Meal replacement shakes are finally here! I mean they were here for years but the only ones who were regularly consuming these shakes were athletes.
Today, each one of us can grab a delicious chocolate shake instead of preparing breakfast or dinner. Even though it sounds a bit too good to be true, in this review I will analyze two leading meal replacement shake brands – Ka’Chava and Huel and show you why those meal replacement shakes are so good and healthy!
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Ka’Chava vs Huel – Table Comparison
Before we dive into an in-depth analysis of each brand here’s a simple table comparison of the two brands.
|Ka’Chava vs Huel |
|Free Shipping||Yes, on orders of 2+ bags||Yes, on orders over $59|
|Products||1 product with different tastes||10 different products|
|All the products are organic||Yes||No|
|All the products are gluten-free||Yes||Some|
|Without artificial sweeteners||Yes||Some|
Ka’Chava was founded by Simon Malone back in 2014. Currently, it’s the leading meal replacement shake brand in the US. Each shake contains over 85 superfoods (a nutrient-rich food especially beneficial for health and well-being) and it’s vegan, free from lactose, soy, and GMOs.
Besides improving your immune system, and having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Ka’Chava shakes can help with weight loss and reduce anxiety.
If you want to find out all about Ka’Chava, check out my Ka’Chava Review.
- Contains over 85 superfoods
- Has many health benefits
- Free shipping on 2+ bags
- Flexible subscription
- Empty-Bag Policy
- Free returns
- Some customers complain about the taste
Huel (Human + Fuel) was founded a year after Ka’Chava – in 2015 by Julian Hearn. Huel is a nutritionally complete food that contains 26 essential vitamins and minerals, protein, essential fats, carbs, fiber, and phytonutrients in a single product.
Julian Hear had a single mission when starting Huel – To make nutritionally complete, convenient, affordable food, with minimal impact on animals and the environment. That’s why, today, Huel makes products that produce minimal waste, have a minimal environmental impact, and are convenient enough for everyone to use.
- Variety of products
- Low in carbs, high in protein
- Nutritionally perfectly balanced products
- Flexible subscription
- Free shipping on orders over $59
- Free returns
- Some products contain gluten and sweeteners
Ka’Chava made things quite simple – one product for all. Ka’Chava meal replacement shake comes in 5 different taste options – vanilla, chocolate, coconut acai, chai, and matcha. Each one contains 25g of protein, 9g of fiber, and 20% or more of 26 essential vitamins and minerals. What makes Ka’Chave unique is that its meal replacement shake has over 85 superfoods instead of preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Also, it is vegan, soy, and lactose-free, as well as gluten-free. The superfoods I mentioned could easily be categorized so you can have a clear picture of what’s inside. 85+ superfoods are divided into 9 categories:
- Plant protein blend
- Adaptogen blend
- Antioxidant (super-fruit blend)
- Omega EFA (fiber blend)
- Super greens (vegetable blend)
- Digestive enzyme blend
- Probiotics (prebiotic blend)
- Vitamin blend
- Mineral blend
Sacha inchi, camu camu berry, reishi mushroom, and chlorella are just some super beneficial superfoods that Ka’Chava shake contains.
Those ingredients help with weight loss and improve your immune system and cholesterol levels. They also have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and some of them, like reishi mushrooms, reduce anxiety and fight depression.
Another great thing about Ka’Chava shake is that it’s for everyone – for those who want to lose weight, those who want to have a super healthy and nutrient-rich meal, bodybuilders, and gym goers. Ka’Chava is even for kids!
While Ka’Chava has one product for all, Huel has a variety of products – protein bars, ready-to-drink products, vegan complete protein powder, gluten-free powder, and their original, complete meal powder.
Let’s have a better look at each product.
Huel Ready-to-drink Review
Ready-to-drink is one of Huel’s best-selling products. It’s a super convenient ready-to-drink shake in a handy bottle. It contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals. Also, it contains a perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, and phytonutrients. More precisely, each bottle contains
- Carbs 35g
- Protein 22g
- Fat 18g
- Fiber 3g
- Vitamins & Minerals 2g
The product is GMO-, gluten-, and soy-free. Speaking of flavors, Huel Ready-to-drink is available in 8 different flavors – vanilla, chocolate, strawberry shortcake, salted caramel, banana, cinnamon roll, berry, and iced coffee caramel.
Also, if you’re buying this product for the first time, you’ll get a free shirt ($25 value)!
Huel Black Edition Review
If you think that Ready-to-drink has too many carbs and not so much protein, try Huel Black Edition. It contains 50% less carbs (17g) and 33% more protein (40g) (compared to Huel powder), zero artificial sweeteners, and is naturally gluten-free. Oh, and it still contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals.
One serving of Huel Black Edition contains
- Carbs 17g
- Plant-based protein 40g
- Fat 18g
- Fiber 7g
- Vitamins and minerals 3g
This powder comes in 10 different taste options (they are all gluten-free) – Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate, Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Banana, Coffee Caramel, Unflavored & Unsweetened, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter, and Strawberry Shortcake.
Huel Hot & Savory
Here’s a perfect option for those who are tired of sweet-flavored protein shakes. Huel Hot & Savory is a hot, tasty, vegan instant meal packed with 27 essential vitamins, protein, carbs, fats, and fiber. It’s made of real whole food ingredients and all you have to do is add water and toss it into the microwave. 5 minutes later – buon appetito!
One serving of Huel Hot & Savory contains
- Carbs 40g
- Protein 24g
- Fat 13g
- Fiber 11g
- Vitamins & Minerals 2g
This amazing meal replacement comes in 10 different flavors and some of them contain gluten. Mexican Chili, Thai Green Curry, Yellow Coconut Curry, Spicy Indian Curry, Sweet & Sour, and Tomato & Herb are gluten-free while Pasta Bolognese, Cajun Pasta, Chick’n & Mushroom Pasta, and Mac & Cheeze contain gluten.
Huel Bar v3.1 Review
Almost all protein bars have the same cons – a lot of sugar, a bunch of calories (even more than a regular candy bar), and they’re filled with difficult-to-pronounce and laboratory-made food additives.
Huel Bar contains 200kcal per bar and is naturally gluten-free. Besides essential fats and fiber, it contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals.
Here’s a nutritional breakdown of one Huel bar
- Carbohydrate 18g
- Protein 12g
- Fat 8g
- Fiber 5g
- Vitamins & Minerals 2g
Huel Bar v3.1 is available in 6 different flavors – Peanut Butter, Raspberry & White Chocolate, Chocolate, Coffee Caramel, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Orange.
Huel Powder 3.0 Review
Huel Powder v3.0 is basically what Ka’Chava shake is – a nutritionally complete meal in powdered form. All you have to do is mix it with water you’re good to go. Also, you’ll get a free shaker. Just like other Huel products, Huel Powder 3.0 contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains phytonutrients, kombucha, pre-, and probiotics.
One serving of Huel Powder 3.0 contains
- Carbohydrate 38g
- Protein 29g
- Fat 13g
- Fiber 7g
- Vitamins & Minerals 3g
The powder is available in 10 different flavors – Vanilla, Chocolate, Cinnamon Roll, Berry, Banana, Caffe Latte, Salted Caramel, Original, Unflavored & Unsweetened, and Peanut Butter. All the flavors in Huel Powder 3.0 come from 100% natural sources. They are 100% vegan, low-sugar, and low in salt.
Ka’Chava vs Huel – Head to Head Comparison
Let’s compare Ka’Chava and Huel head to head and see which one proves better in various categories such as health benefits, subscription, and customer service.
Huel did a great job offering a variety of products and still managing to keep all 27 essential vitamins and minerals in each one of them. The products are vegan, without GMOs, and they are made of sustainable ingredients. Also, the products are rich in protein and low in carbs, making them an excellent meal replacement option for gym-goers and basically everyone else.
Ka’Chava offers only one product, but it’s a hell of a product. Ka’Chava shake is available in different flavors and each one of them contains 85+ superfoods. This nutrient-filled shake has numerous health benefits thanks to, already mentioned superfoods.
Sacha inchi, camu camu berry, reishi mushroom, and chlorella are only some of the superfoods and they improve the immune system and cholesterol levels. Besides that, they also have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and some of them, like reishi mushrooms, reduce anxiety and fight depression.
Each brand offers a subscription option and I think it’s a great way you keep your healthy meal replacements coming without thinking.
When you subscribe to Ka’Chava you save $10 per bag and you can choose the shipment frequency. There are four options – 15/30/45/60 days. The good news is – you can pause, modify, or cancel your subscription anytime. No commitments.
Speaking of Huel, when subscribing, you’ll get 10% off and you can pick how often you want to receive your favorite Huel products, anytime between 1 and 10 weeks! Wow!
Just like with Ka’Chava, you can cancel, modify, or pause your subscription anytime without hidden fees.
Shipping and Returns
Ka’Chava offers free shipping if you order two or more bags of Ka’Chava shake. Also, Ka’Chava offers a few different shipping options – you can opt-in for next-day, 2-3 day, or 4-7 day delivery.
Huel offers free standard shipping on most orders over $59. If your order is under $59, a small shipping fee of $9 will be charged. Standard shipping time is 3-6 business days. Also, Huel is now offering priority shipping – if you order by 1 pm, you will receive your order in 1-2 business days.
Speaking of returns, with Huel, any unopened packages or boxes can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund.
Ka’Chava has the same return policy PLUS they have an “Empty-Bag Policy” which means shoppers can return one bag of each flavor, even if they are empty. This makes Ka’Chava completely risk-free and Ka’Chava offers slightly more shipping options.
The Verdict – Which Meal Replacement Is For You?
In this review I analyzed two amazing brands that truly make meal-replacement shakes and ready-to-drink beverages. The products are not filled with sugar, carbs, and artificial food additives. They are made of real food ingredients, without GMOs, soy, and lactose.
Ka’Chava shake is completely organic, gluten-, soy, and lactose-free. Also, it doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners.
On the other hand, even though Huel products are healthy some of them contain gluten and sweeteners.
Ka’Chava shake contains over 85 superfoods that have miraculous benefits. They help improve your immune system and cholesterol levels. They have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Also, they help reduce anxiety and fight depression.
Huel products are quite beneficial as well, but I wouldn’t say they have such a wide range of benefits as Ka’Chava. The products contain essential vitamins and minerals and they have the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, and phytonutrients.
Having said that, I’d say – the Ka’Chava shake has more health benefits while the Huel shake focuses on providing energy to face all the challenges the day may throw at you.
The bottom line is, both Ka’Chava and Huel have come up with an excellent way to replace your breakfast in a quick and super healthy way.