A few years ago I watched a youtube video on vices motherboard channel about a new food called Soylent which was touting itself as the future of food. It’s an interesting concept with the creation of a powdered food which can meet all of your daily nutritional requirements in a convenient and easy to consume format, Yes you can finally eat like someone from the future!
Roll on a few years and I stumbled across Huel which is a spin-off from the original Soylent formulation. Huel is a UK based business, and I have to say when I started to look they have a really nice website with lots of information about the product and how to use it. Huel has a forum to discuss the product with their customers, which is a nice touch, it builds trust, and gives you somewhere to reach out to get any questions you have answered.
So why do I want to use Huel?
We all lead busy lives, and you want to ensure you eat well, but sometimes eat junk or poor quality food because you’re in a rush, have nothing in the fridge, or can’t be bothered to cook. I definitely drop the ball way more than I’d like, so a convenient solution was more than welcome to tidy up my diet.
I’d also been using the my fitness pal app for a while and logging all the food I was eating over a few weeks. I found I was struggling to get a decent amount of potassium and fibre, and hitting my RDA amongst a few other macros. Huel looked like it could help me get more of what I was missing, and give me a healthy option for a quick meal, so I thought I’d give it a try.
What’s in Huel?
Well, this changes as they evolve the formula based on constant feedback from users. It’s based on Oats, Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Flaxseed, MCTs from Coconut, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, a bespoke Vitamin and Mineral Blend, Vanilla Flavour and a Sweetener.
My first batch was v1.2, my latest batch is v2.0, expect further changes as time rolls on.
You can buy a vanilla flavoured option, or unflavoured and unsweetened, and either add some flavourings they sell or play with adding your own flavourings. For me I like the vanilla flavour, it tastes great, although I’ll no doubt try the unflavoured at some point and see what the other flavourings are all about. The consistency is nice as well, you can adjust this as required by adding more or less water.
Cost wise Huel works out about £1.61 per meal, which as I’m sure you’ll agree is very reasonable, where else can you get a meal for that price with a great nutritional balance!?
If you dig around there are people replacing all of their meals with Huel, either as a diet method or on an experimental basis. For me, I still want to eat normal food. I have settled into Huel primarily as a breakfast replacement, or to cover the odd meal. It’s also good as a snack, typically for a meal, you would have three scoops, which is about 456 calories, you can have one scoop at 152 or two at 304 calories.
I asked a friend of mine who is heavily into his diet and fitness only criticism was that Huel was weighted towards a western diet, he’d like to see fewer carbs and more fat content. Although, he is heavily into a Slow Carb / Ketogenic diet, so not ideal for his diet.
So have I noticed any difference?
At this point, I’m going to say yes I have noticed a difference, first off I feel great. After consuming three scoops for breakfast I’m good until lunch time and feel focused at work. I have also started to put in better times on my regular run, now this could just be coincidence, but I am seeing consistent improvement week on week. It could be down to getting more of the right stuff in my body, or just me pulling my finger out and putting more effort, I’m undecided on this! Also, I will add Huel is saving me time in the morning by not having to worry about grabbing breakfast, saving me precious time. Overall, I am definitely a fan of Huel and recommend giving it a go if you feel you’ll get some benefit!
If you would like to give Huel a try you can get £5.00 off your first order follow my discounted link here, all first-time orders also received a free t-shirt and huel shaker! Not bad eh 🙂