You Get What You Pay For: Say No to Cheap Shakeology Alternatives

It’s amazing how often I have people ask me if they can substitute buying Shakeology with another cheaper meal replacement or protein shake. Now to be honest with you, I am always the first person to look for a generic alternative to name brand products when the ingredients lists are the same. But, this is definitely not the case with Shakeology. If you choose the Shakeology alternative, you will be missing out on way too many serious health benefits.


Protein shakes are a popular nutritional supplement that many people drink after a workout. You can buy them in every nutrition store, online, and even in the mainstream grocery stores these days. Protein is a “macro nutrient,” which is a type of food required in large quantities in our diet.

The three most common proteins are whey, soy, and casein. Whey is the common because it’s a complete protein—meaning that it contains all the necessary amino acids—and dissolves well in water. Whey isolate is considered to be the best form of protein. Soy is the least popular because it doesn’t taste as good, doesn’t dissolve well, and has been shown to have links to certain forms of cancer and infertility.

WHY DO PEOPLE DRINK PROTEIN SHAKES?The following are the most common reasons people drink protein shakes while they’re working out are:

  1. You’re new to working out. If you’re new to working out and you’re goal is to build muscle, you need more protein than you previously consumed.

  2. You’re working out harder. If you’ve upped your workouts—or they’re more intense than you’re used to—your body needs extra protein.

  3. You’re recovering from an injury. The extra protein in protein shakes helps you heal faster.

  4. You’ve eliminated meat from your diet. Vegans or vegetarians need to get adequate protein to replace the meats, fish, dairy and eggs they are not eating.


Many people think that Shakeology is just a protein shake, which is a totally incomplete description of what it is. Preferably, I like to call it a super food-protein packed meal replacement shake, and my favorite on the go, no time for anything breakfast bliss.


The non-vegan flavors of Shakeology contain whey protein isolate to be specific. This is one reason Shakeology is better. Whey protein is dairy-based and comes from cheese production. Whey isolate protein contains much less lactose—hence less fat—due to the processing it undergoes and is 90-94% pure protein. The protein in the vegan Shakeology flavors of which the majority comes from peas and oats is equally as high quality.


The majority of the protein shakes use lower quality types of protein PLUS a bunch of artificial stuff—colors, flavors, and sweeteners—to cover up the bad taste of the protein. This is another reason Shakeology is better—there is nothing artificial in ANY of the Shakeology flavors. Nothing. For those of us who are consistent in our quest for good health, this is huge. What I love is that I have the utmost faith that the creators of Shakeology, are extremely diligent about procuring the highest quality ingredients from all corners of the Earth to put in Shakeology.


All by itself, protein isn’t all that important. It’s in lots of foods. What protein needs is micronutrients that enable it to be truly beneficial to our health. Most of the cheaper Shakeology alternative protein shakes contain primarily protein [and the other undesirable ingredients]. Shakeology is a seriously nutrient dense food with beneficial micronutrients from around the world that your body uses as building blocks to support your immune system, boost your general health, and help you recover from your workouts. In short, a protein shake is one dimensional and Shakeology is multi-dimensional.


Beachbody invests a massive amount of resources—including time, money, and people—in Shakeology. They hire the best scientists in the field, including the formulator and ingredient hunter Darin Olien, to form and nurture strategic partnerships with every ingredient supplier, conduct tests at every single level of production, and audit the manufacturing facilities on a regular basis. In fact, more people and facilities have failed their audits than have passed, while Shakeology’s standards are unmatched. Many of the Shakeology alternative manufacturers don’t strive to be the very best or and invest and reinvest in the product. There’s a lot that can go wrong in a process that involves other countries where testing and regulation is not so consistent. The Shakeology team makes sure everything is clean and safe to avoid danger. They regularly monitor ingredients and do not hesitate to change the formula if the highest quality of a particular ingredient is not consistently available or does not somehow meet requirements. We Coaches are even notified when they make such changes, so that we may be knowledgeable about this product we love and consume daily.


Most of the time, the cliché is true—you get what you pay for. Your diet and your health are not areas to cut corners, which is exactly why drinking Shakeology rather than the cheaper and less healthy Shakeology alternative supplements is the right choice for your daily nutrition. I just love this stuff to pieces and never miss a day. When you love something so much, sharing it with friends gives you such a great feeling.

So I invite you, if you’ve never tried Shakeology and aren’t already working with another Beachbody Coach, to email me at and ask me for a sample so that we can enjoy its benefits together.


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