How to use Huel

One of our top 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 Powder

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

Add 17 fl oz cold water to your shaker then:
+ Add 2 scoops of Huel (100g/400kcal)
+ Shake hard for 10 seconds

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
  • Customize your flavor with our Flavor 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.

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 changes 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 out your own at

Seth 2,454kcal per day

Seth, 25, male. 6ft and 168lbs. Exercises 3x per week. To maintain his current weight, he needs 2,454kcal. To lose weight, we recommend a deficit of 500kcal per day. To gain weight, a 500kcal daily surplus is suggested.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal Evening Snack
Lose Fat (-500kcal) Huel 2 scoops
Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 744kcal 210kcal
Maintain Weight Huel 2 scoops
Huel Bar
Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 1,004kcal 250kcal
Gain Weight (+500kcal) Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops 1,104kcal 250kcal


Melanie, 1,908kcal per day

Melanie, 25, female, 5ft 7in and 143lbs. Exercises 3x per week. To maintain her current weight, she needs 1,908kcal. To lose weight, we recommend a deficit of 500kcal per day. To gain weight, a 400kcal daily surplus is suggested.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal Evening Snack
Lose Fat (-500kcal)
Huel 2 scoops
- Huel 2 scoops - 608kcal -
Maintain Weight Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 708kcal 200kcal
Gain Weight (+400kcal) Huel 2 scoops
Huel Bar
Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 958kcal 250kcal


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 50g which is about 200 calories.

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 an empty scoop on the scales and zero them. Then add your Huel for a precise measurement.

See below for 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 Water* Huel Vanilla Huel Unflavored & Unsweetened
1 50g 7 - 9 fl oz 200kcal 200kcal
2 100g 14 - 17 fl oz 400kcal 400kcal
3 150g 21 - 26 fl oz 600kcal 600kcal
4 200g 28 - 34 fl oz 800kcal 800kcal

*Use these measurements as a guide until you find the perfect Huel for you.

Calories by weight

Weight Huel Vanilla Huel Unflavored & Unsweetened
50g 200kcal 200kcal
100g 400kcal 400kcal
125g 500kcal 500kcal
150g 600kcal 600kcal
250g 1,000kcal 1,000kcal
500g 2,000kcal 2,000kcal

Powder Hacks

In pure form, Huel offers precise nutrition, but you don’t have to be obsessive to benefit from it. The base flavor is fairly neutral, so you can play and experiment with different flavors 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 @HuelUSA and #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.

Flavor Boosts

We have developed a range of Flavor Boosts: Apple Cinnamon, Banana, Berry, Chocolate, Mint-Chocolate, Mocha, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Spice, Salted Caramel, Strawberry, Vanilla, and our limited-edition flavors, Chocolate Cherry and Gingerbread. These are designed to work with both Huel Vanilla and Unflavored & Unsweetened.

Change your liquid

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

Mix your Huel

Mix Vanilla and Unflavored & Unsweetened. The usual amount that is combined is 2 parts Vanilla to 1 part Unflavored & Unsweetened. But you can mix as much or as little as you like. For example, add a little Vanilla Huel to slightly change the taste of Unflavored & 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 savory 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 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 from drying out. It will make it easier to clean once you get a chance to wash up.

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