I’m pretty new to Huel as well, (getting me second order this week, been using it for about a month) within days of getting my frirst order I was having that ‘Oh no! not that taste, not that texture’ feeling.
I’ve done a couple of things to make it work for me.
First off, Original Vanilla does not work for me, I can taste it in the back of my throat for hours, even mixing it with unsweetened unflavoured did not help. So that bag’s just going to sit until I figure out what to do with it.
New Vanilla (everyone says it’s chemically, I don’t disagree, but it’s not bad) This one I can drink pretty easily, pretty happy with it, but it’s too sweet (I like savoury flavour when it comes to meals)
Unsweetened and Unflavoured is like drinking soggy cardboard.
So I mixed 1 scoop of Unsweetened and Unflavoured with 1 scoop of New Vanilla, and it’s great! it’s slightly sweet, without leaving a sweet taste behind.
I also bought Guar Gum from Amazon, a 1KG bag cost me like £5 so it’s cheap enough. Guar gum is a thickener, mix it with water and you can make the teaspoon stand up on it’s own. With this, the drink feel a little more filling (it’s thicker even though I only use 2 scoops in a full Hule shake bottle of water (750~800ml water)) There is already Guar Gum in Huel, just not enough (IMHO)
So to make my daily shakes, I put half a teaspoon (slightly heaped, but exact ratio changes all the time) of Guar Gum into a water (half hull shaker). Close it up and shake for a second so the gum dissolved into the water. Open shaker, put 1 scoop Unsweet + 1 scoop New Vanilla. Close, shake. more water through neck of bottle. Shake, more water, shake. et al.
Give it a good shake to finish.
Now, the best part about it, you don’t have to shake it again, the Huel stays properly suspended in the water, no more shaking and because it’s thicker, there’s none of the scratchy feeling when you get to the bottom of the huel.
It’s made the huel a perfect base meal for me so far. I tried the flavours, they were ok, but I’ve skipped buying any flavouring since I’m satisfied enough with the mixed vanilla and unsweetened, and the guar gum makes it feel like a real meal.
(PS: Don’t use to much guar gum, the texture is off-putting if it’s to thick, especially if you drink it with the strainer still in the mixer. Guar Gum can also make you clog up a bit if you go mad with it. so keep it around a half teaspoon).