Welcome to the 13th edition of weekly meal replacement news, the best place to stay up to date with all the announcements and events. This has been a quiet week dominated by the Black Friday excitement and the expectations for crazy deals. Many of which might not have been as good as we had hoped for. Either way, I hope you were able to stock up on your favourite complete food. That aside, let’s dive in into this week’s news.
New Huel Bars
Huel bars have been a source of disappointment for many over the years. While, without a doubt each iteration had its following, the European giant has failed to make a bar that I would consider good. In fact, I did not include Huel’s bar among the best meal replacement bars. Simply, because it did not belong there. It was overprice, and not very tasty.
Interestingly enough, the bars did have a “major” update earlier in the year (Q1) with the launch of the v3.0. However, it seems that this did not solve the issues the previous bars presented (being to dry and hard); so Huel released the v3.1.
Huel Bars v3.1 more like v4.0
The fact is, without even having to try them, I can already tell you that the difference from v2 to v3 was smaller than the one that happened now. The v3.1 bars are very different to the previous iterations; as Huelers have said in the forum and the following video shows:
When we look at the formula we can spot some differences:
|per serving||Huel 3.1 Bar||RI (%)||Huel 3.0 Bar||RI (%)|
The exact values for both will depend on flavours.
Regarding the flavours, I cannot comment on the improvements or lack thereof without having to tried them. However, I can see that the initial reaction from other Huelers has been positive:
I have chocolate v2 chocolate v3 and chocolate v3.1u/ChristinaT, Huel Forums
Not much difference between 2 and 3.
But v3.1 is completely different – actually tastes like chocolate, smells like chocolate and is chewy and sweet.
Ingredients (Chocolate): Pea Protein, Brown Rice Syrup, Soluble Gluco Fibre, Concentrated Grape Juice, Rice Starch, Brown Rice Protein, Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, Chocolate (Cocoa Mass, Coconut Sugar, Cocoa Butter), Gluten-Free Oat Flour, Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed Powder, Sunflower Lecithin, Rice Bran, Cocoa Powder (2.5%), Micronutrient Blend*, Medium-Chain Triglyceride Oil (from Coconut), Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavouring.
*Potassium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Maltodextrin, Vitamin C, Magnesium Oxide, Niacin (as Niacinamide), Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl), Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium-D-Pantothenate), Zinc Oxide, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B1 (as Thiamin Mononitrate), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin K2 (as Menaquinone-7), L-Methylfolate Calcium, Vitamin A (as Retinyl Acetate), Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin).
I talked about the pricing and changes in a previous week; but here is a quick reminder:
|Bar v3.1 NEW||Bar v3.0|
|Number of bars in a box||15||16|
|Price per bar (based on subscription for 2 boxes)||£1.30||£1.48|
|Price for 2 boxes (on subscription)||£39.00||£47.25|
|Price per 100kcal (based on subscription for 2 boxes)||£0.65||£0.59|
Huel Bars 3.1 First Impressions
Final judgement will be reserved until I tried them, but I have seen positive signs and negative ones. For once, I am not the biggest fan of making snack bars (reducing size), nevertheless, it seems that it’s the smartest business move to do.
From the video, I’m encouraged about the texture of the bars; thus, there’s hope to be had in this area too. Taste-wise, it seems that the reaction has been overall positive, even though, I’ve seen both ends.
New flavours and adding options it’s always welcome, so I’m happy about that.
Nonetheless, this all means nothing unless they taste good.
I want to mention a couple of other news, before closing up this short round-up.
Sated RTD Is Available on their Site
Sated is the manufacturer of the best keto meal replacement shake, and during the past 2 years have been working on developing a ready to drink version. After a few delays, I reported that it was out to pre-order a couple of weeks ago.
Now, you can currently order one of the first Ketogenic RTDs in the market. It is, without a doubt the easiest keto meal you can have. It is available in both chocolate and vanilla; and the initial reactions have been positive:
I tried the Vanilla first, and found it… peculiar. It is moderately sweet […]. It has some vanilla flavor but also some other flavors that are hard to identify. The closest comparison I can think of is the “milky” flavor of Elmer’s Glue or school paste. And there is a slight residual bitterness after swallowing. I didn’t much like it.
The chocolate is another story: it tastes exactly like a good-quality grocery store chocolate milk drink. Not too sweet, solid chocolate flavor, and very pleasant.u/fernly, meal replacement expert.
I will have the option to try it soon, so I will update my thoughts on it, when this happens.
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- Mana US is now officially out. I will be dropping all the information around it, later on today.
- There are still some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals available. Make sure you make the best out of the offers.
You should check the Cyber Monday deals, but here is a rundown of deals that are still active:
- All Soylent products are 30% OFF and you can get a $5 gift code when you use the code CYBER30.
- Get 60% OFF in selected Feed. products, including Sports Banana and Coffee powder; using the code FEEDMONDAY. The best thing about this code is that it works with bulk discounts.
- 50% OFF in Performance Drink and OP shot at Runtime; as well as, 35% OFF in all the other products. Great time to buy some Liquid Meal!
Have a great week!