First Impressions + Flavors


#1

As soon as I opened the bag, it smelled like yellow cake mix. Not a bad smell by any means, I was just surprised at the similarity.

As several people have suggested, I mixed it with just filtered water and left it in the fridge for a few hours. I tried a single cup (mixing two teaspoons of oil in per cup of Soylent) and the texture seemed a bit rough even after mixing in some extra water and Monin green mint syrup (though the latter did help with the flavor). I added some extra water to the pitcher and let both the cup and pitcher sit overnight and the texture was much improved, though it still leaves behind a grainy mouthfeel.

My plan is to “drink” a cup at a time, mixing a bit of oil in each time, and only refilling my cup when I’m hungry for more. This way the oil has a chance to properly mix with the drink instead of separating in the pitcher. I definitely prefer it cold.

I’m thinking I may need a second pitcher though… especially if the first one is almost empty and I need to make a mixture for the next day. I can see this lasting me two days at a time with the occasional non-Soylent snack to break up the monotony. I’m trying to lose weight so I won’t be eating the full 2000 calories each day.


#2

Be a little careful with having a pitcher last 2 days. For most people, it works fine, but in my case, the fridge at my Fiancé’s house is not cool enough to keep it from going sour if I leave it in there longer than 30 hours.


#3

Good to know, thanks. I think our fridge is sufficiently cold though, and it does have a temperature adjustment knob on top of that.


#4

I’m on my third day of official Soylent, and I’ve been adding the whole bottle of oil into the pitcher. Can you clarify why you are only adding a little bit at a time to each cup. I am also drinking it one cup at a time, every couple hours or whenever I feel hungry.


#5

I’ve been doing that to make sure the oil doesn’t separate in the pitcher. This way I make sure the oil is distributed evenly per serving. Not a big hassle since I’m using the spoon I stir with to measure out the oil.


#6

Ahh, okay. I shake the pitcher for a good 15 seconds every time I take it out of the fridge, before pouring myself a cup, so I figure I’m keeping it all well mixed that way. I could be wrong, but it seems to be working.


#7

It doesn’t really matter if the nutrients aren’t perfectly divided each serving. You’ll be getting them all anyway.


#8

Yeah, but if I’m spreading it over two days…


#9

Still doesn’t particularly matter. The human body has a lot wider tolerances than that.


#10

Guh, I don’t think I can keep this up much longer. There’s too much vanilla and sucralose in the mixture. Granted, I have a highly sensitive sense of taste, but I keep having to compensate for the sweetness by having salty snacks alongside it (and yes I have been adding salt to the mix). The cloying sweetness feels like it’s making my stomach churn. I’ll just make a glass at a time for now but otherwise not commit to a full pitcher every two days.


#11

I add 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate cocoa powder to a pitcher of Soylent. It gets rid of the cloying sweetness.


#12

That seems to be helping so far, thanks! I’m just using regular unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder.


#13

I finally got my 1 week order a week ago. Yes…the same day texture is near unbearable. The next day texture was much improved but still a bit sludgy. I decided to go breakfast/lunch Soylent 2 days in a row then a couple of days off & then again. It’s still an experiment to me. I’m thin, active & fit so not quite sure if it’s the “right amount” of calories, salt, etc. Plus, I haven’t used it for a full day’s meals yet but will. Flavor-wise I think it’s fine. Not too sweet. Very much reminds me of Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Whey Protein powder. Like almost exactly but more of a sludgy, pulpy mouthfeel. The need to shake vigorously before every pour & the need to stir my cup every few sips is annoying. It literally leaves dry mix coated on the side of a cup that I can scrape off with the spoon every time I pour a meal’s worth. It just isn’t 100% soluble for me.

I will say though, I think the pitcher is fantastic (love the top coming in 2 pieces & sealing fairly water-tight). Everyone @ work still thinks I’m a weirdo (IDGAF). It doesn’t leave me as full as I expected. It makes me full enough but not to the point where I feel completely satisfied. Maybe it’s because I’m used to overeating(?). Also, this is purely anecdotal but I tend to have a greasy face by the end of the day & it felt less greasy consuming only Soylent. As this can sometimes be triggered by stress or environment, I can’t say if it was a direct result but definitely hope to determine that soon. Bottom line is that I think it’s a worthwhile endeavor. Although I’ve stretched out the week I got…I will definitely consider ordering a full month at some point.


#14

I’m actually thinking of giving up at this point… Maybe Soylent 2.0 will be better but as it currently stands, even with cocoa added, it just feels off to me. I recently ordered something from @axcho to see if it works out for me (Clean Fuel Plus).