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How to use Huel

One of our priorities when designing Huel was that it should be simple to use. We hope you’ll agree we’ve succeeded.

To learn all you need to have a great first experience with Huel, read on, or download our Quick Start Guide. Enjoy the ride!

How to prepare the perfect Huel

Follow these simple steps to start off on the right foot:

Add 400ml cold water to your shaker then:
+ Add 3 scoops of Huel
+ Add 3 ice cubes (optional)
+ Shake hard for 10 seconds
+ Top up via the spout with another 200ml of water

Once you’re happy, get creative! Our top tips:

  • Add ice cubes, or even try chilling overnight
  • Too thick? Add more water
  • Too thin? Use less next time
  • Customise your flavour with our Flavour Boosts
  • Try milk instead of water for a creamier end result

What percentage of your diet will be Huel?

This is entirely up to you. Probably the most popular approach is to replace time-pressured weekday meals like breakfast and lunch, then sit down for a traditional meal in the evening. This gives you the best of both worlds.

But you can also use Huel as a snack. 

What percentage of your diet will be Huel?

Whatever you do, make sure to gradually build up your Huel intake. Your body needs time to adjust to change in your diet, so start with 1 Huel meal a day, and add 1 more every 3-5 days until you reach your ideal balance. 

How many calories do you need?

We’re all different and all have slightly different calorie requirements. Below are two broad examples, but work your own out at

Seth 2,209kcal per day

Seth, 25 years, male. 170.7cm and 66kg. Exercises 3x per week. Maintaining weight needs 2,209kcal. To lose it, we recommend a deficit of 500kcal per day. To gain weight, a 500kcal daily surplus.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal Evening Snack
Lose Fat (-500kcal) Huel 3 scoops - Huel 3 scoops Huel 1 scoop 645kcal -
Maintain Weight Huel 3 scoops - Huel 3 scoops Huel 2 scoops 689 cal 304kcal
Gain Weight (+500kcal) Huel 3 scoops Huel 2 scoops Huel 3 scoops Huel 2 scoop 885 cal 304kcal


Melanie, 1,650kcal per day

Melanie, 25 years, female. 157.8cm and 50kg. Exercises 3x per week. Maintaining weight needs 1,650kcal. To lose it, we recommend a deficit of 500kcal per day. To gain weight, a 500kcal daily surplus.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal
Lose Fat (-500kcal) Huel 1.5 scoops - Huel 2 scoops Huel 1 scoop 466kcal
Maintain Weight Huel 3 scoops - Huel 3 scoops Huel 1.5 scoops 510kcal
Gain Weight (+500kcal) Huel 3 scoops Huel 1.5 scoops Huel 3 scoops 250kcal 760kcal


If you want to learn more about how to gain weight or lose fat, you can read our guides, written by our Nutritionist, James Collier:

How to measure and weigh Huel

A scoop is provided in the box with your initial order, instead of inside every pouch, to cut down on waste. A level scoop of Huel holds roughly 38g which is about 153kcal.

Of course, if you need a new scoop, you can just order one at checkout for free.

Measure Huel

If you want to weigh your Huel more accurately, we recommend using some simple kitchen scales. For example, add the water to your shaker, then place on the scales and zero them. Then add your Huel for a precise measurement.

See below our charts indicating the amount of calories in Huel by scoop and by weight to help you with your calculations:

Calories by scoop

Number of Level Scoops Weight - Grams Huel Vanilla Huel Unflavoured & Unsweetened
1 38g 153kcal 155kcal
2 76g 306kcal 311kcal
3 114g 458kcal 466kcal
4 152g 611kcal 622kcal

Calories by weight

Weight - Grams Huel Vanilla Huel Unflavoured & Unsweetened
50g 201kcal 205kcal
100g 402kcal 410kcal
125g 503kcal 513kcal
150g 603kcal 615kcal
250g 1,005kcal 1,025kcal
500g 2,010kcal 2,050kcal

Powder Hacks

In pure form, Huel offers precise nutrition, but you don’t have to be obsessive to benefit from it. The base flavour is fairly neutral, so you can play and experiment with different flavours and techniques to find your perfect Huel, or simply to discover new ways to enjoy your Huel.

You can also see what others are doing on our forum, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Post your own progress and tag us @huel.


Blending Huel can greatly improve the texture and consistency of Huel. If you want your Huel to be smoother and creamier, there's no better way to ensure this than using a blender.

Chill out

The temperature of your Huel can also affect its sweetness and texture. Adding ice, or leaving your Huel to chill in the fridge, can reduce the sweetness and improve the texture, according to some of our customers.

Flavour Boosts

We have developed a range of Flavour Boosts: Strawberry, Caramel, Cacao, Mocha, Toffee, Rhubarb & Custard, Pineapple & Coconut, Banana, Chocolate, Matcha Tea, and Mint-Chocolate. These are designed to work with both Vanilla Huel and our Unflavoured & Unsweetened version.

Change your liquid

Replacing water with milk can also affect how thick and smooth your Huel is, and it can also make your Huel much creamier. However, with milk come more calories, so make sure you take these into account.

Mix your Huel

Mix Vanilla and Unflavoured & Unsweetened. The usual amount that is combined is 2 parts Vanilla to 1 part Unflavoured & Unsweetened. But you can mix as much or as little as you like, for example adding a little Vanilla Huel to slightly change the taste of Unflavoured & Unsweetened Huel.

Get cooking

Use Huel as flour. Of course Huel is 100% complete nutrition in itself, but it also works great as an ingredient for sweet and savoury recipes, bakes and more! Find out more about cooking with Huel.

Consume or store

You can drink your Huel immediately, or if you prefer, you can store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If you want to have it on the go, you can keep it at room temperature for a couple of hours, or longer if you use a thermos flask. Your Huel may separate after a while, but don’t worry, this is completely normal. Just to give it a nice shake to re-mix it and you’re good to go.


Consume or store

To avoid Huel setting in your shaker once you're done, we advise you to clean your bottle as soon as you can. If this isn't possible, leave some water in it to stop it drying out. It will make it easier to clean once you get a chance to wash up.

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