Hey, I’m axcho. I used to post here on the DIY boards a lot.
Now that I’ve got my own company making a range of hypoallergenic soylent alternatives and Rosa Labs has caught up with their backlog, the forum has shifted from DIYers to Soylent customers and I’ve migrated to /r/soylent instead.
Anyway, in case anyone is looking for soylent alternatives here, I wanted to ask, What are you looking for that Soylent isn’t able to offer?
Based on the year I spent taking custom DIY requests and designing many dozens of recipes for people, I think I have a sense of what people are looking for. And I’ve designed a standard set of five recipes (each with customizable calories and multiple flavors) that is meant to encompass the range of what people might want. But I wonder if there’s anything else.
- Schmilk (cheap and actually tastes good to normal people)
- Light Fuel (low-carb)
- Keto Fuel (no-carb for ketogenic weight-loss)
- Athlete Fuel (high-protein for muscle-gain)
- Schmoylent (the original Soylent imitation when there was a backlog)
That basically covers everything that people have asked me for, aside from those with certain medical conditions (gastroparesis, hemachromatosis, etc). Weight-loss is big (Keto Fuel), as is the cheap and tasty option (Schmilk). Schmoylent still has its devoted fans. And high-protein (Athlete Fuel) and low-carb (Light Fuel) are a bit more niche.
I’ve done my best to keep them accessible to as many people as possible regardless of dietary restrictions, so they’re all hypoallergenic (gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, etc) and almost completely vegan (working on that) as well. For people who want animal protein instead of just rice protein, the just-add-milk recipes (Schmilk, Athlete Fuel) make that possible without jeopardizing the dairy-free status of everyone else. And all of the recipes have been optimized for taste and texture, at least to the extent possible!
Right now my company is not able to compete on price (except Schmilk) and convenience (it’s hard to beat Soylent 2.0) because of the small scale of our operation and limited equipment. But at least for now, I think we’ve got something for just about everyone, regardless of goals or diet or caloric needs or food sensitivities. I wanted to be able to provide a commercial-quality product without leaving any of my old custom customers out in the cold. And I’m wondering if I’ve accomplished that.
What do you think? Do you see anything that I’m missing? What are you looking for?
Thanks for the help.