Now that they’re in the US, I made an order for Huel to give it a shot after a long time with Soylent. I’ve switched entirely to Vanilla Huel after my first few shaker bottle servings. I’ve been playing with my Soylent 1.8 mix for a while now (been using soylent since 1.5), adding some additional protein powder and unflavored metamucil for extra fiber. I didn’t like the way that Soylent reacted with my lower gut and it always left me feeling more water logged than full. The vanilla flavor is, like some reviews have put it, a lot like cereal milk with some sweetness. I’m a fan of the flavor profile and won’t be picking up any flavor packs from Huel since this is already more tasty than unflavored Soylent.
I don’t know if you all have read the differences in design philosophies between Huel and Soylent, but the main one is that Huel is marketed to be a meal replacement for 1-2 meals a day, not all of them. That’s why it has the higher protein, vitamin and mineral amounts per serving. You can use it as a full meal replacement, but it fits much better with my system of “Soylent for lunch and afternoon snack, large dinner with partner and family.” The fact that it’s using more complex carbs, has more fiber with a lower overall GI is just bonus on top.
Since it uses so much pea protein, it is somewhat of a pain to scoop as the powder likes to hang onto itself in the scoop rather than evenly flattening out. I found that its less messy to scoop overall because of this, with more ending up in the mixing bottle rather than my hands or on my counter top. The bags themselves are rather large at about 1 1/2 the size of a gallon bag. They have a sturdy zip-lok style enclosure which rarely gets clogged with Huel in my experience so far.
Overall, I’m impressed. Soylent’s packaging, ingredients and flavor have always left me wanting for more, and I think they have a real competitor in Huel. I’ll be keeping my newsletter subscription open to Soylent making more improvements but I feel that, with the push to get in stores and the focus on the bottled product, I’ll be with Huel for the foreseeable future.
Here are some of the reviews I used to justify giving Huel a shot.