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But before starting here are the rules or the parameters:

  1. I will weight myself at the start of the week and at the end of the week.
  2. I will monitor all I eat using MyfitnessPal to track the calories in.
  3. Luckily, I also have a Garmin Fenix 3hr that allows me to fairly accurately estimate how many calories I burn a day and track exercise. Therefore, I will also provide data of the exercise and steps i do. This wil be calories out.
  4. I will try to eat at least more than 50% of my energy from meal replacements. Unfortunately, I do not think I will be able to do solely consuming complete foods (due to social and familiar compromises).

Things to take into account:

  • One week is not enough time to draw any strong conclusions.
  • The results for any certain meal replacement shake might be skewed due to external factors like stress, work load, temperature…
  • Not 2 weeks are equal.
  • I might be unable to fully accurately track my calories in meals that I do not cook.

Queal was the first meal replacement I tried. This Dutch company is specialised in having multiple delicious flavours in stock and offering many different products.

  • Queal is a Dutch company that ships worldwide; offering free shipping after €50 in the EU and a flat $25 to the US.
  • They have 4 powdered products: Queal Standard (700kcal), Queal Agile (600kcal), Queal Athletic (766kcal), and Queal Vegan (700kcal). On top of that the offer a GOBar (bar) and Flow (nootropic). They are also about to release Instant Oats.
  • The powder versions come in 3 meal (daily dose) bags and offer up to 8 flavours.
  • The manufacturing happens in the Netherlands.
  • Allergens: Dairy, Soy, egg*, Gluten, Nuts*
  • Suitable for: Vegetarians (but they have a vegan product).

One week on Queal

Summary of my Week on Queal

 

Queal Energy Expenditure vs Intake
In theory, I ended up with a 600kcal deficit. However, I suspect there might have been hidden calories, making this an even week.

Starting Weight: 79.9kg or 176.1lbs.

Finishing Weight: 80.4kg or 177.3lbs.

Total calories in: 16,577kcal (-1,139 vs last week).

Total calories out: 17,195kcal (+32 vs last week).

Cal From Queal: 7,671kcal (46%).

Cost of Queal (Agile): €29.27+€7.5 (GO bar)

  • I actually got closer to the 50% goal of calories from Queal. The range of opportunities certainly helped.
  • I ended up with a pretty similar weight (only 0.5kg more).
  • The cost of Agile is €0.00445/kcal (without discount or subscription). If I had Queal Standard instead it would have been €0.003325/kcal (without discounts), which would have decreased the cost of the week to €21.87 (plus the bars). For Athletic only, it would have been €24.33 (0.0037/kcal).
Thoughts on Queal
  • Queal’s range of flavours and products is really handy. It allows you to find the right fit for every moment, and not getting bored of having shakes all the time.
  • That said, I feel like Queal should try to develop non-sweet flavours. For instance, make the Forest Fruit or Raspberry bitter (which would have fit the theme better).
  • The chocolate flavours are the best, but quite similar to each other.
  • My Queal flavours ranking: Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness> Cool Chocolate> Awesome Apple Pie> Super Strawberry> Rad Raspberry Flow> Smooth Vanilla> Funky Forest Fruits.
  • The Vanilla and Forest Fruits were too mild an oaty.
  • Most shakes were good enough to satiate me for 3-4h (more towards 3).
  • GO bar Nuts&Seasalt was better than Dark Chocolate, which was very sweet and artificial tasting.
  • I found Flow efficient on helping me focus, and I was able to work very efficiently for 2.5h.
  • Personally, I found Queal Agile the most suiting for my needs, but I feel that the price difference is too big.
  • I would strongly recommend buying Queal if you enjoy the sweet flavours.

Start 14/10/18

Starting Weight 15_10_18Starting Weight: 79.9kg or 176.15lbs.

Starting Caloric Need2,180kcal or 9121.1kJ.

Day 1- 14/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 1

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Queal Agile Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness 2.5 scoops, 331kcal.

    Queal Agile Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness handcheck
    The shake is pretty thin, but the flavour is delicious. A must try for chocolate lovers.

Thoughts: This is the best chocolate meal replacement shake. Period. It was my favourite and still is. You can smell the chocolate when you open the bag, it smells wonderfully. Also, unlike other chocolate flavours, oats do not overpower the taste.

Lunch
  •  Queal Agile Awesome Apple Pie 4 scoops, 528kcal.

    Queal Agile Awesome Apple Pie
    It truly is easyk, tasty and nutritious.

Thoughts: I had tried the Standard Apple Pie version and in my memory it was sweeter, with a stronger cinammon taste. Still good, though.

Dinner:
  • Tomato salad (22kcal).
  • Potato omelette (250g) about 362kcal.

Thoughts: My dad demanded we had the omelette tonight. I cooked it for the first time in a while, and I must say, I still got it.

Snacks:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal).
  • Low-fat yogurt (250g), about 98kcal.
  • Bread, 150g, 407kcal.
  • Queal GO Bar Nuts and Seasalt 354kcal.
    Queal Go Bar Nuts & Seasalt bag
    The bar is very similar to any other nutty snack bar, but pretty salty.

    Thoughts: I was craving a bar. Nuts and Seasalt did not disappoint. Was it salty? Yes. But still delicious and nutty.

Food Day 1:
Queal Food 14_10_18Queal Nutrients Day1
Queal Calorie Spread Day1Queal Macros Day1

Recap of Day 1

  • Calories IN = 2,312kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = 132kcal (extra).
Queal Summary Day1
I guess I needed the sleep. A lazy days, otherwise.

Queal was my first love. Well, my first meal replacement. I could not think a better brand to start with. Plenty of flavours to choose from, different nutritional profiles (all high in protein, the way I like) and very affordable prices. Wow, I sound like a salesman.

Anyhow, starting with Queal Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness, this is one of the best chocolate shakes out there. It is a shake where the oats are not very noticeable and the chocolate flavour takes over. Very thin shake, but intense flavour and no bits at all. Too easy to drink. All was over too soon. This would be one of my go-to shakes.

Awesome Apple Pie was also in my favourites list, mainly because the cinammon touch and because it actually does taste like apple pie. However, this time I found the flavour to be a little bit more delicate, compared to the standard version. I would have liked it to be a little bit stronger.

Finally, the GOBar. I had heard complaints about the Nuts&Seasalt flavour being too salty. It is true and it is not. It is salty, and in my opinion it is not needed. However, I did not find it overwhelming or too bothersome, I got used to it pretty quickly. Furthermore, it was a nice surprise. The bar was like one of those nut snackbars that I love, but it has 32g of protein and 30% of your daily micronutrients. I think this bar is one of the most complete and I could see myself using it after the gym, while travelling or as midday snack.

I guess I could say that my first day with Queal was pretty exciting. Plenty of flavours to try from. Apart from that there was little excitement or movement at all. I spent most of my day in front of the computer, trying to sort out issues with the site.

Tomorrow is the start of another week.


Day 2- 15/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 2

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Queal Agile Forest Fruits 3 scoops, 397kcal.Queal Agile Funky Forest Fruit

Thoughts: The Forest Fruit flavours seem lacking the punch I expect from them and end up tasting like “nothing”.

Lunch
  • Brocolli soup, 485g, 184kcal.

Thoughts: I simply did not fancy a shake at lunch, even though it would have been easier.

Dinner:
  • Tomato salad (22kcal) with olive oil (60kcal).
  • Leeks with potatos and carrots 292kcal.
  • Bread 407kcal.

Thoughts: I wish we had something with protein for this meal.

Snacks:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal).
  • Low-fat yogurt (250g), about 98kcal.
  • Queal Agile Chocolate Hazelnut 2 scoops, 264kcal.
  • Queal Athletic Smooth Vanila 3scoops 383kcal.
    Queal Athletic Smooth Vanilla post workout
    I had 3 scoops with about 400ml of water. It was perhaps a little watery.

    Thoughts: The smooth vanilla is definitely not my favourite flavour. I feel that there are stronger vanilla flavours out there (Pulve) that I enjoy more.

Food Day 2:
Queal Food 15_10_18Queal Nutrients Day2
Queal Calorie Spread Day2Queal Macros Day2

Recap of Day 2

  • Calories IN = 2,317kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180+522kcal.
  • Total = -385kcal (deficit).
Queal Summary Day2
A small leg workout with some squats and light deadlifts, plus one shoulder exercise.

I should have not ended the day in deficit. I even took a Queal Agile shake in the evening to bump the calories up.

Regarding the Queal products, I had half a serving of Queal Athletic after the workout. The full serving felt too big for a mid-afternoon meal. However, it was a good way to bump my protein. The smooth vanilla flavour is a bit lacking in my opinion. It does not taste like vanilla much and ends up being a mild oat shake.

Similarly, the Forest Fruit flavour lacks the punch I expected. I had flashbacks from the Vitaline Forest Fruit that I tried last week. The flavour is just not very noticeable, it was not sweet or bitter. It was just mild and the oats do not seem to go very well with this flavour.

In the evening, before bed, I had a couple of scoops of Chocolate Hazelnut to bump my protein up. I must say you can still notice the oats, and if it were even a little bit more chocolaty this shake would be that much better.


Day 3- 16/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 3

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Queal Agile Cool Chocolate 3 scoops, 397kcal.

    Queal Agile Cool Chocolate
    Chocolate flavours are a strong point of Queal’s.

Thoughts: Cool Chocolate is a good chocolaty shake. I have a feeling it would improve considerably, just with a little milk.

Lunch
  • Courgette, tomato and pepper soup, 362kcal.

Thoughts: Mum cooked it for me the night before.

Dinner:
  • Tomato salad (22kcal) with lettuce, tuna (50kcal) and 2 boiled eggs (143kcal).
  • Bread 407kcal.

Thoughts: The tomato and the lettuce were from the garden. Absolutely delicious meal.

Snacks:
  • Low-fat yogurt (250g), about 98kcal.
  • Queal Agile Chocolate Hazelnut 3 scoops, 397kcal.
  • Ham, 279g, 288kcal.
  • Queal Flow (1 scoop), 0kcal.

    Queal Flow Boost
    Queal Flow one scoop with 300ml of water works for me.

Thoughts: Flow is interesting. It got me really focused 20 minutes after consuming it, however, do not expect to be delicious.

Food Day 3:
Queal Food 16_10_18Queal Nutrients Day3
Queal Calorie Spread Day3Queal Macros Day3

Recap of Day 3

  • Calories IN = 2,219kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = 39kcal (extra).
Queal Summary Day3
I was meant to go to the rugby training, but I ended up trying to finish an article, which I did not finish.

Yesterday was a frustraiting day, mainly because I thought I would be able to finish something and I did not. Even after “sacrificing” rugby training for it.

Queal Agile Cool Chocolate was the last I had to try from the Agile iterations. It is really good and definitely something every chocolate lover will like. I mixed mine 3 scoops with 300ml of water and you could feel the powder a little bit, but not much.

I also had Flow, around 5p.m. after being working for most of the day. I was getting tired of the screen and losing my motivation really quick. I must say the next two-three hours were among the most productive of the day. The flavour is meh, you will notice the powder because it does not mix well (like having creatine) but it is still drinkable. If you really dislike it, “eat” the scoop and then wash it with water.

Perhaps, I should compare Flow to the other two nootropic (or boost) that I have had in this series: Performance Drink by Runtime and Focus (Vitaline). I must say I found all three very efficient in terms of increasing my concentration and work rate. I am a caffeine addict and it does not usually do much (if I drink it by itself). However, with this three products I was able to work really focused for about 2h at least.

Runtime’s Performance drink (250kcal) and Focus (400kcal) also provide some energy, while Flow does not. Performance Drink is mostly from sugars (Isomaltulose) and offers no other nutritional input (micros, for instance). Focus is more like a meal replacement shake with active ingredients (much like Queal’s Raspberry Flow limited edition). Flow is something you can add on to your shake or have it on its own.

 


Day 4- 17/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 4

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Queal Agile Awesome Apple Pie 3 scoops, 397kcal with 50ml of coffee and water.

    Queal Agile Awesome Apple Pie Coffee
    With the addition of coffee the shake is a bit darker. Pretty nice.

Thoughts: Adding coffee is always interesting and easy to do. I would have added more, if I just had not had a big mug before.

Lunch
  • Black bean soup, 300g, 231kcal.
  • 1 slice of bread, 72kcal.

Thoughts: Black beans from the garden are freaking awesome.

Dinner:
  • Tomato salad (22kcal) with lettuce.
  • 3 whole egg omelette (215kcal).
  • Bread 407kcal.

Thoughts: Salad plus omelette is and easy way to have a light meal.

Snacks:
  • Low-fat yogurt (250g), about 98kcal.
  • Queal Agile Cool Chocolate 4 scoops, 529kcal with 100ml of milk (35kcal).
  • Queal Go Bar Dark Chocolate 385kcal.

    Queal Chocolate
    Queal Agile chocolate with 100ml of milk and 350ml of water. It just makes thicker and more milkshake-like.

Thoughts: I would definitely recommend adding milk to your chocolate shakes, unless you are looking for a thin drink.

Queal Go Bar Dark Chocolate
Not sure if it can be appreciated, but the majority of the bar is crunchy and dry (dark bit).
Food Day 4:
Queal Food 17_10_18Queal Nutrients Day4Queal Calorie Spread Day4Queal Macros Day4

Recap of Day 4

  • Calories IN = 2,398kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180+503kcal.
  • Total = -285kcal (deficit).
Queal Summary Day4
I did a quick upper body workout. Not particularly intense, but good enough to get my blood pumping.

By this point I have tried most of the flavours that I have (I still need to try Raspberry Flow and Super Strawberry), so I started trying out some things.

Milk makes the Queal shakes thicker and in my opinion tastier. This works especially well with the chocolate flavours. Besides, adding a little bit of coffee works fairly well, too (for that morning shake). Other quick interesting additions could be cinnamon, peanut butter or cocoa powder (to the non-chocolate ones).

Anyhow, I have realised that I really enjoy Queal Agile. It provides me with the macros I need in smaller meals (that I can consume more often). I am a big fan of spreading my meals, so this works out best. I even had a Queal Agile after my workout, instead of Athletic.

Regarding, the Dark Chocolate GO Bar, I must say I find it too sweet. It has 25g of polyols (alcohols that provide no caloric content and act as sweeteners); and I honestly think it could do with have that. The bar itself is very filling and it takes a while to finish it. Unlike other protein bars, it is very cruncy (reminiscent of the old Wundrbar) and dry. The chocolate flavour is OK, but I think I prefer the Nuts&Seasalt bar.GOBar Dark chocolate


Day 5- 18/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 5

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Queal Agile Cool Chocolate 3 scoops, 397kcal with 100ml of coffee and cinnamon.

    Queal Chocolate
    Cool Chocolate with about 100ml of coffee and a dash of milk.

Thoughts: Interesting addition. My guess is that some coffee flavourings could work, too.

Lunch
  • Pumpking soup (300g, 144kcal) with one scoop of Queal Athletic Smooth Vanilla (138kcal).
  • Pumpkin soup (400g, 192kcal).

    Queal recipe
    1 scoop of Athletic adds 13.4g of carbs, 4.9g of fat, 8.9g of protein.

Thoughts: After being working with Huel recipes, I wondered if I could do the same with Queal. I used the Vanilla flavour I had to boost my vegetable soup. It was pretty good. I think I could have done 300-400g with 2 scoops. Warm Queal, good Queal.

Dinner:
  • Tomato salad (22kcal) with lettuce.
  • Pasta (80g) about 275kcal.
  • Tuna in brine 224g, 217kcal..
  • Bread 407kcal.

Thoughts: My mum had prepared me a pasta salad for after rugby training. Love you, mum!

Snacks:
  • Queal Agile Apple Pie 3 scoops, 397kcal with 100ml of milk (35kcal).
  • Queal Go Bar Nuts&Seasalt 354kcal.

    GO Bar Nuts&Seasalt
    I prefer this bar to the Dark Chocolate one.

Thoughts: Nuts & Seasalt bar is pretty much a nutty snack bar, with tons of extra nutrients. And salt.

Food Day 5:
Queal Food 18_10_18Queal Nutrients Day5Queal Calorie Spread Day5Queal Macros Day5

Recap of Day 5

  • Calories IN = 2,718kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180+260kcal.
  • Total = 278kcal (extra).
Queal Summary Day5
The rugby training is not shown, but it was a faily low exercise day.

Another day were I got to enjoy many different flavour. Perhaps, the most interesting one was the Queal Soup variation I tried. If you have a neutral flavour, or a not very strong vanilla, you can add it to any vegetable soup to add extra nutrients (like protein). So I had cooked the soup the day before (pumpkin, carrots and one potatoe boiled in water with a bit of oil and then hand blended). I warmed up the soup to medium temperature and then add the scoop of Queal. There were no mixing issues, even though at the start it did look like it. No clumps or bits after either. The soup had a slight vanilla touch, which was weird, but quite pleasant.

Besides, after havinig both Queal bars twice, I must say that I prefer the Nuts & Seasalt. It feels more natural and easier to eat. It is not perfect and I do agree that it could do with less salt, though.


Day 6- 19/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 6

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Queal Agile Awesome Apple Pie 3 scoops, 397kcal.

Thoughts: I guess my favourite shakes are pretty clear by now, Chocolate Hazelnut, Cool Chocolate and Apple Pie.

Lunch
  • 2 chicken burgers from the butcher (236kcal).
  • 1 slice of bread (72kcal).

Thoughts: Just some tasty meat.

Dinner:
  • Fideo soup, 140kcal.
  • 4 slices of wholegrain bread, 288kcal.
  • Ham, 93g, 96kcal.
  • Queal Agile Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness, 100g, 391kcal.

Thoughts: That was the last of my Chocolate Hazelnut, 3 scoops.

Snacks:
  • 2 low-fat yogurts, 98kcal.
  • A small latte, 150kcal.

Thoughts: A latte while chilling with friends is always welcome.

Food Day 6:
Queal Food 19_10_18Queal Nutrients Day6Queal Calorie Spread Day6Queal Macros Day6

Recap of Day 6

  • Calories IN = 1,973kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = -207kcal (deficit).
Queal Summary Day6
I cannot believe I slept 9h after having such a lazy day.

I have now identified my favourite Queal flavours, which are Chocolate Hazelnut, Cool Chocolate and Apple Pie. So I have mostly stick to drinking the Queal Agile version of this. I did have a scoop of Flow after lunch to keep me going in the afternoon. I guess you can say Friday is hard to keep the concentration going on a Friday afternoon.


Day 7- 20/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 7

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Omelette with 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg.
  • 2 toasted wholegrain bread.

Thoughts: A perfect light breakfast,with some protein and some carbs to start the day.

Lunch
  • Queal Standard Rad Raspberry Flow (limited edition) 2.5 scoops, 350kcal.
Rad Raspberry Flow
Limited edition with Flow on it means that one serving has 80mg of caffeine.

Thoughts: I took this before the warm up of my rugby game to have Flow help me boosting my focus during the game. Tasted pretty good, although you can notice the addition of Flow (powder).

Dinner:
  • Queal Agile Cool Chocolate, 4 scoops, 508kcal.
  • Skimmed milk, 300ml, 105kcal.
  • Ham, 93g, 96kcal.
Queal while gaming
A little bit of evening gaming. Too lazy to cook, so I had a shake instead.

Thoughts: And Cool Chocolate is over, too. 50/50 milk-watermakes it much better.

Snacks:
  • Queal Athletic Super Strawberry, 4 scoops, 506kcal.
  • 10 slices of whole grain bread, 720kcal.
Queal Athletic after sport
I had it already made, quick drink after the rugby game and back to full strength. Well almost.

Thoughts: Super Strawberry was quite interesting. It did not have a strong strawberry flavour, but it was pleasant.

Food Day 7:
Queal Food 20_10_18Queal Nutrients Day7Queal Calorie Spread Day7Queal Macros Day7

Recap of Day 7

  • Calories IN = 2,640kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180+650kcal.
  • Total = -190kcal (deficit).
Queal Summary Day7
The rugby game is not shown in here.

And that is it. This was the last day of my Queal adventures. I ended up by having a fair bit of Queal the last day. I tried Rad Raspberry Flow and Super Strawberry.

Rad Raspberry Flow (I had the standard version) tasted pretty good. It was not acidic or punchy, but it had a pleasant berry flavour. On the down side, just like Flow, it does not fully mix with water. If you ever had creatine with water (or your protein shake), it is exactly the same. It is like having tiny bits of sand in your shake, that can be annoying in your mouth.

Queal Athletic Super Strawberry was a nice shake. Not overly strong strawberry flavour, but a pleasant drink. It was really smooth (the fact that it had been prepared 4h in advance helped) and easy to drink. I had it after my rugby game, and I found an easy way to get the energy in, at a time I sometimes struggle to eat.

Summary of the week

This week on Queal has been very interesting, both for the range of flavours that I got to try and the range of products. It really felt that there was a Quick Meal for every moment.

Taste

Queal is a master of sweet flavours, in particular the chocolate flavours. Those which I expected to be more bitter, like Forest Fruit and Raspberry were worse than the sweet counterparts. Also, the Vanilla flavour is really mild and in my opinion not as good as other products in the market. However, this “light” vanilla might be what some are looking for.

The Strawberry flavour was a nice surprise, even if it was not a particularly strong flavour. I still think Next Level Meal Strawberry is the best in the market, but Queal’s was better than Plenny Shake‘s.

Regarding the GO Bars, Nuts & Seasalt came up to be my favourite. It tastes like a nutty bar glazed in a little bit of honey (not much sweetness) with a bit of excess salt. The GO Dark Chocolate was fine, but I found it to be a little dry and artificial. The crunchiness of the bar was enjoyable, but I thought it was too sweet. Both bars were really filling and a good experience, though.

 

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