TAS-TEA TUESDAY–DoTerra Vanilla

I knew this shake would taste good mixed with anything because it has a super mild flavor.  Today I mixed it with mocha matcha and 1 tbsp of unsweetened dark cocoa.  It tasted really good!!! I like the mocha matcha from Steeped (probably not my favorite) but with the cocoa (that only adds 5 calories) it tastes amazing!!!

This tasted like a mocha frappucino.  I LOVED every sip of it!!!

I felt pretty full today too!! I had to take Brody to a kindergarten meeting so I had to eat lunch at around 1, but I wasn’t really that hungry.

I also had tons of energy today!!!  It may have helped that I had A LOT of matcha in that shake, but hey so far I’m loving this shake!!

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MUNDANE MONDAY–DoTerra Vanilla

Hi everyone!! I chose to review this shake because I kind of have an obsession with the DoTerra oils.  For those of you that don’t know about these oils–GET THEM!! They have ones to help you relax, ones to help you sleep and ones to energize you (along with hundreds others but those are the ones I use).

Anyway, today I just had plain vanilla with water and ice.  The taste is good enough.  Not too strong at all.  I know this will be a good shake mixed in with other ingredients…like TEA of course:)

I felt very full today but I should preface that with saying I hate 80979710987 calories yesterday, so I think I’d be full no matter what I drank.

I also feel pretty energized today!!!  The amazing weather definitely helps! I LOVE summer!!

PS my awesome friend just gave me samples in a ziploc bag of this shake so I won’t be able to show the packaging of it in my pictures:)

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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT

Ready for more?! Herbalife is a HUGE MLM company… let’s see how their doTERRA TrimShake product compares to the competition in terms of nutritional content according to their label, sourcing and quality of ingredients. Is it truly as Slim & Sassy as they claim?

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What’s the Stuff Made of?

Upon first glance, the label seems quite nice with their complex protein blend comprised of pea protein, quinoa and amaranth. All delicious gluten-free grains mixed together into a grainy combo despite the fact that we aren’t sure how much of each grain is actually in each scoop.

Also, if you scroll down on the ingredient list, you will see potato protein powder. Cool idea/concept, even in terms of nutrition — but is this white or sweet potato?! The source of potato is likely GMO though, so I wouldn’t jump the gun here, especially since potatoes make number 12 on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list.

Pro’s

  • Zero added sugars
  • Ashwagandha: One of my all-time FAVE adaptogenic herbal ingredients is used in this formula. If you aren’t familiar with it yet, you should be. Adaptogenic herbs help your body bounce back from/recover from stress, which we all experience throughout the day. To help mitigate the long-term detrimental effects of stress on our physiology and metabolism, using some type of adaptogen can be extremely helpful for most people. Other benefits may include better sleep and more energy throughout the day — who wouldn’t benefit from that?!

Con’s

  • Nowhere on the label did they include anything about the sourcing of their ingredients, meaning that this product is not certified organic nor is it guaranteed to be free of GMO ingredients which are likely lingering throughout this formula.
  • Fiber content is slightly below average at 4g/scoop — try to aim for at least 25g/fiber in your diet each day! You would need at least 6 scoops to barely achieve this dosage of critical fiber each day, and that is WAY over the top.

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Laura chose the vanilla flavor this week, and despite their use of ‘fancy’ fiber aka fibersol-2 and guar gum, these numbers/ingredients aren’t too impressive.

  • According to their site, fibersol-2 is “digestion-resistant maltodextrin is a soluble corn fiber that acts as a low-calorie bulking agent containing 90 percent dietary fiber” — aka a highly likely GMO product bulking up the powder itself. We do not want to add any type of hormone disruptors to our diets, especially on a regular or daily basis, so please look for products with the nonGMO stamp of approval.
  • Sunflower — sunflower WHAT?! Sunflower seed? Sunflower oil? Ground up sunflower? Very unclear.
  • Natural flavors — learn more info about how natural flavors is one of the most vague terms currently allowed to be listed on labels, as these can be made up of over 100 different compounds and are as far from natural as one would imagine.
  • Vitamins and minerals — seems like they put in lots of thought for their product, although these are purely synthetic forms of the vitamins/minerals depicted by the fact that they are not directly food-based
  • Zinc oxide — did you know that this shake includes an ingredient you may also find in your sunscreen?! YUCK!
  • Vitamin A acetate — extremely hazardous according to the EWG since it is synthetic
  • Vitamin B12 — which form is used? Likely the cheapest one, which also happens to be absorbed into the blood stream the worst.
  • Folic acid — can be toxic for some who lack the enzymes to metabolize, so please only choose folate when it comes to the critical B vitamin (not folic acid)!!!

Overall Impressions:

Grade C- will be given to this product, due to its efforts to try to create a thoughtful ‘gluten-free’ product, but lack of depth into sourcing and quality for it’s other main ingredients, including non-organic and GMOs lingering throughout — not to mention stuff you’d find in your sunscreen!

 

FINALS FRIDAY–Zero Belly Vanilla

WELL–you can all say THANK YOU to me!!  Really A HUGE THANK YOU please…I tried this horrible shake so that you don’t have to!!! I’m sooo excited the week is done because this shake is probably about as bad as it gets (I assume?).  The only good thing about this shake is it came with an AMAZING recipe book that was written by the guy who writes Eat This Not That (David Zinczenko).  I am kind of obsessed with him and this recipe book for smoothies looks amazing!!!!

  1. Nutrition (B-):  Dr. B. gave it an B- which is the BEST part of the shake.
  2. Cost (B+): OKAY OKAY I may have lied.  The deal I got for this shake is probably the best part of the shake.  I got 12 servings of the shake, the awesome smoothie recipe book, and a bunch of protein bars (which the kids and I liked) for only $49.  Not a bad deal….would be better if I actually liked the shake but hey beggars can’t be choosy.
  3. Taste (F):  THIS IS CARDBOARD!! I don’t know what cardboard tastes like really, but I would imagine just like this shake!!!  I honestly thought Vanilla Shakeology was the worst shake I ever tried until I tried this!! It’s so bad I don’t even know if my dog would eat it (perhaps I should see as an experiment).
  4. Filling (F).  This may be unfair to the shake because this is the first week I had a Peleton and I have been burning about 3-4 times the amount of calories that I usually do BUTTTTTTTT the second I finished the shake (if not before), I needed a snack.  I was STARVING all week.
  5. Energizing (F).  UMMMM this shake does nothing for energy!!!  I swear all week I felt blah and I blame it totally on the shake.  Clearly that probably isn’t true, but hey the energizing shakes I previously tried would have TOTALLY got me through the week in a better mood!
  6. Total Score (D). DO NOT BUY THIS SHAKE!!  It really is a waste of money!!  If you want to spend $50, buy some tea instead….just kidding buy PlantFusion and call it a day (and use the extra money for something fun!)Final Grade-B (8)!!!

TREAT THURSDAY–Zero Belly Vanilla

Well…I am super excited today!!!  Why you may ask??? I FINALLY figured out how to make this shake NOT taste like cardboard.  I made these easy to make two ingredient snacks.

HAS ANYONE TRIED MUSCLE BUTTER???? I LOVE it.  It has similar nutritional facts to peanut butter, but it has fun flavors!!! I LOVE the birthday cake one and the cookies and cream one as well.

Anyway, I assumed this would be a good combination for this shake because I actually HATE the taste of Vanilla Shakeology.  However, with this butter it was more tolerable so I figured the same would be for this equally horrible tasting shake.

I was CORRECT.  These snack bites are to do for!!!

I’m still starving and have no energy…but hey at least I liked my shake today:)

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WACKY WEDNESDAY–Zero Belly Vanilla

Wellll the only good thing about purchasing this Zero Belly shake to try is it came with a recipe book with TONS of ideas for making the Zero Belly shake.  I will probably never drink this shake again after this week, but I will for sure use this recipe book with other (better tasting) vanilla shakes.

So I looked in the book and I saw a recipe that combines the shake with blueberries and avocado.  Seriously if I could only eat two foods for the rest of my life, blueberries and avocado would be high up on the list.  I did get super excited to try the shake (I used 1/3 cup of blueberries and 1/4 of an avocado)……BUT it just tasted like cardboard still.  Basically, I drank blueberry avocado cardboard.

It was a little bit more filling today.  I ate lunch at 1:30 but probably could have even waited longer.  As for energy, it is DEFINITELY not energizing.  All week I feel as though I need 82350987 mgs of caffeine, which is not usually the case for me:)

As an aside, I will DEFINITELY try this recipe in a good tasting vanilla shake.  It does seem like it can be amazing!

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TAS-TEA TUESDAY–Zero Belly Vanilla

Well today’s shake actually tasted pretty good but it’s only because I had to put in like 3 times the amount of stevia that I usually do in a shake (or anything for that matter).  With my normal amount of stevia, it still tasted like cardboard.  Good to know liquid stevia can make anything taste pretty good.

Today I mixed one scoop (which speaking of scoop–I’m pretty sure my bag came WITHOUT a scooper so I had to use PlantFusion’s scooper), 1 tsp banana matcha, chocolate almond milk and A LOT of liquid stevia.  It did taste like chocolate banana which I LOVE!

It kept me fuller today then it did yesterday but I was still pretty hungry by around 1pm!  As for energy, same thing–still no energy but again it’s a disgusting day! Perhaps my energy changes with the weather:)0zb