Huel Nutritionally Complete Food – Review

Introduction

We have been looking to trial a meal replacement product for some time. One that would allow us to eat healthily when time is limited due to unexpected work commitments, and would also help us to reduce our food packaging waste impact on our planet. So when Huel offered to send us some of their products to trial, we jumped at the opportunity to try them out.

Huel Review - Trail & Kale - Huel
Huel Review – Trail & Kale – Huel

Helen and I both have quite demanding full-time careers that sometimes leave us with short lunch breaks. These would usually mean grabbing the closest food available and unfortunately, that would probably be something unhealthy. Whilst trialling Huel, we were really pleased that we could fill that gap with proper nutritious food (all be it in liquid form). I was particularly impressed that not only was I getting a good meal but I was actually getting more time to do other things when normally I would be munching away finishing a solid-food meal whilst juggling a work task.

Huel Review - Trail & Kale - HuelWe decided to trial Huel for a couple of weeks.  I was personally interested in using it as a healthy complimentary meal, taken every other day during the work week, rather than a complete meal replacement. I enjoy the taste and texture of food too much to do a complete swap out.

We are also working towards living a 100% Vegan diet which makes Huel perfectly suited to us.

Huel – The Nutritionally Complete Food

Huel Review - Trail & Kale - Huel
Huel Review – Trail & Kale – Huel


“Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food. It’s been formulated by a renowned nutrition expert to include the perfect balance of carbs, fat and protein and all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. You can replace all your food with Huel, but most will only replace one or two of their meals. It’s made from real food (Oats, Brown Rice, Pea, Flaxseed, Sunflower and MCTs from Coconut) which has been turned into a powder for convenience. The result is a surprisingly cheap, time-saving, environmentally friendly, simple, and humane (100% vegan) food.”

Taste

We were also sent a pack of extra flavour boost sachets designed to compliment the Vanilla Huel mix to stop things getting boring. I added a ‘Pineapple and Coconut’ sachet to my first shake which I soon felt was a mistake. It added a very artificial and oversweetened taste to the meal. I dont fully understand why a product being sold as healthy and nutritionally complete would want to taint that notion by adding over sweetened flavours. I know it makes sense from a business perspective to offer a wide range of flavour options which to may appeal to more people than just the standard vanilla.

Huel Review - Trail & Kale - Flavour boost sachets
Huel Review – Trail & Kale – Flavour boost sachets

It’s possible of course that since reducing my sugar intake I now notice it more when I do have it, so I’ll hold judgement on that. It would be worth you trying for yourself to see if you prefer to add flavours or not. The taste of the Vanilla mix was however really good on its own, so that’s how I drank it going forward.

Texture

The texture was really smooth and not too thick like some alternative products out there. I suggest giving the mix a long shake to completely dissolve the powder, and then drink it all quite quickly after. This will keep the consistency of the mix from changing.

Cost

The cost may appear expensive upon first look, but that’s probably because you’re just seeing it as a bag of powder rather than what it actually is. I see it as the opportunity to maintain a healthy diet when work doesn’t allow for it. It also buys you time, I can be done with a Huel meal in less than 5 minutes, which gives me more time to do other important things. So if you break the cost down across how many meals you get from one small bag of powder, it actually ends up being around £1.60 (according to Huel’s website), not bad!

Huel (Original) the UK's leading nutritionally complete food v2.2

Natural Cocoa Huel Bar

Huel Review - Trail & Kale - Huel Bar
Huel Review – Trail & Kale – Huel Bar

Huel Bars are a carefully crafted blend of gluten-free oats, peas, rice, flaxseed, coconut and sunflower, with a few extra ingredients to bind the bars together to stop them from being too dry.”

Although I actually found them to be quite dry, despite them being advertised as not, I really enjoyed the bars. They provided me with the energy to keep going in between a Huel lunch and a standard dinner. I assume they are a little dry because they don’t contain fatty dairy products to hold them solidly together. I like that! The bars are also 100% Vegan and Gluten-free and have a delicious chocolate taste.

Natural Cocoa Huel Bar v1.1 (Gluten-free)

Huel Review - Trail & Kale - Huel Bar scale ref
Huel Review – Trail & Kale – Huel Bar scale reference

Summary

We are always open minded to trying new approaches that allow us to help protect the environment, live clean, run free and ultimately be happier as a result of all these things. So it was a real pleasure trying Huel for a couple of weeks. We love the concept of complimenting our diets with this kind of powdered food and will continue to do so.

Why don’t you order your first pack, and see if it can help you streamline your lifestyle too? Don’t forget to add your free t-shirt and shaker at checkout.

Huel Review - Trail & Kale - Huel Shaker
Huel Review – Trail & Kale – Huel Shaker

If you have any questions about our time using Huel or anything relating to the products then please leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Live Clean: Run Free!!



Trail Running Food

For articles and advice on trail running food, check out the advice section of our blog, and have a look at these posts:

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Alastair Dixon

Landscape & Adventure Photographer // Mountain & Ultra Runner // Former Ski Racer. VFX Lighting Supervisor at Aardman Animations.

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