Queal Vegan Shakes: Taste Test

Following my last Queal review, Jiska from Queal was kind enough to send me a lovely box of the newly available (in North America) vegan shakes! After a few weeks of sitting in excitement while finishing up my current Queal inventory, it arrived!

Upon opening my box, I found:

  • Vegan Banana Steady Shake
  • Vegan Vanilla Steady Shake
  • Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness
  • Vegan Nuts and Salt bar
  • Awesome Stickers
  • Cute Shaker

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So I loaded my possessions up with Queal stickers and got to tasting…

Texture

The texture of Queal is quite distinct compared to other liquid meals. There is a certain fibrous grain that adds a special level of satisfaction to your meal. Some people who have issues with anything that isn’t absolutely milky smooth (think Hol Food) may not enjoy this- but I am not phased by this, nor is anyone I’ve had try it!  The product is easy to shake up and does not clump nearly as easily as Soylent powder. Personally, I recommend consuming this very cold, so I shake the powder with the recommended water plus two ice cubes.

Taste

The base flavour behind the vegan products vs the non vegan is very subtle. There is a mild pea flavour that is not present in standard Queal Steady shakes, but this is not overwhelming as it is with other pea protein based products like Jake. Of the three flavours I was provided, the pea flavour was most noticeable in the vanilla shake, most likely due to the mildness of the vanilla flavouring. This makes it taste like pancake batter (and with the Queal texture its even closer) in a very good way. The banana flavour is nice and strong and helps mask the pea flavour for those who are looking to avoid noticing it- though in my experience most vegans are friendly with pea protein.

Cost

It costs $11.50 CAD per day to live entirely off of Queal Vegan Shakes. This pricing is fair compared to competitor brands like Jake and JimmyJoy (after JJ shipping costs).

Impact

Queal.com is full of cool information about the impact your dietary decisions make!

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Overall

In summary, Queal is a solid competitor in the meal replacement game, offering astonishing amounts of variety in flavour. The customer service is prompt and the shipping is fast. Compared to other companies I have worked with, Queal shows the fastest response time, one of the highest quality products, and one of the best website dashboards I have ordered on. Though there is a definite texture and this product is not perfect for everyone, I believe many people will enjoy adding Queal to their daily routine!

GO BAR REVIEW COMING SOON


BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle, Colors May Vary, 28-Ounce 2-Pack


The Jake Food Starter Box

Last week I found a post about Jake Food and knew I had to order some. I placed an order for a starter box, which comes includes:

1 Oaty Vanilla Shake

1 Forest Fruit Shake

1 Banana Shake

3 Bars

1 shaker bottle

The first thing I noticed is packaging, really great branding all around from the box to the shaker. The shaker seems to be really good quality and I have not used it over 10 times for various brands of shake.

Nutritionally it looks great, with each shake providing exactly 1/3 of your days needs down the chart and 667 calories per shake. The main ingredients are Pea Protein, maltodextrin, and Oats.

That said, I don’t love the actual Jake shake. The first flavour I tried was the Oaty Vanilla… I prepared it according to the directions in the shaker, and the result was a very VERY thick shake with a chemically-sweet-plastic taste reminiscent of old school soylent powder. The texture had noticeable grains, and was certainly the most textured lent I have tried thus far. I didn’t quite finish it, half way through I had to put it away and someone else drank it. They didn’t love it either, comparing it to metallic pancake batter.

The forest fruit flavour is better, sort of tangy cranberry taste. It is supposed to be like blueberry and raspberry, and I can totally see it tasting kinda like that. The weird chemical taste is hidden more in this one, not completely, but enough that I finished the whole thing. The texture was still super thick even though I added 200ml extra water to this one to avoid the thickness. I don’t know if it was the fact that I did this, but I would still like the fruit flavour to be stronger to mask the not nice flavours. Idk what to do about the sandy thick texture…

 

I did not drink the banana flavour, and I don’t intend to until I run out of my other products and really need it. I really wish I could recommend this product because I myself wanted so badly to like it, but I don’t, and I can’t.

Then there are the Vitamin bars, which are better than the shakes but by a very small margin. The texture of both bars is very play- dough like, with flakes of oat throughout providing a texture that is… okay. Not bad. But like I’m not going out of my way to get these things. No sir.

The coffee mocha bar tastes like black liquorice with whispers of coffee and chocolate taste. Mostly it is quite bitter and it is noticeable how much the bar lacks sweetness of any kind.

The forest fruit bar is better but still just not delicious. The pea protein is much more prominent of a flavour in this product, which I didn’t notice in any of the shakes or the coffee bar. After I eat a bar my mouth tastes like I just ate some French Canadian pea soup!

The cost of the Jake Box, all in, was $52.28. Broken down, that’s $34.20 for the box itself at $18.08 at the Canadian Border. In small amounts this is really expensive but after calculating my customs fees plus the cost of larger amounts it seems that it would cost about $470 per month to live completely off Jake, all in.

All in all, Jake is good if you are looking for a shake that is a large portion of your day’s calories and you don’t mind if it tastes not so nice. The bars are better but still, I think there are so many more companies providing tastier products and better prices for the time being. I will order and review again when Jake makes any updates to their recipe.

LENTS RANKED

  1. Hol Food
  2. Soylent
  3. Jake

Coming Soon

  • Huel
  • Ketolent
  • Queal
  • Super Body Fuel
  • Bertrand
  • Biolent

 

Review: New Hol Food Chocolate Formula/ Rebrand

Here is a comprehensive review of the updated Hol Food Chocolate formula.

….And here is my new shipment!

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Okay, so I have been bugging the Hol Food customer service a lot this week. After placing my first order I got it almost instantly, so obviously I quickly ordered again. Likely due to this formula changeover, this time it took 5 business days to ship HALF of my order, only the new chocolate sans my vanilla. The vanilla, according to their customer service, is still filling and won’t be ready to ship until early next week… But like then why are they selling it now? …bruh.

So now a bit more than a week later, here we stand, new Hol Food in hand. Lets see how it compares to the old stuff.

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Photo: The old, much more rustic packaging. The new tubs are much more modern and are now able to ship without getting chocolate dust all over the box.

So I moved my cats, opened the new white tub and made my Hol Food. The paper seal was unsealed on the top but it took me a second to fight off the lid so I am not certain that damage wasn’t me, also if not I’m sure I’ll live. The scoop may be slightly smaller than previous formula. This new formula smells a lot like a Soylent product, but I can’t put my finger on what it is.

I make mine in a blender, since the last formula was so lumpy. This one is NOT LUMPY AT ALL. The flavour is very similar to the older Hol Food with its unsweetened cocoa taste, but the texture is NEXT LEVEL. So smooth. The taste is maybe a bit milder, actually, but not much. I do think there’s a reason they are calling this the “Smoothest Lent Ever” in their Reddit Ad. Very creamy, more ‘gooey’ than the first formula and not chalky at all. Last batch was chalky as hell. I don’t even think I need to blend this new formula, and I can probably just shake it in a mason jar. This method did not work for me with the old formula because of the sand like grit at the bottom- glad this is gone now. This new stuff is like freaky smooth.

This formula is MUCH more filling than the last formula. Previously I could chug a whole meal and move on, this one slows me down to sipping about half way. This is likely due to the increased protein content in the new formula, going from 30g-35g of protein per serving.

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Nutritionally this is WAY different than the last Hol Food. Each meal boasting only 400 Calories in stead of the previous 500 calories. And all of the vitamins and minerals are in varying amounts, unlike the old formula which was 25% down the board. I wonder what this means for how many meals I am supposed to eat? If I eat 4 that 1600 calories but way over on Vitamin A, magnese, copper, and vitamin E, but slightly under on everything else.

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I’m probably just going to do four a day though, I could use a little calorie reduction lately.

Heres a comparison:

Product            Taste       Texture        Shipping            Price

New Form.        8.5/10        10/10               5/10                     🙂

Old Form.           8/10          7/10     9/10 (on that order)      🙂

Soylent Cocoa   7/10          9/10                10/10                     😦

 

This page will be updated as I continue to consume this product all week.

All in all, this formula is a serious step up from the last one. So much so that I will continue to put my shipping differences aside and keep ordering because this product is really delicious. I am pumped up to try the vanilla when it finally arrives! If you are not impatient with shipping I highly, highly recommend this product.

Thanks for reading,

OOCH

Also, be sure to check back here to OochCo tomorrow to see my comprehensive review of the Jake Food Starter Pack.


Buy Hol Food Chocolate

 

Buy Hol Food Vanilla


 

First Impression: Hol Food

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).

Overall Rating

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!

Buy Hol Food Chocolate

 

Buy Hol Food Vanilla