Most of you probably know I'm a vegetarian, and a very busy bee, which sometimes makes getting enough protein while on the go a bit of a challenge. When I discovered UFIT protein shakes earlier this year, I was seriously impressed by both their 22g protein shake and their PRO50 monster containing a whopping 50g of protein. So when the lovely folk at UFIT offered to send me their new banana and vanilla shakes to review, I was obviously going to be all over that!
As a nutrition coach, I'm also always looking for great food & drink 'finds' for clients with goals for fat loss, and for most of the guys and gals I'm working with, getting more protein and fibre are often priorities in their plans; not only to ensure they feel nice and full, but to help build, preserve and repair muscle tissue especially important in a calorie deficit.
So without further ado, here are my thoughts on the two newest kids on the block from UFIT:
UFIT Banana 22g Protein drink
Macros (per bottle, 330ml):
- Fat: 3.2g
- Protein: 22g
- Carbohydrate: 10g
- Fibre: 1.9g
For me, the flavour is on point. If you like banana foam sweets, or banana Nesquik, you're in for a treat. While not overpoweringly sweet, it still did the job of taking away a sweet craving and filling a hole. The texture of these little ones isn't overly thick, so if you're worried about it sitting heavy in your stomach, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how light it is. These usually retail at £2 but I have seen them on offer at the £1 mark which makes them worth stocking up on. No, not as cheap as using powdered whey protein at home, but when you're out and about, these really do fit the bill.
UFIT PRO50 vanilla flavour protein drink
Macros (per bottle, 500ml):
- Fat: 5.2g
- Protein: 50.2g
- Carbohydrate: 17.2g
- Fibre: n/a
I like to refer to the PRO50 as 'the monster'. It's one hell of a shake, packing an enormous 50g of protein, while maintaining a relatively modest carb and fat content. The texture of the monster is quite a bit thicker than the smaller guys, so I can't often enjoy mine across two sittings. Depending on how my overall protein intake for the day is going, I'll either take down a whole bottle, or split across a couple of days. I've found keeping these big ones and the little ones in the fridge makes for a much more enjoyable drink, and I'd definitely recommend keeping in the fridge if you've opened it already. But otherwise, they don't need to be stored in the fridge which adds to the convenience factor.
This new vanilla flavour is incredible, it's somewhere between vanilla ice cream and almost like a light custard in flavour (don't worry, it's not as thick as custard! Yikes!). Absolutely divine! These larger bottles retail at a little more, think it's about £3 a bottle off the top of my head, so I must admit I buy them a little less frequently than the others. Having said that, they're worth their weight in gold for convenience factor, texture, taste and macros, so I've nearly always got a couple of bottles stowed away for days when food has been a little outside my control but I still want to ensure I nail my protein for the day.
I think what I perhaps love most about UFIT, is that they've obviously worked relentlessly with key retailers on securing listings and the fact you can get them in most supermarkets and even at your local OneStop newsagents is a complete game-changer. We're approaching a time of year when people often reflect on their health & wellbeing, especially in relation to weight loss. If you're trying to embark on a fat loss journey, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by these little gems that could quickly become a favourite in your snacking arsenal.
Disclaimer: As stated at the start, UFIT kindly sent me these samples for the purpose of this blog, but my words are my own and I will always be completely honest with any blog content.