We have all probably seen at least one of those futuristic films where humans, (often long distance space explorers), have dispensed with the epicurean approach to eating, and adopted a ruthlessly pragmatic route, where eating is purely about nutrition, and not at all about pleasure or sensual enjoyment. These futuristic worlds depict humans who no longer indulge their pallet with wonderful flavours and textures; they eat heavily processed, often tasteless, form-less, powdered food, coming in an array of bags with unconvincing labels like Chicken Jalfrezi and Black Forest Gateau.
While this might seem like a culinary dystopia for modern day gastronomes, futuristic depictions tend to show a world that has grown accepting of this pragmatic powdered approach to eating. There’s good reason for this too, in that this scientifically engineered, nutrition centred diet is considered healthier, time-saving and more cost effective.
But, for now, in a world where food is a fundamental source of pleasure and sensual enjoyment, the average person will probably give powdered food a dirty look and an extremely wide berth. This potential antipathy towards powdered meal replacement hasn’t stopped innovators from bringing powdered food meal replacements to the market-place in. Over the past couple of years several innovative companies have emerged and have leapfrogged the food supplement companies and are now offering futuristic, scientifically engineered, nutritionally completed foods, that you can live off, should you wish.
Yes, if you wanted to, you could in theory just eat this powdered food and nothing else as it contains the recommended daily allowance of all the essential nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals,), that you need. It’s faster to prepare, cheaper and healthier than a traditional diet, making it well suited to our health conscious, time pressurized and price-sensitive modern life.
Convinced? If so, here’s 3 top futuristic, powdered food providers for busy professionals and students.
1. Huel has been reviewed in all the major press outlets and is a nutritionally complete food developed by a Nutrition and Dietetics expert. Huel contains all the necessary proteins, carbohydrates and fats and all the recommended amounts of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals. Huel comes in 7 flavours, including, Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana, Pineapple & Coconut, Mocha, Toffee, Rhubarb and Custard. Huel is 100% vegan and contains no soy. It’s definitely worth looking at the reviews on Amazon as you’ll get some insight into how people are actually using it. It comes in 28 meal packs.
2. Soylent is a nutritionally completed powdered food producer. Soylent are focused on providing maximum nutrition with minimum effort. You just need to mix with water and it will create a nutritionally balanced meal that will satisfy you for several hours. You can prepare this food in a fraction of the time it would take to prepare a normal meal with the same nutrients. Some key ingredients are soy protein, algal oil, isomaltulose, vitamins and minerals, and of course it contains no trans fat or cholesterol. It comes in 28 meal packs.
3. Cocolaid Chia SHAKE is another nutritionally complete food which has all the essential nutrients, including protein, carbs, fats, vitamins. They use Whey Protein and Chia Seeds, and it’s Gluten-free. It comes in 4 flavours: Banana, Strawberry, Chocolate, Mix, Unflavoured, and works out at about £1.80 per meal, and takes 1 minute to prepare by just adding water. There are four versions: Sport, Weight Loss, Vegan and Normal.
There are plenty of other nutritionally complete foods on the market, but I have chosen the three with delivery options that favour clients in the UK, US or Northern Europe as this is where most of my readers come from. If you want to find other nutritionally complete food providers that better suit your geography, visit blendrunner.com