YFood Review | Simply The Best Tasting RTD In The Market

Milk based and Vegan Ready to Drinks packed with protein and flavour

YFood Ready To Drink Review

YFood is a no-soy, no-gluten, no-lactose ready to drink meal replacement manufacturer. Their product distinguishes itself for being protein heavy, ideal to fuel your exercise. On top of that, the taste of YFood shakes is excellent. Before, they used to only offer milk based shakes, but recently they have launched a plant-based alternative. I’ll discuss all the details of both, in this YFood RTD review.


YFood Logo

YFood is a nice breeze of fresh air in the European RTD market dominated by soy based products. Not only it is offering a great protein content and quality; but also offers a hypoallergenic product that will help many people. The milk based RTD is a great product that has expanded the flavour range during the last year, while still holding the throne of the best tasting RTD that I have ever tried. Now, they also offer a vegan alternative, making YFood a great choice for those seeking convenience and taste.

What I like

1. Chocolate Alpine is the best tasting RTD in the market. Period. The most prominent feature of YFood shakes is their excellent taste, and a level above them there’s Alpine Chocolate. Simply a sublime drink.

2. Two alternatives: Vegan and Original. The truth is that finding whey based complete RTDs is hard. Plant based ones are more common, thus I like YFood Original. However, with the recent addition of the Vegan line, now you can choose freely.

3. 33g of protein per shake. Another feature that I readily enjoy is the high protein content on the shakes (particularly on the milk based ones). Getting above 20g of protein per 400kcal on RTDs is almost impossible, but YFood provides you with 26.4g! Great to fuel your workouts.

4. Taster for under €20. You can try the original flavours for less than €20 and also try the bars. Great if you don’t want to commit before trying them.

5. Price is competitive for an RTD. YFood’s are not the cheapest ready-to-drink meals, but I consider them rightly priced. Nevertheless, I don’t think that the Vegan shakes are worth the extra.

6. Gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free. The Original mix is a hypoallergenic shake thanks to the fact that it contains lactase. No major allergens besides coconut are present in the shakes.

7. 15% subscription discount.

What I Dislike

1. Vegan shakes are not as tasty. Whenever I think about YFood, I think about excellence in taste. The truth is that the vegan ones are not as enjoyable as the non-vegan counterparts.

2. Shop for non-Germans. Up until recently, YFood has focused strongly on the German market. As a consequence the international shop has suffered. I strongly recommend using google translate.

3. Vegan shakes are more expensive. Why? It is probably due to the fact that they are newer and the production is lower (thus they can’t cut costs), but feels bad.

4. Too many processed ingredients. As it is the case with most RTDs, YFood contains maltodextrin and other highly processed ingredients.


1. Improve the Vegan line. I would like to see some improvements on the pricing and the taste.

2. Better international website.

One thing to point out is that YFood is available also on Amazon. In countries like the UK, France or Spain, it might be better to purchase it there (better website).

YFood Original flavours

YFood Taste

I have been fortunate enough to try all YFood ready to drink products, as well as, the bars and the powder (you can read all about them in their respective reviews). Consequently, I must say one thing: YFood nails most flavours and the shakes in general taste great. My favourite without a doubt is Alpine Chocolate, which I consider to be the best ready to drink product in the market. But more of this later.

Alpine Chocolate YFood
The best of the best.

One last thing, I must mention is that the Vegan RTDs are not as tasty in my opinion as their milk based counterparts. While the argument can be made that this is due to my preference for milk based products, I think the flavours are weaker and the texture thinner.

YFood Flavours Ranking

  1. Alpine Chocolate.
  2. Apple and Cinnamon.
  3. Cold Brew Coffee.
  4. Vegan Cacao.
  5. Banana.
  6. Smooth Vanilla.
  7. Vegan Vanilla.
  8. Vegan Banana.
  9. Fresh Berry.
All YFood RTDs
Alpine Chocolate is King of the Hill.

Noticeably, Alpine Chocolate and Apple & Cinnamon have the thickest textures, with the others being slightly thinner. I would go as far as to say that the normal Vanilla is a little watery for my liking. The first two are in a tier of their own, while the last 4 are the weakest links.

In fact, I particularly disliked Fresh Berry, which I thought it taste overly artificial, weak and not very pleasant.

YFood Cacao Vegan
I found the vegan version too similar to other competitors like Saturo or Soylent. Yet, nice to have.

What PRODUCTS does YFood offer?

YFood Products

YFood started as ready-to-drink meal replacements only company. However, after a successful run at the German Shark’s Tank and a round of funding, they have expanded their offering to a vegan RTD, Powder and Bars, besides the original milk-based RTD.

YFood vanilla

YFood 500ml RTD

  • Meal Replacement
  • Ready-to-drink
  • 495kcal/meal
  • 28P/31C/41F % of Energy from
  • 22g of sugars/4.5g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • No subscription: €3.49
  • With subscription: €3.02
  • Dairy (but no lactose), Caffeine*

YFood RTD Vegan Vanilla

YFood RTD Vegan

  • Meal Replacement
  • Ready-to-drink
  • 500kcal/meal
  • 20P/37C/43F % of Energy from
  • 4.2g of sugars/1.8g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • No subscription: €3.99
  • With subscription: Not available
  • Allergens: Soy

YFood Powder

  • Meal Replacement
  • Powder
  • 400kcal/meal
  • 26P/35C/39F % of Energy from
  • 15g of sugars/2.4g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • No subscription: €1.76
  • With subscription: Not available
  • Allergens: Milk

Yfood Bar Review

YFood Bar

  • Meal Replacement
  • Bar
  • 250kcal/meal
  • 37P/31C/32F % of Energy from
  • 3.1g of sugars/4.6g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • No subscription: €2.92/bar
  • With subscription: Not available
  • Allergens: Milk, Soy

For YFood Bars and YFood Powder, I have made a separate review where you can see all the details of each product.

Brief YFood RTD Review

YFood RTDs come only in two sizes, 500ml and 330ml. The first will give you about 1/4th of your daily needs, including 500kcal, 22g of fat, 4.5g of saturated fats, 38g of carbs, 22g of sugars, 33.5 g of protein and 6 g of fiber. All products are suitable for vegetarians, but not for vegans since they contain lactose-free milk.

The 330ml version will give you 330kcal, 14.5g of fat, 2.9g of saturated fats (15%), 25.4g of carbs (9.7%), 14.5g of sugars (16.1%), 22.1g of protein (44%) and 4.95g of fiber (30%). As well as, 1/6 of the daily needed vitamins and minerals.

Yfood RTDs

There are currently 5 different flavours: Chocolate, Banana. Vanilla, Berries, and Coffee. This last one contains 100mg of caffeine. One good thing about YFood is that all products are priced equally, and they do not charge a premium for things like caffeine. Each bottle (500ml) is €3.49, which is above other similar products like Saturo, Plenny Drink or Mana. The smaller bottle is €2.99 without subscription

The reason for this premium is likely the fact that YFood is gluten free, soy free, without any added sugars and lactose free. This is, a lot more friendly with people with stomach problems. Unlike Saturo and Mana, which have soy based protein, also offers a better taste without the soy taste in the background.

YFood Nutrition Label

Overview of YFood Vegan

This are 500ml (500kcal) bottles.

YFood Vegan is the true dairy-free meal replacement shake and it is available in only two flavours to start with (Chocolate and Vanilla). On top of that, it is significantly more expensive than the standard version at €3.99 the bottle. Two red flags to start with. However, it is worth noting that these are to be expected with new product launches, and should change with bigger production/sales.

Besides, there is also the protein “issue”. Each 400kcal brings 21g of protein from soy, which is very similar numbers to other competitors (like Saturo, Soylent, Mana). The point I’m making is that looking at the numbers, there’s little new on YFood’s RTD when compared to other vegan alternatives.

The main difference when comparing this RTD to others in the market might be the low sugar value (besides Huel’s). The low sugar quantities is due to the lack of isomaltulose (despite having the usual partner in crime, maltodextrin) making it a more healthy meal replacement shake.

YFood Vegan RTD nutrition label German
Nutrition values for 500ml of YFood Vegan.

Taster Bundle

The taster bundle or the trial pack contains 4 YFood (Original) RTDs and 2 of the new YFood Bars. The flavours for the RTD are Smooth Vanilla, Alpine Chocolate, Fresh Berry, and Cold Brew Coffee.

For €19.95 this is a good way to start with YFood.

YFood Starter Pack or Trial Pack
The Lion Deal or the starter pack.

Nutritional breakdown

YFood is a fairly interesting shake, as far as nutritionally is concerned. It is a quite hypoallergenic product: lactose free, gluten free, soy free and nut free. In fact, they use lactose-free low fat milk and protein to make the shakes. This is a curious option, since many brands opt to go for vegan protein (Saturo, Huel), while YFood has made a conscious effort to get milk sourced protein.

This was true up until they released the vegan variation.

Besides, it has an energy split of 28P/31C/41F. It is a high fat low carb recipie, with a significant amount of protein (33g per 500kcal), even if they use low fat milk. Furthermore, a big part of carbs is comprised by sugars, despite the fact that YFood has no added sugars.

YFood nutritional Profile



Each YFood bottle is designed to provide you with a quarter of your daily energy needs, 500kcal (based on a 2,000kcal diet). Most of the energy comes from fats, 44%. Only 31% of the energy comes from carbohydrates. These numbers are higher and lower, respectively, than the currently recommended by the ESDA, USHH and WHO (among others). The AMDR for fats is 20-35% and for carbohydrates 45-65%.

Yfood ingredients


Based on YFood (500ml)

  • Total Fats: 22g. 31.4% of the DRI.
  • Saturated Fats: 4.5g. 22.5% of DRI.

YFood Vegan (500ml)

  • Total Fats: 24g. 34% of the DRI.
  • Saturated Fats: 1.8g. 9% of DRI.

Regarding to the main fat sources, they are sunflower oil, coconut powder and canola oil. Sunflower oil is really high in omega 6 fats (70/1 ratio with omega-3) mostly composed by linoleic acid. This fatty acid is usually really high in polyunsaturated fat. While, sunflower oil is a common fat source, it is often the high oleic version, which is used (higher omega-9 content).

In fact, sunflower oil often is paired with canola oil to increase the amount of omega-3s in the shake. The ideal ratio of omega-3/6 is between 1 and 1/3. I cannot ensure until I know the exact amounts, but I would assume YFood might be close to that.

Lastly, there is coconut oil. One of the main drawbacks of this fat source is its high saturated fat content. However, it is also rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are linked to positive health effects and endurance exercise benefits. However, it must be noted that coconut oil raises low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), which some people might have to watch out for.


Based on YFood (500ml)

  • Total Carbs: 38g (14.6% of RI).
  • Sugars: 22g (24.4% of UL).
  • Fiber: 6g (30% of RI).

YFood Vegan (500ml)

  • Total Carbs: 40g (16% of RI).
  • Sugars: 4.2g (5% of UL).
  • Fiber: 8.4g (40% of RI).

Most of the carbohydrates come from maltodextrin, a polysaccharide with high glycemic index, due to its fast breakdown into glucose and noticeable effect in blood sugar level. Nevertheless, even if the carbohydrates are high GI, I expect the overall effect of the shake in blood sugar levels not to be as sudden. This is due to the total amount of fats, that should difficult the digestion of these carbs.

YFood claims that has no added sugars (instead using sweeteners), but it is still high on sugars. In fact, the total amount of sugars is just under the upper level established by the ESFA. While not particularly worrying on its own, it is something to look out for in the rest of your diet, if you are prone to consume sugary drinks or high sugar meals (often hidden sugars). While the WHO has recommended avoiding sugars and sugars have been linked to obesity, the validity of the guidelines is currently under scrutiny (Sluik D et al.,2016).

Why Is Original High in Sugars and Vegan Not?

The answer to this question is simple: lactose. The original mix relies heavily on milk which contain lactose, a naturally occurring sugar in milk. The vegan formula does not include any milk, thus the lower sugar figures.

But wait a moment, I thought YFood was lactose free? Yes, it is. They include lactase, which breaks lactose and makes it drinkable for those who are lactose intolerant.

Regarding the fiber content, most of it comes from gluten free oat fiber. It is almost entire insoluble fiber that helps you with your stomach flow.


Based on YFood (500ml)

  • Total Protein: 34g, 67% of RI.
  • From Milk.

YFood Vegan (500ml)

  • Total Protein: 26g, 53% of RI.
  • From Soy protein.

Interestingly, each bottle is packed with 33.5g of protein (67% of RI), for a total of 134g. This would be about 1.6g/kg of bodyweight for a 80kg adult, which is fairly optimal for muscle growth. For a 60kg adult, it would be about 2.2g/kg of bodyweight, which is in the upper limits of what the body is able to use for anabolic purposes. This means, YFood is an ideal meal replacement for athletes and gym goers.

Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, is the conscious choice of sticking with milk based protein sources (even if they offer a lactose free product). While some plant-based protein (especially blends) have been found to be almost as effective as whey protein for muscle growth and recovery; whey protein and casein are still regarded as the better sources. This is because some studies have found whey protein to be faster digested and had a bigger stimulatory response than soy, particularly after resistance training (Phillips et al., 2009; Tang et al., 1985).

Both whey protein and casein have a very balance amino acid profile, rich in EAA and BCAAs. Particularly, Leucine, which is beneficial for muscle protein synthesis; and keeping lean mass in the elderly. It is noteworthy too, that both are digested differently, whey being digested faster, and hence complement each other nicely.

Vegan: Less Protein and from Soy

Nevertheless, the truth is that for most people all the above won’t matter much. Unless you have specific sport-related goals, you will do fine with the amount of protein provided by the vegan mix.

Furthermore, soy is one of the best plant-based proteins, due to its high absorption rate and complete amino acid profile.


YFood ready-to-drink shakes do a good job providing you the required vitamins and minerals. You will get at least 25% of the micros you need per shake. Only Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, Chloride (50%), Phosphorus (52%) and Calcium (59%) will be significantly above 25%.

In fact, YFood might be a good way to reinforce your calcium levels, as some other shakes struggle to give you the DRI.


As mentioned priorly, YFood is a fairly hypoallergenic product containing NO soy, NO gluten, NO lactose and NO nuts. Milk (without lactose) is the only allergen mentioned in YFood labels.

YFood allergens


I do not often stop to mention the sweeteners, even though some of you might find it important. YFood has chosen to use sweeteners instead of adding sugar for the taste. As such it contains Acesulfame-K and Sucralose.

Even though, both have been declared safe for human consumption, there is a lot that is not understood about how these affect the gut biome and contribute to gut inflammation (e.g. acesulfame-K). As such, the current scientific position is that better understanding of their roles is needed, and that potential link with cancer is weak in human studies.

More about YFood

Yfood promotion
Quite a fun office, it seems.

YFood is another German brand located in Munich and was born from the hands of Benjamin Kremer and Noel Bollman. It is trying to compete with another Germanic brand, Saturo, among others, to establish within the European RTD market. With the help of the funding they got from the German equivalent of the Shark’s Tank, they were able to expand their repertoire and start releasing new products besides RTDs.

More About the Founders

Benjamin Kremer YFood CEO
Benjamin Kremer YFood co-CEO.

Benjamin Kremer studied BSc Business Administration in the University of Mannheim and has a MSc in Management by the London Business School. Prior to starting YFood, he had several analyst jobs, including in a job in Goldman Sachs.

Noel Bollman YFood CEO
Noel Bollman YFood co-CEO.

Noel Bollman is a Hardvard Economics and Computer Science graduate, with a career in investment banking for some of the best German banks and international companies.

YFood founders

YFood’s Packaging

My main issue with RTDs is that they create more waste and require more space for storage (fairly big issue if you live in a flat).

Regarding the first issue, it is true that YFood’s bottles are all recyclable. However, this process is energy consuming and expensive. Especially, if you compare to the minimal waste some powder meal replacements create. Therefore, despite the fact that YFood’s model is based in convenience and commodity, I would like to see better solutions to this problem, such as:

  • Distribute with glass bottles in local shops (Germany, Austria) that can be returned and re-used.
  • Perhaps develop a bigger product that could be stored in the fridge for multiple uses, like milk.

Speaking of developing different sizes, I think that is great that they offer both 330ml (330kcal) and 500ml (500kcal) bottles. Each should appeal different people. For instance, I think the 500ml ones are better suited to my lifestyle.

Regarding my second complaint, about RTD storage, this might be a real issue for some. One solution could be a subscription that allows you 14-day redelivery, instead of full 30 days, so you do not need to order as much. Or offer bigger bottles for subscription-based customers, so they need less surface area.

YFood vs Saturo
YFood’s 500ml vs Saturo’s 500ml (500kcal) and 330ml (330kcal).

The shell life is about 12 months. However, once it is open I would recommend consuming in one or maximum two days.

Shipping and Return Policy

Unfortunately, YFood is only available within Europe. Bottles come on packs of 6 (8 if you order the 330ml version), and if you order 12 bottles (~€40) you will be eligible for free shipping. Fantastic deal and one of the easiest free shipping to get.

How to start with YFood.
Guten appetite!


Can I get YFood in the US?

No, the German manufacturer only sells in Europe currently.

Is YFood vegan?

The standard version of the RTD, the powder and the bars are not suitable for vegans, since they contain milk (lactose-free). However, YFood does sell a vegan version of their RTD.

Is YFood RTD gluten-free?

Yes, YFood’s RTD is gluten free.

Where is YFood manufactured?

Even though the company is set in Munich, the manufacturing process occurs in Austria.

How does YFood taste?

I recommend you reading the tasting section; but in short it tastes like a flavoured milkshake. The Vegan RTD is slightly different to the milk-based ones.

YFood Powder or RTD, which one is better?

It’s situational. For most, YFood Powder will be the more affordable option and better suited for daily use. If you are looking for something more portable, the RTD will do. YFood’s RTD is the better tasting one, out of both as well.

Is it suitable for diabetics?

While I would assume YFood has low GI, it does contain maltodextrin and 22g of sugar that are very likely to spike your blood sugar. I would advise against consuming, before asking your doctor.

Why choose YFood RTD over other powder meal replacements?

YFood is hypoallergenic, thus will be drinkable by more people than most other complete food products. As any other ready-to-drink meal replacement, the strongest point YFood has is convenience. That paired with the high protein content, actually makes it ideal as a post-exercise meal (if you tend to workout at lunch time, for instance).

Cold Brew Coffee YFood

YFood vs

YFood’s main competitors in the RTD market in Europe are: Saturo, Soylent (when it is released to EU), Plenny Drink (new), Huel RTD, Mana RTD, and Feed. All the ones that I have just mentioned are plant based ready to drink products. In fact, there’s only one other milk based RTD, Liquid Meal, and shares a lot of similarities with YFood.

YFood vs Soylent

Soylent is not available in Europe, and it is not looking likely that they will be for sale there any time soon.

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Key Points

Soylent Drink

  • Vegan.
  • Pro-GMO.
  • Only available in UK and USA.
  • 8 RTDs available including 3 caffeinated flavours.
  • Vegan shakes taste better.


  • Both Vegan and non-vegan RTDs.
  • No-GMO ingredients, available soy free.
  • Available in Europe.
  • 8 flavour available, 3 of which are vegan.
  • Overall better tasting.
  • High in protein.

Which One Should You Buy?

In Europe YFood is my favourite, even in the UK. The taste and the array of flavours is unparalleled.

YFood vs Huel

I tend to compare every meal replacement to Huel, because they are the one of the biggest companies in the market.

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Key Points

Huel RTD

  • Vegan.
  • No soy, no allergens.
  • Available in EU and USA.
  • Only 3 flavours available.
  • Best price in the UK.
  • More expensive in Europe.


  • Both Vegan and non-vegan RTDs.
  • Vegan has soy.
  • Available in Europe.
  • 8 flavour available, 3 of which are vegan.
  • Much better tasting.
  • Higher protein content.

What Should I Buy?

In the USA you will have no chance but to consume Huel. However, I think that in Europe YFood is one of the best Huel alternatives, particularly if you are looking for ready to drink products. The cheaper price in Europe, paired with the excellent taste and bigger variety seal the deal for YFood.

YFood vs Plenny Drink

Jimmyjoy is a very successful brand, with the budget Plenny Shakes being their best-selling product. They’ve been a fan favourite for a long time, however their ready to drink alternative has not been as successful as they hoped for.

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AllergenSoy, GlutenMilk*

Key Points

Plenny Drink

  • Vegan.
  • Includes soy.
  • Available in EU and USA.
  • Only sold in Vanilla.
  • Cheaper than YFood.
  • Vanilla tastes good, despite being a little too sweet.


  • Both Vegan and non-vegan RTDs.
  • Vegan has soy, milk based does not.
  • Available in Europe.
  • 8 flavour available, 3 of which are vegan.
  • Much better tasting.
  • Higher protein content.

Which One Should You Buy?

Honestly, there’s little to say in favour of Plenny Drink besides the more competitive pricing. While I must admit that it also tastes good, you would get bored by it fast. Therefore, I think that YFood is the clear choice here.

YFood vs Saturo

Saturo has been one of the dominant forces in the European RTD market. They took Soylent’s formula to Europe and offer multiple flavours to choose from.

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Key Points


  • Vegan.
  • Includes soy, maltodextrin and isomaltulose.
  • Available in EU.
  • 5 flavours available.
  • Better than Vegan YFood.


  • Both Vegan and non-vegan RTDs.
  • Vegan has soy, milk based does not.
  • Available in Europe.
  • 8 flavour available, 3 of which are vegan.
  • Whey based ones taste better.

Which One Should You Buy?

Considering the points made above, I would choose Saturo if I were vegan (although I recommend you trying both and see which one you like best). Saturo also has most of its flavours in 330ml (330kcal), as opposed to 500ml (500kcal).

Besides that, I would choose YFood.


Who Is YFood for?

YFood is a really handy product for anyone who is not so concerned about the price, but wants an really easy convenient meal. It is also the main alternative to the soy-based RTDs that currently dominate the market (Mana, Saturo, Plenny Drink). Plus, it comes with more protein than any of its competition, so I would especially recommend it to more active people.

If you are looking to a cheaper option, both Saturo and Plenny Drink are (only slightly).

Do YFood Shakes Taste Good?

The milky taste is certainly of my liking, a lot more than the soy taste that most RTDs have. Besides, all flavours are quite strong, which makes them feel almost like milkshakes. Out of all of them, Alpine Chocolate is the best, a sublime meal shake.

On the other hand, the Vegan RTDs are a little weaker, while still very enjoyable.

Will I Get All the Nutrients I Need?

YFood offers quite a good nutrition. Based on fats and low in carbs. However, you might want to be careful with sugars, since each shake has 24% of the RI. The protein content is the strongest aspect, since it is not only plentiful (33g per meal), but from supreme quality (milk). It is also a good source for micronutrients, especially for calcium.

The only “but” might be that it contains acesulfame-k.

YFood Smooth Vanilla
YFood is the perfect drink to have at the office while you crunch the extra work.


YFood is the ideal brand for those that do not care about paying a little extra, but want to experience good milky taste. Nutritionally is good and has no allergens except milk (not lactose); on top of the fact that it contains no soy.

The protein content and source separates YFood from the rest, and actually make it better for people looking to gain muscle mass or do sports.

With the addition of the vegan line, it now brings YFood’s excellent taste to those following a plant base diet. Despite the fact that I don’t think these are as tasty as the sublime milk based shakes; they are still some of the best RTDs I have tried.

I would strongly recommend trying YFood and I consider it the best tasting RTD in the market.

I will update this section fairly regularly, however, you should always double check in the Deals section.
– You can get €10 OFF if you use the link above and enjoy the shakes for about €2.5, which is then one of the best prices in the market.














  • Best chocolate shake in the market: Alpine Chocolate. Simply wonderful.
  • Great tasting shakes overall.
  • Price is competitive for an RTD.
  • Vegan and non-vegan options.
  • High in protein. 33g of protein per bottle.


  • Chocolate is significantly better than the rest.
  • Shopping experience for non-German buyers not as good.
  • Contains many processed ingredients.
  • Vegan is more expensive and not as tasty.
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