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


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Queal Standard Steady Shakes: Taste Test

I stumbled upon Queal a few weeks ago, browsing the internet for a lent or liquid diet that would ship to Canada. I was super intrigued by their vast selection of flavours, so I quickly ordered one of each flavour available.

The first awesome thing I noticed was the Queal dashboard after you purchase. They go extensively into the impact that your Queal consumption makes on the environment, health, and your bank account!

These were my impact results from purchasing 8 complete days of food:

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The site also includes reordering reminders and subscription services that can save a few extra bucks.


Cost

My package arrived about a week later and I ended up with:

  • One x (3 servings) ¬†Caffeinated Cola Kick¬†
  • One x¬†Funky Forest Fruit
  • One x¬†Awesome Apple Pie
  • One x¬†Cool Chocolate
  • One x Super Strawberry
  • One x Banana Mania
  • One¬†x¬†Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness
  • One x Smooth Vanilla
  • One x Nuts and Sea Salt Go Bar¬†was included for FREE ūüôā
  • Free Shaker Bottle

Total Cost was $83 USD for Queal and shipping + $15 at customs= $98 or $12.3 USD/DAY

Total Cost was $108 CAD for Queal and shipping + $20 at customs= $128 or $16 CAD/DAY


Texture

I prepared these as per directions by adding 5 (yes, 5) scoops of Queal to 350ml of water. ¬†All of these products have a similar texture so I will dress that as a whole now. The texture is not extremely smooth, but this is not in a bad way at all. There is a definite grit in the drink, but with the delicious flavour it almost adds something satisfying to each meal. About the same thickness as Soylent 2.0, but with the added fibrousness that isn’t for everyone, but I certainly enjoy. Texturally a bit similar to the previous Hol Food chocolate formula, but without any sinking bits like that old formula had, for anyone who had the chance to try that and knows what I mean… This would likely not be the product for you if you seek something ultra smooth like the newer Hol Food or even soylent 2.0, but is certainly for you if you don’t mind texture and seek variety. Now on to the tasting!


Taste

Awesome Apple Pie¬†is a great flavour. This was the first one I tried, and I was truly surprised by the sweetness of this flavour. I mean, its apple pie, its supposed to be sweet so I’m not sure what i was expecting but it was a pleasant surprise compared to other less sweetened shakes. The texture of Queal compliments this flavour because the fibrousness gives the implication of a pie crust to the palate. Really good.

Banana Mania was less sweet than the apple pie but still sweeter than other shake brands. The banana flavour is really nice and this honestly just tastes like a bowl of oats with a banana in it. Super tasty, I might blent this one with the Cool Chocolate soon.

Speaking of chocolate, this flavour is alarmingly similar to old school Hol Food, but a bit sweeter, milkier, and generally just a really delicious cocoa taste.

Cola Kick was fun but really weird. Don’t get me confused here, I LOVE it. Its just so unlike anything I have had before. Maybe closest to a Coke float that melted? I don’t even know what to think about this one but it was limited time and now I can’t get more and I’m super bummed out about it.

Smooth Vanilla is your typical plain vanilla flavour. Not much so say about this flavour, I will mix it with other things to add punch.

Super Strawberry and Funky Forest Fruit taste like liquid versions of two flavours of Nutri-grain Bar, with the forest fruit having blueberry and cranberry notes while the strawberry has, well, strawberry notes. The oat flavour really pops in these two.

Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness was also a fun flavour. The cocoa flavour is really really nice and complimented the hazelnut flavour. My only change would be a slightly less artificial hazelnut flavouring as it tastes a bit more on the fake side. Really sweet and again, the texture complimented this one a lot.


Nutrition

Here’s some label shots so you can get a look at the ingredients and nutrients!

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…Essentially this stuff is based on Oats and Milk. Sounds great!

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Shaker Bottle

The Shaker bottle seems to be of great quality. It has a screen rather than a shaker ball. My only complaint is that the top is a screw cap and I 100% guarantee that I am going to lose the top…


The Bar

We also received one free Go Bar.

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The¬†texture¬†is very crunchy and chewy and satisfying, though I was not big on the taste. They weren’t kidding when they said salt. This is a very salty, nutty bar. If that is your thing, you will love this!

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Overall

I have really enjoyed my experience with Queal so far, and I am about to go place another order right now! Really awesome taste, and CRAZY VARIETY, not to mention a wonderful instagram team (shoutout to Jiska). All in all, this is amazing stuff and I think they may have me hooked.

…So how does it rank?

  1. Hol Food (New)
  2. Queal Steady
  3. Soylent 2.0
  4. Hol Food (Old)
  5. Jake Food

You guys need to try this stuff!

Austin (Ooch)


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 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ūüôā

Old Form. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 8/10 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†7/10 ¬† ¬† 9/10 (on that order) ¬† ¬† ¬†ūüôā

Soylent Cocoa ¬† 7/10 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†9/10 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†10/10 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ūüė¶

 

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.


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