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Tropical Strawberry Shakeology Review

Now that we’re about a month in since the release of the new Tropical Strawberry flavor of Shakeology, I thought I’d give a quick review of it.

I was so excited the day it came in, I snapped a picture of it and uploaded it to Facebook.

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Yep, that’s my messy desk there in the background (it’s no longer messy, by the way), but the beauty of this bag and its contents just shines through.

I couldn’t wait to get home to make a proper shake, and I carry my shaker cup with my quite often, so I opted to have an afternoon snack while I was still at the office. Upon opening the bag, I was greeted by the sweet aroma of strawberries before I had even completely opened it. As a result, it honestly surprised me to see an off-white colored powder inside. Even my daughter loves the sweet smell, though.

My very first time having Chocolate Shakeology with just water and ice, I wasn’t thrilled. Maybe I didn’t shake it up enough, because I actually love it now. To me, it tastes like Yoohoo!

I couldn’t quite put my finger on this taste, but the strawberry flavor certainly shone through. While I’ve heard several people say that it’s chalky or gritty, I didn’t experience that. As with any sort of shake or smoothie, if you let it sit, then mix some more, you get a better mix.

While I’d had plenty of stories from other coaches about how best to mix the Tropical Strawberry flavor by the time I finally received mine, it still took me a few experimental sessions to get the right mix that completely satisfied my own palate.

Before I get into that, though, here’s a recipe I’m hoping to try next week when I can get to the store and acquire the ingredients I’ll need. This was recommended by my own coach, Mike Masters. 1 scoop of Tropical Shakeology, 1 cup of coconut water, 1 teaspoon of coconut extract, about 10 chunks of pineapple and 7 or 8 ice cubes. The best piña colada ever!!

Another method I’ve found that really helps smooth out a recipe is to add plain non-fat greek yogurt. As I mentioned before, mixing it a few times and letting it sit for a minute or so in between, will really assist in this process. If you’re into the fruit medley, any orange based juice (orange pineapple, orange strawberry banana, or just plain OJ) will also counteract any potential chalk or grit taste you may encounter. Again, this is not something I personally feel is an issue, but these are tips I feel will benefit you if that is your own opinion of the shake.

My normal daily shake includes about a cup of the yogurt, ¼ cup of an orange based juice, ½ cup of frozen strawberries or raspberries and mix to desired consistency, and drink! More often than not, I’m pretty rushed in the mornings, so I’ll mix this at night and put it in the freezer for a frozen treat for breakfast.

It really is the healthiest meal of the day and a truly great way to start your mornings off with a filling, nutritious breakfast! Enjoy!

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