Since the UCAN Company first began making Superstarch, you’re only option was a liquid-based fuel. You needed to mix the powder with water to consume it. This never prevented me from using it. For races, I would always travel with my tub of UCAN Superstarch in one of my brown paper shopping bags, which also included other mobile pantry staples like coconut oil. But, preparing water bottles with Superstarch can be a little challenging, especially if you’re on the go or traveling.
So, when UCAN announced its new UCAN Snack earlier this week, I was super excited to try it out. Yesterday was the perfect day for it. After 60-minute, mid-afternoon bike session on the trainer (one of my favorites, Russian Steps), I had only a few minutes to shower, and then drive to pick up my wife from work. I typically eat a late lunch around 2:30-3:00pm. But, yesterday I knew I wasn’t going to eat for a couple hours after that. Why? Not only did I have to pick up my wife, but it snowed yesterday here in the Twin Cities. It wasn’t a lot, but just enough to make for a slow afternoon commute. Instead of about 40 minutes, it was more than double that.
It turned out to be the perfect opportunity to try UCAN Snack. I just had a hard bike session and needed something to hold me over until I could eat lunch two hours later. It definitely did the trick! The texture reminded me a little of a 3 Musketeer’s candy bar. After my wife tried a small bite, she had the same reaction, “it tastes like a candy bar,” she said. Of course, the chocolate peanut butter flavor didn’t hurt!
The real punch is in the nutrition. It’s top ingredient is the slow-releasing Superstarch (read my previous post for more background), and also includes coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and a few other ingredients (gluten-free too).
Calories: 190 (100 from fat)
Total Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 8g
Total Carb: 20g
There are a few ingredients to warn about. Sugar, soy lecithin, and natural flavors are all included. I bring this up because I know some people try to avoid them for one reason or another. But, I still think UCAN Snack’s ingredients are far better than just about any other energy bar on the market. Though it contains some sugar, it’s far less than most of its competitors. And the majority of carbs come from Superstarch, which is a slow-release starch that doesn’t spike blood sugar the same way other sugars do, allowing for a more constant stream of energy.
Bottom line, from my limited experience, I’d recommend giving it a shot. It’s versatile enough to use before, during, or after training sessions. It’s small enough so it’s portable (you could easily stick a few in your cycling jersey pocket, for example). And if you’re looking to better control blood sugar, UCAN Snack might be a better alternative to other bars on the market. Oh, and the taste is amazing. That’s always a plus!
For a limited time, pick up a box of 6 UCAN Snack bars for the special introductory price of $10 (33% off). Also, next time you shop at http://www.generationucan.com, use the discount code “UCANINSPIRECM” and receive 10% off your order (not valid for the UCAN Snack intro special).
Disclaimer: I am a Generation UCAN Brand Ambassador and received free samples of UCAN Snack.