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Shakeology Recipes

Shakeology, my favorite supplement!

Over the last few months I have sent out Shakeology Samples (To get yours, send me a message here) in order to spread the word about how good “The Healthiest Meal of the Day” is. After people receive them they always ask me, “How should I make it?”, or “What do you mix it with?” And I send them personal favorites, but that is limiting. You may not like my favorites.

Maybe you want something different.

So I am posting some recipes for you to look over and try for yourself. There are also some others on the Beachbody website.

Feel free to add to any of these, or make up your own concoction.

A few tips though:

  • Always use cold liquids
  • Frozen fruits are best
  • Fruits will sweeten the shake, but if you want to add sweetener, use stevia

Enjoy!!

Chocolate Bananas Foster*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut, or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen bananas
5 big dashes cinnamon
1 splash rum extract

Frozen Mocha*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1 tbsp instant coffee
Ice to taste

Black & Blue*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries and blackberries

S’Mores
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
Ice to taste
Topping – 2 slivers of graham cracker and 2 tbsp of Marshmallow Fluff

Cinna-Mocha*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut, or soy milk)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp instant coffee
Ice to taste

Nutty Banana
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp PB2
1/2 cup frozen bananas

Chocolate Covered Strawberry*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Malted Peanut Butter Cup
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp PB2
2 tbsp Malt Powder
Ice to taste

The Inferno*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
5 big dashes cinnamon
3+ dashes of Cayenne Pepper
Ice to taste
(This is actually pretty good, believe it or not!)

Chocolate Cake Batter
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut, or soy milk)
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello Cheesecake pudding mix
Ice to taste

Chocolate Malt
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp malt powder
Ice to taste

Triple Chocolate Decadence
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello white chocolate pudding mix
Ice to taste

Chocolate Pistachio
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut, or soy milk)
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello pistachio pudding mix
Ice to taste

Chocolate Banana Split
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup water
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello banana pudding mix
1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp PB2
Ice to taste

Black & White Malt
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup water
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello vanilla pudding mix
2 tbsp malt powder
Ice to taste

Chocolate Covered Cherry*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen cherries

Nuts for Chocolate
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup vanilla almond milk (or water)
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello pistachio pudding mix
1 1/2 tbsp PB2
Ice to taste

Mexican Chocolate*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
5 big dashes cinnamon
Ice to taste

* = Shakeology Cleanse Friendly if made with water instead of milk (if recipe has fruit in shake, use as 1 fruit serving)

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Low Calorie Diets The Way To Go?

I’ve been reading/hearing more and more about people wanting to lose weight by eating less. And when I mean less, I mean less than 1000 calories/day. Let’s examine this and if low-calorie intake is effective.

First, every person has a Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) that tells you how many calories you need in a day for your body just to function. These calories go to your organs so they can do their daily tasks. I have never seen a BMR lower than 1000. In my profession, we do many health screenings and check people’s Body Mass Index (BMI) with instruments that can break down how much of your body is fat, water based weight, and bone mass; all components on your weight. The instruments will then calculate how many calories your body needs to do the essential tasks (BMR). Even in the heaviest person I ever encountered in these screenings, his BMR was 1500. Even with his weight, he still needed 1500 calories per day just so his brain, liver, heart, kidneys, GI tract, etc. could do their jobs.

The question then arises, “If I take in less than my BMR, my body will have to use it’s stored energy to make up the difference, right?” Yes and no. Your body will use it’s stored energy, but when you take in less than what your BMR calls for, you are in a fasting state. (Read my post about what happens to your body when you exercise in a fasting state: Exercise Before Breakfast: Beneficial?) Your body doesn’t just use fat as energy. It uses sugars (glucose/glycogen) and proteins (amino acids) stored elsewhere in your body, specifically your muscles. Big deal… Well it is, since your muscles are the best at burning fat. Most organs cannot use fat as energy until it’s broken down into another form, which takes longer to produce it into useful energy. But the glycogen and amino acids are used fairly quickly, so they will get used first.

 

Ok enough with the science, what does this all mean? When you eat less that what your BMR calls for, your body will eat away at the things it needs most to lose the fat (adipose tissue). You will see results on the scale, but then when you get down to that target weight, and start eating more calories again, you’ll gain it right back. Sounds like yo-yo effect to me.

 

There is a solution!! Eating the correct amount of calories, from healthy, nutrient rich sources, for your goals (because you may have to eat MORE to reach your goals) and burning them off through exercise. Only then will your muscles adapt, and continue to burn fat efficiently so you can see the results you want, fat loss. No magic pill, diet drink, or magic potion from the 1950s will do it. You must eat healthier and do the work.


Muscle Milk vs Shakeology

I tried my first carton of Muscle Milk today after my workout. It tastes better than I expected but it was not exactly delicious either. After I drank it, I was logging it in my food diary on myfitnesspal.com and noticed how many fat calories there were. I was not shocked about it, but they 70 calories from fat were much higher than I expected. So I compared it to the whey protein I use, and the numbers were similar, except for my whey powder has lower fat content, & potassium, but double the protein.

Then I thought, how does Muscle Milk compare to my daily nutritional supplement, Shakeology? So I put the labels side-by-side and found the following: Shakeology when mixed with water (like the Muscle Milk was) has 120 fewer calories, 1/7th of the fat calories, 1/3rd of the sodium, almost half the carbs, more dietary fiber, and only 1 gram of protein less than this other nutrition shake!

Not only that, Shakeology has healthier ingredients and much much more of your daily values of vitamins and minerals.

The only other difference I could find was in your wallet. The Muscle Milk pre-made cartons are around $2 apiece. Shakeology comes in a 30 day supply, and depending on how you order it, costs $3 or $4 per shake.

Sure, you look at the price and think, “I’ll go for the cheaper version.” But in order to get the same nutrition that you get from Shakeology out of Muscle Milk, you have to drink 2-3 of them! Doesn’t sound like it’s any cheaper to me.

Shakeology: The Healthiest Meal of My Day, and a much better option for post workout shake when compared to Muscle Milk.

And did I mention Shakeology tastes much better?!

See what doctors think about Shakeology: Can 100 Doctors be Wrong?

Interested in buying Shakeology? Get it here!


Nutrition for Intense Workouts

Football Practice in AUGUST?? Drink your Water!!

Ok, for today’s tip, in honor of Football two-a-days EVERYWHERE (especially since I was taking part in them with my job today in 100+ degree temps) it’s all about nutrition and hydration.

Nutritionally, I have a super example for you. I was having to tend to a couple of athletes going through some signs of heat illness and through my history questions I ask, I find that 2 of them did not eat breakfast, and one of those two hadn’t eaten since lunch the previous day! Now, I am sure most of you reading this realize that you must have a certain amount of calories daily for basic body function. For me, before I began exercising regularly, it was 1500 or so. That is just for your body, all the non-voluntary muscles in your cardiovascular system, your digestive system, and every other system that runs smoothly in the background that you are only aware of if there is a problem. All the rest of the calories go to voluntary muscle fuel, just doing day-to-day things like walking from the chair to the kitchen, or doing a workout.

So imagine not having any supplemental energy from food in your body for your activities, and then not have the energy it takes to run your body’s multiple systems… It’s a scary thing. Your body has to draw energy from somewhere. And you would think it would just come straight from storages places like the spare tire people try to get rid of. Alas, it is not true. It will gather some from fat stores, but your body will also break down cells, like muscle cells, for energy. This in turn will cause many problems like electrolyte imbalances, muscle atrophy, hypertension, kidney failure, heart attack… Obviously what no body wants.

Just take the advice I gave today to these athletes. DO NOT EVER skip breakfast when you know you have to do strenuous activity, like football practice. Same goes for those doing workouts like P90X. Plyo, on an empty stomach? You might pass out!

Now the other knucklehead I had to care for was dehydrating. Why? Well again through my history gathering, he had been drinking energy drinks before and nothing but sodas the day before. DIURETICS! (Among other things) They dehydrate more than they rehydrate, unlike some claims from major soda companies. So this is a short tip: DRINK YOUR WATER!!! People survived for thousands and thousands of years on water, I am pretty sure it can keep you around too.

In conclusion, be sure to eat well, and for those of us doing extra activities like football practice, or working out, get some extra calories in you. And DRINK the H2O! You may not be exercising in the 100+ degree temps, but everyone who exercises can benefit from these tips.