Can YFood Powder Live Up to the High Expectations? (Review)

YFood is a German meal replacement brand that has some of the best ready to drink shakes. However, lately they have expanded their repertoire launching bars and now the meal replacement powder option. This last is very promising, since we might be able to get YFood RTD’s incredible taste, at a much more affordable price tag. Let’s find out if this is the case in this YFood powder review.

Spoiler alert: yes, these are some (if not the) best tasting shakes I’ve ever had; and I would highly recommend them. They are far from perfect, though.

YFood Powder Review at a Glance

Flavours: Chocolate, Berries, Coconut, Banana, Coffee and Vanilla.

Opinion

I love YFood’s Ready to Drink product, particularly due to the consistency, texture and taste. Similarly, the YFood powder is outstanding in terms of taste, particularly the Chocolate. Honestly, it is worth trying just for the taste.

My issues are not with the taste; but with the ingredients.

YFood has chosen to go for a formula that resembles the RTD; but that nutritionally is weaker than the competitors. Still, it will provide you all the nutrients that your body needs, and it is a much healthier alternative to most fast food/breakfast options.

What I like

1. Very similar to the RTD. This is a pro and a con. In one hand, YFood lovers will now have the chance to enjoy a similar experience at a much more affordable price. The powder is still high in protein, it is heavily based on milk and has no new ingredients.

2. 6 great flavours to choose from.

3. Milk protein, but lactose free shake. In a market where more and more products are vegan, having non-vegan options is great. Milk protein is a high quality source and will provide you with everything that your body requires.

4. One of the best tasting shakes. The chocolate flavour is sublime; milky, frosty and super tasty. It is a pleasure to drink. Besides them, I would highly recommend Coconut and Coffee, too.

5. 20% subscription discount makes the shake fairly affordable.

What I dislike

1. Similarities with RTD hurt nutrition. RTDs are limited in what ingredients they can use; thus they tend to be nutritionally weaker than the powders. When you choose to base your powder on the RTD and don’t change the ingredients; you are inherently damaging the nutritional aspect.

2. High in sugars and maltodextrin. There is no added sugars and most of these come from milk. However, lactose free milk has higher glycaemic index than regular milk; and maltodextrin has also a high GI.

3. Berry. I love (adore) most YFood powder flavours, but Berry is just good enough. Vanilla is not the best either, but goes well when you mix it with the others.

Improvements

1. More complex carbs. I know this will not happen, since it would likely affect both the flavour and the texture of the shake. Nevertheless, I hope to see a YFood powder that has a bigger focus on nutrition

2. Bulk discounts.

3. Improve the Berry flavour. Currently, it is the weakest of the three by a mile. I hope they make it stronger.

YFood Powder Taste Review

I will start by saying that they have been one of the most surprising meal replacements that I’ve tried over the last years. Despite the fact that I think Alpine Chocolate is much better than the others; most flavours are very tasty, too. Only Berry falls a little short, with a prominent milk flavour and what it feels a weak berry flavouring on top.

YFood Powder alpine chocolate taste review
Alpine Chocolate is the king and a must buy.
Best FlavourAlpine Chocolate
Worst FlavourBerry
TasteThese are sweet shakes, with strong flavour and a milky undertone. An absolute delight to drink.
TextureYFood shakes are fairly thin, but can froth a little on the top when you shake them hard.
Easy to MixMixes perfectly. There will be no lumps on your shake.
SatietyA little on the weak side. You might feel hungry in about 2h.
Easy to CleanOne of the strengths of YFood shakes is that they are really easy to drink.
AfterthoughtsThese shakes taste like milkshakes, and they do leave you a similar aftertaste. When you finish them you always want more; so you’ll have to make sure you limit yourself!

Pro-Tip: Mix your YFood powders. 2 scoops of Chocolate with 1 Coconut will give you an awesome Bounty shake. Similarly, you can mix 2 Chocolate with 1 Coffee for a morning Mocha. Furthermore, adding some Oatly Barista Oat Milk will take it to the next level.

After Chocolate, Coconut and Coffee are the second best flavours.

YFood Powder Nutrition Breakdown

When it comes to nutrition, YFood powder will provide you with all the essential nutrients that your body needs, including vitamins and minerals.

Nonetheless, these shakes might not be as healthy as the best meal replacement shakes; since they are high in sugars (naturally ocurring), contain maltodextrin and are fairly high in fats. Plus, they don’t use many natural ingredients, thus they might not be rich in phytonutrients.

YFood Powder Nutrition Overview

YFood Powder
Kcal/meal400
Macros (C/F/P)35/26/39
VeganNo
KetoNo
FeaturesVegetarian
Non-GMOYes
OrganicNo
Includes ProbioticsNo
Artificial SweetenersYes
Synthetic AdditivesYes
Contains All MicronutrientsYes
Controversial IngredientsMaltodextrin

Ingredients: milk protein, vegetable oils (sunflower oil, rapeseed oil), chicory root fibres, coconut milk, gluten-free oat fibres, modified starch, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B1, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid, magnesium oxide, ferric diphosphate, zinc sulphate, cupric sulphate, manganese sulphate, sodium selenite, chromium (lll) chloride, sodium molybdate, potassium chloride, potassium iodide, potassium citrate, maltodextrin, sweetener sucralose; natural flavourings.
No added sugar.

Carbohydrates

  • Total Carbs: 30.0g, 12% of RI.
  • Sugars: 15.0g, 17% of RI.
  • Fibre: 6.9g, 35% of RI.

The carbohydrate sources are very similar to the YFood RTD; which relies heavily on milk and maltodextrin. On top of that they add some inulin and gluten free-oat fibers as source of, indeed, fibers.

Taking this into account, my main issue is the use of maltodextrin. While the objective of it is clear -to keep the shake smooth-; it increases the GI of the shake unnecessarily and offers nothing but pure energy. Despite the fact that this shouldn’t be a major issue (low amount of carbs and high fiber); it is not the healthiest option.

Because the lactose will already be broken down to glucose and galactose; the absorption of glucose is faster. Thus, lactose-free milk will have faster impact in blood glucose levels.

Protein

  • Total Protein: 26.0g, 52% of RI.
  • Source: milk protein.

Just like on the RTD, YFood opts for milk protein; which is one of the best protein sources out there (unless you are a vegan). I covered the reasons why milk protein is great in the recent Liquid Meal review; but in short, it offers high quality amino acid profile.

Plus, it has both slow and fast absorbing protein. While whey protein might be better following exercise due to the higher absorption rate; milk also contains casein (~80%) which has further health benefits.

With 26g per 400kcal, it means that YFood powder is one of the best meal replacements to take around exercise; particularly if you are following a muscle gain goal.

Fats

  • Total Fats: 18.0g, 26% of RI.
  • Saturated Fats: 2.4g, 14% of RI.
  • Omega-3: ?

One of the most complex aspects of YFood powder is the fat profile. I say so because besides the sunflower oil and canola oil; they also add coconut milk, to provide you with some medium chain triglycerides (source of the saturated fats).

Starting with sunflower oil and canola; this is a very usual pair. The reason for this is the balance between monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Canola oil is a good source for omega-3; which are some of the most essential fatty acids.

The addition of coconut milk mostly adds saturated fats.

As mentioned above, coconut milk is a little more surprising. For once, it gives the shake a distinctive flavour; and on top of that it adds the amount of saturated fatty acids in the shake. However, these are partially MCTs which the body can burn more effectively for energy.

Sadly, YFood does not provide the full breakdown of the fatty acids to know how many MUFA, PUFA and O-3 fatty acids their shakes have.

Allergens

YFood powder contains milk (lactose free) and oat fiber (gluten free).

YFood Powder vs Other Meal Replacements

YFood shake review students
YFood powder can be the more affordable option for students.

Let’s see how the powder version of YFood compares to some other meal replacements in the market. Will it beat the best shakes?

YFood Powder vs YFood RTD

For many the option will be between the RTD and the powder. Is it worth for you to change?

Yfood Review

Flavours

YFood Powder: Chocolate, Banana, Coffee, Coconut, Berries and Vanilla.

YFood RTD: Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry, Coffee, Coconut and Banana.

Price

Price
YFood Powder
YFood RTD
EU (€)
per 400 (expensive) 1.76 2.80
per 400 (cheapest) 1.76 2.34

Taste

I cannot comment on the taste of the powder yet, since I have not had the change to try it. However, I can safely say that the RTD is among the tastiest meal replacements I have tried.

Another thing in favour of the RTD will be the texture. It is impossible to achieve the same smoothness when mixing by hand in a shaker (or a home blender). The thick and smooth of the YFood RTD will not be achieved by the powder.

Thus, I will say that the RTD will most likely taste better than the powder.

Nutrition

per serving YFood Powder RI (%)
YFood RTD
RI (%)
Energy (C/P/F) 35/26/39 31/28/41
Energy (kCal) 400 20 500 25
Fats (g) 18.0 26 22.0 31
Saturated (g) 2.4 12 4.5 23
Carbs (g) 30.0 12 38.0 15
Sugars (g) 15.0 17 22.0 24
Fiber (g) 6.9 35 6.0 30
Protein (g) 26.0 51 33.5 67
Salt (g) 0.5 9 0.6 9

What Should I Buy?

Do you want the tastiest shake that you can have? Then go for the YFood RTD. Are you on a budget? Then, you might want to purchase the powder. Simple.


YFood Powder vs Mana Powder

Mana is a Czech brand that has very popular ready to drink and powder products. The formula, however, is is different to YFood’s and more similar to Soylents; with soy protein and a vegan mix.

mana powder review

Flavours

YFood Powder: Chocolate, Banana, Coffee, Coconut, Berries and Vanilla..

Mana: Dream (Cacao), Love (Berries), Sunlight (Tropical), Original (Neutral-Vanilla).

Price

Price
YFood Powder
Mana Powder
EU (€)
per 400 (expensive) 1.76 1.77
per 400 (cheapest) 1.76 1.44

Mana Origin is cheaper than the other flavours.

Taste

Mana’s best flavour, surprisingly, is Origin or the “Neutral” one. The reason for that is because the others have very weak flavours that have room for improvement. Thus, I suspect that YFood will be better for those looking for sweet and strong shakes.

Nutrition

per serving YFood Powder RI (%)
Mana Powder
RI (%)
Energy (C/P/F) 35/26/39 35/21/44
Energy (kCal) 400 20 400 20
Fats (g) 18.0 26 19.0 17
Saturated (g) 2.4 12 2.0 10
Carbs (g) 30.0 12 33.6 13
Sugars (g) 15.0 17 22.0 24
Fiber (g) 6.9 35 6.7 33
Protein (g) 26.0 51 20.4 41
Salt (g) 0.5 9 0.9 15

Remember that Mana Powder is vegan, and uses soy protein isolate as source for protein as opposed to whey.

What Should I Buy?

If you are vegan you have no choice but to go for Mana Powder. The Czech company has also more flavours, but only one is very good in my opinion. YFood has some extra protein, so it might be more fitting for active people. It is also the best tasting out of the two, in my opinion.


YFood Powder vs Huel Powder

Huel is the biggest complete food manufacturer that produces both powder and ready to drink products. Ironically, YFood RTD was one of my favourite Huel alternatives for ready to drink options. So will the powder also be a good buy?

Huel offers powder, RTD, bars and granola in Europe.

Flavours

YFood Powder: Chocolate, Banana, Coffee, Coconut, Berries and Vanilla.

Huel Powder: Original, Vanilla, Chocolate, Unflavoured & Unsweetened, Coffee, Berries, Mint Chocolate and Banana.

Price

Price
YFood Powder
Huel Powder
UK (£)
per 400 (expensive) 1.52 1.28
per 400 (cheapest) 1.52 1.16
EU (€)
per 400 (expensive) 1.76 1.72
per 400 (cheapest) 1.76 1.54

The pricing for Huel in the UK is cheaper than the rest of Europe.

Taste

As I am yet to try YFood’s, I’ll comment on Huel shakes. These tend to be gritty, very oaty and with mild sweetness profile. The German shake will definitely be thinner (no oats) and likely more sweet.

Nutrition

per serving YFood Powder RI (%)
Huel Powder
RI (%)
Energy (C/P/F) 35/26/39 40/30/30
Energy (kCal) 400 20 400 20
Fats (g) 18.0 26 13.1 19
Saturated (g) 2.4 12 2.3 12
Carbs (g) 30.0 12 37.1 14
Sugars (g) 15.0 17 1.2 2
Fiber (g) 6.9 35 7.7 38.5
Protein (g) 26.0 52 29.5 60
Salt (g) 0.5 9 0.7 11

Huel is a vegan shake that uses a mixture of pea and rice protein, together with oats (for carbs), plus sunflower and canola oil (fats). Overall, I would say Huel’s nutritional profile is better, since it has less sugars, less processed ingredients and a great fatty acid balance with plenty of omega-3.

What Should I Buy?

Huel Powder will have to be your choice if you are vegan. Otherwise, it will depend on your usage and what you value better. For heavy users, I would recommend Huel for being better balanced. For more occasional (once a day or less) users that perhaps value taste, YFood might be the more appealing option.


Other Powders and Alternatives

You can always browse the archive of reviews that I have; but I would recommend you starting by checking the best meal replacement shakes selections.

If you are from the US and are looking for some crazy flavours and tasty shakes; then you might want to look into Runtime meal shakes.

YFood Powder FAQ

Is YFood Powder vegan?

No, YFood powder contains milk; thus is not a vegan friendly product.

Can I only consume YFood Powder?

In theory, you will be able to survive only drinking YFood Powder shakes; however, I would advise against doing so. Not only because a balanced and varied diet is beneficial; but also because it is particularly high in sugars.

Is YFood Powder gluten-free?

Yes, there is no gluten in YFood Powder.

I’m lactose intolerant. Can I have YFood Powder?

Yes, YFood powder is lactose free.

Is YFood available in the US?

Unfortunately the German brand is not available in the US yet, and there are no indications that they will be any time soon. Instead, I recommend you checking Soylent or Huel.

YFood Powder taste review
The reason why I enjoyed chocolate so much was because it reminded me of cold Nesquik shakes. A taste of my childhood that I hold in high regard.

Verdict – YFood Powder Review

YFood powder is the ideal meal replacement shake for those who consider taste the most important factor. There are very very few powders that taste as good as YFood’s. One of my favourite shakes, without a doubt.

For those who already consume YFood RTDs, the powder will offer them a cheaper alternative to consume a very similar product. While the texture and consistency will be different; the taste should be pretty similar.

On the other hand, as stated throughout the YFood Powder review, my main issues are with the ingredients chosen. Particularly, the presence of maltodextrin and other highly processed ingredients.

In summary, the German brand seems to have chosen taste and texture over nutrition. And that is fine, however, it means that I would not use it in a daily basis; but rather as a “fun meal”.

YFood Powder

€1.76/400kcal
4.1

Nutrition

3.5/5

Taste

4.8/5

Texture

4.3/5

Satiety

3.8/5

Price

4.3/5

Pros

  • Available in 6 flavours.
  • Very similar formula to the RTD.
  • 26g of milk protein per serving.
  • Incredibly tasty. Particularly, Chocolate flavour tastes amazing. You'll always want more.
  • Honestly, the taste is just amazing

Cons

  • Contains maltodextrin.
  • Very high on sugars (naturally ocurring).
  • Not the most filling shake.
  • Not all flavours are as delicious as Chocolate (looking at you Berry).
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