Sitting here with my first glass of Schmoylent. Got my box yesterday (thanks @axcho, you rock!) but was too tired to mix it before I went to bed (I also neglected the animals and my teeth, and left the lights on, so… yeah, mixing food wasn’t going to happen) but I did mix it when I got up at 8:30 and waited until 1:40 to drink it so it was well-chilled and settled. Overall, I pretty much agree with everything @tomatobasil said, but I’ll list all my observations for completeness, even where they repeat:
- Mixing: I didn’t even do a whisk, I just put about 1-2 inches of cold water in the bottom, poured powder on top, then filled to about 2/3 with water, and shook like the dickens. Then filled the rest of the way, shook some more, and put it in the fridge. When I took it out again, I added the oil* and shook shook shook some more. I need to get a more airtight pitcher (with added benefit that I’ll have 2 once my backerkit arrives). I was going to use a stick blender but my roommate’s that he had his parents ship to him is apparently busted, so no dice. We’ll get it fixed or get a new one soon.
- Texture: It’s gritty, but not unpleasantly so. The level is such that I definitely don’t need to chew but I kinda want to anyway. Maybe that’ll be different when I use the stick blender.
- Flavor: It’s very sweet and vanilla-y, to the point that if official Soylent is even more so, as axcho says, I could see myself tiring of it, contrary to the “too neutral to get tired of” claims. But–it does taste good. Cake batter is the closest flavor description I can give. I was hoping to try a savory version or two at some point and with this mixture I won’t. But I bet axcho will whip up an order with some different protein and less or no stevia if I ask at some point in the future I will try chocolate some day this week, and maybe I’ll blend some frozen berries into one day’s.
- Cleanup: It leaves a chalky, smooth, clingy film when it dries–on the glass you use, on your hands if some gets there while mixing as it did for me… anywhere. So be ready to rinse or wash everything you use immediately. I just poured tap water into the glass to get any dregs and drank it. It was cloudy, but considerably less objectionable than doing the same thing with milk, for example.
Let’s see, what else… I’ll have to get back to you on intestinal issues, hunger, mental & physical, etc. Nothing yet on the gas front, but it’s only been 25 minutes and I only just finished the glass. Plus I already have a lot of gas in my normal diet (though at least half of it doesn’t really smell) so baseline may be a little skewed. I’ll post a review to your site when it’s been a day or two
One thing of note, I was so craving something crunchy/savory/spicy that I ate a couple of spicy Doritos Fiery Habenero Dinamitas that I had open. So the bad news is that I did cloud the data a tiny bit (I’ll have to specifically resist to get clean data another day this week), but the good news is that just 2 of them** was enough to completely satisfy that craving.
Sorry for being long-winded, but congrats if you made it this far. I like to be thorough!
*about 3:2 ratio of soybean and olive, will switch to all-Canola when I get my container of it back from work where I had brought some DIY ingredients
**approx. 20 calories, 1g fat, 2g carbohydrate… not very significant next to a whole day’s recipe of soylent, except that they have MSG which can be a migraine trigger for me.