So I’ve already blogged about the fact that I use and enjoy Huel, the powdered fuel replacement. Indeed, I’ve had it basically every day since September 2016, with the exception of Christmas and a month in May.
There are times, though, when I need something as a bit of a snack, and again to avoid the dangers of unhealthy snacking, I’ve turned to Huel. They have released a bar (only one – cocoa flavoured), which I am now trying.
The packaging contains a humorous warning that it’s a bit dry and that it’s best with a glass of water, so I’ve got one handy.
Opening it up it lookss pretty solid – more like a biscuit than a traditional ‘bar’. It’s a bit bendy though, and actually feels a bit like an old cookie.
Biting into it, that feeling carries on. The texture is really unusual, and this is combined with the fact that the taste is a bit savoury. Only two bites in and I need a big gulp of water.
Ultimately it feels like what it is – something healthy to fill you up and stop you from snacking. It puts me more in mind of nutrition bars than a snack bar (which is of course what it is).
While I finish the bar off (with some difficulty – it really is rather dry), the nutrition is as follows:
- Energy 250 kcal
- Fat 6g (2.5g saturates)
- Carb 26g (8.2 sugar)
- Fibre 15.1g (possibly why it’s so dry?)
- Protein 15.7g
- Salt 0.2g
So when you break it down by calories, the ratio is 36:104:64 approximately, which is a pretty good ratio for a recovery bar.
By the time I had finished writing that I’d finished the bar. And by the time I’d finished it, I’d also had about 450ml of water to drink. Scanning the ingredients, I’m reminded as to why I like Huel – the ingredients are all natural (oats, brown rice protein and so on).
Having finished the bar I’m feeling distinctly full, which is really good, but not as if I’ve had a lovely snack. The lack of flavour may play to its advantage for me, as it is with regular huel; the fact that there is no real flavour means that there is less potential for preference.
In the end: it wasn’t great, but it did the job. I could see this being a good substitute for a chocolate bar if I have a mid-afternoon lull. I don’t know how much energy it would give me (it’s not quite a sugar hit), but it’s better for me.
It’s pretty expensive, though – 5 bars was £12, which at £2.40 each makes them extremely steep. Buying more saves a lot of money, but even buying 30 or 40 of them means that they’re more than £1 each. Hopefully they get cheaper over time.