afford $90 every month. I am however addicted to the taste and it is my treat for the day. So the important part for me is that it tastes like Shakeology chocolate vegan, I hate high sugar taste and artificial sweeteners. Which would you say was best for m, I also want a high protein shake without any bad ingredients, please can you let me know which alternative you think would be best for me.
    Cheers Suezy

  50. I’ve been considering getting VegaOne shakes. However, I’ve been torn wanting to know if there’s something better. I’ve seen all the ranting and raving about shakeology and it kills me because of how expensive it is. Knowing that VegaOne is very similar, if not better for my goals makes me feel a little less guilty for wanting to buy it. Thank you. 🙂

    • It’s whatever you are comfortable with! I personally think Shakeology is far to overpriced for most of us, but if it helps you lose weight and the community enthusiasm works….to each his/her own.

  51. I am very new to the idea of a meal replacement shake and I just have a simple (I think) question. I am NOT a chocolate shake fan so if I used vanilla and added fruit to it, does this highly effect the sugar content? I’m fairly certain I need a shake to taste like fruit in order to be a consistent user.

  52. Greetings and thank you for this thorough review of shakeology alternatives. I have not yet ordered and/or used Shakeology but have been viewing the vegan shakeology as I have been looking for a protein powder that does not contain whey, dairy or sugar substitutes. I have found many that do not contain the whey and/or dairy, but my other concern is sugar substitutes and sugar alcohols. I am finding it very difficult to locate a product that does not contain stevia, aspartame, xylitol, malitol etc., as I have a severe allergy to these sugars. I almost killed myself from eating a Quest bar. I would love to try the Vega One, but the stevia is an issue for me. If you have any further suggestions, please advise.

  53. Hi Owen! I wanted to thank you soooo much for this article! I like to know my options especially because financially my budget is tight. That was my only obstacle in starting my fitness program was paying the high shakeology price, but now that I know I can go another route, I’m sold!

    Thanks again!

  54. I just got my order of Shakeology and I am ready to try this but to keep going with the price of this scares me. I am a penny pincher with 2 kids who are involved in Dance (very expensive). But what I was wondering was I normally take vitamins from GNC and was told since I was starting Shakeology that I wouldn’t need to continue taking my active pack of vitamins. Is that true with Vega One also?

  55. Thank you for the whole story. I have used Shakeology in the past as I was a Beachbody coach. I don’t like the whole pyramid scheme. Beachbody products are good but there are very comparable products out there that are easier to obtain and are more cost affective. I stopped using shakeology and switched to V-Core protein powder (have used Nature’s Bounty and Raw in the past) and have the same results using these more cost affective ones at a much lower cost. People need to read the ingredients on the labels and compare. Take the time it is well worth the effort especially when you are on a budget.

  56. Thank you for providing a well-rounded review that didn’t just bash Shakeology! I’m doing the “is shakeology really worth it” research right now and it is so hard to find a review that presents information like this instead of just being haters. That being said, I have to agree with you – Shakeo is just crazy expensive because you’re being sold a lifestyle. Personally, I think the product itself is good, but I am really struggling to pay out the $120 a month for it when I think I could get the nutrition elsewhere!

    Thanks!!!

  57. This is a great article. Thank you for taking the time to share this. If currently using Shakeology, but want to cut the cost, but still following the BB nutrition plan and fitness plans – would you go with Garden of Life or Vega One? When it comes down to those two…what’s your 1st pick?

    • Judging by my purchasing behavior, it’s Vega One… I still love Garden of Life, it’s just a bit less processed (both a pro and con). In terms of taste/texture, Vega has the edge for me.

  58. As a medical herbalist I am drawn to Shakology not because it is a protein shake or meal replacement, but because of the amount of very high quality herbal medicinals contained inside. In my opinion this is what cuts shakeology above the rest. This isn’t even mentioned in your article so I feel shakeology isnt being fully represented. Really, you get what you pay for. If you just want some protein or calories to replace a meal these might be fine, but if you want a very high quality shake with superfoods and medicinal herbs that have been used for thousands of years, there is no comparison to shakeology and the price is very reasonable for the amount and quality of ingredients.

    • Hi Megan – Thanks for the comment, but I disagree. You don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes products are overpriced and over-marketed.

      Regarding the herbal ingredients: 1) other shakes do have many of the same ingredients (Vega One, for example), and 2) at what point do we reach diminishing returns? In the fitness industry I’m so sick and tired of someone finding a rare herb/mineral and inflating it to the moon! Most of this stuff is marketed BEFORE it is independently tested.

      For people looking to get healthy on a budget (most of us), there are more important things to worry about than whether or not your supplement has Schisanda. $130 + all the other Beachbody merchandise/upsells is not necessary.

      Worst case scenario, you can always individually supplement with any of those “rare” ingredients if they are that impactful to your health.

  59. Hi Owen! Great article! Which do you recommend? By budget is extremely tight and ive used all my free samples of Shakeology! Im getting married October 2017 and want to lose weight. I have been using shakeology for my breakfast every morning! Look forward to hearing from you

    • Hi Karen! Most people coming from Shakeology find Vega One to be a very comparable supplement. I’d try this out first! I believe you can order some cheap samples. Orgain and Garden of Life are two other similar options.

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