Almond milk probably won’t be enough sugar to derail a weight loss (read: body fat loss) program. A lot of almond milk is fairly low in sugar, and I think you can get unsweetened almond milk if needed. The benefits of using milk or milk+water to blend the Huel is that it adds some creaminess and smoother texture to the suspension. Many people find it enhances the taste/experience. So, in this regard, if using milk makes it more appealing, you’re more likely to stick with Huel and therefore more likely to experience weight loss (if using Huel for that purpose).
regular Silk brand almond milk has 7 grams of sugar in 240 ml. If you were to do 250 ml almond milk + 250 ml water + 3 scoops of Huel = 560 calories total (500 from Huel and 60 from the milk) and 8 grams sugar total (1 from Huel and 7 from milk). That’s pretty low in my book. A few frozen blueberries adds very little sugar and can also enhance the flavor.
Huel itself has a glycemic index of 28, which is quite modest. That’s one of the reasons it helps a lot of people lose weight. Slow digesting carbs from oats and the added protein and fats give it this low GI. You’d be surprised how long a 500 calorie dose of Huel will last before you feel the need to eat again.
With me, I go big with my Huel. Most of my shakes are 700 to 900 calories, since I love adding peanut butter. Natural PB is low in sugar and has GI of, like, 15. And, I like to add more fat to my Huel shakes, so this is perfect for me. I use Huel at work and do IF (16+ hours daily fasting) and exercise 4 to 5 days per week. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight. So calories by themselves are not necessarily something to watch, depending on your overall dietary program.