I usually don’t go into my personal life much on my blogs, but today I will make one personal confession. I’m a bit of a health nut. I just enjoy eating healthy, staying fit, and the energy I have from my daily health practices. Being fit is especially important for us riders because the horse feels our every move in the saddle, so we have a responsibility to stay balanced and strong in able to hold good posture and not be dead weight in the saddle. This is why I am especially excited for an interview I will be posting on CRK Training next week. This interview was with Leah Hinnefeld of The Athletic Rider, who, as a personal trainer, specializes in fitness for riders. However, when I visited her home in Georgia a few weeks ago she gave me more than just the interview. Leah also gave me access to one of her new offerings, a fitness app, as well as several samples of a product called Shakeology. The Shakeology mixes are what I want to tell you about today.
Shakeology was created by the Beachbody company (think P90x) and is designed to be a meal replacement drink. Shakeology is simply a powdered drink mix that you blend with milk or almond milk (you can also add fruit to create different flavor combinations) to create a smoothie. The drink comes in flavors of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and greenberry as well as vegan chocolate and vegan strawberry. Since they are designed to be a meal replacement supplement, the Shakeology mixes are high in protein, and the first ingredient in the non-vegan flavors to supply that protein is whey. Whey protein is a by-product of milk and is found in many protein rich athletic supplements. The first ingredient and the protein provider in the vegan mixes is brown rice protein. The second ingredient in all six flavors is pea protein, and while I was doing a little research I discovered that brown rice and pea protein together (as they are in the vegan flavors) create a very balanced amino acid profile.
Besides the protein, Shakeology also emphasizes the other quality ingredients they add to the flavors to create a product with superior nutrition. Each flavor has a long list of super-fruits to provide antioxidants (acai, green tea, pomegranate, etc.), super greens to provide phytonutrients and chlorophyll (wheat grass, barley grass, and spirulina), as well as a long list of herbs and enzymes to provide digestive and other benefits. The main sweeteners used are fructose and stevia. What I appreciate most about the Shakeology products is that I can pronounce everything on the ingredient list. One of my personal nutrition rules is that if I can’t pronounce it – it probably doesn’t belong in my body. Here is where Shakeology is a huge contrast to the nutrition supplements and protein powders my boyfriend brings home from GNC where the ingredient list seems like just a long list of chemicals.
The Shakeology flavors taste great (Vanilla was my favorite for taste), and make an excellent smoothie when mixed with some fruit and almond milk. They also pack in a lot of nutrition. I will continue to make my daily homemade green smoothies with my weird ingredients of kale, spinach, bananas, cucumbers, etc., but Shakeology would be great for me maintaining good nutrition away from home because of the convenience that the individual packs offer. Also, if you aren’t a veggie lover and don’t relish the idea of a green smoothie that tastes like spinach and bananas, then Shakeology would be a great way to start taking better care of your body and your nutrition.
If you would like to order, get more detailed info on Shakeology or are interested in improving your health and fitness, contact Leah at www.theathleticrider.com. Plus watch for our interview on www.crktrainingblog.com next week!
What are your health, nutrition, or fitness musts? See you in the comments!