If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember me saying that I never have breakfast on weekdays because I simply cannot seem to make time for it. Although I do love food very much, pitted against sleep, getting ready and checking the news and my schedule for the day, it's just not a priority. Not eating breakfast is not an actual problem for me most of the time, but occasionally it does happen that I'm not eating before 3 or 4 p.m. And that can't be healthy.
Granted, some call this "intermittent fasting" and claim it is good for the body, but whenever I involuntarily "fast", my stomach and energy levels tell me otherwise. People like to say that they're so busy, they forget to eat. I used to say that too, but when you think about it, it's not that anyone forgets they're hungry, but preparing food and eating takes up time. And on some particularly busy days, I'm not willing to "waste" time. To be very clear here: I'm not advocating this. In fact, I have been looking for a solution and I may have found one.
It's called Huel and is a "nutritionally complete" powdered food, which means that it contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus (depending on the serving) the daily recommended intake of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals. And it's 100% vegan. How amazing is that? Other benefits include that it's soy-free, low in sugar, high in fiber and high in protein compared to regular food (30g protein per 100g).
Fast food done right
Above all, Huel is very easy to prepare. You simply mix one part of powder with 5 parts of cold water and shake for 10 seconds. I can definitely make time for that in the morning. Especially because it's possible to take the shaker with you and drink on the go, at work, in uni or wherever you have to be.
If you want to know what Huel is made from exactly, here's the list of ingredients for the unflavored & unsweetened version: Oats, pea protein, flaxseed, brown rice protein, MCT powder (from coconut), sunflower oil powder, thickeners: xanthan gum and guar gum, micronutrient blend. Sure, it is processed. But while it is technically possible to only eat Huel, most use it to replace one meal a day (mostly breakfast) or up to two on very busy days. I think it's a better option than not eating at all, as I sometimes do. And it's definitely better than waiting until you're so hungry you crave fast food or sweets. I mean, show me a typical fast food or candy bar that fuels you with reasonable amounts of zinc, folate and riboflavin.
Apart from the unflavored & unsweetened Huel powder, there is also a vanilla-flavored one, and both come in a version that is gluten-free. I have the unflavored one and on its own it tastes rather earthy. I'm completely fine with that because I'm used to drinking hemp protein and THAT, my friends, is really earthy. But to be sure, I also tried it with two of the additional flavors that Huel offers, and they're really nice. They're sweetened with stevia and there is a huge choice, ranging from strawberry to toffee. I especially liked the tropical taste of pineapple & coconut, and the chocolate flavor is perfect for when you're craving something sweet. Simply add half a teaspoon to the mix of HUEL and water and you're good to go.
If you have any questions whatsoever, the website has a very extensive FAQs section, where you can read that Huel is blended and packaged in a certified factory in the UK, something that I was interested in. In addition to that, the makers have set up a Huel forum. I think that's a great idea and there appears to be a real community, who discusses anything from recipes and preparation tips (because you can also use Huel for cooking and baking), to nutrition and weight loss (or gain, if you're building).
I've been drinking Huel for close to two weeks now and I really like the taste and the fact that it helps me incorporate breakfast into my routine and prevent me from getting extremely hungry during the day. Why do I call it future food? Well, because while I think it's important to eat REAL, nutritious and locally grown food, it's also a reality that in fast-paced 21st century life, not everyone can or wants to make time for cooking everyday, simply because there might be other priorities. Huel has recognized this and tapped into a huge and growing market by designing a powder that keeps its promise of fueling your body with a minimum amount of effort and time. I do believe we will see more solutions like this in the future.
If you decide to try the Huel powder, you will get a free shaker and t-shirt with your first order.
Curious? You can order Huel here.
HUEL also offers natural cocoa bars, which are vegan, gluten-free and contain 15g of fibre and 15g of protein all packed into 250 calories.
This post is in cooperation with Huel.