Low Carb Huel Hacks

People’s definitions of ‘low carb’ vary considerably from anything below 40% of total energy coming from the total carbohydrate content of a diet, down to as low as 10 or even 5%. However, most people feel that a level of around 20% of total energy coming from carbs is considered ‘low carb’. Huel Powder v3.0 provides 40% of total energy from carbohydrates and Huel Black Edition provides 20%. The following are two low carb ‘hack’ recipe options for Huel Powders.

How many calories do the macronutrients supply?

Before we go any further, it’s useful to know how many calories come from each of the four macronutrients:

  • Fat provides about 9kcal per gram
  • Protein provides about 4kcal per gram
  • Carbohydrate provides about 4kcal per gram
  • Fiber provides about about 2kcal per gram

    You can read more about each macronutrient in our Beginner’s Guide to Nutrition article.

    Ketogenic Diets

    In a human diet, when the amount of carbohydrate in the human diet comes from below roughly 10-12% of total energy, this is referred to as a ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet. Ketogenesis is a metabolic state where the body uses substrates known as ketone bodies for fuel as well as the small amount of carbs. In fact, the brain and heart rely on them for fuel; they are a survival mechanism that come from the breakdown of fat. Protein intake in keto diets should also be moderately low as some amino acids are glucogenic, meaning they convert to glucose - a carbohydrate). ‘Keto’ diets, such as the Atkins Diet, are a type of extreme low-carb diet and can be effective in some people who want to lose body fat, but there are concerns over their safety.

    Low Carb Huel Hacks

    We have come up with three simple recipes for the Huel Powders to suit Hueligans who wish to adjust their Huel intake to suit different requirements. Two of the recipes are based on a carb level of around 20% of total energy and one is suitable for a ketogenic diet with a carb level of around 12% of total energy. All require a blender and some of the following ingredients:

    • Huel Powder v3.0 - Flavored or Unflavored & Unsweetened
    • Huel Black Edition
    • Desiccated coconut - can be purchased online or at any grocery store
    • A high quality 80% protein isolate powder - for example, a pea protein isolate available from a number of online sports supplement retailers
    • (Optional) Huel Flavor Boosts

    Please bear in mind that these Huel hacks have only been designed to meet macronutrient requirements. Whilst the recipes will still contain good amounts of the vitamins and minerals from Huel, requirements will not be met at 2,000kcal like if you were consuming Huel alone, so these recipes should only form part of your daily diet.

    It’s also important to note, that these recipes are only approximations and the amount of each macronutrient provided may vary a little depending on the ingredients you use. But they are a useful guide.

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    Hack 1: Low Carb, High Protein, Moderate Fat - Ideal for gym-goers

    This Huel Powder v3.0 hack recipe provides of total energy approximately 20% carbs, 45% protein and 35% fat. It’s a great shake for someone who wishes to increase their protein intake like a bodybuilder, strength athlete or regular gym-goer whilst keeping their carb intake relatively low.

    Ingredients per 100g
    • 50g Huel Powder v3.0
    • 40g 80% protein isolate
    • 10g dessicated coconut
    • (Optional) Huel Flavor Boost, to taste
    Method

    Put 500-600ml of water in a blender, add ingredients, blend well and consume.

    100g Provides
    • Energy - 423kcal
    • Total Carbs - 20g; 20%TE*
    • Available Carbs - 15g
    • Protein - 48g; 45%TE
    • Fat - 17g; 35%TE

    Hack 2: Low Carb, Moderate Protein, High Fat

    This Huel Powder v3.0 hack provides of total energy approximately 20% carbs, 30% protein and 50% fat. This is suited to Hueligans who aren’t so concerned with their protein intake but still wish to keep their intake of carbs relatively low. This is therefore much higher in fat.

    Ingredients per 100g
    • 51g Huel Powder v3.0
    • 23g 80% protein isolate
    • 27g desiccated coconut
    • (Optional) Huel Flavor Boost, to taste
    Method

    Put 500-600ml of water in a blender, add ingredients, blend well and consume.

    100g Provides
    • Energy 469kcal
    • Total Carbs - 23g; 20%TE
    • Available Carbs - 16g
    • Protein - 35g; 30%TE
    • Fat - 26g; 50%TE

    Hack 3: Very Low Carb, Low Protein, High Fat

    This Huel Black Edition hack provides of total energy approximately 12% carbs, 18% protein and 70% fat. It’s a recipe that can be incorporated into a ketogenic diet with the addition of a single ingredient to Huel Black Edition.

    Ingredients per 100g
    • 50g Huel Black Edition
    • 50g desiccated coconut
    Method

    Put 500-600ml of water in a blender, add ingredients, blend well and consume.

    100g Provides
    • Energy 555kcal
    • Total Carbs - 26g
    • Available Carbs - 16g; 12%TE
    • Protein - 25g; 18%TE
    • Fat - 43g; 70%TE

    *%TE = percentage of total energy

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