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Eating Clean: Shakeology Ice Cream

I’ll admit- back in the days of dwelling in Fat Land I put down Ben & Jerry’s ice cream like it was nothin’. “A Pint A Night!” was my motto. Weirdly, so was “My butt’s grown out of these pants”. Thing is, I wasn’t alone– as far as good ol’ American comfort treats go, ice cream is a contending heavyweight. With 1.6 billion gallons of ice cream going down the hatch every year for a total of about 20-24 quarts (6ish gallons) per person, ice cream may taste awesome but it’s not awesome in the way it loads you with addictive sugar, Kung-Fu punches your fat loss goals in the tenders and throws your willpower (and guilt) into tailspin that can be hard to recover from. In short, it ain’t worth it on the way to your goals.

BUT–before you scream for ice cream (or run screaming from ice cream) let me introduce you to a fantastic alternative that’s saved me on many craving occasions: Shakeology ice cream. It’s a meal, it’s a snack, it’s a treat… and another testament to Shakeology’s versatility–especially as an aid to those late night sugar cravings you may get as you’re kicking your sugar cravings to the curb– Shakeology can double as a sweet, smooth and icy treat that’s low glycemic, packed with nutrition and leaves you satisfied with all of the flavor and smoothness of ice cream but none of the guilt and goal-busting fatsuck.

There’s a lot of variants out there and your ice cream choices can be customized as much as Shakeology but this recipe follows standard Chocolate Shakeology prep. You can go crazy with Tropical Strawberry (fruity!) or Greenberry (…greenberry-ey!) as well.

As for the trick in making it thick? The amount of ice (for soft serve) and a freezer (for hand-scooped).

What You Need

Blender, Measuring cups/spoons


8-12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) Almond, Coconut or Skim Milk

1 TBSP All Natural Peanut/Nut Butter*

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

12 ice cubes



Instead of peanut butter, walnuts or cashews will blend.

1/4 Avocado– adds some creaminess.

1/2 banana

1/2 cup unsweetened cherries for Chocolate cherry.

1 scoop favorite Protein Powder (we use 100% Natural Whey OR SunWarrior Vegan) for protein punch.

If you’ve got Popsicle makers, you can whip up some fudgesicles for later by pouring the mix and freezing it.

Ludicrous-Speed Prep

See all those ingredients? Throw them in a blender and hit “blend” until thick and smooth. A decent blender goes a long way in powering through the ice and giving it that “smoothness” instead of “slushiness”. We use a Blendtec.

If you’re going for instant-gratification soft serve, the thickness of the mixture may require a spatula to keep things churning and mixing. Just be sure to avoid pushing the spatula into the blades at the bottom.

If you’re impatient (like me) and going for soft serve, add ice to desired thickness and consistency. If you can wait, pop your mix in the freezer for 2-3 hours for a “hard” ice cream treat.

The (Macro)Nutrient Breakdown:

* A full serving is what’s mixed in the recipe above using Adam’s PB and Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. If you’re sharing your ice cream (good job!) half the recipe. If making fudgesicles, divide by number made.

  • Calories: 305
  • Fat: 14g (hello, peanut butter)
  • Carbs: 23 g
  • Protein: 23g (adding protein will bump this up and bring the “treat” closer to a normal macro level)

As a note, this isn’t a “perfect” macro recipe in the scheme of 50/30/20 or 40/40/20. Fit into your daily macros accordingly or tweak the recipe with less or more of other items/ ingredients to hit you goals if you’re looking for a “perfect” balance.

Nutrition is key to your program success whether it’s P90X, Insanity or any other Beachbody program. If you’re looking to stay on track and receive personal tips and advice (of course you are!), add me as your free coach and mentor right here.

And of course, if you don’t have Shakeology, you can learn more about it here or order its magic in a powder right here:

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3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Lindsey says:

    this was yummy but I still think the shakes are better- plus you don’t have to wait on them to freeze over!

  2. Cyd says:

    Trying to save fat from peanut butter? Check out PB2. I order it from amazon. Great flavor without the fat. It’s ground peanuts with the oil removed. It’s great in shakes and recipes. I don’t even mind mixing it with water to make a PB&J sandwich but others might not be so open to it that way.

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Thanks for the tip, Cyd!

      Truth be told (don’t hate me), I’m not a huge fan of PB2. I just don’t see the need for it. PB2’s claim to fame is having virtually no fat… but fat’s not an issue when aligned with daily macros and is an essential part of overall nutrition– especially when naturally present and bound with other inherent nutrients in natural, fat-full peanut butter. And with its added sugar… I tend to go with full fat Almond Butter as the better choice.

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