Disclaimer: I am not a medical or nutrition expert, so please bear this in mind and read this post critically. This post is not sponsored by Huel either, but gosh I wish it was!
It is ironic that I am posting about Huel this week because, for the first time in over a year, I am not having any. Between May 24th and the 30th, I am living on the rations of a Syrian refugee to raise money for a charity that supports them (https://www.rationchallenge.org.uk/megan-nightingale), so will not be consuming any Huel during this time. However, this process reminds me of how easy it is to take Huel (and other foods) for granted when living in the consumerist West. If you would like to share or donate to this cause, please do, but don’t feel obligated to if money is tight!
Every Hueligan out there consumes it differently, whether in terms of flavour or composition. The range of flavour options are seemingly endless, varying depending on the type of powder used (balanced or protein-based). Salted caramel, banana, strawberry, vanilla, coffee caramel, chocolate classic, coffee classic, berry, mint chocolate, cinnamon, peanut butter, gingerbread, cherry, mocha, pumpkin spice, original or unsweetened. Not to mention their ready meals and protein bars, though I have never tried those. Thankfully all Huel products are vegan, which reflects in my ability to consume all of them.
Personally, my Huel preference is a little unorthodox. I use their protein-based coffee caramel powder one scoop at a time. For a creamier consistency, I add two types of plant milk, chocolate soya and coconut, in a 50-50 ratio to this, shaking well. After a year of experimentation, I have concluded this to be a great combination for both texture and taste. And as I use it as both a breakfast meal replacement and projection from snacking, my diet has improved dramatically.
However, Huel is pricey on its own, let alone with the addition of Alpro. At somewhere between £1.00 – £1.50 per two scoops (depending on subscription, student discount and multi-buy offers), it tallies beyond a homemade avocado on toast. For people with smaller incomes, myself included, it is a lot. But personally, I justify it for health reasons. As a vegan, it helps me improve my protein, B12, fatty acid and iron intake, four things vegans are liable to be deficient on. This is because, as formed upon natural ingredients (that contain all 26 essential vitamins and minerals), Huel describe their products as nutritionally complete. I have been consuming Huel for over a year and have felt profound health benefits, whether in terms of weight management, skin or mental health.
Results are subjective and susceptible to the placebo effect, though. I acknowledge marked improvements in my health and given the primary three ingredients in the powder I use are pea protein, flaxseed and brown rice, no wonder. However, to my knowledge, there are limited-to-no independent studies on the health benefits of Huel, a fact that they confirmed when I asked their team directly. So, despite Huel having been developed by nutrition experts, these are ultimately salaried by the same company that they are writing reports for, so take that information with a pinch of salt when reading what they tell you. Other than that, though, I cannot recommend Huel enough. I wish they would make their powder bag packaging recyclable, though. I hate contributing to landfill further when the planet is wrecked enough as is.
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