Huel, First Impressions

Huel Prep Notes, Thoughts, Calories, and Comparisons to Soylent

Huel

A couple weeks ago I saw a post on r/soylent about Huel and almost immediately ordered two bags. I was pretty excited about the idea of having the options of Soylent and Huel as meal replacements. Choice is good, right? I watched all of the videos on the Huel site before the product arrived, so I was fairly well prepared when the product showed up in the mail.

Side Note: I use both powder and liquid forms of Soylent on a daily basis for at least two meals a day. My intention was to use Huel in the mornings for breakfast and Soylent 2.0 for my afternoon lunch. Here is a blog post I wrote about Soylent back in January of this year.

Here are my prep notes, thoughts, and calories regarding Huel, broken down by day…

Day 1

I mixed two scoops (1 cup, 500 kcal) of vanilla Huel with water the night before I tried it. When drinking it the next morning on my drive into work, my first thought was… “What the fuck am I putting in my mouth!?” It had a very strange texture and flavor. To be very honest, I didn’t taste any vanilla at all. It tasted vaguely like toasted corn oatmeal. It took me about 30 minutes to get it all down during my commute and I had to wash it down with a diet Dr. Pepper to get the taste out of my mouth. It is not the same consistency or taste of plain Soylent powder at all. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was initially very discouraged by the taste and consistency.

Total calories: 500

Day 2

On my second experiment, I mixed one scoop (1/2 cup, 250 kcal) of vanilla Huel with 4 ounces of chocolate almond milk, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of cherries, and 1/2 cup of kale/spinach mix—everything blended and water added to fill the shaker to the top. The weird toasted corn/oatmeal taste was still there, but at least I could get it down without gagging. Much better flavor, but still wasn’t satisfied with taste or consistency of it though.

Total calories: 354

Day 3

The night before I mixed one scoop (1/2 cup, 250 kcal) of vanilla Huel with 8 ounces of chocolate almond milk, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of cherries, and 1/2 cup of kale/spinach mix–everything blended and water added to fill the shaker to the top. It tasted way better and I got it down without issue. I think this is my caloric/flavor sweet spot. This will probably be the way I imbibe it from here on out. The picture in the post is how this recipe looks in the shaker bottle.

Total calories: 453

TL;DR

In all, I find Huel to be more filling than Soylent when prepared in the same manner. There is something about the consistency of the Huel powdered product that actually satisfies me. I find that I’m still almost ravenous with hunger after a Soylent meal replacement. It doesn’t matter if it is the doctored powdered 1.x or a 2.0 version. Huel doesn’t taste as good as Soylent, but it does satisfy my hunger. And if I mix in berries and chocolate almond milk, it tastes much much better.

That’s about it in a nutshell.