How to use Huel

To learn all you need to have a great first experience with Huel, read on, or download our Quick Start Guide. Enjoy the ride!

How to prepare the perfect Huel

Add 500ml cold water to your shaker then:
+ Add 2 level scoops of Huel Powder
+ Shake hard for 10 seconds

Once you’re happy, get creative! Our top tips:

  • Add ice cubes, or even try chilling overnight
  • Too thick? Add more water
  • Too thin? Use less next time
  • Customise your flavour with our Flavour Boosts
  • Try milk instead of water for a creamier end result

What percentage of your diet will be Huel?

This is entirely up to you. Probably the most popular approach is to replace time-pressured weekday meals like breakfast and lunch, then sit down for a traditional meal in the evening. This gives you the best of both worlds.

But you can also use Huel as a snack, and make sure to check out our Huel Bars and Huel Granola

Huel Bar

Whatever you do, make sure to gradually build up your Huel intake. Your body needs time to adjust to change in your diet, so start with 1 Huel meal a day, and add 1 more every 3-5 days until you reach your ideal balance. 

How many calories do you need?

We’re all different and all have slightly different calorie requirements. Below are two broad examples, but work your own out at calculator.net/calorie-calculator.

Seth 2,454kcal per day

Seth, 25, male. 6ft (1m 83cm) and 12st 0lbs (76kg). Exercises 3x per week. Maintaining weight needs 2,454kcal. To lose it, we recommend a deficit of 500kcal per day. To gain weight, a 500kcal daily surplus.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal Evening Snack
Lose Fat (-500kcal) Huel 2 scoops - Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 744kcal 210kcal
Maintain Weight Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 1,004kcal 250kcal
Gain Weight (+500kcal) Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops 1,104kcal 250kcal

 

Melanie, 1,908kcal per day

Melanie, 25, female. 5ft7inches (1m 70cm) and 10st 0lbs (65.5kg). Exercises 3x per week. Maintaining weight needs 1,908kcal. To lose it, we recommend a deficit of 400kcal per day. To gain weight, a 400kcal daily surplus.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal Evening Snack
Lose Fat (-400kcal) Huel 2 scoops - Huel 2 scoops - 608kcal -
Maintain Weight Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 708kcal 200kcal
Gain Weight (+400kcal) Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 958kcal 250kcal

If you want to learn more about how to gain weight or lose fat, you can read our guides, written by our Nutritionist, James Collier:

How to measure and weigh Huel

A scoop is provided in the box with your initial order, instead of inside every pouch, to cut down on waste. A level scoop of Huel holds roughly 50g which is about 200 calories.

Measure Huel

If you want to weigh your Huel more accurately, we recommend using some simple kitchen scales. For example, add the water to your shaker, then place on the scales and zero them. Then add your Huel for a precise measurement.

See below our charts indicating the amount of calories in Huel by scoop and by weight to help you with your calculations:

Calories by scoop

Number of Level Scoops Weight Huel Powder
1 50g 200kcal
2 100g 400kcal
3 150g 600kcal
4 200g 800kcal

Powder Hacks

Blend

Blending Huel can greatly improve the texture and consistency of Huel. If you want your Huel to be smoother and creamier, there's no better way to ensure this than using a blender.

Chill out

The temperature of your Huel can also affect its sweetness and texture. Adding ice, or leaving your Huel to chill in the fridge, can reduce the sweetness and improve the texture, according to some of our customers.

Flavour Boosts

We have developed a range of Flavour Boosts: Chocolate, Banana, Strawberry, Mocha, Mint Chocolate, Apple Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter, Berry, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla, and our limited-edition flavours, Chocolate Cherry and Gingerbread. These are designed to work with both Vanilla Huel and our Unflavoured & Unsweetened version.

Change your liquid

Replacing water with milk can also affect how thick and smooth your Huel is, and it can also make your Huel much creamier. However, with milk come more calories, so make sure you take these into account.

Mix your Huel

Mix Vanilla and Unflavoured & Unsweetened. The usual amount that is combined is 2 parts Vanilla to 1 part Unflavoured & Unsweetened. But you can mix as much or as little as you like, for example adding a little Vanilla Huel to slightly change the taste of Unflavoured & Unsweetened Huel.

Get cooking

Use Huel as flour. Of course Huel is 100% complete nutrition in itself, but it also works great as an ingredient for sweet and savoury recipes, bakes and more! Find out more about cooking with Huel.

Consume or store

You can drink your Huel immediately, or if you prefer, you can store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If you want to have it on the go, you can keep it at room temperature for a couple of hours, or longer if you use a thermos flask. Your Huel may separate after a while, but don’t worry, this is completely normal. Just give it a nice shake to re-mix it and you’re good to go.

Clean

Consume or store

To avoid Huel setting in your shaker once you're done, we advise you to clean your bottle as soon as you can. If this isn't possible, leave some water in it to stop it drying out. It will make it easier to clean once you get a chance to wash up.

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