Since testing out Huel earlier this year, I was heavily sold on the idea of a nutritionally complete powder that can potentially replace one or two (or more) meals each day.
The multitude of benefits include but not limited to the convenience of preparing a ‘meal’ that is not only healthy, with a balanced amount of daily macros (proteins, carbs and fats), but also quick – literally adding to water then shake.
The problem I had with Huel, was mainly to do with the texture of the mix. Instructions state that the mixture should ideally be blended but that isn’t always possible, especially if you’re out and about, on the go. So having found myself without a blender at times, I simply used my protein shaker. As it’s quite a dense powder, it’s not possible to mix it thoroughly and you’ll often find lumps while you’re downing Huel which is really off putting. Their latest mix appears to be saltier than the previous batch, so it put me off for a while.
Then a friend introduced me to Joylent, a company based in Europe that produces a variety of flavours of powdered food and bars, alongside vegan versions of their products.
Joylent kindly sent me a sample box so over the past few weeks I was able to try out a number of flavours, including: classic vanilla, chocolate, mango, strawberry and banana.
Quite honestly, the flavours were much better than expected – my favourite was strawberry, hands down. They are not overly sweet and the texture once shaken and mixed with water was extremely smooth!
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think I could entirely replace my diet completely with powdered food – pretty much nothing in the powder is in its natural form, there’s artificial sweeteners and various ingredients that have been highly technologically altered, and I’m not sure exactly how effectively the body absorbs the minerals and nutrients when they are digested in this form.
However, it can’t be denied that there is a place for nutritionally complete powdered food, and it’s nowhere near as hideous as a dirty takeaway in my opinion.
What I’d like to see in the future is the option to customise the macros of the powder – this would be perfect for fitness minded types and athletes who require strict intake of macros.
I also received a couple of boxes of their Twenny Bars, in chocolate and also banana flavour. The idea behind a twenty bar is it contains exactly 20% of everything your body requires, and is a great way to fuel your body during the day, quickly and conveniently without reporting to junk snacks. The banana flavour was pretty yummy and both are substantially filling.