We’re all about trying new ways to save money (and time) on Wallet Squirrel. Here is one of my latest attempts to save both during my regular lunchtime meals. In short, this my story on how I replaced my lunches with a $2.36 Huel meal replacement shake for a week for a Huel Review.
First – What Is A Meal Replacement Shake?
These are shakes that contain all the nutrients you need in a meal. Everything we’re supposed to eat as humans to be healthy, but all contained in a shake. No more worrying if your meal is healthy or balanced, you have scientifically measured powder you mix with water and that is the meal of the future.
These really started to become more and more popular lately thanks to Gamers who didn’t want to waste time cooking. They wanted a fast and easy method to eat so they could get back to gaming with little effort. Plus if it was healthy, they would have more mental capacity and energy to continue gaming.
This movement resonated with a lot of people of today’s generation that also wanted an easy, ready-to-go meal replacement shake so they could continue their busy lives.
Are Meal Replacement Shakes Good?
Does it matter? If you’re drinking a nutritionally complete meal and for far cheaper ($2.36 per meal with Huel) than a regular meal. Does taste matter?
For most people, it’s still an issue. To these people, no it does not taste good! These meal replacement shakes are far from tasting good. At best you get bland and yes, that is best!
What Type Of Meal Replacement Shakes Are Available?
For this, I had to do some research. Normally I’m all about Hot Pockets, Pizza Rolls, and Ramen Noodles, so basically anything else on the planet is more nutritious for me than these. However, if I was going to go all in with a meal replacement shake, I wanted the best. During my research, I looked at 2 different meal replacement shakes that came highly recommended.
Each of them had a loyal fan base and both fairly nutritional shakes, but I leaned towards Huel because it had a bit more protein per meal. Here is my one week Huel Review.
Huel Review: Here’s My Story Trying It For A Week
Pre-Huel Review – I spent about a week and a half researching Huel, reading reviews and listening to YouTube testimonials. I finally decided on Huel (located in the UK) and ordered off their website. I ordered 2 bags (28 meals) of their vanilla flavor. This is their recommended amount to buy your first time. Since it was my first time ordering, they gave me a free shaker and t-shirt. In total, it was $66.00.
I receive them in the mail about 2-3 days later, it was really fast delivery! I assume they have a distribution center in the US somewhere, otherwise, that was very quickly delivered from the UK.
I read on many of the reviews that people went to the extreme and replaced all of their meals with Huel for a week. That’s intense! In doing this, it took some time for their body to adjust to the alternate food source. They described some very embarassing gassy situations.
Sorry guys, I’m not doing that. I’m only replacing my lunches. I walk home for lunch every day with limited time to eat. I thought I’d substitute my lunches for this meal replacement shake to save both money and importantly time (also dishes).
Day 1 (it was rough) – It was the weekend so I tried I decided to try Huel early. I read the brochure that says 3 scoops is equal to 1 meal. So I throw 3 scoops into one of the shaker containers I already have and fill it with water. I didn’t think it mattered. The shakers I’m talking about have a metal wire ball that sits in the bottom and bounces around when shaken to additionally stir more of the protein mix in the water. I shake for about 2 minutes and take a drink.
AHHHHHHH, it was the weirdest taste of my life!
My face scrunched into a ball, shrinking as small as possible to hid from the strange taste of the Huel. I sat there motionless hoping it would all go away. In doing so, I tried to realize what was so off about it.
It didn’t have ANY flavor, it was the blandest thing I ever tasted! However it was the chunks of congealed powder that was the grossest thing ever. The powder clumped together in the water forming dry chunks of grit that caused my throat to revolt.
I just couldn’t deal with the chunks. It was the texture that got to me, texture wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I was determined to finish it though, it was only Day 1. I kept taking drink after drink while working on something else to take my mind off it. In the end, it took me 4 hours to finish my first shake because my sub conscience wanted to delay the inevitable as long as possible. I seriously considered quitting this entire Huel review.
Day 2 – (it got better) – The next day was a Monday, so I came home from work and knew I had to try again. This time I had to do something about the chunks, I couldn’t take them anymore (YUCK)! So I threw the 3 scoops of powder, added water and dumped ice into a blender. I read ice helped in some other reviews. Then I let that concoction blend for a full minute. I’m sure 15 seconds would have been fine, but I wanted revenge at this point.
I poured the blended goo into the shaker they gave me. This shaker didn’t have a metal mixing ball like my others, but it did have a plastic mesh to help capture the large chunks of the powder from being drank. I appreciated this….
It actually wasn’t bad at this point. There wasn’t much favor but a complete lack of chunks really won me over. At this point, I realized maybe I could make it.
Day 3-7 (easy peezy) – The following days were easy and time-saving. I came home, set up the blender, added ice/water/powder, and poured it into my Huel shaker to drink. I began to finish the drink under 30 minutes (while doing something else). It wasn’t too bad and I eventually got used to the odd taste.
It’s not the worst thing in the world.
I will probably continue to use Huel as my backup lunch option, like Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, when I have nothing else in my fridge after this Huel review, but it’s such a good option that’s quick and cheap. My only hang up is I regularly have to wash the blender and single Huel shaker after every use. My goal was to have zero dishes for the ultimate meal replacement.
Would you try this to save money?
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