Soylent Squared Review | The first nutritionally complete snack?


Soylent has been coming strong with new additions in the last 6 months. First, it was Soylent Bridge, their 180kcal high protein RTD meal. Now, following the trend to offer small meals, they present Soylent Squared; the smallest fully complete meal. A bar or a square with all the nutrients that you need.

Let’s find out all there is to it, in this Soylent Squared Review.

Soylent Squared Review

Flavours: Chocolate Brownie, Salted Caramel, and Citrus Berry.

Ingredients: Soy protein isolate, corn syrup, canola oil, glycerin, soluble corn fibre, whole oat flour, isomaltulose, alkalized cocoa powder, maltodextrin, modified food starch, natural and artificial flavour, tricalcium phosphate, salt, filtered water, magnesium phosphate, soy lecithin, potassium chloride, dipotassium phosphate, choline chloride, bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6068, mono and diglyceride, mixed tocopherol, ascorbic acid, sucralose, niacinamide, Dl-alpha-tocopherylacetate, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, manganese sulfate, copper gluconate, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin A palmitate, folic acid, potassium iodide, chromium chloride, phytonadione, sodium selenite, sodium molybdate, biotin, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.

Opinion

Overall feeling: Happy, but confused

I am glad that Soylent has finally come back to producing bars, after their previous failed attempt. Despite this, I cannot call Soylent Square a meal replacement bar. Truly, it is just a snack. A complete snack that is.

While this might satisfy some, for me it is a weird move. Soylent Squared looks like a product delivered by Slimfast (or any other diet shake manufacturer); as opposed to being a product from the first meal replacement company.

Besides, size comes to a cost. Smaller items tend to be often more expensive relatively. This is also the case for Soylent Squared. Together with Soylent Bridge this is the most expensive item per calorie in their repertoire. 100kcal will cost you $1. You would need $20 to survive eating them. It only costs $10 with Powder, and $16 with Drink.

All in all, I am happy to see them producing bars, I just wish they had make them bigger and better.

What I like

1. Soylent is back producing bars. The American market is lacking in this department and filled with European imports. It is good to have a US made alternative.

2. Smallest complete meal in the market. While technically you can always customize the powder to have less or more; this is the first easy meal that is so small. Even if it is not my style, it might be what more sedentary people are looking for.

3. True to the Soylent brand. Soy based, vegan and with a similar nutritional values to the other Soylent products. If you are an avid Soylent user, you will find no surprises here.

4. 3 flavours to start with. In the Soylent Bridge launch, I was disappointed that they only released one flavour. I like the fact that they have been more adventurous and offered 3 for Soylent Squared. Plus, they should all be significantly different between each other.

What I dislike

1. The size. This is a snack and I was fully hoping for a solid meal from Soylent.

2. It is too expensive. I understand that it is not meant to be consumed regularly or as your main source of food, but the price is excessive. None of the ingredients are that different to the others and they are relatively cheap to obtain. While they are other costs, it feels that the consumer is paying an unnecessary premium.

3. Nutrition and ingredients. Perhaps, this is a little bit of a personal bias, but having your second top ingredient to be corn syrup does not scream healthy. Most of the ingredients are highly processed lower tier nutrient sources.

Nutritional breakdown

Energy

% of Energy from each macronutrient

Carbs 44%
Protein 19%
Fats 37%

Soylent products tend to be high in fats and low in carbohydrates. Soylent Squared is no exception, with relatively low amount of energy coming from carbohydrates, 44%.

However, it is higher in carbohydrate % than the rest of the Soylent products:

  • Soylent Powder: 38C/19P/43F.
  • Soylent Drink and Cafe: 35C/19P/46F.
  • Soylent Bridge: 21C/32P/47F.

Fats

Per bar:

  • Total fats: 4.5g, 6% of DV.
  • Saturated fats: 0g, 0% of DV.*
  • Monounsaturated fats (MUFA): ?.
  • Polyunsaturated fats (PUFA): ?.
  • Omega-3 (ALA): ?.
  • Omega-6: ?.

This is where the first surprises arise. Apparently, Soylent Squared has 0g of saturated fats per bar. However, this is due to the fact that the amount is lower than 0.5g for which reason they can state in that is 0. In fact, when looking at 2 bars, the nutritional label shows 1g of saturated fat ( real value is probably below 1g).

This little anecdote aside, Soylent has disclosed little information for the moment. The main fat source is canola oil. Other ingredients, such as, whole oat flour do also partially contribute.

Fatty Acid Composition of Canola oil.

Fatty Acid

Family

% of Total

Oleic acid

o-9

61%

Linoleic acid

o-6

21%

Alpha-linoleic acid

o-3

11%

Saturated fatty acid

7%

Palmitic acid

4%

Others

<3%

While this composition certainly is useful as a reference, it does not mean that it is the exact fatty acid composition of Soylent Squared. On the plus side, we can expect that there is some omega-3 in the bars.

Carbs

Per bar:

  • Total carbs: 12g, 4% of DV.
  • Sugars: 2g, 7.0% of DV.
  • Fibers: 5g, 9% of DV.

The carbs in Soylent Squared come from corn syrup, whole oat flour, isomaltulose and maltodextrin. None of these ingredients can be called a “top quality” carbohydrate. They are all highly processed and fastly metabolised (except isomaltulose).

The other issue is that the added sugar (isomaltulose and corn syrup) is a little high.

As a positive note, the bars contain plenty of fiber, which should help intestinal movements and satiety.

Protein

Per bar:

  • 5g, 9% of DV.

Most of the protein (if not all) comes from soy protein isolate, the protein source of choice from Soylent. In fact, it is the primary ingredient of the bars.

5g per 100 kcal would equal to 100g/day, which is a good amount for people who are sedentary or mildly active.

Micronutrients

One of the main appeals of Soylent Squared is that is a “complete” 100kcal meal; therefore, it contains all the essential vitamins and minerals. Each bar will provide you with 6% of your daily needs.

Soylent Squared Nutrition Facts
Soylent Squared nutrition facts based on chocolate brownie.

How does Soylent Squared taste?

Unfortunately, I have been unable to get my hands on them. However, I will take u/acebrain2003’s excellent reddit post as guideline.

Soylent Squared Flavours
The different flavours have different colours and consistencies.

Chocolate brownie

The chocolate option seems to have the least unsurprising flavour. It is different to other Soylent chocolate flavoured products, and more like brownies.

The texture is the most chewy and stiff of all of them, making it the hardest to consume.

Soylent Squared Caramel taste review.

Citrus Berry

This flavour is the most inspiring and exciting according to Acebrain. In his opinion, it is the sweetest bar and has fruity taste to it. Furthermore, it is the least rigid of all Soylent Squared.

Soylent Squared Citrus Berry review

Salted Caramel

Most importantly, this is the flavour that reminds him the most of the original Soylent Bars. Perhaps, this is not useful to the new users, but it might be an important factor for the Soylent veterans.

Regarding the taste, the caramel flavour is the overpowering factor, which remind him of “chewy caramel/butterscotch candies”.

Soylent Squared Salted Caramel Reveiw

Soylent Bridge vs

The meal replacement bar market in the US is a little weaker than EU. Moreover, the bars that are available often come from European manufacturers:

  • Twennybar from Jimmyjoy. Shipped from the US.
  • GO Bar from Queal. Shipped from EU.
  • Jake Vitaminbar. Shipped from EU.

Soylent Squared vs Twennybars

Twennybars are the other main meal replacement bars available in the US. While Jimmjoy manufactures them in Europe, they are stocked in a US warehouse; which makes them available more readily than others.

 SoylentTwennybar
FromUSANED
Ships toUSA & UKWorld
$/400kcal$$$$$
C/P/F38/19/4338/20/42
AllergenSoySoy, Gluten, Milk
kCal/meal100358
Serv/day205
SuitableVeganVegetarian
Flavours32
Products44
Subscription5%15%
Twennybar Review
Soylent Squared Salted Caramel

Flavours Available:

Soylent Squared: Chocolate Brownie, Citrus Berry and Salted Caramel.

Twennybar: Vanilla and Chocolate.

Price:

Jimmyjoy’s Twennybar is a better bang for the buck. However, because Soylent Squared comes in smaller servings, it is cheaper per bar:

Price ($)
Soylent Squared
Twennybar
per meal1.002.75
per 400kcal
4.002.86
per meal (with subs)
0.952.34
per 400 (with subs)
3.802.42
per kcal
0.0100.007

Nutrition

per servingSoylent SquaredDV (%)
Twennybar
DV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)44/19/3747/20/33
Energy (kCal)10053879
Fats (g)4.5614.020
Saturated (g)007.638
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.000.00
Carbs (g)12410.04
Sugars (g)2.03.0
Added Sugars (g)2.042.04
Fiber (g)2.073.011
Protein (g)591530
Sodium (g)0.0940.2311

The exact nutritional values of the bars might vary with the flavour. For instance, Twennybar vanilla has less saturated fats than Twennybar chocolate.

Which one should I buy?

Soylent Squared

  • Looking for a small snack instead of a “meal”.
  • Already a Soylent customer.
  • You are trying to lose weight..

Twennybar

  • Want the best bang for your buck.
  • Looking for a bigger size bars.

Soylent Squared vs Queal GO bars

This is a little bit of an odd comparison, since getting the GO bars requires a bigger commitment due to the fact that they are shipped from the EU and Queal charges a flat fee of $25.

 Soylent SquaredQueal GO bar
FromUSANED
Ships toUSA & UKEU & US
$/400kcal$$$$$$
C/P/F44/19/3724/24/52
AllergenSoySoy, Nuts*, Milk*
kCal/meal100354*
Serv/day208
SuitableVeganVegan*
Flavours32
Products45
Subscription5%15%
Queal GO bar
Soylent Squared Chocolate

Flavours available:

Soylent Squared: Chocolate Brownie, Citrus Berry and Salted Caramel.

Queal GO bar: Nuts & Seasalt, and Dark Chocolate.

Price:

Similarly to the previous case, each Soylent bar is cheaper, but GO bars contain more calories which makes them a better deal.

While the pricing of both GO bars is the same (€2.5 or $2.79), Dark Chocolate has more calories (385kcal) than Nuts & Seasalt (354kcal).

Nutrition

per servingSoylent SquaredDV (%)
GO bar
DV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)44/19/3740/33/27
Energy (kCal)10053859
Fats (g)4.5611.727
Saturated (g)005.027
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.000.00
Carbs (g)12438.415
Sugars (g)2.03.6
Added Sugars (g)2.043.67
Fiber (g)2.074.114
Protein (g)5932.430
Sodium (g)0.094

GO bar based on Dark Chocolate. Nuts & Seasalt has a different nutritional composition. To see the exact details read the GO bar review.

Another important point is that Nuts&Seasalt is vegan (only vitamin D3 has an indirect animal origin); whereas Dark Chocolate GO bar uses milk protein.

If we compare the two vegan bars, besides the obvious size difference, Queal GO has overall the better ingredients. These include peanuts and cashew nuts, so care if you are allergic. I state that they use better ingredients mostly due to the fact that they have less ultra processed ingredients.

GO Nuts & Seasalt is lower in carbs and higher in fats (due to all the nuts) than Soylent Squared. The main issue with the bar is that salt content is fairly high (which can also be noticed in the taste).

Which one should I buy?

Soylent Squared

  • Looking for a small snack instead of a “meal”.
  • Delivery from US.

Queal GO Bar

  • Desperate to find a good meal replacement bar.
  • Looking for a bigger size bars.
  • Already buying more stuff from Queal.

While I love Queal, I can hardly recommend buying just the GO bars, since they will have to be shipped from EU and you will have to add an extra $25 to the order for the shipping.


Soylent Squared Extra Info

Soylent Squared is currently available to purchase in the US using the Soylent website. Furthermore, you will be able to purchase more items like Soylent Powder, Soylent Drink or Soylent Cafe to have a full complete meals experience.

Packaging

Currently, you can purchase Soylent Squared in two manners:

  • On boxes of 30 squares for $30 (or $28.5 with subscription).
  • Soylent Bundles. You can purchase your Soylent Drink or Cafe of choice with a box of Soylent Squared for a discount. I think this is the better option for those who already buy from the American company.
Soylent Squared Packaging
Soylent Squared mels come in boxes of 30 bars. You can also purchase a bundle of all three flavours (90 meals) for $85 (instead of $90). Click on image to enjoy a further $10 discount.

With this in mind, there are two problems with Soylent Squared packaging. Firstly, the fact that each meal is individually wrapped creates an excessive waste. Secondly, from a purchasing or trialing standpoint, having to buy 30 of the same flavour makes the initial buy harder.

Pricing

Soylent has never been the cheapest meal replacement manufacturer. However, both the Drink and the Powder are reasonably priced for the market.

When comparing to them, Soylent Squared feels pricy. None of the ingredients is new or particularly expensive; but each meal will cost you $1. That is $4 for a 400kcal meal, whereas you can get Soylent Drink for $3.25 and Soylent Powder below $2.

Soylent Bundles to buy Soylent Squared
Soylent Bundles offer you 12 bottles of Soylent Drink of choice plus a box with 30 Soylent Squared for $65 (as opposed to $69 when buying separately).

Even if you are subscribed, you will only get 5% OFF, which is not that much. Besides, you can purchase them using bundles, but the price difference is minimal at best.

If we compare it to other bars in the market (see comparisons above) or other snack options, Soylent Squared will always be more expensive.

Soylent Squared FAQ

1- Can I live only eating Soylent Squared?

While the nutritional input should be complete, I would strongly recommend against doing it. Not only due to the commitment and the economic cost, but also because long term effects of consuming solely Soylent Squared have not been researched.
Many of the ingredients are highly processed and they could be lacking nutrients that we do not know of yet.


2- Can I lose weight with Soylent Squared?

Soylent Squared can help you with you weight loss diet when combining with a balanced diet and moderate calorie restriction. The small nature of the meal can help you prevent unwanted snacking.


3- Is Soylent Squared gluten-free?

While it does not contain any added gluten, Soylent states that it has not been certified to be so and that it does not meet the criteria of the Celiac Support Association.


4- Is Soylent Squared lactose-free?

Yes, Soylent Squared is lactose-free.


5- Will Soylent Square fill me up?

Even though it does contain ingredients that will help you feeling full (fiber and fat), it is only a 100kcal meal. Therefore, if you are trying to replace your normal meals, it might not be enough.


6- How many Soylent Squared can I have a day?

I would not recommend having more than 20% of your diet from it. This is about 4 bars. However, I mean this as a guideline and not a strict rule.

Soylent Squared Chocolate review
Soylent Squared is a good meal option to carry with you anywhere. The bars are pretty small measuring 1.5″x1.5″x0.33″.

Soylent Squared Review: Verdict

Soylent Squared is a meal aimed to those who tend to be really snacky and are looking to replace it with something healthy; or for those who are looking to lose some weight. As a meal replacement, it falls a little short due to its small size; it cannot replace a meal. The comeback of Soylent to bars is welcome, but I hope to see a bigger and better option in the future. Due to the price and the features, I would struggle to recommend Soylent Squared.

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I don’t know why people don’t recommend bars for a complete consumption. What’s the difference with powders or drinks? They carry the same macros, micros and nutrients.

There are bars that carry a “too much can cause a laxative effect” and I can confirm that happens. But others don’t (Feed bars and Jake’s). Looking at the ingredients and the lack of warning, I guess Soylent Squared are safe from that.

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Thanks for the insight. I always appreciate to expand my knowledge on the topic. Well, it’s true that a solid form has many disadvantages over powder (I did my own TweenyBars back in the day from Jimmy Joy’s powder, they came out ok, but time consuming and grew old of them pretty quickly). I’m very concerned about the sugar content, or fat numbers, but when you look for both powder and solid ingredients, the nutrition values are almost the same. Taking both Feed’s Chocolate Bar and Powder (not the sport) per 100gr: Kcal: Bar 398 | Powder 441 Fat: Bar… Read more »