Last week I was browsing around for an alternative to my beloved yet estranged Soylent, when I came across Hol Food. Although I was saddened by the lack of a liquid pre mixed version, I went ahead and ordered a tub of 28 complete meals for $88.90 (a meal in this case is 1/4 of a days nutrition). With optimistic thoughts of a cheap, balanced diet on my mind, I waited.
Two Days later my package arrived. Fast, I know, but we are both in Toronto so honestly I should hope so. I opened my box excitedly only to notice that it expired… the next day?
Also, my scoop was in the bottom of the tub which just seemed unnecessarily lazy.
I messaged customer support and they took over a day to reply, but were very nice and told me that they had recently had some mislabelling happen, and if my scoop was blue (it was) the lot was good until January 2019. All good, but what a freaking roller coaster.
After sorting out the expiry and scooping of my new bucket-o-food, I blended one up. 2 Scoops of powder into the Magic Bullet and filled it to the top with cold water. Gave it a whizz and boom. Breakfast.
The taste is really chocolatey. Think thin, barely sweetened brownie batter. The texture is exactly like crepe batter for the top 90%. Then there is the bottom which if you aren’t constantly shaking your cup, accumulates this crazy layer of oats and sadness. All that said, I really do like the idea of a Soylent esque product using Canadian milk and that is soy free (gross).
Product Taste Texture Price
Soylent 2.0 Cocoa 7/10 9/10 😦
Hol Food Powder 8/10 7/10 🙂
At four Hol Foods a day I feel full, healthy, and overall good. Just like I did with Soylent. This kind of food just works for me I think.
I went ahead and placed an order for next month where I plan to live off this stuff like I did Soylent 2.0. They just launched vanilla the day I ordered so I will update with that. They also mentioned an upcoming update to the original formula.
Although my first order shipped in two days, it has now been two business days and my product has not yet shipped. Hoping this is a delay only because of the new vanilla product launch.
OVERALL I am sold on Hol Food for now, and will keep buying. That said, if Soylent re-launches in Canada I will likely go back unless Hol Food steps up their variety of choices. I’m not hurting for my liquid food anymore though, and I’m absolutely loving the cost of Hol Food and looking forward to all their product updates!