Tinkering Thursday: Part 1
Experimentation is key to a great company. Experimentation is vital for making progress. Experimentation is fun! We’re introducing Tinkering Thursday!
Experimentation is key to a great company. Experimentation is vital for making progress. Experimentation is fun! We’re introducing Tinkering Thursday! Each week we will try something new, something fun, something exciting with Queal. This week: mixing Awesome Apple Pie & Cool Chocolate. Thanks to Anders Jensen for the great idea!
I have a sweet tooth and love to indulge in eating candy all day long (if that were only possible). Making Queal has been my healthy alternative, whilst still getting a great taste everyday. But eating the same each day can get a bit boring. Therefore I offer myself to science and have made a mix of my two favourite Queal shakes!
Instructions: This is an easy one.
- Grab 1/6th bag of Awesome Apple Pie and 1/6th bag of Cool Chocolate + 1/3rd of oil
- Mix in blender or shaker
Result: This one massages my flavour palates perfectly. There is a strong creamy taste from the apple pie, complemented by the sweetness of chocolate. Together they blend to give you two desserts at the same time! This mix gets a 5/5 rating!
Calorie counter: 703.4 kcal (normal)
What if you want to add something extra to you Queal? What if you want to transform you shake into a fruit shake? Let’s try this and add some banana to our Funky Forest Fruit Queal. Spoiler alert: it’s a great mix!
Instructions: This is with a banana, but of course you can replace this with any of your favourite fruit(s)!
- Grab 1/3th a bag of Funky Forest Fruit + 1/3rd of oil + 1/2 banana
- Mix in blender or shaker (don’t forget the water!)
Result: A very strong banana flavoured shake. You can still taste the Funky Forest Fruit, but even half a banana will take over as the predominant taste. If your potassium levels were too low, or if you just want some more fruit into your diet – this is the mix to go with. It gets a 4/5 rating!
Calorie counter: 758.4 kcal (normal + 55 kcal from the banana)
Queal is far from as bland as Soylent is. With a choice of 5 different tastes, there is something for everybody. But what if you’ve got a real sweet tooth and would like to sweeten the deal? In this week of Tinkering Thursday, Syrup and Funky Forest Fruit Queal.
Instructions: Get a bottle of your favourite syrup and a bag of Queal.
We used Funky Forest Fruits, but go ahead and try anything you want.
- Grab 1/3th a bag of Funky Forest Fruit + 3ml of oil + 10ml of syrup
- Mix in blender or shaker (don’t forget the water!)
Result: This one won’t make the top 5. The syrup taste does blend very well with Queal but doesn’t really add any value. The sweetness of the syrup is competing with the taste of Funky Forest Fruit and doesn’t really complement it. Other types of syrup may work better, let us know in the comments if something has worked for you! This one gets a 2/5 rating.
Calorie counter: 718.4 kcal (normal + 15 kcal from the syrup)
Onno, my dear colleague, says that Queal Crazy Chocolate Peanut tastes very much like (Yellow) Peanut M&M’s. I’m not that familiar with the comparison so I decided to give it a try. In this week of Tinkering Thursday, M&M’s & Crazy Chocolate Peanut (CCP) Queal.
Instructions: Grab a bag of CCP Queal and a bag of M&M’s We used CCP & Yellow M&M’s, but why not try the (Brown) fully chocolate M&M’s with Chocolate Queal?
- Grab 1/3th a bag of CCP Queal + 3ml of oil + 20 M&M’s (~20 grams)
- Mix in blender (and mix very long, these are some tough guys to mix!)
Result: You will taste the peanut, and you will love it. CCP Queal and M&M’s are a great combination. The flavour is complementary and the nuttiness is nice. Be sure to blend for quite a long time, since otherwise you will have some chunks of M&M in there. This mix may not have been the healthiest one, but it sure is tasty! This one gets a 4/5 rating.
Calorie counter: 804.4 kcal (normal + 101 kcal from the Peanut M&Ms)
Consuming Queal (or any other soylent / powdered foods) is mostly about the convenience of not having to cook and still getting all the nutritional value you need. But what if you compensated a bit on convenience to give your Queal just that little extra taste, here are Queal Funky Forest Fruit Pancakes.
Instructions: To make Queal pancakes you only need a small bowl to mix, some Queal, some water and of course a frying pan to make them in.
- Grab 1/3th a bag of Queal Funky Forest Fruits (without oil!)
- Warm up your frying pan with some (~3ml) of oil in there
- Mix your Queal with an equal amount of water to get a thick mixture (just like pancake batter)
- Fry on medium-high (to preserve nutrients) for about 3-4 minutes (do not forget to flip)
Result: This is GOOD! Wow, totally did not expect that to work that well. The Queal pancakes worked just like ‘normal’ pancakes. They have the same consistency and look identical. During the cooking, you can already smell a pancake like flavour, so when I tasted them they surprised me by actually being pancake-ish.
The pancakes are a bit more fragile (they break more easily if you roll them up). The bite is about the same as a normal pancake, but just that tiny bit more soft. Excellent supplements for this mix are jams or bananas for that extra kickstart in the morning. This one gets a 5/5 rating!
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What happens when you mix Orange Juice with Queal Funky Forest Fruit? We tried it, liked it, and shared it. Here is our experience and explanation for this very easy recipe: Queal Multivitamin Juice.
Instructions: To make Queal Multivitamin Juice follow these instructions:
- Grab 1/3th a bag of Queal Funky Forest Fruits + 1 teaspoon of oil
- Grab some orange juice
- Mix the Queal like you would normally do, only using the orange juice instead of water
Result: Taste the fruitiness of Queal FFF mixed with a sourness of orange juice. Queal Multivitamin Mix will provide you with a small overdose of vitamins, so this one is best for people who only use Queal once or twice a day. The taste is great and it gets a 4/5 rating!
Calorie counter: 812 kcal (normal + 111 from the orange juice) (a glass of orange juice has 200% of RDA of Vitamin C, but don’t worry, the upper safe limit is over 2500% RDA)
Do you remember the campaign, Got Milk? Me neither. But we’ve mixed Queal with milk nonetheless. This mix, one used by many bodybuilders for their whey shakes, proves to be ok. Let’s see what happens when you mix Queal Cool Chocolate and milk.
Instructions: To make Queal plus milk follow these instructions:
- Grab 1/3th a bag of Queal Cool Chocolate (or any other flavour) + 1 teaspoon of oil
- Use your favourite kind of milk (we used skimmed low-fat)
- Mix the Queal like you would normally do only with milk instead of water
Result: Milk and Queal Cool Chocolate together are not the best mix we’ve created on this series. The taste is ok, but the milk doesn’t complement Queal, nor does it the other way around. It’s not bad and might be akin to the flavour of whey shakes with milk, but Queal with water is much better. This one gets a 3/5 rating.
Calorie counter: 825 kcal (with Queal normal + 124kcal from milk)