Having looked into what I should be eating countless times over the past 18 months, I discovered that you should eat 1g of protein for every kg of body weight – and more if you regularly exercise. I weigh 55kg, so really I should consume 55kg of protein each day, but as I work out at least four days per week – I know that 55g of protein really is the bare minimum I should have per day. Ideally, I’m aiming for a figure closer to 100g. Give me an extra few hours at a weekend and I’ll whip up multiple pre-prepped protein packed meals for the working week ahead – but sadly that’s not the reality of my life.
Enter, Upbeat Protein Drinks. I’ve seen these cute little bottles dotted around my local supermarket – but I’ve never thought to buy one. Why? Because these sort of drinks are usually packed full with sugar, amongst other unwanted ingredients. When Upbeat contacted me to see if I’d like to review their products, I was apprehensive. Though one click on their website later and I saw that they’re nothing more than dairy protein blended with fruit purée, juice from concentrate and sweetener. Result.
Soon enough I received my vouchers from Upbeat, amongst other adorable goodies, and so I immediately headed straight down to Tesco to see what flavours I could get my hands on. In case you don’t know, Upbeat’s drinks are stocked in Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Holland & Barrett, The Co-operative, Booths, WH Smith Travel, Budgens and more – so if you feel like heading out to grab one (or several) of their drinks, you won’t have to search too far.
In my local Tesco they stock three of their four flavours, those three being chocolate orange, strawberry and blueberry and raspberry. The only one I unfortunately couldn’t get was Mango and Passionfruit, so I’ll be keeping my eyes wide open during future supermarket visits in order to track it down. I must say, I absolutely adore the packing of Upbeat’s drinks. The bottles promote a really eye-catching design, which made them nice and easy to find as I was hurtling around the store draped in a 65L backpack for my upcoming travels. Yeah, picture that.
So, I bet you’re wondering how they tasted? Let me break it down for you…
This was the first flavour that I tried. As much as I hate to say it, I think I was expecting more “chocolate” than “orange” flavour-wise, which wasn’t necessarily the case. It was quite tangy, which I wasn’t really a huge fan of – though I think this is down to one simple fact, which is that chocolate > orange. Nevertheless, it wasn’t by any means unpleasant to drink, and it certainly did the job of filling me up for a good few hours. This drink contains 146 calories, 1.9g fat, 9.2g sugar and 20g protein. Compared to other drinks I’ve picked up (and quickly put back down) in supermarkets over the years – this one is far healthier.
Now, this is ironic, because I hate strawberry flavoured things. But, guess what? This one was amazing. It literally just tasted like a strawberry milkshake, without the gross, excess sugar – so in other words, better. I drank this when I was feeling lethargic one afternoon at work earlier this week, and it gave me the energy I needed to get through the remaining hours of my day. This drink contains 145 calories, 2g fat, 11g sugar and 20g protein. Once again, surprisingly “green” ingredients for something that tastes so damn good!
Raspberry and Blueberry
And last but not least, raspberry and blueberry. I drank this one with my lunch yesterday afternoon, and yet again I was pleasantly surprised. In my opinion the stronger flavour is the raspberry, though there was definitely a hint of blueberry in there. I’m still sticking with the strawberry one as my favourite, but this one sat proudly in second place. This drink contains 146 calories, 1.9g fat, 11.3g sugar and 20g protein. It doesn’t get much better really, does it?
Overall I was really impressed with their products. They’re described as “a little bit of extra willpower in a bottle”, and they’re not wrong. They made the perfect afternoon snack for these dreary, autumnal days! What’s great is that my protein levels have upped dramatically over the past few days, and its made me even more aware of what I’m putting into my body. Let me know if you give them a try!
This post was in collaboration with Upbeat, though all opinions are my own.
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