I got my mass shipment of Tropical Shakeology this weekend (a couple bags for myself and a few boxes for samples). I have spent the past few days trying a few different recipes, making several batches with ingredients varying from plain water to the full-throttle fruit smoothie.
With the Tropical, it’s tempting to throw a bunch of fruits and juices in with it to really have an amazing taste, but that also adds a lot of calories, so while taste matters, so does meeting your nutritional goals for the day. That’s why I believe it’s important to not only come up with a recipe that suits your taste buds, but more importantly helps you meet your daily goals.
After some initial trials, what are my opinions on the new Tropical Strawberry flavor? I’d say it’s good, but not my favorite.
I still LOVE my chocolate, and the recipe I use for my chocolate is simply perfect for my goals (I use 1 scoop chocolate shakeology, 1 scoop chocolate whey, and 1 tablespoon of PB2 with water and ice and get an amazing tasting shake with 256 cals).
I can definitely get an equally yummy Tropical shake, but it requires adding vanilla whey, a banana, blueberries, some orange juice, and ice – BAM! It tastes amazing, but it also packs a whole lot more cals and carbs than my chocolate recipe.
I will most likely keep using my usual Chocolate Reeses Shakeology every day, but once or twice a week I will do a Tropical shake for some variety. I will most likely do just a scoop of Tropical, a scoop of vanilla whey, ice, and water. It tastes fine that way, but not totally delicious. With just the Tropical Shakeology and water, you’ll get a slight chalky taste but it’s nice and smooth, without a grainy texture like I’m used to from plant based protein drinks.
As for specifics about the flavor, I must preface by saying that I find it rather miraculous that Beachbody’s experts can take 70+ superfood ingredients — many of which have pungent, harsh tastes — and create a shake with no artificial flavoring that tastes remotely decent at all. That in itself is pretty amazing.
With that said, I have rather fallen in love with Chocolate, so Tropical had it’s work cut out for me to win me over. And it came up a little short in the taste department. It tastes good, don’t get me wrong. It has a strawberry, tropical flavor. But it also has a bit of a chalky taste to it. I’m not surprised though. Like I said, this isn’t designed with just taste in mind. It’s designed to be the best nutrition we can put in our bodies. If it can be made to taste good, that’s a bonus. And it definitely tastes good.
Beachbody has created the perfect shake for those on a strict vegan diet or for those with any allergies to whey or dairy. Tropical allows someone to benefit from the nutritional superiority of the ingredients in Shakeology with a completely vegan, completely natural shake. I am a big believer in the benefits of the sprouted brown rice protein they use in the Tropical. I can’t wait until they transition their full line of Shakeology to this new protein.
When used in an all-out fruit and juice smoothie, I’ve got to say the new Tropical flavor totally rocks! If you have it in your calorie budget for a big, high calorie, healthy fruit shake, this is the ticket. But if you are on a fat shredder diet and want to keep your shake simple, don’t expect the flavor of Tropical to be the best thing you’ve ever tried.
It does mix well with water, and if I were taking a packet of Shakeology and a bottle of plain water with me for a Shakeology on the run, I’d rather have Tropical mixed in water than my usual Chocolate, which doesn’t mix too well in plain water.
But when I’m at home with my blender, I’ll be reaching for the Chocolate more often than the Tropical. And since I’m not doing strict vegan anymore, the fact that the Chocolate has whey in it isn’t a deterrent to me. Although I won’t mind when BB ends up switching Chocolate to vegan at a later date (which is in the works). What can I say, I’m a chocolate lover at heart :-)
I am very glad to have options though, because I never liked the Greenberry. Anytime I drank Greenberry, I was trying to mask the taste with fruit and juice. With Tropical, the natural taste is already good. No “masking” necessary — just accentuating.
I’m putting new links on the Shakeology sample request form for the option “Tropical”, so if you want a sample, just fill out the form (be sure you put your MAILING ADDRESS, and be sure that I’m your coach). I’ll send them out to those who request them, while supplies last (if I get more requests than I have samples to send, I’ll give preference to those on my team who already order Shakeology monthly).
I hope this review, from my humble perspective, helps you decide which flavor best suits your tastes and goals. I try to be as candid as possible anytime I review any supplement or product.
For those of you who have tried the Tropical already, I’m interested what your take is. Do you like it better than Chocolate? What recipes are your favorite?
Hi Coach! Thanks for the Tropical Shakeology sample! I tried it both with fruits (strawberry and blueberry) and water only. The chalkiness of it was slightly unpleasant. I think I will start with Chocolate whey protein first and see how it goes. I am starting the P90X program tomorrow!!
I love the Tropical Strawberry but I still like the chocolate a little better. Mixing it with vanilla whey and berries sure does make it taste good though!
Hey Coach Wayne, I was wondering if you had any samples left? I'll fill out all the necessaries if you do. Thanks!
Coach, I don't love the tropical too much either, but I made a recipe that tastes pretty darn good for reasonably low calories: 1 cup water w/ 7-10 ice cubes 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla) 1 Scoop Tropical Shakeology 1 Scoop Chocolate Whey Protein (mine's gold standard) 1/2 Banana I was surprised how good the strawberry and chocolate go together (takes the edge of the tropical 'chalkiness') and it will only cost you about 335 Calories (easily budgeted into the daily diet). Try it!
CW, Got my tropical bag over the weekend, but unfortunately still prefer Chocolate. At least for me, I can obtain the same benefits from chocolate shakeology with just water, ice and wheat germ, without having to add other fruits and such to the tropical in order to appeal to me. Although I know for some it may be easier on their bodies, since it is vegan. Hope BB doesn't alter the choc flavor if they go vegan in the future.
Hey Coach, I was wondering is there a reason that the price point for the tropical shakeology is higher than the originals? I would have figured marketing wise they would keep the same price points, and does this mean that the price of the originals will also increase in the future. Thanks
Hi Coach, Why does the Vegan formula not have the vitamins like A,B,C, B12 and all those listed on the back like the Chocolate and Green berry do? Does the Vegan formula not add those vitamins in?
Hello All, I managed to get the tropical mix to taste ok... 1 serv tropical, 1 scoop chocolate whey bolic 60, 1/3 cup each strawberry + blue berry+ raspberry. I think it will still be my one and only bag and back to chocate.
I could relate to a lot of feelings in this article! I am a little nervous about the chocolate going vegan because of the chalk... What sounds ideal to me is for BeachBody to create all flavors in vegan, and all flavors nonvegan so there is an option for everyone. I can imagine I'd love Tropical if it didn't have the vegan texture, because the flavor is definitely there. This way, vegans can experience any flavor they want, and it makes it a WHOLE lot easier to sell to anyone!
Hey team ripped, I tried my free sample, thanks to Coach W., this morning. I mixed the shakeology, with vanilla whey protien, cinnamon, and a serving of PB2 just for the heck of it. It was OK, not great, or bad, but just OK. I'm still on my fat shreadder so I can't add all the juices need for a great taste. I will continue to get chocolate from here on out.
Coach, I got the chocolate sample. I tried your Reese recipe. It was delicious. I will give it a try. I'm skeptical but I can only erase my doubts by trying. Plus, in the big picture, my final price per shake may be less since I'll be eliminating one full meal. Also, I did notice that I was not hungry at all. In fact, I had to almost force myself to eat my second meal. It was also my cardio workout day and I felt great doing Insanity. Well, let's see how my trial month or two goes. My girl is interested so she might end up liking it.
Hey Coach Wayne, I got my bag of Tropical in the mail on Monday and I've been pleasantly surprised. It seems like everyone has a different taste for Shakeology - I tried it with Chocolate Whey and some Almond Milk and it was fantastic, a Chocolate Covered Strawberries kind of taste, then tonight I tried the same with water and it was still pretty damn good. Like you I still prefer Chocolate, but it's sure nice to have variety. I'll keep the Chocolate on autoship and probably grab an extra bag of Strawberry every other month or so.
i made my very first shake with it today. added some banana, orange, soy milk strawberries and the shakeology and it was pretty delicious. tomorrow im going for the "orange sunshine" which is my go to drink with the greenberry. i still need to grab chocolate and experiment with that. ive been using shakeology steady for a solid week now as a meal replacement (one day its my breakfast one day its lunch) and i dropped 10lbs without even working out yet. i also cut way back on my eating and stopped drinking alcohol which is huge. im slowly getting back on the saddle but this time its a habbit change and not just for a few months.
Thanks for the honest evaluation... something that I find in all of your reviews and much appreciated. BTW the PB2 is absolutely fantastic as an addition. I can't tell the diffence when mixed into a shake between PB2 and the real thing except since it powdered it does seem to mix better and not stick to the sides as badly as real peanut butter.
Hey coach , how can I request a sample ? I got my next shakeology shipment for the end of march so I would like to try it to see if I should change the chicolate. Thanks for the fair review. I also wanted to ask if I can use the r&r after a heavy resistance workout at the gym. Is it good for heavy lifting too? I plan on implementing it in my program
hey coach wayne was thinking about ordering some pb2, how does it compare to creamy all natural peanut butter as far as taste & fat grams calories etc? thanks!!
totally agree with you coach nothing beats the chocolate reeses shakeology!!! yum yum!! just switched my home direct back to the chocolate. my wife and kids do like the tropical but for me its chocolate hands down!
I took the same approach to the Tropical that I take with the Chocolate. 1/3 of a cup of Coconut Cream has the same effect on Tropical that the Peanut Butter has on chocolate shakeology. I think it really levels out the flavor along with a scoop of vanilla whey. Coconut Cream adds the same calories as the peanut butter. It is saturated fat in the coconut cream, compared to Peanut Butter's unsaturated, but it is not the same saturated fat we are all so afraid of in animal products. They are medium chain fats which digest easily, unlike their evil cousins which are found in saturated fat derived from animal sources. Their are also a few other very healthy nutrients (lauric acid stands out as one) in coconut cream that make it a great addition to shakeology. But, I must agree chocolate is still in first place for me as well!
I have tried it three ways now. The first was just with water, and the flavor was tasty, but the texture (chalkiness) was unpleasant, adding ice and strawberries helped with the texture. Second was using one scoop chocolate shakeology with one scoop tropical in water with strawberries since I make my husbands and my own at the same time. Much better. Today was the best of the three trials - one scoop chocolate, one scoop tropical, one scoop chocolate whey, 16 oz water / 16 oz almond milk. Overall a great vegan option, but not my favorite (which is similar to Wayne's version of the chocolate). My one complaint is the change in flavor (for the worst) if it isn't consumed pretty quickly. The package does say that it is best when consumed within 30 minutes of preparation, so perhaps it has something to do with the stability of the plant based proteins..? Not sure, but I like that I can make my chocolate and have some for breakfast and the rest a few hours later for a mid-morning snack without a change in taste. Hopefully this 30 minute consumption window won't hold for the vegan versions of chocolate and greenberry when they come out. Or if it does, that they keep making the original versions too. Not a problem if you drink it shortly after mixing it up though.
I just noticed on the back of the package that it has allergy information. It says,"This product is manufactured in a plant that also processes soy, egg, fish, crustacean fish, tree nuts and wheat(gluten) ingredients. Do you think this will upset any of the true vegan's?
I had my third shot at Tropical Shakeology this morning. I bought the packets. When I opened the first one on Saturday, the first thing that hit me was the scent. It smelled great. I always try these things with just water and ice first to see how it tastes. The flavor is fantastic, but I wasn't expecting the chalkiness. I didn't like how I felt it on my tongue and teeth after every sip. I threw in a banana to see if it went away, but it didn't. Still tasted good though. The next two times I tried a banana and OJ. Also very good, but still chalky. I heard coconut or almond milk help. I'm adjusting. Chocolate is still the best for me.
I like the chocolate better also. Tropical is not bad though. I am no the the fat shredder plan right now, so I will be drinking mostly the chocolate, but occasionally the Tropical to mix it up. However, I did try chocolate whey, tropical shakeology, water and ice this morning for breakfast, and it was pretty delicious, and not to bad on the calories.
I prepared tropical the same way I do chocolate, 9 ice cubes with 20oz of water. 1. The ice didn't blend smoothly enough into the shake, it was all clumpped at the top, like a slushy. I found it doesn't require much water. If you use too much it becomes too watery. 12 oz of water with 3-4 ice cubes works the best, in my opinion. 2. I never achieved that sense of fullness like I do with chocolate. Even though I feel I'm biased towards tropical because of my dairy intolerance, I lean towards chocolate as well. I will probably go the other way having tropical more often and chocolate once or twice a week. Once BB adds chocolate to their vegan product line, sign me up!
Fair review. This week I've been mixing Tropical Shakeology with almond milk and berries and today I tried a banana and 1/2 cup of natural OJ. But they do add calories and carbs no doubt. No biggie if is in your dietary budget. As for the modifications to Chocolate and presumably Greenberry, are they simply going to replace the whey protein withe fermented brown rice or are they making other changes as well? When they make these changes will they continue with the original formulas? Final thought, Beachbody needs to use the new Tropical Shakeology bag for their existing product. The zipper is 10x better!
Great fair review. I think you said it best, Tropical when mixed with just water on the run, but chocolate the majority of time when you can make you're favorite recipe.
Hey Damian, for the full explanation of the Tropical Price point, check out my article "Tropical Shakeology" (it's the top "related post" link in this article). Hope that helps!
Hey Ben, the vegan formula DOES have them, but they are in there as the result of the whole food products rather than added separately. Since they are in the whole foods, they aren't labelled (just like produce at the store has no vitamin info). There is slight natural variability so labeling the vitamin content is only done when it's a set added amount above any whole food content. With the original formulations, those vitamins were added separately so they were labelled.
Hey Lindsey, it will be interesting to see how the vegan transition with chocolate turns out. It could be that we won't even notice a difference in flavor or texture (since we don't know how the vegan protein does / does not affect the taste of tropical). Or it could be that it isn't as tasty in chocolate vegan as the current formula. In that case, I'll be curious to see if they carry both options going forward. Ultimately, I know their commitment to delivering quality and a product that meets the demands of the customer, so I'm not worried :-)
Hey Hernan, to ask for a sample just fill out the sample request on the right menu bar. Yes, you can use R/R after a heavy lift workout if you push yourself hard enough that you feel depleted. If you don't push yourself very hard at the gym lifting (taking tons of long breaks, only lifting short sets), then your body isn't depleted and all a recovery drink will do is put unnecessary carbs in your system. So be your own judge on how hard you push at the gym and if you "earned" a recovery drink.
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Who knows Nick! You never know with vegans LOL! They have to say that since the ingredients come from all over the world and they have to cover their bases for liability purposes.
Hey Dave, I doubt it. The direction BB is going is actually the other way (eventually converting Chocolate and Greenberry to a whole food vegan formulation). So I highly doubt they will go backward with Tropical to make a non-vegan formulation.
Hey Ryan, I have no idea the specifics of the eventual changes they will make to Chocolate and Greenberry. That will be down the road. But I do know Carl intends for a vegan formulation for each to come down the pipeline.