Generation UCan

A good friend of mine who happens to be a kick ass triathelete, ultra-maranother, and marathoner (slacker), turned me on to Generation UCan for fuel during my training runs and marathons. This friend is so fast and knowledgeable that whenever *she* tells you to do something, you do it.

 

This friend gave me a care package for one of my recent marathons, and it had everything a marathoner would want or need; water bottles, sleeves, gu blocks, and lots of UCan packages. As always, such a sweet and loving friend, thank you!

This friend gave me a care package for one of my recent marathons, and it had everything a marathoner would want or need; water bottles, sleeves, gu blocks, and lots of UCan packages. As always, such a sweet and loving friend, thank you!

So what is it? UCan is a slow release carbohydrate, super starch that keeps blood sugars stable and delivers steady energy to your brain and body (vs a burn and crash). It prevents the spike and crash of sugar-based fuels and is gentle on the stomach. Two things that are very important for fuel in a marathon.

 

Currently, there are three flavors for the UCan, and two flavors for the Ucan with protein.

Currently, there are three Ucan flavors, and two flavors for Ucan with protein.

 

It was first created for diabetics and  they then realized that it would work for endurance athletes. I used it in the Paris Marathon this year and was happy with the outcome (no stomach issues, steady full feeling till halfway through the run), and so now I plan to use it for Chicago.

 

How to use

How to use

 

You do need to mix it into water and blend it well so it tastes good. The best strategy to prevent it from being clumpy (and ok tasting) is to buy the ucan mixer (worth the 10 dollars), which you mix in the night before, and refrigerate overnight. The Ucan with protein is best for a recovery drink which you can blend into a smoothie.

 

I drink the post recovery powder in a smoothie after a long run (as does Meb, the Olympian) and I swear it helps your body recover!

I drink the post recovery powder in a smoothie after a long run (as does Meb, the Olympian) and I swear it helps your body recover!

AND....it tastes delicious!

AND….it tastes delicious!

More information on the packet.

More information on the packet.

 

To read reviews and more of the science behind UCan, go here and here and here. For recipe ideas (YUP), go here. In any case, I am very happy with my fuel situation right now on my long runs and upcoming marathon — Thank you, Jan, for introducing me to this drink — and so happy it is my go-to these days!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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