Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight…Folic Acid

The next ingredient on my virtual shopping trip is Folic Acid.

What is it? Folic Acid is a B Vitamin which is usually found in dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and spinach. Every cell in your body needs it for normal growth and development.

Folic Acid can be used to treat certain types of anemia which is the lack of red blood cells, caused by folic acid deficiency.

The March of Dimes recommends taking folic acid even if you are not trying to get pregnant. It can prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. Some studies even show that it can help prevent heart health issues with babies and even cleft lip. Studies have shown that it may prevent heart disease, depression, type 2 diabetes and help to prevent Alzheimer’s.

These are definitely great health benefits but I wanted to focus on just a few of them that are close to me.

How does Folic Acid protect your heart? It pairs with B12 to help with the metabolism of the amino acids homocysteine and methonine. Without folic acid, these levels can cause blood to clot easily and cause heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.

Folic acid is believed to help with regulating your moods. Studies show that people who have a folic acid deficiency are less responsive to antidepressant meds. So supplements have been used to treat depression and enhance antidepressant medications.

The American Cancer Society stated that a person with low levels of folic acid may have a higher risk of colorectal cancer and some other types of cancer.
Alright, is your brain completely overwhelmed right now? Yeah mine too. Just keep in mind that it helps with heart health, depresson, prevention of birth defect and type 2 diabetes just to name a few.

The American Cancer Sbociety stated that a person with low levels of folic acid may have a higher risk of colorectal cancer and some other types of cancer. means it is going to add about 5 cents to my monthly total. 🙂

Make sure to check back tomorrow to find out about a probiotic called Yacon Root.

Make it count!
~Darlene

Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight….Ashwaghanda

My first stop with my virtual shopping of Shakeology ingredients is ASHWAGANDHA.  For anyone who has thyroid or adrenal issues Ashwagandha is an herb that you really want to know more about.  🙂

Ashwagandha is the first super food that I wanted to explore from my list of Shakeology ingredients and is an adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants which help balance, restore and protect the body.

 In India Ashwagandha is called the “strength of the stallion” because it is used to strengthen the immune system after someone has been ill.  It has also been known as Indian ginseng because it helps enhance stamina and has some incredible stress relieving properties.

Take a close look at some of the health benefits listed below.  You will be absolutely amazed at what this little herb can do.  There have been over 200 studies done on this herb’s ability to:

~Improve thyroid function (something extremely important to me)

~Treat adrenal fatigue

~Combat the effects of stress

~Increase endurance and stamina

~Prevent and treat cancer

~Reduce brain cell degeneration

~Stabilize blood sugar

~Lower cholesterol

~Boost immunity

Little is known on why adaptogens work so well with balancing hormones.  Ashwagandha is a rock start with improving thyroid function.  For those of you who don’t know I have hypothyroidism so learning about Ashwagandha had me all kinds of excited 🙂  The reason why I say it is a rock star is because it doesn’t matter if you have hypo or hyper, this herb has been proven to help with both.

I actually found a 20 day study on mice, where the T3 and T4 levels were analyzed and the results showed a significant increase in T4 which shows this herb has a stimulatory effect on a sluggish thyroid.  This is exciting news and just shows me one more great reason why I am going to continue to drink my shakeology.

It also greatly reduces lipid peroxidation, the electrons from the lipids in cell membranes is stolen resulting in cell damage. Which is more proof that is helps to treat hypothyroidism.

There are millions of people who are struggling with thyroid problems, the sad fact is some don’t even know it.  The think that the symptoms they are experiencing are from something else. Check out this list and you will see what I mean.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism:

~Changes in menstruation – I admit my cycle was NEVER normal, so I honestly didn’t think anything of this one.

~Constipation – Another one I would never have thought of.  I mean I never ate very healthy and I never drank water, so I figured that was why I was always constipated.

~Depression – With the life I had as a child and putting my biological father in jail when I was 16,  seriously depression from my underactive thyroid never even crossed my mind

~ Dry hair and hair loss – I posted last week about clumps of hair coming out during my shower, nuff said.  and gross!

~Dry skin- always have

~Fatigue – I know some of this is blamed on my poor sleeping habits so another one that was a hidden symptom for me

~Greater sensitivity to cold – Ok so I thought I was just weird with this one.  I mean I am ALWAYS COLD!  Even in the summer time I would turn my seat heater on and drive with a lap blanket.

~Slow heart rate – yep my heart rate is about 60 beats per minute

~Swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter)  This may be just about the only symptom that I don’t have

~Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight – Losing weight for me is the ultimate struggle.  There is NOTHING more frustrating then eating exactly what you should AND working out 6 days a week and actually GAINING weight.  Very hard to wrap my head around.

~Carpal Tunnel Syndrom – Ok, I admit until tonight I had NEVER heard about this symptom.  Did I mention that I had Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel surgery on December 20th?  Yep on my right arm.  And guess what?  My left wrist and elbow are patiently waiting for their turn.

Wow!  I have EVERY symptom BUT one!  AND this was SO NOT supposed to be a hypothyroidism post. lol

Ashwagandha is a super star in my book.  Thank you to the creators of Shakeology for making sure this little beauty was added into my daily dose of dense nutrition, AKA my chocolate shake.  ❤

So now that I have shown you the benefits of ashwagandha lets check out the price of this little beaut!

A month’s supply on Amazon costs….about $10.00 per month.  Not too bad right?  But just remember that Shakeology has 70 super foods in it. 🙂  Make sure to visit again to see what ingredient I add next to my virtual shopping trip.

Sending strength, hope and love.

Shakeology Super Food Spotlight ~ Cacao

After drinking Shakeology for two years, I am ashamed to admit that I had no idea what was in it.

When I first started drinking it, I had been told that it was good for me and it would be a game changer in my health journey. I was told it would help me lose weight, but that is just one benefit from drinking this amazing shake.
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So, I started drinking it. Yes, I saw the effects. I had more energy. My skin was softer. I didn’t have to take 8-10 stool softeners a day. My hair and nails were growing really fast. I wasn’t depressed anymore.

The benefits of drinking Shakeology are amazing to me and well worth the money I save each month to make sure I am NEVER without it! I decided I wanted to know more about the ingredients.
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This week’s Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight is Cacao. Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”. (frombegoodorganics.com)


Some of the amazing health benefits are:
1- It has 40 times the antioxidants than blueberries. That’s truly amazing!

2- If you are on a plant based or vegan diet and looking for a great source of iron, than CACAO is for you! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. To get the full benefits of it, make sure to combine it with a vitamin C source.

3- Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.

4- Cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk. I would never have guessed this one. 🙂 It has 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.cacoa6

5- Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy buzz on.

Just 5 more reasons for me to drink my Shakeology every day.

I challenge you to get your hands on some raw organic cacao and add it to your life this week. Let me know how you add it. 🙂

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Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl is as simple to make as a normal glass of Shakeology; just throw it all in a blender and watch it whirl. However, it offers a thicker consistency — perfect for enjoying with a spoon. Plus, it’s garnished with shredded coconut and chopped dark chocolate for texture and sweetness, along with a sprinkling of sesame to add savory balance. It’s hard to believe this chocolate hazelnut smoothie bowl is actually good for you, but believe it! Miracles do happen.


Credit: Beachbody

Tip: The higher the percentage of cacao in chocolate, the better. Look for chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao or higher

Ingredients

* ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
* 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
* 2 Tbsp. chopped raw hazelnuts
* 1 cup ice
* 1½ tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
* 1½ tsp. sesame seeds
* 1 Tbsp. chopped dark chocolate

Directions

  1. Place almond milk, Shakeology, hazelnuts, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
  2. Place smoothie in a medium bowl. Top with coconut, sesame seeds, and chocolate; serve immediately.

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Enjoy!

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Caramel Apple Shakeology

Caramel Apple Shakeology

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 mins
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Once the cool weather hits, it is time for treats made with apples, pumpkin and salted caramel. This has become a new favorite for me.

I don’t eat a lot of applesauce, so when I open a new jar for a recipe like this shake, I freeze the rest in ice cube trays to make apple sauce ice cubes to add to my Shakeology smoothies. Place two tablespoons of applesauce into each well of the ice cube tray and freeze. Once they’re frozen solid, empty the tray into a plastic bag. Two cubes equals about ¼ cup.

Caramel extract has the same buttery, burnt-sugar flavor of real caramel, without any of the guilt. It’s a game changer for your sweet tooth. Look for it at Walmart, in the baking aisle of your supermarket (hint: it’s near the vanilla extract), or buy it online.

Credit: Team Beachbody

Ingredients


–1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 cup ice
-1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
-½ cup unsweetened applesauce
-1 tsp. pure caramel extract

Directions

  1. Place almond milk, ice, Shakeology, applesauce, and extract in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This recipe takes the flavors of a diet-busting chocolate pecan pie and turns them into something you can enjoy every day, in the form of a rich Shakeology smoothie.


Credit: Team Beachbody

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw pecans
  • ½ tsp. pure caramel extract

Directions

  1. Place almond milk, ice, Shakeology, pecans, and extract in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 253
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 336 mg
Carbohydrates: 20 g
Fiber: 8 g
Sugars: 7 g
Protein: 19 g

P90X/X2 Portions
1 Single Serving Snack
1 Protein
½ Fat

P90X3 Portions
1½ Protein
1 Carb
1 Fat

Body Beast Portions
1 Protein Liquid
2 Balanced Liquid
1 Fat

Containers
1 Red
½ Yellow
½ Blue

Enjoy!

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Apple Pie Shakeology

The day after Thanksgiving, at my house, is a day filled with left overs.  Pies, pies and more pies.  For someone who is trying to eat healthy this can be a big temptation.


Normally, I am a chocolate or cafe latte drinker.  But I will make an exception for this one. Unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon make this Shakeology smoothie taste like apple pie filling with whipped cream.  It’s even better with home made applesauce which is super easy to make and well worth it. To make this shake even more delicious,add a dash of ground ginger and ½ tsp. of pure caramel extract. 

I say skip the apple pie and drink this instead.

Apple Pie Shakeology

Applesauce and cinnamon make this Shakeology shake taste like apple pie!

Author: Beachbody

Recipe type: Shakeology

Serves: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place water, Shakeology, applesauce, cinnamon, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 184

Total Fat: 2 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 5 mg

Sodium: 215 mg

Carbohydrates: 29 g

Fiber: 5 g

Sugar: 18 g

Protein: 16 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions

1 Double Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions

1 Protein

1 Carb

Body Beast Portions

1 Fruit

1 Protein Liquid

Containers

1 Red

1 Purple

Sending strength, hope and love!

Darlene