A meal replacement beverage.
The cocoa version is like drinking chocolate ice cream, including the gummy mouth feel afterwards. It's definitely only a "treat" and not a meal replacement.
The vanilla has a definite flavor but is definitely tame. It also suffers from the mouth feel problem, which I think would be a problem for narration and singing.
See Soylent for a lot of notes which also apply to this product.
I got some chocolate.
Positives: Tasty like chocolate ice cream. Immediately removes the thought of hunger. Easier to make than Soylent (flows and mixes better). All other positives like Soylent. 35g of protein per meal.
Negatives: Leave a saliva and mucus reaction just like having eaten ice cream. Low vitamin D, though I use D3 supplements. Yes, they admitted to forgetting we're in Canada and need more Vitamin D. :)
2019-03-12 -- First ordered a sample pack for $0.99
- My initial impression was: Their chocolate is so rich it's like drinking a chocolate cake. The vanilla is light, and seems okay. I'm ordering more samples to do a proper test.
- It was cheap as all hell, and when it was delivered I was surprised to learn it included both a vanilla and a chocolate packet! They were small though.
- 2019-03-19 -- I had to struggle to figure out how many servings were in a tub, and ended up emailing them to have their website updated. They now link to the full label, which does show the number of meals (30 per tub).
- 2019-04-10 -- I ordered a double sample even though the price had gone up to $1.99
- 2019-07-21 -- My samples were taking a long time, so I emailed them to learn there were delays.
2019-07-24 -- I made an order of a full chocolate tub.
- I noticed the cost for samples has skyrocketed to $7.65 and they're shipping samples from the United States.
2019-07-26 -- It arrived on my doorstep this morning! Super fast shipping!
I didn't know what they meant by "scoop" since there wasn't one in the tub. I had to go searching on the net to find a post of a couple of other people looking with the same question. It's supposedly 100 mL and was buried in one guy's tub. I hunted some more and did end up finding a shitty plastic scoop which was labelled as 75 CC (75 mL).
Making 2L daily servings of Hol Food ∞
I've been used to thinking with Soylent: 3 meals, 2 snacks is 2L per day. How to I figure that out for Hol Food?
TL;DR: For 2L of mix, 2 heaping scoops for a diet, 3 for someone active or over-average.
Their scoop (75 mL) ∞
|2 scoops||350 mL|
|2x 75 mL||350 mL|
|150 mL||350 mL|
|425 mL||1000 mL (1L)|
|850 mL||2000 mL (2L)|
- 1 unit of powder needs 2.3 units of water. (Since 350/150 is 2.3, 150 powder needs 350 water.)
If I want to reverse that, it's 0.43 (Since 150/350 is around 0.43, 350 water needs 150 powder)
Checking my math: 2000 mL (2L) of water times 0.43 means it needs 860 mL of powder. Close enough; a little more is a good idea for my needs.
The Soylent scoop (112 mL) ∞
I hate their shitty plastic scoop, so I found my Soylent high quality metal scoop. (I actually checked and it seems Soylent doesn't make these any more). However, the Soylent scoop is 112 mL!
Oh god, how many 112 mL scoops should I use? Well if I want 850 mL of powder, then I want 850/112 scoops, which is around 7.6. Fucking math.
I actually make 1L bottles of the stuff, so it's really 425/112 which is around 3.8
So I basically a bit under 4 scoops per 1L.
But this is all wrong, because I need to figure out powder+water mixed drink per meal. For Soylent it's 2L for 4 meals (3 meals + 2 snacks).
Okay, back to the Hol Food measurements.
|Hol Food Scoops||Powder||Water||Meals|
|1||150 mL||350 mL||1|
|3||425 mL||1000 mL (1L)||425/150 = 2.8|
|6||850 mL||2000 mL (2L)||850/150 = 5.6|
6 Hol Food scoops for 2L of water is 5.6 meals for that 2L.
But I still want to use the Soylent scoop! So now the easiest thing is to just compare the size of scoops. How many Soylent scoops gives me how many Hol Food scoops?
|Hol Food Scoop||Soylent Scoop|
|75 mL||112 mL|
112 mL is a little under 1.5x larger (112/75), so I can just think like that. So 6 Hol Food scoops is 3 heaping Soylent Scoops.
I could do the math better, but it sounds like if I make 3 even scoops for 2L of water for 5 meals.
But really, because of the way I make it, I'm actually not using 2L of water, I'm really using that powder and mixing it until I get 2L of mix. The powder does take up some of the overall volume!
Fuck. So it's somewhere under 3 scoops to make 2L of mix for 5 meals.
I'll call it 2 heaping scoops for a diet, 3 for someone active or over-average.