|Amount||Ingredient||$ / day||Source|
|77||g||Now Foods Non-GMO Pea Protein Powder||$1.92||Amazon|
|50||g||Nutiva Organic Hi-Fiber Hemp Protein Powder||$1.20||Amazon|
|48||g||Nutiva Organic Ground Chia Seeds||$1.05||Amazon|
|30||g||Nutribiotic Organic Rice Protein Powder||$0.86||Amazon|
|15||g||Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Powder||$0.55||Amazon|
|24||g||Now Foods Potassium Gluconate Powder||$0.62||Amazon|
|32||g||Justin's Classic Peanut Butter||$0.33||Amazon|
|14.8||ml||Lekithos All Natural Liquid Sunflower Lecithin||$0.49||Lekithos|
|22.5||ml||Chosen Foods Avocado Oil||$0.35||Amazon|
|15||ml||Canada Hemp Foods Organic Hemp Oil||$0.30||Amazon|
|15||ml||Barlean's Organic Flax Oil||$0.56||Amazon|
|22.5||ml||Now Foods MCT Oil||$0.49||Amazon|
|15||ml||Simply Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract||$0.86||Amazon|
|940||ml||Filtered water||$0.00||Tap water and a decent water filter|
|5||pill||DEVA Vegan DHA-EPA Delayed Release Omega 3 Algae Capsules||$1.22||Amazon|
|3||pill||Freeda SCD Multivitamin||$0.45||Amazon|
|3||pill||Now Foods Red Mineral Algae||$0.15||Amazon|
|3||pill||Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Glycinate||$0.54||Amazon|
|2||pill||Jarrow Alpha GPC||$0.76||Amazon|
|1||pill||Pure Encapsulations Copper Glycinate||$0.15||Amazon|
|1||pill||Pure Encapsulations Potassium Iodide||$0.12||Amazon|
|1||pill||Solgar Chelated Molybdenum||$0.07||Amazon|
|1||pill||Country Life K1||$0.08||Amazon|
|1||pill||BlueBonnet Vegetarian K2||$0.34||Amazon|
|0.6||ml||Pure Encapsulations Vegan D3||$1.86||Amazon|
|46||g||Miso Master Organic Red Miso||$1.02||Your local grocery store|
Total Daily Cost:
|$16.60||Add Ingredients |
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This is a vegan keto liquid diet used to replace or supplement food. It has a carb/protein/fat ratio of about 12/61/27 with net carbs at 5% and the rest of the carbs as fiber. A ketogenic diet induces and/or keeps someone in ketosis, where the body uses fat as the primary energy source instead of carbs.
The protein consists primarily of pea protein and rice protein, with more protein added from hemp and chia. The pea-to-rice ratio is 70% pea protein to 30% rice protein, which has been shown be an ideal ratio of amino acids. Hemp and chia were added primarily for fiber, but also contribute about a quarter of the total protein.
The oil blend was chosen because it provides high omega 3 (hemp, flax), low omega 6 (avocado, flax, MCT), a source of choline (sunflower lecithin), rapid absorption (MCT), anti-inflammatory (avocado, hemp, flax, MCT), some saturated fat (all, but more MCT than the others), and other benefits.
The vitamins and minerals were selected with criteria including being vegan, no starch (rice, potato, etc), no maltodextrin, no sugar, no sugar alcohol, no gums, no laxatives (you'd be surprised at how many supplements are accidental laxatives), and they had to come from a reputable company with good reviews on Amazon. I also attempted to select those which were the easiest possible forms to digest with the least risk of potential stomach upset and stomach pain, which meant minimizing chlorides and even citrates. These criteria really narrowed down the available options, and a number of vegan options are more expensive (especially for omega 3 and D3, which are both over $1/day), but I'm pretty happy with what I ended up with.
This recipe results in exactly 6.5 cups of liquid. The weight-to-volume ratio is 25% (381 g / 1538 ml). You can go higher or lower, but this results in the same calories per ounce as Soylent, and less water may result in less smoothness and more chalkiness.
Take the ingredients starting at the top down through filtered water, and put them in a blender. I personally take the supplements below the filtered water while drinking the Vegan Fuel. The B-12 supplement should be taken in the morning sublingually on an empty stomach. I consume the miso paste by making a quick miso soup to eat 2-3 times a day to drink as an appetizer before the drink. I microwave 12-16 ounces of water for 40 seconds (warm, not hot - more than this and the temperature might kill the probiotics in the miso), mix in 1-1.5 tbsp of miso paste, and drink it out of a mug.
If you don't like the idea of taking a dozen supplements on top of the drink, you may empty the capsules into the blender and squeeze liquid from the D3 dropper into the blender as well, and take the tablets (multivitamin, molybdenum, and K1) and B-12 liquid separately. The liquid/powder from the capsules will make the drink taste worse, so I prefer to just take them as pills.
- 2 1/3 scoops OR 5 tbsp pea protein (77 g with the tbsp measurement being 1.1% under)
- 5 tbsp hemp protein (50 g)
- 4 tbsp chia seeds (48 g)
- 2 tbsp rice protein (30 g)
- 3 tbsp cacao powder (15 g)
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp potassium gluconate (24 g with 1.5% over)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (32 g)
- 1 tbsp sunflower lecithin (15 ml)
- 1.5 tbsp avocado oil (22.5 ml)
- 1 tbsp flax oil (15 ml)
- 1 tbsp hemp oil (15 ml)
- 1.5 tbsp MCT oil (22.5 ml)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract (15 ml)
- 4 cups filtered water (940 ml)
If you do not need to lose weight and/or do not need to be in ketosis, you should use a different version that has more carbs and less fat.
Chloride was backfilled on the miso paste based by multiplying the sodium content by 1.5, because the sodium in miso is sodium chloride.
Choline was backfilled on the sunflower lecithin based on taking the phosphatidylcholine content and multiplying by 13% to get the actual choline. Choline was also backfilled on omega fatty acids based on the same chart as the avocado oil. Additionally, choline was backfilled on the Alpha GPC based on 40% of the Alpha GPC weight. Finally, choline was backfilled on the miso paste based on 12.41 mg/tbsp from this page: (http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=37).
Copper was backfilled on the miso paste based on 0.70 mg/17.19 g from this page: (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114).
Iodine was backfilled on the red mineral algae calcium supplement based on 32.8 ug/g (with 3.5 g of Aquamin) from this study: (http://aquamin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/6.-Bone-Aslam-et-al.-2010.pdf).
Manganese was backfilled on the miso paste based on 0.15 mg/17.19 g from this page: (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114).
Omega fatty acids were backfilled on the avocado oil based on this handy omega 3/6/9 chart I found: (https://theconsciouslife.com/omega-3-6-9-ratio-cooking-oils.htm).
Phosphorus was backfilled on the pea protein based on 0.37%, which is the lowest number found here: (https://books.google.com/books?id=6btpFSV1T2YC&pg=PA121&lpg=PA121&dq=pea+protein+phosphorus) - it's possible it might be as high as 1.2%, but we're more interested in the min, not the max. Phosphorus was also backfilled on the sunflower lecithin based on 4% by weight from this study: (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.sci-hub.cc/doi/10.1111/sdi.12042/abstract;jsessionid=7E27B604286C9D450AD82A732EA59AD9.f04t02). Finally, phosphorus was backfilled on the miso paste based on 27.33 mg/17.19 g from this page: (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114).
Sulfur was backfilled on the protein powders as the combination of methionine and cystine, since those are sulfur-containing amino acids, and the 2g requirement was intended for SAAs. For split pea protein, cystine is 1.52% and methionine is 1.03%, for a total SAA of 2.55%, although we're using the amino acid numbers straight off the Now Foods container since it's published. For rice protein, cystine is 1.21% and methionine is 2.25%, for a total SAA of 3.46%, although we're using the amino acid numbers straight off the Nutribiotic container since it's published. The percentages were taken from nutritiondata.self.com.
Vitamin K was backfilled on the miso paste based on 5.04 ug/17.19 g from this page: (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114).