Sometimes you want your protein powder to be more than just protein powder. You want an extra dose of dense nutrition. If you narrow your choices down to Organifi vs. Shakeology, which one do you need? I’m going to break it down by nutrition, cost, ingredients and more to see which one’s the best overall. For the purpose of this review, I’m going to look at the Organifi Complete Protein and the vegan Shakeology because they’re most similar in ingredients.
All About Organifi
Organifi is a convenient choice because you can just buy it in a store or shop online without going through a coach or a big ordeal to order and then be prompted to purchase other things.
Auto-ship is nice and all, but sometimes you just don’t want the stress of automatic withdrawal from your account to plan around. Some online stores do offer a subscription for Organifi, so you’re really not even missing out there if auto-shipments are something you like.
Flavors and Ingredients
You can get it in vanilla or chocolate, but you can do a lot with those limited flavors if you’re throwing it in the blender with extra ingredients.
The protein is from:
- Pumpkin seeds
In addition, you get the MCTs that are great for metabolism, cravings, and brain power. It’s sweetened with monk fruit.
For about 30 servings, you can expect to pay around $70.00. You can get a lower price if you sign up for a subscription. You don’t necessarily get the wide variety of superfoods that Shakeology has to offer, but do you really need them? Check out the latest prices on Amazon.
Looking at the nutrition label, I don’t really think Organifi is hurting from not having all of those superfoods in it. There’s still the equivalent of a multivitamin from whole foods, plus digestive enzymes. You’ll get 20 grams of protein per serving, too–better than Shakeology. So far in the battle between Organifi vs. Shakeology, Organifi is winning.
Just like the vegan Shakeology!
You won’t get some of the superfood-specific benefits that Shakeology offers, like help managing stress with adaptogens or all the digestive help (no prebiotics and probiotics), but it may be worth the ease of purchasing and the price difference.
Is Shakeology Worth It?
You’ve probably seen the commercials and other ads for Shakeology. You’ve probably even been approached by a coach at some point if you’ve ever even remotely shown interest in fitness online.
Let’s take a look at what Shakeology has to offer:
You get dense nutrition in a bag full of superfoods and protein. There’s an extensive ingredients list, but everything’s recognizable. The 16 grams of protein in the vegan version come from chia, peas, Sacha Ichi, flax, quinoa, rice, and oats.
It’s sweetened with organic cane sugar and stevia leaf extract, which are better for you than artificial sweeteners like aspartame. There are only seven grams of sugar per serving. It also has:
- Super-fruit/antioxidant blend (good for fighting free radical damage)
- Super-green/phytonutrient blend (good for general health and vitality)
- Adaptogen blend (good for stress)
- Prebiotic, probiotic, and digestive enzyme blend (good for nutrient absorption, digestion, and regularity)
There’s the option to join Beachbody communities and challenge groups for support, motivation, and encouragement.
Shakeology is great, except for the price. A month’s worth is about $130.00. Sometimes you can score a deal by buying a challenge pack. Auto-ship and becoming a coach can also help you save a few bucks. Check out the latest prices on Amazon.
Organifi vs. Shakeology: Side-by-Side
Let’s take a look at the basics of these shakes (chocolate), side-by-side:
$129.95, less if you become a “discount coach”
Number of servings per container
30 in the bag or 24 packets
Where to purchase
Beachbody.com, a Beachbody coach, Shakeology.com
Amazon, OrganifiShop.com, Vitamin Shoppe, Jet.com, etc.
Vegan flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, tropical strawberry, and café latte
Chocolate and vanilla
The vegan flavors are grainier than the regular (whey) formulas, but they’re still fairly smooth for a plant-based powder and mix well when blended
Smooth and creamy, but can be a little grainy if you just mix it with a spoon or shaker bottle.
Very good across the board (vanilla has some hit or miss reviews). Vegan chocolate has a richer flavor than regular.
Most reviewers rate it positively on this front, but some don’t care for it at all.
Ingredients (Vegan Chocolate Shakeology and Chocolate Organifi)
Chia, pea, Sacha Ichi, flax, quinoa, rice, oat, Camu-Camu, acerola cherry, bilberry, goji berry, green tea, Luo Han Guo, pomegranate, rose hips, moringa, chlorella, spinach, kale, matcha, ashwagandha, astragalus, cordyceps, maca, maitake, reishi, Schisandra, Chaga, yacon root, chicory root, Bacillus Coagulans, amylase, cellulase, lactase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, invertase, organic cane sugar, xanthan gum, Himalayan pink salt, stevia leaf extract
Organic coconut milk, organic agave inulin, organic coconut sugar, organic acacia fiber, organic flaxseed, organic vanilla flavor, organic stevia, natural fruit and vegetable flavor blend, salt, monk fruit extract flavor, organic pea protein, organic quinoa, organic pumpkin seed protein, organic hemp protein, amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase
How to use it
It can be mixed in a shaker bottle, and it’s fine (regular performs better than vegan when used this way), but as with most protein and meal replacement shakes, it mixes a lot better in the blender.
You can mix it in a shaker cup or stir it into almond milk another favorite base, but best results come from putting it in the blender with a few other healthy ingredients.
Auto-ship with unique flavors, alternating flavors, or you can switch it up each month by contacting customer service. Thirty-day money-back guarantee.
Easy to get, no strings attached, MCTs
Note: It’s nearly impossible to find a clear list of ingredients in the Organifi protein powders. I saw a few different labels. The list above seems to be the most current. If you want to shop around online, you may want to contact the store for a list of the ingredients in the product they have in stock before making your purchase.
Nutrition Profile Comparison
Now that we’ve looked at the basics, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what you can actually expect to get from both of these shakes in the form of macros, vitamins, and minerals.
Calories per serving
Total Fat (saturated/trans)
3 g (1 g/not listed)
6 g (4 g/0 g)
Carbohydrates (dietary fiber/sugars)
18 g (6 g/7 g)
7 g (3 g/2 g)
Why so many “not listed” vitamins and minerals in the Shakeology column? The vegan formulas aren’t fortified with additional vitamins and minerals. Because they’re naturally occurring from foods, the amounts vary from one batch to the next and Beachbody doesn’t make claims as to how much of each vitamin and mineral is in there. You can view the nutrition label from the regular Shakeology with whey here.
Other Options to Try
If you haven’t found your perfect fit in Shakeology or Organifi, try these alternatives:
Vega One ® All-in-One Shake: 20 grams of plant-based protein, expensive at around $70.00 for 19-22 servings, solid nutritional profile and is a good source of protein, veggies, probiotics, antioxidants, and more. Check out the latest prices on Amazon.
SunWarrior Warrior Blend: About half the price of Organifi for 30 servings, does contain goji berries and MCTs but not a strong source of superfoods, plant-based. Check out the latest prices on Amazon.
Unless you’re specifically trying to get superfood powders into your diet, save your money and go with Organifi. If it’s superfoods you’re after, choose Shakeology. If you like having a full list of vitamin and mineral counts, choose Organifi or regular Shakeology.
Organifi has more protein and all the vitamins and minerals are from whole foods in both options. The only downside to Organifi is the lack of flavor options. If you want more than vanilla and chocolate, you’ll need to go with Shakeology.
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