Originally posted on https://www.thethinkinggentleman.com

Remember how on Star Trek they used have those replicator thingys that provide you with whatever food you wanted at the press of a button?

Well, I used to want one of those pretty badly. I’d just left home, living on my own for the first time, and I had no cooking skills whatsoever. And to be honest, I didn’t have much interest in learning either – what I wanted was something quick, tasty, and convenient, not hours spent in the kitchen.

Sadly, I soon learnt that “quick, tasty, and convenient” most often translates to “processed crap you really don’t want to be putting in your body.” All those salt and additive laden ready meals, greasy and unhealthy fast food, and ingredients of dubious provenance will really take their toll on your body, and sooner or later you will notice the impact on your general energy levels, mood, and even libido.

Simply put, it’s worth taking a bit of care with what you are putting into your body – you are what you eat, right? Over time, I’m happy to say that I have acquired some basic culinary skills – as I believe every man should – but I still struggle with consistently healthy nutrition. I’m never going to be a keen cook, and eating healthily seems to take much more of an effort than I want it to.

Enter Huel, a powdered food that promises to provide all the nutrition your body needs in a handy, quick to prepare package. In the company’s own words:

“Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food ​that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at least 100% of the European Union’s ‘Daily Recommended Amounts’ of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals​.

Huel is 100% vegan (better for the environment and animals), super convenient, high in protein (148g per 2000 calories) and fibre (35g), contains just 4.6 grams of sugar per 2000 calories (no added sugar), requires minimal packaging and has a shelf-life of 12 months (so zero food waste).”

Sounds pretty good, but what is it really like? How does it taste, and is it really a good idea to be replacing actual meals with powdered food?

Well, I was curious to find out, so I gave it a try. Here’s what I discovered.

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