Ever since the NYC Marathon in 2016, I’ve been a fan of UCAN. So I was pretty excited to join their team recently as an ambassador because these are products I have loved for a long while and now I can share the love, my coupon code and giveaway opportunities with you all! I have been using their drink mix for pre-run fuel and their protein drink mix as post long run recovery and have had great success without the unwanted tummy problems that have plagued me for years with other fueling brand options. I wanted to share with you a little about my experience and this amazing recipe that I made up myself (I tweaked from a protein brownie recipe I make).
First, the recipe. These amazing brownies contain no dairy, virtually no sugar (and no added sugar), no flour, no oil and are vegan, paleo and gluten free! Yes, they are still amazing!!! They are fudgy, chocolate-y, and are perfect for a post run carb/protein snack (nearly hit the 3:1 ratio).
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
2 medium size bananas (slice and mash them well)
1 packet of Generation UCAN Drink Mix
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
A few suggestions:
- For the UCAN flavor, I used a Chocolate Protein Drink Mix packet
- For the bananas, the riper the better. The more you mash them, the less chunky they will be in the end result.
- A natural creamy peanut butter that has natural peanut oil floating on top will work best. (I use Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter because it has the lowest carbs)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray large circle or rectangle pan or skillet with baking spray or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine your peanut butter, mashed banana, UCAN packet, and unsweetened cocoa powder with a spatula. Use a mixer (hand mixer is fine) and mix until well mixed. It will be very thick, and you’ll be tempted to add liquid but don’t! Use your spatula to scoop well mixed ingredients into pan/skillet and flatten out evenly with flat part of spatula. Bake on center rack of oven for 18-20 minutes. ENJOY!!!
Recipe makes 12 very large brownies. Nutition per brownie: Calories: 104 kcal Protein: 3.8g Carbs: 10.5g Fiber: 1.8g Net Carbs: 8.6g Sugar: 2.6g Fat: 5.6g Sodium: 35 mg
Everyone in the family will want one!!!
According to UCAN’s website, UCAN drink mixes and bars are powered by Superstarch which is a “natural, slow-releasing carbohydrate (that) keeps blood sugar stable and delivers steady energy for your brain and body.” The idea behind it for fuel is that it is designed to prevent the spike and crash that happens with sugar-based fuels and it is gentle on the stomach. Bonking and GI distress are two long run/race concerns you no longer need to worry about. UCAN is also said to “prevent a rise in blood sugar and insulin and helps you burn more fat for fuel.” When I learned all of these at my meeting with Meb, I was like “sign me up,” but it wasn’t honestly until I put the use of these products into my daily life that I begin to notice changes.
I truly use the Lemonade drink mix pre run (I take it 30 minutes prior to leaving the house on a run) and the Chocolate protein recovery mix post run (longer than 1 hour). I also mix the drink mix with water to make my own gels for long runs (I posted an instastory about this on Sunday before my 14 miler). UCAN sent me hydrate packets (these contain 4 elecrolytes with no calories or sugar) and UCAN snack bars which I have not tried yet so I can’t comment about. I am excited to add them to my fueling arsenal, though!
I’ve told you what makes UCAN different and how it can benefit your training, nutrition and lifestyle but how does it taste? It comes in a variety of flavors of which I have tried most. (See here for a comprehensive product list/ flavor options). All of the drink mixes have a slightly chalky taste. But here’s a suggestion to help with that. If you mix up your UCAN the night before and keep it in the fridgeit 1) dissolves into the water a bit better and 2) gets cold, both of which help with the texture. My favorite regular drink mix flavors are: lemonade, cran-raspberry and cocoa delite (it’s new and delicious)!!! Typical drink mixes range from 80-130 calories per 1 scoop/1 packet. My favorite protein drink mix flavor is chocolate (it mixes so well for protein shakes and recipes like above). Protein drink mixes range from 160-220 calories per 2 scoops/1 packet.
The only drawback to UCAN besides the chalky texture is the price. Tubs of it are $60 (25 servings), and packets can be bought in 6 packs for $25.50. I always recommend to people trying UCAN out for the first time to try a variety of packets before settling on a tub. And want to know what’s cool?!? I’m giving away a starter pack to one lucky winner on Instagram (beginning tomorrow 4/4/2018) that includes:
- 2 packets UCAN Drink Mix (Tropical Orange, and Cocoa Delite)
- 2 packets UCAN Protein Drink Mix (Vanilla Cream and Chocolate)
- 2 UCAN Snack Bars (Cinnamon Swirl and Chocolate Peanut Butter)
- 2 sticks UCAN Hydrate (Berry and Lemon-Lime)
So stay tuned and be sure to follow me on Insta so you can participate! Also, feel free to use my code JESSRUNSBLESSED through 5/1/2018 for 15% off any purchase at Shop UCAN! After that, my code will be good for 10% off! Let me know in the comments below what you think of UCAN and if you’ll try my recipe!?!?!