Last week I received my first box of Soylent. It’s a beige-ish shake drink that would be a perfect source of nutrients on a long space voyage. Just add water! Sometimes I refer to it as Shake Weight since you’re supposed to shake it for 30 seconds to mix.

Soylent is now the first thing I eat each day. It’s great for other meals too, but it really solves the “breakfast problem” for me. It’s quick to prepare, consume, and it sustains me from 8am to 12pm without issue. In the past, I’d rarely eat enough for breakfast and would be hungry, distracted, and slightly delirious by around 10:30am. The problem would be worse if I had coffee, which I tend to like to do.

If you’re the kind of person who has difficulty finishing a single powdered shake drink, or would find it difficult to drink one every day for more than a week, Soylent isn’t for you. I like the taste, and it mixes well so I’ve no complaints about the texture.

I should also mention that Soylent doesn’t exist to help you lose weight. That’s not what it’s for. It’s purpose is to provide “all of the elements of a healthy diet, with limited contribution from less desirable components such as sugars, saturated fats, or cholesterol” (source). It doesn’t contain the latest superfood-of-the-month. There’s also no multi-level marketing pyramid scheme sales bullshit.