28 September 2014

Lifestyle | Feeling Upbeat

Upbeat Protein Drink Dairy Review

As you all know, I try to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle - I do my best to eat well, exercise, keep hydrated - but I don't think I'll ever be able to give up the not so healthy food I love (all in moderation of course). I also try to do my best to make sure that I have the sufficient amount of iron, protein, calcium etc in my diet, but the one that I have always struggled with is getting enough protein and trying to understand it's benefits, so I have tried to up my game in the egg, fish and meat departments. 

The only issue is that there are going to be days where I won't always have the motivation to set out a meal which gives me all the nutrition that I need in that particular day, sometimes a girl just wants to indulge in something without thinking about everything that is in it, and it's days like that where I feel drinks like Upbeat come in very handy indeed. When I was contacted to give these a road-test, I checked out what they had to offer and definitely wanted to give them a go to see how they fared.  Produced by The Good Whey Co, Upbeat isn't about making you raise the levels of protein that you give to your body, but more to maintain it so that you have steady levels of it to last you throughout the day and allow your body to have the sufficient tools to build new cells and provide you with enough energy.  

First of all, they're definitely the nicest looking and tasting protein drinks I've tried - especially considering I used to have the pretty common misconception of associating the giant tubs of whey protein with the Arnold Schwarzenneger lookalikes in the gym. Unlike some others that I've tried which claim to taste like a milkshake but realistically taste more like you're being punished, these are actually delicious. After trying out the Strawberry and Blueberry & Raspberry flavours, the drinks seemed more like a tasty treat rather than a supplement, and with 20g of protein at under 150 calories it's definitely better to reach for one of these as a 'snack' compared to always opting for a bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps. In comparison to those huge tubs of protein supplements that I mentioned which always have chemical-like names in the ingredients list that I've never heard of before, Upbeat are pretty user-friendly and everything in the ingredients list is easy to understand. As much as I try to get protein through eggs and other sources, it's good to get it from as many different sources as you can as they all provide you with different nutrients, so I've been drinking mine in the morning when I don't have time for a big nutritious breakfast, and in the afternoons when I've been tempted to reach for a snack in between lunch and dinner. It's important to remember that these drinks shouldn't replace meals, they should accompany them!

Overall I found these to be a really tasty dairy drink (the strawberry being my favourite) which allows me to tick off having a healthy amount of protein in my diet on days where I know I won't get it from my meals, whilst also contributing to my calcium intake. I've still yet to try the Mango and Passionfruit flavour as my local Tesco only had the other two, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled. They can be found at Tesco, Holland & Barrett, Ocado and many more stockists, you can find your nearest one here

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