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“YOU CAN WITH UCAN”
Sometimes a product falls in your hands at just the right time. Deep into Miami Marathon training, I have been struggling with nutrition. The marathon training hunger is RAGING which doesn’t lead me to smart, healthy choices. I need carbs and I need protein—and unless I head to the Burrito place or dinner at my parent’s house, I don’t really eat protein. Not to mention that lately with Christmas cookies galore everywhere I look, I have come home and literally forgotten to eat or I am way too full to think about eating a full meal! So what have I been doing? I’ve been whipping up a quick smoothie with UCAN Protein Drink Mix and not feeling guilty about skipping a meal because I ate too many Christmas cookies.
Have you every tried Generation UCAN? I heard of their products a while back when Meb started appearing in their advertisements. If MEBCAN, UCAN—right? But until BibRave partnered up with Generation UCAN and offered it to the Pros, I had never personally tried it.
So what’s the big deal?
Generation UCAN products are powered by SuperStarch. In their words, “This natural, slow-releasing carbohydrate keeps blood sugar stable and delivers steady energy for your brain and body.”
Benefits of SuperStarch:
· Steady energy
· Burn fat for fuel
· No GI distress
· Healthy, efficient calories
· Optimize recovery
· Improve body composition
The UCAN Protein Drink Mix comes in 2 flavors: Chocolate and Vanilla Cream. The sample pack also included “The UCAN Recipe Cookbook” with lots of great ideas for pre-workout snacks, post-workout to enhance fat burn and optimize recovery, between meals to control cravings, and as a healthy addition to a meal replacement shake.
I was actually surprised at how full I felt after drinking my first UCAN smoothie. As someone that usually needs to eat every 90 minutes or so, it actually kept me satisfied for way longer.
The flavors took a little time getting used to. A problem I constantly run into is that my pup and my blender are not friends so I tend to rush the blending process. UCAN’s SuperStarch has a very distinct flavor and texture and I found that if I didn’t fully blend my drinks or use enough fruit in my smoothies, it was a lot more noticeable.
Note: 1 packet of UCAN Protein Drink Mix is equivalent to 1.5 scoops. I didn’t know this my first smoothie and put WAY too much in!
“These are a few of my favorite smoothies…”
Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
· 1.5 scoops Chocolate
· 1 cup raspberries
· 8 oz. milk
· Swirl of Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Syrup
Ok, so this was my own take on the UCAN Choc-O-Cherry Shake and inspired by my favorite “Raspberry Mocha Blast” at Marylou’s. The tart cherries would have been excellent for recovery but I didn’t have any in my freezer so I had to improvise.
Refreshing Tropical Smoothie
· 1.5 scoops Vanilla
· 1 banana
· 1-1.5 cup pineapple, peaches, mango, strawberries
· 4 oz. almond milk or water
It’s my own little creation. Both refreshing and tropical. What are your favorite fruits to blend into a smoothie?
The UCAN Latte
· 2 scoops Vanilla
· 6 oz. iced coffee
· 2 oz. almond milk
I use a little more coffee and a little less almond milk. UCAN’s recipe called for 2 packets stevia and unsweetened almond milk but my almond milk was already sweetened. Perfect for a little morning pick me up before teaching spin class!
The best part about smoothies is being creative! I love coming up with new concoctions because no two smoothies ever tastes the same. Some other ingredients to experiment with: peanut butter, chia seeds, avocado, pumpkin puree, spinach…
· Both flavors are gluten-free with no sugar added.
· 1 scoop of vanilla protein mix is 100 calories with 8g protein, 18g carbohydrates while 1 scoop of chocolate protein mix is 110 calories with 7g protein, 18g carbohydrates.
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P.S. Georgie gives UCAN “2 paws up!”