I tried to do a lazy-mans soylent, based on organic food available at the supermarket. Here is the story. If you are a TL;DR-guy, just skip the part and get down to the last paragraph.
First step: Compiled a database of nutrition values for tasty ingredients. I planned a milk-based shake, so organic whole-fat milk was fine.
Second step: Programm an optimiser solving for optimal target match for a given target.
Third step: Refine optimiser. The first stage delivered negative ingredient masses, which isn’t too practical. The second and third stage showed, that there are plenty of near-optimal compositions for most sensible target definitions. One of them being: 2.5 liters of milk and a tea-spoon of sugar.
Fourth step: Analysis. Ok, milk is a near perfect food. It makes baby cows grow into fearsome fighting bulls, so nothing wrong with it (ok, so does grass ).
The main question was, why there are so many good mixtures, if you base your stuff on traditional food. The main answer is: Basically, there are two types of food … vegetables, lacking certain Vitamins and having other, and animal-based food, where it is sometimes vice versa. This leads to the interesting fact, that as long as you mix the stuff reasonably, you will always be near an optimal nutritional composition. This basically amounts to the old advice to eat diversely, only now you can do it in one meal and need to pay attention to what you ate the rest of the day.
Fifth step: Manually compose a recipe that tastes nice, has a small number of ingredients and is purchasable without running around.
- milk (500g)
- one banana
- oat flakes (50g)
- one or two raw eggs
- third of an avocado
- some sugar or not (for some extra carbon)
- blueberries or not (for some extra carbon)
- protein powder or not (depends on the regeneration capabilities I need)
Usually, around 800ml of a shake with the first to ingredients carry me till noon, provide excellent regeneration capabilities, a good mood, discipline and awareness (not quantified, though). I am still looking forward to trying Rob’s Soylent, though!
Hope that helps.