So I decided to try out Huel Hot and Savoury about two months ago. Since that first time, I’ve now tried all the flavors. I’ve had the Thai Green Curry more times than I’d like to publicly admit, but once you read all I have to say, you won’t blame me.
Just to give a bit of backstory, the hot, savoury, convenient product I’m reviewing is from Huel, which is a British brand that clearly spent some time brainstorming and optimizing the concept of meal replacement.
It’s a pretty smart niche to explore all things considered, especially when we’re talking about a healthy meal. Huel Hot and Savory is essentially a nutritionally complete vegan meal made from a host of great ingredients.
Some of them may sound simple and familiar such as brown rice and coconut milk powder. Others may sound a bit out there such as medium-chain triglycerides powder or sunflower oil powder.
In any case, I’ll be sharing my review based on my experiences until now, as well as the ingredients in each of the flavors to give you a clear picture of what you’re munching on. Click here to see what others have to say about Huel Hot and Savory.
What Is Huel Hot and Savory Like?
If I had to sum up my whole experience in a single word, it would be “serendipity.” Genuinely, my expectations were pretty low. Why? Well, I’m not a vegan.
Am I open to new experiences and perhaps a new way of living? Sure, but I was really stepping out of my comfort zone here. As you can probably tell, I was quite blown away by these very hot, savoury, and very instant meals. Why don’t we get into some of the specifics?
I’m ashamed to admit how much I would typically eat out. It’s not necessarily a matter of my being lazy. The truth is my schedule is pretty tight. I’m one of those people with a job that consumes my entire being.
Therefore, the less time I can spend preparing literally anything, the better. So, of course, the instantaneous style that Huel Hot and Savoury brings to the table was a welcome addition from the get-go.
It’s surprisingly easy to make. Do you know how nice it is to be able to make lunch at the office in five minutes? If you have a busy schedule like me or you just don’t fancy spending any exorbitant amount of time making anything, Huel Hot and Savoury may just be what you’re looking for.
How Does Huel Hot and Savory Taste?
So, I guess this is probably very obvious but this is the MAIN reason why I’m now a lover of this product. Remember when I said I had low expectations? As a non-vegan, as open as I am to exploration, I was under the impression vegan food just….. wasn’t good.
I didn’t think it would be bad, but I did think it would be bland. Still, I’m really glad I decided to try this first.
The word “savory” being in the name is a lot more than a buzzword. It really does have a savory taste (at least, most of the flavors do). I also think the texture compliments the taste very well. From what I understand, this isn’t Huel’s first attempt at breaking into the market, but previous products had a powdery texture.
Don’t quote me on that because I’m yet to try them but I can tell you that’s not a concern with Huel Hot and Savoury. Smooth is the word I’d use to describe it. The feel is surprisingly realistic, and it sits well with me.
It doesn’t feel like a solid meal. At the same time, it doesn’t exactly feel like you’re having a shake either.
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To be fair, I don’t love every single flavor, but I do adore most of them. That’s kind of what you want with choice though, right? I bet there’s someone out there who absolutely loves the Tomato & Herb, for example. That person may also hate Thai Green Curry, which I love.
With nine flavors, you have to think there’s something for everyone here, so I’m pretty sure this will appeal to a variety of people.
I spoke to the prep time earlier, but the convenience goes well beyond that. Are you a backpacker or a camper?
If you are, you know that convenient food options are like gold. From a portability standpoint, you need Huel Hot and Savoury in your life.
Additionally, it expires a year after manufacture, so you can buy them well in advance as you’re planning your next grand adventure.
I don’t know about you but I love to save money. I’ve always been more of a saver than a spender. Admittedly, that has been the sticking point of a couple of my relationships, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about.
Some people don’t think you can have good food that is also cheap, but I beg to differ. Huel Hot and Savoury is a perfect example that the two are not mutually exclusive.
It’s a reasonably priced product. Some people don’t like the fact that you have to buy a bag of three pouches at any one time.
Each pouch has seven meals. If you do the math, you’re looking at just over $3.75 per meal. Does that sound expensive to you at all?
What Flavors Can You Enjoy This Huel Hot, Savoury Meal in?
Let’s talk flavors! As I mentioned a bit earlier, you can have Huel Hot and Savoury in any one of nine flavors, which are as follows:
- Thai Green Curry
- Mac & Cheeze
- Mexican Chili
- Sweet & Sour
- Tomato & Herb
- Chick’n & Mushroom pasta
- Cajun Pasta
While Mac & Cheeze is only my second favorite, I want to zoom in on it for a moment, as it demonstrates the attention to detail Huel displays.
Mac and cheese is a pretty common meal. When you see the spin this product put on the flavor, you’ll be very impressed. The mac and cheese style seasoning is very well done and the whole thing is so rich and creamy that you’ll be yearning for seconds!
The Huel Hot and Savoury Ingredient List and Nutrition Facts
If you’re eating vegan, the chances are that you’re as health conscious as you are environmentally conscious, so you most certainly want to know what’s in the things you’re eating.
In this, section, I’m gonna break down each flavor for you to help with that. Note that you can get all this information on Huel’s website too. I’m not just pulling the information out of thin air.
On that note, each listing includes several main ingredients. You will need to visit the Huel site to see all the ingredients in your plant-based instant meal.
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Thai Green Curry
Let’s kick things off with the That Green Curry flavor. There are dried grains, which may be either brown rice or quinoa), pea protein, Thai green style flavor, coconut milk powder, flaxseed, and dried vegetables (spring onion, bell pepper, sweet corn).
As far as nutrition facts go, it’s a 400-kcal meal consisting of 13 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbs, 10 grams of fiber, 24 grams of protein, and 1.1 grams of salt.
Sugars account for 4.8 grams of the total carb content, while the fat distribution is 3.5 grams of saturates, 2.6 grams of monounsaturates, and 5.6 grams of polyunsaturates.
All of this is measured per 94-gram portion, so keep that in mind.
Mac and Cheeze
We spoke about the Mac & Cheeze flavor a bit above and now it’s time to break it down. Let’s kick things off with its ingredients. You have dried macaroni, a cheese-style seasoning, spices, garlic powder, yeast extract, pea protein, coconut milk powder, onion powder, spices, and rice flour.
Again, it’s a 400 kcal meal. This consists of 11 grams of fat, 47 grams of carbs, 6.3 grams of fiber, 25 grams of protein, and 1.6 grams of salt. 5.2 grams of sugar are a part of the carb content, while the fat content is split across 4.2 grams of saturates, 3.4 grams of monounsaturates, and 3.6 grams of polyunsaturates.
These numbers apply per 102-gram portion.
What a name, right? Madras is next on the list and it also has 400 kcal for you. What are the main ingredients here? There are dried grains (quinoa or brown rice), madras-style curry flavoring, dried vegetables, pea protein, and flaxseed.
The nutrient breakdown includes 12 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbs, 14 grams of fiber, 23 grams of protein, and 1 gram of salt. The carbs contain 10 grams of sugar, while the fat is comprised of 2.3 grams of saturates, 2.2 grams of monounsaturates, and 7.1 grams of polyunsaturates.
These numbers correspond to each 95-gram portion.
Korma is also known as yellow coconut curry. As expected, this constitutes a 400 kcal meal. The main ingredients this time around are pea protein, dried grains, desiccated coconut, sultanas, milk powder (coconut), rice flour, and flaxseed.
The nutrition spread is 13 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbs, 13 grams of fiber, 25 grams of protein, and 1.1 grams of salt. 7 grams of sugar are present in the carbohydrates while the fat is spread across 2.5 grams of saturates, 2.4 grams of monounsaturates, and 7.7 grams of polyunsaturates.
95-gram portions correspond to these measurements.
Mexican Chili is the first flavor to break away from the 400 kcal number, as it has 412 kcal instead. As far as the ingredients go, you have dried grains (quinoa, brown rice) dried black-eyed beans, dried vegetables, medium-chain triglycerides powder, tomato powder, Mexican style chili natural flavor, chipotle chilli flakes, and a blend (onion, tomato, bell pepper).
The calorie content is split among 13 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 14 grams of fiber, 24 grams of protein, and 1.2 grams of salt. The carbs consist of 9.1 grams of sugar, while the fat content consists of 2.5 grams of saturates, 2.3 grams of monounsaturates, and 7.5 grams of polyunsaturates.
These figures are meant to be applied to each 97-gram portion.
Tomato & Herb
Tomato & Herb takes us back to the 400 kcal side of things. The main ingredients here include flaxseed, tomato powder, rice starch, rice flour, pea protein, tomato and herb flavoring, sunflower oil powder, dried grains (quinoa, brown rice), and dried vegetables (tomato, onion, and green beans).
Your nutritional breakdown here consists of 12 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbs, 14 grams of fiber, 23 grams of protein, and 1 gram of salt. There are 10 grams of sugar in the carb content and the fat is made up of 2.3 grams of saturates, 2.2 grams of monounsaturates, and 7.1 grams of polyunsaturates.
This is the composition of each 95-gram portion.
The Cajun Pasta flavor maintains the established 400 kcal trend and it consists of dried penne pasta, a cajun seasoning blend, spices, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, chili pepper, and rice starch.
Nutrition facts include 8.8 grams of fat, 52 grams of carbs, 6.2 grams of fiber, 25 grams of protein, and 1.3 grams of salt. There are 8.4 grams of sugar in the carbs. 1.4 grams of saturates, 1.9 grams of monounsaturates, and 5.4 grams of polyunsaturated make up the fat content.
All this is per 98-gram portion.
Chick’n and Mushroom Pasta
This 400 kcal meal consists of wild mushroom powder, pea protein, mushroom flavor seasoning, dried mushroom, and dried penne pasta.
It consists of 8.9 grams of fat, 55 grams of carbs, 5.8 grams of fiber, 24 grams of protein, and 1.5 grams of salt. The carbs include 4 grams of sugar, while the fat includes 2.8 grams of saturates, 1.4 grams of monounsaturates, and 4.4 grams of polyunsaturates.
This split applies to each 103-gram portion.
Sweet and Sour
Sweet & Sour is the last flavor on the list and consists of salt, onion powder, flaxseed, garlic powder, sweet & sour style seasoning, and dried grains.
The calories include 13 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbs, 14 grams of fiber, 24 grams of protein, and 1.1 grams of salt. There are 10 grams of sugar in the carbs, while the fat includes 2.6 grams of saturates, 2.4 grams of monounsaturates, and 7.8 grams of polyunsaturates.
These numbers apply to each 95-gram portion.
Huel Hot and Savoury Review
What can I say? It’s a pretty amazing product. Again, this is coming from a non-vegan. It’s tasty, convenient, and fairly price.
I’d recommend this to just about anyone looking for a low or no-hassle meal with a short prep window.