I started drinking Huel about 4 months ago and it has completely changed my life.
First off, a little as to why I started drinking Huel to begin with. I work from home in NYC and while there is obviosuly an amazing selection of food around me that is easily accessible, it’s also not easy on the bank account to be eating out for breakfast and lunch everyday.
And buying food from the grocery store has not ever been a skill of mine. So here I was eating a $6 breakfast and a $10-15 dollar lunch every day. So my day wasn’t even halfway over and I could be out $20. And yes, there were some days when I would make food at home which consisted of eggs, bacon and toast for breakfast and a boring sandwich for lunch. Still not the best way to spend money or eat healthy for that matter.
How much money can you save?
I spend about $60 every 5 weeks on Huel. An order of Huel is supposed to last about a month if used at the full serving rate. I do not need to use a full serving per meal because it’s about 500 calories per serving. So I have cut it down to two, 300 calorie servings a day. I have substituted my breakfast and lunch meals during the work week and I skip Huel for dinner and on weekends. (Although I will say, I crave it on the weekends!)
So if we do some quick math with this, it’s as follows…
OLD ME | Mon-Fri – 2 Meals a day – $15-20 a day, $75-100 per week.
HUEL ME | Mon-Fri – 2 Meals a day – $2.40 a day, $12 per week.
That is an insane amount of savings. Think about what you would do if you had an additional $80 per week? I have used this savings to enjoy better meals for dinner and on the weekends (and I am now drinking top shelf whiskey…shhh…)
How do I make Huel?
When I first started I made Huel with 3 scoops of Huel, almond milk, water and frozen fruit for flavor. I would blend it all up to make it extreamly smooth. It was a good way to start but often became time consuming having to use a blender and buy all that fruit.
Then I started making it the night before and leaving in the fridge in the morning. Woa, nelly did this make the Huel taste so much better. There is something about letting all the flavor soak into it and the Huel became thicker allowing me to actually start to crave it and enjoy it.
I then wanted to reduce calories and time. This is where I removed a scoop of Huel from each meal, switched to only using water, shaking it instead of blending it, and still leaving it overnight. And can you believe it? I still felt full throughout the day and was very much enjoying it.
With Huel, I still found myself dinking coffee as well. So now, I was drinking meals and drinking coffee. But what if, I could mix the two?!
My Perfect Recipe
My Perfect Serving of Huel: 2 scoops of Huel (one Vanilla, one Un-sweetened), 300 oz of cold coffee, shake. Leave it in the fridge overnight. That’s it. I have that two times a day, eat a few snacks in between and whatever I want for dinner because I have only eaten between 600-800 calories so far for that day.
Losing Weight with Huel
Let’s be honest. We all wish we could lose some pounds without having to increase our activity too much. I do not like to work out. I hate it. Something is not in me to be a gym goer or a runner or anything of that nature. Before going on Huel I was about 205 pounds. I needed to lose weight. That is where I brought in the Lose It App.
The Lose It app is an amazing calorie counting app that has changed the way I eat. You enter in all your body information, say how much weight you are looking to lose and it provides you with the amount of calories you need to intake each day to lose it. You can find most of the foods you eat right in the app, including HUEL! It pegged me at 1600 calories a day to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year. So after my 600 calories a day of Huel, I was still looking at 1000 calories of snacks, drinks and dinner. Not bad!
I am happy to say in the four months I have been drinking Huel, I am now down to around 190. Huel mixed with calorie counting mixed with basic workouts (gym 1-2 times a week and riding a bike around the city 1-2 times a week) has allowed me to better know how much I am putting into my body which has brought tremendous strides in my weightloss. AND I still drink alcohol, I still eat pizza and I still enjoy dinners out.
I can’t stop promoting this stuff. I tell everyone about it. I am that annoying person talking about their diet. I know. But with the results I have been getting and the money I have been saving, I’m a happier person. So why would I not promote it?
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Have you tried Huel or a similar product? What has been your results and experience? Do you have recipes you want to share? I’d love to hear about it. My next experiment will be making Huel cookies…yes, you can replace flour with Huel…what doesn’t this stuff do?