Genesis Foods Review | Healthy Shakes That Fit Your Diet

This is the Genesis Foods review; a look into the British meal replacement brand and its superb shakes: GlycoGenesis and KetoGenesis. Both of which are available for vegetarians (whey based) and vegans. The main strengths of Genesis are it’s focus on nutrition, and the amount of shakes that they offer. Plus, they have a great customer service and discounts to those that need it the most (healthcare workers, students, pensioners etc.). So, is Genesis Foods the ideal brand for you? Let’s find out in this review.

Glycogenesis vegan review

Genesis Foods Review at a Glance

Flavours: Banana, Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Blueberry, Butterscotch, Caramel Macchiato, Cherry Bakewell, Chocolate Mint Brownie, Lemon Meringue, Unflavoured, and Wild Raspberry.


Opinion

Taking everything into account, I think Genesis Foods is a good brand with solid products, but some shortcomings.

In fact, many of the flaws come from Genesis being a smaller manufacturer. Namely, being less affordable, the shipping fees, and the looks (site, branding).

That aside, there are many ways in which Genesis Foods shines. For instance, I think the shakes are nutritionally solid, and the offer meal replacements many don’t (keto shakes in Europe). Similarly, I love the commitment the brand shows towards being environmentally friendly and helping the customers that need it most.

As a customer, you will find what you need; vegan, keto or standard shakes with a likeable taste. Plus, you will be rewarded with excellent customer service.

What I like

1. Options. With Genesis Foods you will at least have options. Not only it offers a standard and a ketogenic shake; but both variations are available in vegetarian and vegan versions.

2. Up to 12 flavours to choose from. In all honesty, I think that many of the flavours are too similar; but in theory, you can choose from up to 12 flavours in most shakes.

3. Glycogenesis is a good meal replacement shake. It’s nutritionally well rounded, it has a good background flavour, and it’s also easy to drink. It’s a solid option for beginners and veterans, alike.

4. Worldwide shipping. It is the most affordable for UK and EU citizens, but Genesis Foods does deliver worldwide.

5. Biodegradable bags. All shakes come in biodegradable bags; both the single serving and bulk bags.

6. Sample packs available.

What I dislike

1. High in saturated fats. One of my biggest disappointments is to see that each Glycogenesis shake has over 50% of your saturated fats. I hope that they move to more mono- and poly-unsaturated fats.

2. Many flavours, but the taste remains the same. While you can choose from Butterscotch, Lemon Meringue or Chocolate Mint Brownie; most of the time you’ll just taste sweet oats with some flavourings.

3. Premium flavours are not worth the extra cost.

4. Price is above average. I wouldn’t say that the shakes are overpriced, but when comparing to close competitors Glycogenesis shakes are more expensive.

Improvements

1. Texture and taste fidelity.

2. Clarity on the website. Much of the information that you need is there, but it’s not clear at first glance. It makes finding the essentials harder, and worsens the buying experience.

Glycogensis Standards and Vegan
Glycogensis Standard (in pink premium flavours) and Vegan.

Nutritional Breakdown

When it comes to nutrition, GenesisFood’s shakes shine. They offer low-GI shakes that are low in sugars, with both whey based and vegan formulas. Plus, you have KetoGenesis, which is the keto-friendly option.

Furthermore, Genesis Foods avoids using low quality ingredients, such as maltodextrin, high fructose syrup, refined sugar etc.

Genesis Foods Nutrition Overview

GlycoGenesisKetoGenesis
Kcal/meal500160
Macros (C/F/P)42/25/33N/A
VeganYes*Yes*
KetoNoYes
FeaturesLow-GIGluten Free
Non-GMOYesYes
OrganicNoNo
Includes ProbioticsNoNo
Artificial SweetenersYesYes
Synthetic AdditivesYesYes
Contains All MicronutrientsYesYes
Controversial IngredientsNoneNone
Both have vegan and whey based versions.

Note: The macronutrients for Ketogenesis will vary depending how much oil/double cream you add.

Ground Oats (Gluten), Protein Blend [ Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Sweetener (Sucralose)], Coconut Milk Powder [Coconut Milk, Gum Arabic, Maltodextrin], Flaxseed Meal, Micronutrient Blend v1.5 [Potassium (as Potassium Bicarbonate), Sodium & Chloride (as Pink Himalayan Salt), Calcium (as Calcium Malate), Magnesium (as Magnesium Malate), Choline (as Coated L-Choline Bitartrate), Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E (as D-Gamma Tocopherol, D-Alpha Tocopherol, D-Delta Tocopherol, D-Beta Tocopherol, D-Gamma Tocotrienol, D-Alpha Tocotrienol, D-Delta Tocotrienol and D-Beta Tocotrienol), Vitamin K (as Menaquinone-7 and Phytonadione), Boron (as Disodium Tetraborate Decahydrate), Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene and Retinol Acetate), Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol and Vegan Cholecalciferol), Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Iron (as Ferrous Citrate), Selenium (as Selenium Glycinate), Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate), Riboflavin (as Riboflavin 5-Phosphate), Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin), Copper (as Copper Gluconate), Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate), Folate (as L-Methyltetrahydrofolate Calcium), Iodine (as Potassium Iodide), Biotin (as D-Biotin), Thiamine (as Thiamine Hydrochloride)].

Ground Oats (Gluten), Protein Blend [ Soy Protein Isolate (Soy), Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Sweetener (Sucralose)], Coconut Milk Powder [Coconut Milk, Gum Arabic, Maltodextrin], Flaxseed Meal, Micronutrient Blend v1.5 [Potassium (as Potassium Bicarbonate), Sodium & Chloride (as Pink Himalayan Salt), Calcium (as Calcium Malate), Magnesium (as Magnesium Malate), Choline (as Coated L-Choline Bitartrate), Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E (as D-Gamma Tocopherol, D-Alpha Tocopherol, D-Delta Tocopherol, D-Beta Tocopherol, D-Gamma Tocotrienol, D-Alpha Tocotrienol, D-Delta Tocotrienol and D-Beta Tocotrienol), Vitamin K (as Menaquinone-7 and Phytonadione), Boron (as Disodium Tetraborate Decahydrate), Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene and Retinol Acetate), Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol and Vegan Cholecalciferol), Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Iron (as Ferrous Citrate), Selenium (as Selenium Glycinate), Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate), Riboflavin (as Riboflavin 5-Phosphate), Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin), Copper (as Copper Gluconate), Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate), Folate (as L-Methyltetrahydrofolate Calcium), Iodine (as Potassium Iodide), Biotin (as D-Biotin), Thiamine (as Thiamine Hydrochloride)].

Protein Blend [ Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Sweetener (Sucralose)], Gum Arabic, Micronutrient Blend v1.5 [Potassium (as Potassium Bicarbonate), Sodium & Chloride (as Pink Himalayan Salt), Calcium (as Calcium Malate), Magnesium (as Magnesium Malate), Choline (as Coated L-Choline Bitartrate), Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E (as D-Gamma Tocopherol, D-Alpha Tocopherol, D-Delta Tocopherol, D-Beta Tocopherol, D-Gamma Tocotrienol, D-Alpha Tocotrienol, D-Delta Tocotrienol and D-Beta Tocotrienol), Vitamin K (as Menaquinone-7 and Phytonadione), Boron (as Disodium Tetraborate Decahydrate), Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene and Retinol Acetate), Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol and Vegan Cholecalciferol), Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Iron (as Ferrous Citrate), Selenium (as Selenium Glycinate), Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate), Riboflavin (as Riboflavin 5-Phosphate), Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin), Copper (as Copper Gluconate), Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate), Folate (as L-Methyltetrahydrofolate Calcium), Iodine (as Potassium Iodide), Biotin (as D-Biotin), Thiamine (as Thiamine Hydrochloride)].

Protein Blend [ Soy Protein Isolate, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Sweetener (Sucralose)], Gum Arabic, Micronutrient Blend v1.5 [Potassium (as Potassium Bicarbonate), Sodium & Chloride (as Pink Himalayan Salt), Calcium (as Calcium Malate), Magnesium (as Magnesium Malate), Choline (as Coated L-Choline Bitartrate), Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E (as D-Gamma Tocopherol, D-Alpha Tocopherol, D-Delta Tocopherol, D-Beta Tocopherol, D-Gamma Tocotrienol, D-Alpha Tocotrienol, D-Delta Tocotrienol and D-Beta Tocotrienol), Vitamin K (as Menaquinone-7 and Phytonadione), Boron (as Disodium Tetraborate Decahydrate), Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene and Retinol Acetate), Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol and Vegan Cholecalciferol), Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Iron (as Ferrous Citrate), Selenium (as Selenium Glycinate), Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate), Riboflavin (as Riboflavin 5-Phosphate), Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin), Copper (as Copper Gluconate), Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate), Folate (as L-Methyltetrahydrofolate Calcium), Iodine (as Potassium Iodide), Biotin (as D-Biotin), Thiamine (as Thiamine Hydrochloride)], Xanthan Gum.

Carbohydrates

Based on recommended serving:

Glycogenesis

  • Total Carbs: 48.7g, 19% of RI.
  • Sugars: 5.9g, 7% of RI.
  • Fibre: 10.1g, 51% of RI.

KetoGenesis

  • Total Carbs: 8.8g, 3% of RI.
  • Net Carbs: 3.2g, 1% of RI.
  • Sugars: 3.1g, 3% of RI.
  • Fibre: 5.6g, 28% of RI.

Truly, only Glycogenesis contains carbohydrates; as Ketogenesis only has added fibre and residual carbs from the protein concentrate.

In Glycogenesis case, most of the carbs are from oats; a great complex carbohydrate with 66% starch, 17% protein, 7% fat and 11% fiber. However, note that these are not gluten-free oats.

Interestingly, there’s also 6g of sugars per serving. None of these are added and they are naturally occurring within the ingredients.

Finally, it’s good to see 10g of fibre per serving. It will help you with your bowel movements, gut microbiota and also make you feel fuller.

Protein

Per serving:

Glycogenesis

  • Total Protein: 30.9, 62% of RI.
  • Source: Whey protein concentrate or Soy protein isolate (vegan).

KetoGenesis

  • Total Protein: 26.8, 54% of RI.
  • Source: Whey protein concentrate or Soy protein isolate (vegan).

Both shakes are pretty high in protein. As shown above, the protein sources for standard and vegan versions are whey concentrate and soy protein isolate, respectively.

Great news, since both are high quality sources; with a protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of 1. This means that both have the highest score when it comes to bioavailability and absorption of amino acids.

Fats

Per serving:

Glycogenesis

  • Total Fats: 18.2g, 26% of RI.
  • Saturated Fats: 9.2g, 46% of RI.
  • Monounsaturated Fats: 5.5g.
  • Polyunsaturated Fats: 3.5g.
  • Of which Omega-3s: 1.7g.
  • Of which Omega-6s: 1.7g.

KetoGenesis

  • Total Fats: 2.7g, 4% of RI.
  • Saturated Fats: 1.8g, 9% of RI.
  • Monounsaturated Fats: 0.9g.
  • Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.0g.
  • Of which Omega-3s: 0.0g.
  • Of which Omega-6s: 0.0g.

The Good: Omega-3s in Glycogenesis

One of the best aspects of Glycogenesis is that it will provide you with plentu of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, it provides them in 1/1 ratio with omega-6, which has been linked with health benefits.

The Bad: Saturated Fats in Glycogenesis

Even at a glance, you might notice that the amount of saturated fats is fairly high. Despite the fact that half, 4.7g, come from medium-chain triglycerides; this is still quite high. According to WHO, saturated fat intake should be below 10% and replaced with mono- and poly-unsaturated fats where possible.

The Ugly: No Fats in Ketogenesis

While it might look odd, the reason for this is that the user is meant to add their preferred fat source (heavy cream, olive oil, avocado oi…). However, this means that often they will be lacking key fatty acids (omega-3, for instance) or have unbalanced fatty acid profiles.

Nonetheless, Genesis Foods is currently working on a new formula that will include fats, too.

Micronutrients

Previously, in (v1.4), Genesis Foods added phytonutrients, as well as, all the necessary micronutrients. However, the phytonutrients have been removed in v1.5.

On the other hand, it is worth noting that Genesis Foods puts a lot of emphasis on the forms of the minerals and vitamins they provide. For example:

  • Folate as L-methyltetrahydrofolate calcium instead of folic acid.
  • Vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, as opposed to cyanocobalamin.

The reason for the above is to ensure people with MTHFR mutation can get enough of them. Generally speaking, Genesis Foods shakes include the superior version.

Allergens

Genesis Foods shakes contain oats (gluten), milk and soy. Read the recipes for each shake to find out the exact allergens.

Tasting Test

Summing my Genesis Food experience, I must say that they are nice shakes, easy to drink; just not very exciting, at all. While they might look like they promise a plethora of experiences with all the flavours they offer; the reality is that 70% taste so similar to each other that they are hard to distinguish. I wished the had less flavours and more pronounced differences.

That said, I doubt anyone is going to dislike any Genesis Food shake.

Genesis Food taste review
Millionaire’s Shortbread was in my opinion the best flavour.
Best flavourVegan Millionaire Shortbread
Biggest LetdownChocolate. It was not bad tasting, just didn’t taste enough like chocolate.
TasteAll Genesis (Vegan and Whey-based) have a very strong sweet oat background, similar to oat cakes. The flavourings on top are not very strong, and many resemble each other. That said, few stand out, like Butterscotch, Caramel Macchiato and the above mentioned.
TextureThese shakes are fairly thick and thicken if you leave them prepped for a while. It’s best to leave them for 15 min for improved consistency.
Easy to MixUnfortunately, it doesn’t mix perfectly, even with their shaker. Best if you use a blender or you will have some minor clumps.
SatietyNo issues. Each shake will fill you out for 3.5-5h.
Easy to CleanWhile the shaker is excellent in this regard, the shakes leave oat traces that need to be found and scrub to clean.
AfterthoughtsOverall, they are very nice to shakes to drink. However, don’t expect wild differences between each flavour; they all feel very similar. Easily digestible.

Pro-tip: leave the shakes prepped for 1-2h, and the flavour strengthens as well as the texture improves (no lumps plus improved consistency).

More about Genesis Food

Genesis Foods Logo

Learn about Genesis Food, Review

Originally, Genesis Food was launched in 2016 as Europe’s first ketogenic meal replacement shake company. The founders Joe Barrow and Emily Lavis were soon launching low GI, high quality meal shakes under the names of Keto Genesis and Glyco Genesis.

Since inception, Genesis Foods has been a staple in the European meal replacement market. They have always prioritized the customer and kept improving their meal shakes to provide with the best shakes possible.

Genesis Foods founders

Genesis Foods Mission and Ethics

As mentioned above, science and nutrition are Genesis Foods’ pillars. Besides that, they also boast strong ethics on helping customers and minorities. Genesis is a small company that “pride themselves on putting people before profits”.

Besides, Genesis Foods also stands firm in the environmental issues. And it’s not just talk:

  • They are one of the only brands with 100% biodegradable bags.
  • Genesis actively avoids plastics.
  • Products are produced from 100% renewable energy.
  • And more.
Glycogenesis front and back
Biodegradable bags.

All Genesis Foods Products

In this Genesis Foods review, I’ve talked mostly about Glycogenesis. However, the British meal replacement brand also has some of the best keto shakes in the UK.

Glycogenesis review

GlycoGenesis

  • Meal Replacement
  • Available in whey based, and vegan
  • Best suited for most people
  • Energy: 500kcal
  • Macros: 42C/25P/33F
  • Price: £1.56/meal
Keto Genesis Pouch

KetoGenesis

  • Meal Replacement
  • Available in whey based vegan, and allergen free versions
  • Only for those following a ketogenic diet
  • Energy: 160kcal
  • Macros: See below
  • Price: £1.88/meal
Microgenesis

MicroGenesis

  • Micronutrient Mix
  • Only on unflavoured
  • Just a multivitamin to add to your shakes
  • Energy: 0kcal
  • Macros: N/A
  • Price: £1.33/serving

Regarding Ketogenesis, there’s one thing to be said: in order to be a full keto shake it requires you to add heavy cream or oil. This is common practice among some of the best keto shakes; because it allows you to customize your macros, and makes the powder cheaper.

Regardless, Genesis Foods is currently developing a new formula that includes all the necessary fats. So, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle, you might have a solution soon.

As for Microgenesis, while I do think it’s an OK product, it might be a little expensive for what it is. Yes, the vitamins and minerals will be on the most bioavailable form, but it’s mostly intended to supplement keto users (avoid keto flu for lack of electrolytes).

Pricing & Packaging

So is Genesis Food affordable? Many smaller companies such as this one struggle to offer more competitive prices due to their size.

In this case, Glycogenesis has different prices depending the product and the flavour. I.e. the premium flavours are more expensive than the standard ones.

Price per meal (£)StandardPremium
KetoGenesis1.882.00
KetoGenesis V2.00
Glycogenesis1.561.68
Glycogenesis V1.68
Ketogenesis is 160kcal per meal; whereas Glycogenesis offers 500kcal per meal.

Has Brexit make Genesis Foods meal replacement shakes more expensive for Europeans? According to the founder, they have implemented price cuts so that EU customer’s won’t be negatively affected by this event. Even at an increase cost for them (VAT).

Discounts

Before I move on, I want to mention that Genesis Foods offers a small bulk discount and a 15% discount to students, pensioners, full-time carers, healthcare workers etc.

Biodegradable Packaging

As for the packaging, Glycogenesis comes in 10 meal bags; while Ketogenesis contains 15 meals per bag. These bags are biodegradable, being one of the few companies in the world offering such environmentally friendly option.

Furthermore, you can get sample packs (1 meal bags) for a little extra for every product. This is a great way to get started and choose your favourite Glycogenesis shakes.

Genesis Foods Sample Packs review
Genesis Foods Sample packs.

Shipping

Genesis Foods offers worldwide shipping, but the fees will vary with each country:

  • In the UK, you will get fast free shipping in orders above £50.
  • For the EU, it will vary from country to country; but most will get free delivery after £75.
  • As for the US, free shipping is only after £500. Before that it will cost you about £50.

The Shaker

Before going any further, I will make a special mention to the shaker Genesis Food offers. The stainless steel bottle is a pleasure to use. It has three main advantages over the plastic ones:

  • It’s more durable.
  • Easier to clean.
  • Better to transport your shakes when prepared.
Genesis Foods shaker review

Genesis Foods vs

When it comes to comparing Genesis shakes to other meal replacements; it will depend on what you are looking for. On one side, I believe that Glycogenesis drinks are a good standard for complete meals and a great option for many. On the other side, Ketogenesis will appeal a more narrow audience, keto users. Nonetheless, both will be competitive in Europe.

Let’s see how Runtime Meal compares vs some of the best meal replacement shakes.

Overview

GlycogenesisHuelPlenny ShakeC360
kcal/serving500400400400
Macros (C/P/F)42/25/3340/30/3047/20/3345/30/25
Protein (g)31302030
Sugar (g)5.9131
Fiber (g)10.17.08.210.0
Fats (g)18.013.013.011.0
VeganN*YYY
Keto-friendly?N*NNN
OrganicNNNN
SoyN*NYY
Artificial SweetenersYYYY
Synthetic AdditivesYYYY
GMONNNN
Runtime also offers a vegan meal.

For keto shakes, I would say that Ketogenesis is one of the best options in Europe, close to Ambronite’s Keto Meal Shake. Whereas in the US, I would look at Sated for ketogenic drinks.

Glycogenesis Shake vs

Huel Powder

This is one of Glycogenesis’ closest competitors, since they are also from the UK. In some regards, Glycogenesis is similar to older Huel formulas. However, Huel only offers vegan soy free meal replacement shakes. I think that Glycogenesis shakes have more interesting flavours, and improved taste over Huel.

Plenny Shake US

Plenny Shake

One of the most popular budget shake is Plenny Shake. The Dutch meal option is the perfect blend between affordability and quality. Plus, they offer up to 6 flavours to choose from. Plenny Shake is the better shake if you are short in cash.

Complete 360 meal vs Glycogenesis

Complete 360 Meal

Finally, there’s Complete 360 Meal, one of my favourite vegan shakes. The main strength of C360 is their superb flavour and solid nutrition. Despite Glycogenesis having more flavours available, I think that C360 is tastier.

In spite the fact that I’ve only mentioned 3, there are many more complete food options out there. For instance, Superbodyfuel is a very similar company based in the US. On the other hand, if you are looking for ready to drink alternatives, YFood could be a good option.

Genesis Food FAQ

Is Genesis Foods available in the US?

Yes, but you will have to pay a shipping fee of about $50.

Does Genesis Foods offer subscription?

No, at the time of the review Genesis Food does not offer any subscription discounts.

Is Glycogenesis gluten free?

No, Glycogenesis contains gluten. Ketogenesis on the other hand is gluten free.

What is the difference between Glycogenesis Standard and Premium?

Premium offers the same nutritional value, but you have more flavour options available. Premium shakes cost a few pennies extra.

What is Genesis Foods’ shakes shelf-life?

All Genesis shakes are at least good for 6 months; but they can usually last for 8-12 months without any issues.

Glycogenesis shakes vanilla review

Verdict – Genesis Foods Review

To sum up this Genesis Foods review, it must be said that they are nutritionally great shakes, that are a little price and could do with stronger flavouring.

This is, I truly enjoyed Glycogenesis shakes, but I wish the flavours were a little stronger. Too many of them were too similar to notice any difference. Furthermore, they could mix a little better.

On the other hand, Keto Genesis is one of the best keto shakes you can buy in Europe. It’s competitive in pricing and it will improve even further once the next version comes out.

While Genesis Foods might suffer from some constraints for being a smaller manufacturer, their support and dedication is unquestionable. Therefore, if you are looking for a more grass-root meal replacement, something more oaty and healthy; then Genesis Foods shakes might be for you.

Genesis Foods

From £1.88/500kcal
3.95

Nutrition

4.5/5

Taste

4.0/5

Texture

3.8/5

Satiety

3.8/5

Price

3.8/5

Pros

  • Great nutritional output: balanced, and high quality ingredients
  • Vegan, Keto and Whey Based shakes available
  • Up to 12 different flavours to choose from
  • Base flavour is very likeable; like sweet oat cakes
  • Biodegradable packaging

Cons

  • Flavours are not distinguished enough, most taste too similar to each other
  • Costs more than close competitors
  • EU free shipping threshold is £225
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