This post probably contains affiliate links, to items I am in love with, and I am confident you will too! For any health advice I give on nutrition and wieghtloss, make sure you check with your doctor, as I am not a health professional. I am just a mama with lots of health and fitness knowledge and experience.
Let’s take a look at Shakeology, minus all the Beach Body stuff for breastfeeding moms working hard to stay healthy and lose the baby weight. I’m sure you’ve wondered if it is a good choice, but been afraid to ask because sometimes one tiny question leads to a spew of salesy answers.
Since I wrote this post, about a year ago, I’ve launched and created my own protein powder specifically formulated for breastfeeding mamas. This means that is has lactation-boosting herbs to help increase milk supply. It also has specific nutrients to curb sugar cravings, super foods for energy, protein and omega-3s for baby’s brain health and development. I highly recommend you check it out, and feel free to use my code: JOYFUL for 10% off your first order!
My price point is also much lower than shakeology, but with more benefits specifically for breastfeeding mamas!
I did my research because I am passionate about finding the top, cleanest, most nutrient dense products for breastfeeding moms. Nutrients are the key to a healthy supply and weight loss. Your body NEEDS nutrients, and it won’t let go of fat easily if it thinks nutrients are scarce. You can encourage your body to function well and let go of fat by providing a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and good bacteria. Focusing on those things rather than calories goes a long way. I did end up signing up to be a “coach,” but that was so I can get a discount. I am not really a coach though. Just a person who loves the shake. I don’t have any challenge groups, weight loss groups, or any of those things to push on you. The product is in the higher end for price point, but after reviewing and testing, I am a frugal mama, and I love a discount. Keep ready to really understand why this product is the creme de le creme for breastfeeding mamas.
If you aren’t sure on which protein you should take, or if Shakeology is right for you, you can read this post, where I go over a few protein powder options!
Let’s take a look at exactly what Shakeology is:
It is a very, nutrient-dense shake formula you can blend or mix with water/milk. Shakeology is literally a packet of AMAZING everything. I looked into exactly what is in the product, and I am very confident it is not only a SAFE shake for breastfeeding mamas, but a wonderful source of nutrients for anyone wanting take their health up a notch…or 5.
The reason that I love Shakeology as an amazing tool to help breastfeeding mamas lose the baby weight is because it is a quick and easy way to infuse your body with so many nutrients. Like hundreds of dollars worth of expensive nutrients if you were to buy them on your own. For example, I used to by digestive enzyme separately, as well as prebiotics and probiotics. These are all included in Shakeology. The good bacteria is essential for gut health, which often gets attacked postpartum with all the stress, lack of sleep etc. Gut is directly linked to mental health, which is so important to moms postpartum, ESPECIALLY in the first couple weeks. I go over all the ingredients in Shakeology and their benefits in this post, along with some other wonderful supplements for breastfeeding moms.
The digestive enzymes alone are expensive to buy and take separately, and you have them in this shake, which ENSURES you ABSORB the nutrients!!
Without the proper digestion, the vitamins and minerals get pushed to waste, and they don’t even make it into your body. To simplify things, here is why Shakeology is super safe, and very beneficial for Breastfeeding mamas:
Premium Protein and Amino Acids: Whey, Pea, Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Sacha Inchi, Rice, and Oat Protein
Protein helps build lean muscles and reduce cravings
Antioxidants and Super-Fruits: Cacao, Camu-Camu, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Lycium Berry (Goji Berry), Green Tea, Luo Han Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips, Vitamins A, C, and E
These exotic superfoods and vitamins provide antioxidants that help fight free radical damage and help support a healthy immune system
Phytonutrients and Super-Greens: Moringa, Matcha, Chlorella, Spinach, Kale Phytonutrients help support health and vitality
Adaptogen Herbs: Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Maca, Maitake, Reishi, Schisandra, Chaga Adaptogens have been traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress
Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Fiber: Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Bacillus Coagulans Probiotics, prebiotics, and fiber
help support regularity and healthy digestion
Digestive Enzymes: Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Glucoamylase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Invertase
Enzymes help nutrient absorption
Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Selenium Shakeology delivers vitamins and minerals that help support many key body functions
I totally understand if you have a slightly bad-taste in your mouth with the word Shakeology. I did for a while, until I decided to look at it from an analytical mindset, and think about what I really want to put into my body. I still LOVE my protein powder, and I use it for my green shake, where as this is a complete meal. This doesn’t need anything added to it to be a wonderful meal-replacement that is full of more nutrients than you could pack into a salad. And who has much time to make a big salad with a new baby anyways? My favorite flavors are chocolate and vanilla because I like the basics. I ordered some samples of the Cafe Latte and Barista flavors I will update here after I try them. I totally get it if you aren’t interested in such a complete product, and maybe all you want is a protein powder.