The BEST protein powder on the market is from an unlikely source.

It’s the only one I recommend to my private clients in the office. It’s vegan (so no cholesterol – as that only comes from animal product), it’s Non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, isolate-free, has probiotics AND enzymes to promote gut health and immunity, has fruit and vegetable complexes, and has 16 grams of protein per serving as well as 7 grams of fiber. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. THIS IS REAL LIFE.

The shake is from the fitness craze/brand – Zumba. It got its start in Colombia with its vivacious founder, Beto Perez. Jagger has moves like HIM. Seriously – Youtube him. His body mechanics are outrageous. Moreover, his company has inspired millions of men and women to adore and have FUN while getting fit, in a high-powered dance party environment.

It also happens to be incredibly delicious + its three flavors (chocolate, vanilla, mocha – vanilla is obviously the most chameleonic – it can blend into different flavors the best!) lend endless recipe options. I keep a bag in my office for personal use, because hunger strikes dietitians at all hours.

I would recommend YOU mix it as follows:

  • 1 cup organic 1% milk (if you are a dairy person – Moo) OR an alternative milk – 1 cup unsweetened cashew/almond/coconut/hemp milk
  • 1 scoop Zumba SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE powder
  • dash cinnamon/turmeric/cardamom
  • 1 serving fruit, any type
  • 1 handful greens, any type
  • 1 TBSP ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil, optional

Here’s how you get the product (I have them in stock in my office in the coming weeks, but this is instant! AND you then get access to their HUGE network of recipes):

  1. Go to
  2. Select auto-ship, monthly
  3. Type in ESSENCE as your promo code
  4. One bag = 30 servings, so technically you could go through one a month if you did 1 a day (which would be rad), but if you don’t want it on auto-ship, simply cancel your subscription once the 1st bag arrives
  5. Enjoy the best shake out there
  6. Type in your username / password; go to Dashboard; access the FREE Zumba and HUNDREDS of recipes, as well as a 30 day #essenceapproved eating plan

It was developed by Dr. Mark Hyman, my hero, basically. Check him out: – he is a visionary. He’s the king of integrative nutrition and wellness.. The product spent years in testing and is really only supposed to be for the Zumba network of instructors, but I harassed the company and convinced them to let a dietitian have access because I NEED IT!!! For me AND my clients. And I am a professional harasser.

By the way, Zumba has a REALLY cute line of workout/athleisure clothing. At first, I thought they were a bit too wild for my conservative tastes, but whenever I wear these iridescent leggings, everyone fawns over them! Snag yourself a pair here.

Essentially Yours,
Monica (and my Shake Shake Shake bag)