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I Tried Soylent’s New ‘Coffiest’ So You Don’t Have To

I Tried Soylent’s New ‘Coffiest’ So You Don’t Have To

Soylent's new "Coffiest" portable beverage is coffee and breakfast all in one

Soylent is not the sexiest name out there, but the drinkable meal replacement has received a lot of press. The product went viral, and he managed to raise more than $3 million in crowd-funding to launch it into the general marketplace.

Soylent has evolved over the years. “Upgraded” versions of the drink are released every few months and contain different sets of nutritional ratios and ingredients. Soylent 1.0 used rice protein, but Soylent 1.6 was based on soy protein isolate. In September 2015, the company released Soylent 2.0, its first attempt at a premixed drink. On Aug. 9, the company announced that its newest adaptation, Coffiest, would be available for purchase online.

The company was kind enough to drop off a bottle to the Daily Meal office. At first glance I was skeptical. The sleek packaging and plastic bottle didn’t give any clues to its contents. When poured, the liquid reminded me of a slightly thicker version of soy milk. One sip was all I needed, though, to determine that the drink tasted more like a nutritional supplement than a cup of coffee. That said, I wasn’t put off by the taste at all. The coffee powder and natural coffee flavor added subtle yet nutty notes that helped mask the artificial flavor that’s typical of protein powders or other meal replacement shakes. The texture was smooth, albeit a little chalky. As for the caffeine boost, Soylent’s website states the drink is equal to one cup of coffee. What makes this drink special is the addition of L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea that has been found to reduce those caffeine shakes.

Although it didn’t arrive in time for breakfast, Coffiest did end up being my lunch, and I’ve got to be honest: I finished every last drop.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


I've eaten Soylent for 3 years. Here's how it changed me.

I started eating Soylent in 2016 first the powder, and later the slightly more expensive ready-to-drink bottles. It seemed like a one-stop fix for all my food-related problems:

  • It was reasonably cheap, at only $2-$3 per meal
  • It was easy, which would hopefully reduce my cooking-related stresses and disasters
  • And it was healthy&mdashor at least healthier than my normal diet

Soylent advertised itself as &ldquocomplete nutrition,&rdquo but even if it fell short of that, it was certainly more nutritious than the take-out and instant mac-and-cheese I frequently ate.

At the time I started with Soylent, it came in only two options: powder or pre-mixed bottles. But it has since expanded to a few variations of the basic Soylent idea:

Much ink and internet outrage have been spilled over Soylent. If you can get past the dystopian name and premise, there's more to drinking Soylent. This is my personal experience.

How I use Soylent

There are two ways to consume Soylent: You can completely remove ordinary food from your routine and go the all Soylent, all the time route, or you can use it as the occasional meal replacement to fill what the Soylent website calls &ldquofood voids,&rdquo or times in your day when you would normally skip a meal or pay a lot of money to eat something unhealthy.

I&rsquom firmly in the second camp: I&rsquom nowhere near ready to give up on tacos and pho, but I am lazy and disorganized enough to have dietary &ldquovoids&rdquo: breakfast, a late lunch during crunch time, or a weekend-morning hangover cure.

The biggest advantage is somewhat indirect: Thanks to Soylent, I eat healthier. Not because Soylent is a super-food, but because it&rsquos so convenient: I use Soylent to replace the meals that would normally happen at a McDonald&rsquos or Chipotle, which means I&rsquom saving money and going easier on my arteries. It also means I have more time to invest in my own cooking, and make home-cooked meals that are healthier meals out.

How Soylent makes me feel

In general, Soylent makes me feel healthier. This is probably due less to Soylent's much-touted nutritional advantage, and more to the fact that I&rsquom not skipping meals as frequently. The end result is that I feel noticeably healthier, stable and more focused when I incorporate Soylent into my diet. Even if that&rsquos a placebo effect, I&rsquoll take it.

Disadvantages of Soylent

There are three disadvantages to Soylent in my opinion. First, I start to miss food after a while. While physically satisfying, the act of drinking a flavorless fluid from a plain plastic bottle feels soulless. There's no other word for it. Eating is often inconvenient, but pleasurable, and there's a real cost when you try to cut it out completely.

Second, the packaging is frustrating: Soylent ordered from the Soylent website comes in a box inside a box, meaning you have to open it twice. Why not just mail it in one box? Not a huge inconvenience, but Amazon (which charges slightly more) is able to mail the same product in just one box. What gives?

Third, there is some digestive adjustment when you first start using Soylent. That amounts to gas and mild discomfort that pass in a few days, but don&rsquot be surprised if it happens to you. You haven&rsquot been poisoned your gut fauna needs to adjust.

What Soylent powder is like

Soylent started as a list of ingredients online and that you'd buy and mix yourself, so it makes sense that the traditional way to consume Soylent was simply mixing it together with water. It&rsquos also the worst way to do it, in my opinion.

Mixing Soylent powder with water is a mindless chore, and even if you use a blender, you can never get it as smooth as you want. The resulting elixir also has a flavor and texture akin to a tortilla ground up and mixed with unflavored almond milk. For a while I experimented with adding peanut butter or something else to provide a more pleasant texture and flavor, but I could never get the consistency right.

That said, this is by far the healthiest and most ecologically conscious way to consume Soylent. Since the powder weighs less than the bottled drink, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and the overall cost per calorie is lower. If you know your way around a blender and are curious about the old-school way to enjoy Soylent, this is the starting point.

What Soylent drink is like

Soylent Ready-to-drink is the lazier version of Soylent Powder: Instead of asking you to blend your drink every few days and portion it out, each bottle of Soylent drink is 400 calories of pure nutrition (plus about 9g of sugar in the flavored bottles).

These bottles are the perfect way to drink Soylent if you&rsquore what the company calls a &ldquofood void&rdquo Soylent drinker (like me). It&rsquos easy to toss one in your bag on the way to work, for a hike, or to simply pack a few in a cooler before a long drive.

It also has a noticeably smoother texture and lighter taste than home-mixed stuff. No matter how much I diluted my home-mixed Soylent, it was always grainy and thicker than I wanted. The ready-to-drink Soylent is light, smooth and even somewhat pleasant tasting in its unflavored form.

The flavored forms come in Vanilla, Cacao, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate. Tn true Soylent fashion, they're perfectly adequate. If you take a sip expecting the creamy goodness of a milkshake or natural fruitiness of a smoothie, you&rsquoll be disappointed. That&rsquos not what Soylent is trying to do. The flat and artificial flavors are only there to make the drink more palatable to people who aren&rsquot ready to dismiss taste entirely. Training wheels for your palate, perhaps.

Soylent Cafe

Formerly called &ldquoCoffeeist,&rdquo in reference to an addictive drink in the science fiction novel "The Space Merchants"&mdash&ldquoSoylent&rdquo was taken from the dystopian story "Soylent Green"&mdashSoylent Cafe is my favorite version of the the nutritional drink.

As a heavy coffee drinker, I was skeptical to give up my morning coffee and that Soylent would be stingy on the caffeine. It is &ldquohealth conscious,&rdquo after all. But the 150 mg of caffeine in every bottle feels like twice that probably because it comes with a meal that kicks your metabolism into gear. Plus, the addition of coffee gives Soylent&rsquos flavor much-needed edge Soylent Cafe is the only time I can honestly say that I enjoy my Soylent.

More importantly, I tend to skip breakfast most days. My body doesn&rsquot have much of a schedule regarding hunger in the morning: Sometimes I can&rsquot even think of eating until 11:30, or even noon, but other times something snaps and I&rsquom starving at 9:30. Soylent Cafe negates that problem: I throw a bottle in my bag in the morning, and then start sipping at it whenever my gut decides it&rsquos time to be hungry.

Then I follow up with a real cup of coffee. I'm not quite ready to give that up.

Soylent Bridge

There&rsquos not much to say about Soylent Bridge aside from that it&rsquos the smaller version of the normal Soylent Drink, at 180 calories instead of 400. It&rsquos for the spaces between meals of full-size Soylent. I never saw much use for this: If I&rsquom hungry enough to eat, I might as well have the 400 calorie Soylent, and if it turns out I can&rsquot finish it, well, that&rsquos why it comes with a screw-top.

That said, smaller folks or those who need to graze all day could very well find a place where Soylent Bridge fits their schedule. I just couldn&rsquot.

Soylent Stacked

What Soylent Cafe is to coffee, Soylent Stacked is to Red Bull. This is the Soylent take on the energy drink, and right now comes in chocolate flavor. Since the idea of an energy drink (lots of flavor and caffeine, no nutrition) is at odds with the idea of Soylent (all nutrition, nothing else) this might seem like a confusing option, but it surprisingly works.

Soylent Stacked is essentially Soylent Bridge with a ton of caffeine and nootropics &mdash so it&rsquos like a snack and an energy boost. It works for an afternoon pick-me-up or even a morning coffee for people who eat a light breakfast and are sensitive to caffeine.

That said, I&rsquom pretty turned off by Soylent&rsquos use of the word &ldquonootropics,&rdquo since I associate that with fad-diets and scientifically dubious claims. The ingredients Soylent chose are all non-controversial, so I don&rsquot see any reason to think the ingredients of Stacked are actively harmful, aside from the caffeine, which will definitely wake you up. I&rsquod wager the effects of ingredients like &ldquol-tyrosine&rdquo and &ldquocholine&rdquo will be somewhere between &ldquomild&rdquo and &ldquoharmless.&rdquo You&rsquore not going to develop any psychic powers, but you won&rsquot get sick either, and all of Soylent&rsquos other advantages are already there.

Soylent Squared

Less a food bar and more a candy replacement, Soylent Squared shoots for all the fun of candy without the health disadvantages: 2g of sugar won&rsquot cause cavities, and 100 calories each make these more filling than most snacks of comparable size.

The flavors are diverse and fun: The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the citrus berry is like a gummy candy, and the salted caramel could be confused with butterscotch. That said, they&rsquore ridiculously slimy, and you should almost certainly protect your fingers with their wrapper while you eat them.

So is Soylent worth it?

At this point, you probably have an opinion one way or the other whether Soylent is right for you. If you&rsquore still on the fence, I recommend trying Soylent. It's made me healthier, and fulfilled the promise of giving me more control over my diet. But there's a more important reason I recommend it.

The purpose of this drink is to provide greater efficiency and control by sacrificing the personal pleasure of eating. Society won't collapse because we stop savoring fast food, and I don't even know if Soylent is the food of the future&mdashthe variety of flavors belies the drink's original purpose. But even if Soylent is a fad, I can't think of an image that captures the 2010s zeitgeist more than someone pouring themselves a glass of Soylent so they can skip lunch and keep working.


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