Quite a while ago, I received an email out of the blue (as with most) asking if I had heard of Huel and whether I’d be interested in trying it out. I clicked the links to articles in the press (I don’t read newspapers so I’d not seen any of them) and they all seemed to be sensationalising this product. I proceeded to my next email…
Some time later, a conversation arose in a forum I am a part of. I’d been thinking about saying yes to trying it but then I didn’t want to be involved in the next fad. People seemed to be intrigued by the product and were thinking outside the box for it’s uses. I dug out the email and replied.
“Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food.”
Within no time at all, my bag of Huel was on my doorstep. But it still took me a couple of weeks to crack it open. Mainly because upon reading the minimal guidelines on the packaging it seemed I needed to go online to read how to use it and do some calculations. So confined to the bedroom one Saturday whilst my living room was being repainted, I decided this was the perfect day to try it out! I googled the guideline pages and inputed my info to calculate and then decided I would opt for approx. 1750kcal per day or 400 – 500kcal per shake. This then worked out to be 500ml of water and 100g of Huel (402kcal).
“It’s been formulated by the renowned nutrition exper James Collier BSc (Hons), RNutr to include all the protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals that your body needs.”
I opted for not adding anything for my first sample, and used my personal blender (after squeezing it out of the cupboard in the packed up living room!). Although to me having to blend it seemed a chore, you can do this once a day for your entire supply and then drink as wanted (it keeps for up to 24hours).
“Huel contains: No added sugar, no meat or animal products, no dairy, no soy, no eggs, making it suitable for those with even the most complex dietary requirements.”
It tastes acceptably palatable on its own and I genuinely cannot be bothered to make it into cookies and pancakes right now. Maybe it’s because I’m happy with the principle of drinking my food?! …A few years ago, for a period of time, I engaged in what we used to call #LiquidThursdays (it didn’t have a hashtag then but I feel it deserves one now!). The principle was to give my digestive system a rest, increase hydration levels and if I’m honest, probably to consume less calories. I guess the bonus with Huel for #LiquidThursdays is that I would be getting a nutritionally complete calorie intake!
Then I realised how useful it’d be for those working in retail! I work up to two days a week in a store and sometimes find it really difficult to manage my meals around unpredictable hours and breaks scheduled for the benefit of the store rather than my blood sugar levels! I’m allowed to have fluids with me on the floor so why couldn’t I, wouldn’t use Huel in the situations where I am caught short?!
Will I use Huel again?! Yes, yes I think I will. It’ll be useful on those evenings I get in late and don’t wanna cook but need the nutrition. On the days I just fancy some liquid food. For the times I don’t wanna carry half a kitchen with me but don’t wanna eat out. There’s quite possibly a place for it in my life.
How do you feel about “drinking your food”?? Would you try this?!