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12 of the best nutritionally complete foods of 2022

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Curious about nutritionally complete foods? Wondering which one to go for? Discover 12 of the best nutritionally complete foods of 2022 here at H&B.

When you think of healthy eating and nutrition, it’s only natural to think of plates full of fresh vegetables, lean proteins and healthy carbohydrates like quinoa or wholemeal pasta.

There’s good reason for this image, as these types of foods contain a better balance of macronutrients (carbs, fats and proteins) and more micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).

But what if we told you that you can feel just as nourished with nutritionally complete shakes, powders, snack bars or drinks?

These products have been designed specifically to provide you with everything your body needs to go throughout the day, with significantly less time prepping or cooking in the kitchen!

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Nutritionally complete food bars

On the go and not got time for a nutritious meal, but don’t want to pick up fast food or an unhealthy snack? A nutritionally complete food bar could be a great choice for you.

You can enjoy them while you’re out and about and know you’re nourishing your body.

  1. Human Food Mixed Nuts Bar, 76g

Key benefits

  • Made from 24 organic whole foods per bar, including cashews, Brazil nuts and walnuts
  • One bar provides over half your recommended daily intake of 13 essential micronutrients in their natural form
  • Whole food health benefits with snack bar convenience and home compostable wrappers
  1. Human Food Orange & Acerola Bar, 76g

Naturally sweet and nutritionally complete – what’s not to love?

Key benefits

  • Made from 24 organic whole foods per bar, including hemp seeds, cocoa butter, and lots of dried fruit
  • One bar provides over half your recommended daily intake of 13 essential micronutrients in their natural form, and over 100% RDI in vitamin C
  • Whole food health benefits with snack bar convenience and home compostable wrappers

Suitable for: Vegans and vegetarians

Customer reviews

Lara - Really tasty! – 5/5 stars

“I absolutely loved the orange & acerola bar! It's very tasty and a perfect snack. I'm usually not a fan of bars, but this one is amazing. Also, love the packaging!”

Tanya – Perfect little snack! – 5/5 stars

“I love this one as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea! Perfect to keep you going until dinner time!”

You can also enjoy these tasty bars in other flavours, like Goji Berry, Turmeric, and Spirulina

Ready-made nutritionally complete food drinks

If you’re looking for the fastest way to feed your body with the essential macro- and micro- nutrients your body needs, ready-made nutritionally complete meals in drink form could be your cup of tea.

You can take them with you wherever you go for quick breakfasts, lunches or easy post-gym nutrition.

Check out the selection below to find a flavour that tickles your tastebuds.

  1. Nu26 Nutritionally Complete Real Food Shake

Key benefits

  • Each serving provides 1/3rd of your daily recommended 26 essential vitamins and minerals
  • Contains 100% of your essential B vitamins
  • High protein
  • High fibre
  • Vegan
  • No added sugar
  • 10 billion live friendly bacteria
  • An expertly balanced mix of macronutrients
  • Contains 2 different strains of gut bacteria totalling 10bn CFU

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A delicious vanilla nutritionally complete meal drink? Sweet!

Key benefits

  • Sweet and smooth vanilla flavour that you will love
  • Ready to drink anytime, anywhere, whether it’s a quick breakfast or lunch on the go – no need for refrigeration
  • Nutritionally complete, high in protein, and contains 26 vitamins and minerals

Suitable for: Vegetarians

Customer reviews

Ourhomeat6 – Made a big difference – 5/5 stars

“These have made a big difference as a busy new Mum, I barely have time for breakfast let alone lunch. These are perfect for on the go and ensure you get in your vitamins and nutrients!”

Kayleigh – So good it should be naughty – 5/5 stars

“I love thick milkshakes and the fact these have everything you need for a complete meal is brilliant.”

Also available in the following flavours: Banana, Chocolate and Fresh Berry.

  1. Huel 100% Nutritionally Complete Meal Banana, 500ml

All you need to completely nourish your body in one handy bottle

Key benefits

  • 100% nutritionally complete meal with 26 essential vitamins and minerals and a macro split of 35:20:42:3 (carbohydrate, protein, fat and fibre)
  • Made from plant-based ingredients including oats, peas, rice, coconut, flaxseed, and sunflower with a tasty banana flavour
  • Enjoy them on the go sustainably - the bottles are fully recyclable and made out of 51% recycled plastic

Suitable for: Vegans and vegetarians

Customer reviews

Emily – Banana is definitely my favourite – 5/5 stars

“I’ve tried quite a few complete meal shakes and these Definitely taste the best! The banana was my favourite out of the 4 flavours!”

xKerry1989x - Favourite flavour – 5/5 stars

“I love this flavour. It’s not too overpowering and has a nice banana flavour. I love these products as they are perfect for mums like me who are always on the go. I 100% recommended them.”

You can also enjoy ready to drink Huel meals in Berry and Vanilla flavour.

  1. yfood Cold Brew Coffee Drink, 500ml

So much more than your regular morning coffee

Key benefits

  • Deliciously smooth cold brew flavour that will nourish your body and put some pep in your step
  • Ready to drink anytime, anywhere, whether it’s a quick breakfast or lunch on the go – no need for refrigeration
  • Nutritionally complete, high in protein, and contains 26 vitamins and minerals

Suitable for: Vegetarians

Customer reviews

Kayleigh – The best coffee milkshake ever – 5/5 stars

“I love how tasty and convenient these shakes are, being a mum of an 8-month-old a pregnant again its important I get everything I need from food with little effort due to fatigue and morning sickness.”

Also available in the following flavours: Banana, Chocolate and Fresh Berry.

  1. Huel 100% Nutritionally Complete Meal Chocolate, 500ml

All you need to completely nourish your body in one handy bottle

Key benefits

  • 100% nutritionally complete meal with 26 essential vitamins and minerals and a macro split of 35:20:42:3 (carbohydrate, protein, fat and fibre)
  • Made from plant-based ingredients including oats, peas, rice, coconut, flaxseed, and sunflower with a tasty banana flavour
  • Enjoy them on the go. The bottles are fully recyclable and made out of 51% recycled plastic

Suitable for: Vegans and vegetarians

Customer reviews

Emily – The best chocolate flavoured drink – 5/5 stars

“I’ve tried quite a few complete meal shakes and these Definitely taste the best! Perfect for on the go!”

You can also enjoy ready to drink Huel meals in Berry and Vanilla flavour.

Nutritionally complete powders

Great value for money and oh-so-versatile, nutritionally complete powders can be whipped up into a shake, mixed into yoghurts, transformed into pancakes and so much more.

They’re great for people who like a little variety in their life and want the best bang for their buck.

Check out some of our favourites below.

  1. PhD Nutrition Life Complete Meal Replacement, Coffee Caramel, 840g

Mix it, shake it, or cook with it – this complete meal solution is the easy and tasty way to nourish your body

Key benefits

  • High in protein, low in sugar, and full of 23 essential vitamins and minerals to nourish your body
  • 100% plant-based and can be used within cooking, smoothies, or simply mixed with water, milk or plant milks for a tasty shake
  • Gorgeous coffee caramel flavour you can enjoy any time of the day, especially at breakfast time

Suitable for: Vegans and vegetarians

Customer reviews

xKerry1989x – I don’t like coffee but I love this – 5/5 stars

“I don’t actually like coffee so wasn’t sure I’d like this flavour but it is really nice. I made it up and poured it over and it taste very similar to an iced toffee latte.

It was super easy to do and I really enjoyed it. It’s great I can get all the nutrients my body needs from one product.”

Also available in Banana and Chocolate flavour powder.

  1. Yfood Classic Choco Powder, 1500g

Chocolate, but not as you know it

Key benefits

  • Delicious chocolate flavoured complete meal – satisfy your sweet tooth while nourishing your body
  • Each serving is full of protein, fibre, plant-based oils and 26 vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling full and nourished
  • A practical and easy way to get all the nutrients you need in one handy shake

Suitable for: Vegetarians

Customer reviews

Danilyddon – Really delicious – 5/5 stars

“I got this a couple of weeks back and I really enjoy the taste of this. Definitely one of the best I have tried.”

You can also yfood powders in more tasty flavours, including Banana, Berry, and Vanilla powder.

  1. Form Superblend Chocolate Salted Caramel Protein, 520g

Key benefits

  • Smooth and delicious chocolate salted caramel taste, even with just water
  • Combined with maca, flaxseed and a premium blend of greens and fruit powders
  • 100% vegan complete meal powder with 20g of plant-based protein to support the growth and maintenance of muscle mass

Suitable for: Vegans and vegetarians

Customer reviews

Sanaa – Absolutely tasty – 5/5 stars

“Tastes really amazing, love the ingredients, because it includes so much from fruit & veg powders to brown rice too.”

Stacey87 – Tastes great – 5/5 stars

“Great tasting source of protein to supplement your diet, perfect to help with your fitness goals. Blends well and tastes delicious.”

Also available in Toffee and Vanilla flavour.

  1. PhD Nutrition Life Complete Meal Replacement, Vanilla, 840g

Mix it, shake it, or cook with it – this complete meal solution is the easy and tasty way to nourish your body

Key benefits

  • High in protein, low in sugar, and full of 23 essential vitamins and minerals to nourish your body
  • 100% plant-based and can be used within cooking, smoothies, or simply mixed with water, milk or plant milks for a tasty shake
  • Naturally sweet vanilla flavour you can enjoy any time of the day, especially at breakfast time

Suitable for: Vegans and vegetarians

Customer reviews

xKerry1989x – Easy to make – tastes great – 5/5 stars

“This product is great. Really easy to make up and taste really nice to. Perfect to make up and take on the go.”

  1. Purition WholeFood Nutrition Chocolate, Orange, 250g

All the fun of chocolate orange with lots of nutritious goodness to boot

Key benefits

  • Delicious chocolate-orange flavour made with natural ingredients and sweeteners
  • Made with crushed, chopped, or whole ground seeds and nuts (never powdered or refined) with added protein and fibre to give your body what it needs
  • Takes the hassle out of healthy eating and is perfect for quick breakfasts, healthy snacks and light meals on the go

Suitable for: Vegetarians

Customer reviews

Sati – Yummy – 5/5 stars

“One of my favourites! I like that I don't need to sweeten my porridge. This choc orange is so yummy and really adds extra flavour to my porridge. Also had it in yoghurt!”

Sandeepathwal – My favourite – 5/5 stars

“I've tried all of the flavours and this one is my favourite, so delicious!”

Also available in Cocoa, Macadamia & Vanilla, and Strawberry.

The final say

We hope that helped you find the right type and flavour of nutritionally complete food that could work for you.

Handpicked content: Guide to nutritionally complete food: Benefits & how to use

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 5 May 2022

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