|Amount||Ingredient||$ / day||Source|
|18||g||GNC Mega Men® Sport - Vanilla Bean||$0.80||Amazon|
|6||g||Potassium Citrate||$0.24||PureBulk, Inc.|
|40||g||Crisco Pure Canola Oil||$0.09||Amazon|
|1||pill||Mason Natural Vitamin Tablets||$0.07||Walgreens|
|200||g||Bakers Soy Flour||$0.48||Honeyville|
|1||g||MSM Powder||$0.06||the Vitamin Shoppe|
Total Daily Cost:
|$2.11||Add Ingredients |
to Amazon Cart
As of 2:32am of September 6th, 2014, I have completed my soylent recipe. After researching nearly every macro and micro nutrient, and then searching for the cheapest, yet still efficient, ingredients on the internet, I have completed my masterpiece!
While I have yet to order and taste-test it myself, but I will be posting an update on that later, regarding (not limited to) first impressions, trying with other things, what it tastes like after a week, etc. I shall also be posting any changes as updates based on how my body reacts to it as well as how it tastes later on.
So, I shall order rather soon and hopefully be able to post updates within a reasonable time frame! Oh, and the reason why I added in the "...- CHEAP", to the title, is so that anyone looking up "Cheap" in the search bar can find this! :) I couldn't find any reliable cheap recipes myself so I made my own based off bachelor chow (which, from further inspection, is actually closer to $5/day due to outdated pricing).
Final Draft: 3:32am of September 6th, 2014. I hope you guys like it because this baby took me an hour (on the dot) to write!
Some "Fun" Facts Regarding Amounts (Both High and Low):
1) Regarding the large amounts of Iron and Fiber, the Iron is inescapable without raising the price dramatically by replacing the Masa Harina (check any big recipe and you'll see). However, iron can be taken out of your body by higher amounts of fiber. Too much fiber can be taken out of your body by iron as well, so boom! Good thing my recipe has a large amount of fiber, eh? :D
2) If you will notice in most of the recipes on DIY Soylent, there is a large amount of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Biotin (Vitamin B7), and Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5). Generally speaking, all of these will be removed through bowel movements and/or urine if your body doesn't use them up. Hooray!
2.5) There are more than just two B Vitamins?!? Who knew! :P
3) Selenium, is it dangerous to consume 245% of it? Nope! Unless you're under 4 years of age you are totally safe consuming 135ug(mcg) of selenium.
4) Too little magnesium/choline/phosporous? Eh, unless you have some sort of health concern, don't be too concerned about them. Generally speaking, as long as you're consuming at least 75% of any of these things, you're getting more than you would on a normal day.
4.5) Just a note, this is a main point but I thought of it after I wrote #5 down there and I like making things look nice, and multiples of fives look nice :) SO, "The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board's old 1997 recommendations suggested that 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D is safe for adults " - (http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/the-truth-about-vitamin-d-can-you-get-too-much-vitamin-d)
4.75) If you are worried about the saturated, unsaturated, and cholesterol levels, read this article and scroll down a bit: (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fat/art-20045550?pg=2) In other words, this recipe has a healthy amount of good fats and a small amount of bad fats.
5) WHY THE HELL DO YOU HAVE SO MUCH PROTEIN IN THERE? Protein is the weight loss part ya numb skull! (according to some sources that I deem are smart and know stuff) Note: This last one isn't for people who are using my own, personal, nutrient profile to view it, this is for those who use the standard one.
Update 1 (09/19/2014): Hello all! So, I just bought and received (all shipped, adds another $25 to the purchase sadly, with amazon prime) all the ingredients! I will be posting another update in a couple days when I get around to making the first batch. For all of those planning to buy about two months worth, as I did, here is what you need:
1) Masa Harina: 10 units
2) GNC Mega Men: 1 unit
3) Potassium Citrate: 2 units (I just ordered the 500mg container)
4) Iodised Salt: 1 unit (make SURE that it is IODISED, otherwise you might not be getting what you need)
5) Choline Bitartrate: 1 unit (500 days worth, woo!)
6) Crisco Pure Canola Oil: 2 units
7) Mason Natural Vitamin Tablets: 1 unit
8) Bakers Soy Flour: 1 unit (so much cheaper than using protein powder!)
9) MSM Powder: 1 unit (454 days, woo!)
Update 2 (09/20/2014):
How to prepare it: http://bit.ly/1mn5y5Z
How it tastes: So to start off, the taste is kindof not really there. I mean, there's a taste but it fades away immediately and since it's such a mellow taste, it doesn't really last with you. There isn't really an after taste to be honest. This taste test is at 12:40pm, right after I woke up xD (day off). It's a bit gritty, not as much as I was worried it would be. I have two 40oz cans of it now, for one day, and the second one is definitely watered down too much. I would say the perfect amount is two liters. I'm just going to go out and buy a two liter bottle to pour into these babies (they're super insulated, some of the best on the market). I prepared it just as Johnathan did and it came out fine. The oil likes to stay around the top though so watch out for that. Lastly, I'm gunna try it with different ingredients and see how that goes :)