Hello, after reading about Huel and comparing it to other meal replacement shakes, I have finally decided to make the plunge. I am a couple days into my first two-bag order, and I was hoping some veterans might have some advice or critique for how I am using it.
Prior to Huel I was eating a very unhealthy diet. I ate 1-2 meals a day, usually high calorie, highly-processed foods, including a lot of fast foods. I hate cooking, and in the past few months health issues have led to me dropping from 40 hours to 20 hours of work a week, so I have limited funds. Shopping around for grocery deals, and micromanaging perishable foods before they expire is too much of a hassle for me. Additionally, I deal with IBS, so this diet was causing me constant intestinal distress.
I read that it is better to ease into Huel, so currently I am drinking 1 shake a day at lunch, with a more “normal” (for me) meal in the evening, and a coffee in the morning. Eventually I plan to cut out the “normal” evening meal and replace it with a second shake.
I mix 2 scoops of Huel with 2 cups of Oatly full-fat oat milk, half a tablespoon of BioSchwartz Greens Superfood powder, some Himalayan pink salt, whatever Huel flavor boost I want (I picked banana, chocolate and peanut butter - the former is great, but the latter two are very disappointing) blend it all together in my blender, then let it chill in the fridge overnight. It is very thick, but to me the taste and texture reminds me of overnight oats, so I don’t mind. I chose to use Oatly to increase the calories of each shake, because while I am trying to make each bag go as far as possible to save money I also want to make sure I am getting enough to eat. I chose to add the greens powder for a similar reason - to make sure I am getting enough fruits and vegetables. Because the flavor boosts have been underwhelming, I am considering using frozen strawberries and bananas, and cacao powder/peanut butter powder instead.
I have read a lot of conflicting reports on whether or not it is safe to replace all of your meals with Huel. My personal feeling was that if my current diet was fast food and processed junk, surely replacing it with Huel couldn’t be WORSE. I’d appreciate any responses from people who have successfully used Huel as a meal replacement long term.