Bit of background for you -
I play futsal/football twice a week, gym 4/5 times a week and would consider myself fairly active. I have always struggled with weight/fitness but over the past 1.5 years I have seen huge improvements; largely due to dietary and nutritional changes. I weighed 98kg in January 2014, and now weight a slightly more respectable 82kg. I have dropped a lot of body fat and in general my strength has improved, going from a 50kg 1RM bench press to 80kg 1RM; and now able to complete a whole game of football without feeling like my lungs are in hell.
HOWEVER! I am a total foodie and unfortunately have a penchant for all foods wonderful/fattening/indulgent. I am not quite able to take my fat loss into the next dimension, and a large reason behind me seeing if Huel could work for me is if i can provide a decent nutritious meal for myself at low cost and minimum effort during my busy day, and then enjoy fairly healthy foods midweek and let loose a bit on weekends then I could transcend into the next level that I am after.
My plan is to use Huel to replace 1 meal per day, either breakfast or lunch, for 4/5 days of the week (most of the working week). A typical week would look like this -
Mon - Protein shake, Huel after gym, dinner
Tues - Protein shake, Huel after gym, dinner
Weds - Protein shake, sandwich, Huel
Thurs - Huel, sandwich, dinner
Fri - Protein shake, Huel, dinner
The thing is I love to cook and I wouldn't ever want to replace solid food, however in a rush, after football late evenings etc I can see it being a good way to keep satiated and to keep from a frozen pizza or some other rushed and unhealthy dinner.
I receive my parcel today, complete with shaker and t shirt. The products look great, from a design point of view it's a terrific looking brand! Seriously good design team at work here. Let's hope it stands up to the test....
I had a 1 scoop taster (as I had already had a sandwich), and it was better than expected. I've had Hurricane MyProtein before which is quite oaty, so the texture although it had bits in was very smooth; didn't get any lumps (although I will see how this goes when I have 3/4 scoops).
The overall taste was good. When I say good, I mean inoffensive, neutral without being bland, and had a very pleasant oaty/vanilla aftertaste. It was like a nice version of cold liquid porridge.
The only downside would be that some of the bits worked their way into gaps in my teeth, however this was resolved easily with a swish of water.
Tomorrow I'm off for a big lunch time gym session so will check back in with thoughts on a 3/4 scoop portion (probably accompanied by 2x tuna nigri from Wasabi as I just love those at the moment!)
How much protein in a 3/4 scoop portion?
Can I mix my protein powder with it if there isn't enough?
Best recipes for using as a flour?