Generation UCAN: Flavor Reviews and Recipes

About a month ago, I did a review of Generation UCAN. That post focused on:

– What it is
– What to use it for
– How to use it
– The history behind it
– How it works
– Critics

This post will focus on:

– Flavor reviews
– Genearation UCAN recipes

I contacted Generation UCAN and requested samples of the new Tropical Orange flavor. The company kindly sent me several Tropical Orange samples, and I tried one before a workout, during a workout and prior to a ten-mile race. They also sent me some literature that I have posted below (two of the pages would not post for some reason – my apologies).


Generation UCAN offers a sports drink mix in the following flavors:

– Lemonade
– Pomegranate/Blueberry
– Cranberry/Raspberry
– Tropical Orange


There is also a protein-enhanced drink mix that comes in:

– Chocolate
– Vanilla Cream


In the past, I have used Lemonade for all of my endurance events. I have also used the Chocolate protein-enhanced drink for recovery.


In my opinion, the Lemonade is still the best flavor. However, the new flavor, Tropical Orange, is a close second. Pomegranate/Blueberry isn’t bad, but I would stay away from the Cranberry/Raspberry! Again, this is just my opinion, but I have heard the same thing about the Cranberry/Raspberry from other runners.

These drinks are not as sweet as Gatorade, Powerade, etc. This is because those drinks are filled with sugar (16oz of Gatorade has nearly 30g of sugar). This may take some getting used to, but I think it is worth it.


First, you definitely want to use a blender bottle to mix these drinks. Otherwise, you will end up with a bit of powdery residue and that’s no fun. Second, I find that they mix a little better if you prepare them ahead of time and let them sit overnight (just give them a good shake in the morning). Obviously these are downfalls of a mix-it-yourself drink. However, the upside is that you can prepare it however you want using whatever proportions/ingredients you want!


Recipes (these are also available on the Generation UCAN website)

1 packet Generation UCAN Chocolate
12 oz water
1/2 cup of ice
1/3 banana
Blend on high speed until it is a smooth consistency

1 packet Generation UCAN Chocolate
12 oz coconut water
1/2 cup of ice
Dash of Cinnamon
Blend on high speed til it is a smooth consistency

1 packet Generation UCAN Vanilla
12 oz water
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
Blend on high speed til it is a smooth consistency

1 packet Generation UCAN Lemonade
12 oz water
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 squeezed lime
Blend on high speed til it is a smooth consistency

For more information, check out the Generation UCAN website.

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12 Responses to Generation UCAN: Flavor Reviews and Recipes

  1. I used UCAN for 2 of my recent long runs (18 and 20) and really found it helpful. BUT I’m still getting used to the consistency, I was kind of a hot mess the first time I tried it…and I am also NOT a huge fan of the cran/razz flavor. I am going to order the lemonade now, because you are like the 235897th person to tell me it’s way better.

    • Jason says:

      I’ve been using it for a few years now and I’m still getting used to the consistency. Then again, I’ve been using gels even longer than that and they are basically terrible. Haha.

  2. Great review! Those smoothies sound delicious, I haven’t made one in a veerrrryyy long time. Have to get this fixed asap 😀 xoxo

  3. Hollie says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve heard a lot of good things about ucan so I am thinking about trying this.

  4. I’ve been waiting for the part II of this post! Can’t wait to try the lemonade flavor.

  5. piratebobcat says:

    Yes, but will it give you wings?

  6. hahahaha. coconut surprise.
    not sure why i find that name so funny!
    i really don’t have a constructive comment to post, but figured finding humor in that name was worth a comment.

  7. Rachel B says:

    Thanks for the review! I’m still figuring out what works/doesn’t work for me when it comes to long training runs, so I might have to try this!

  8. atwinthing33 says:

    I will have to try these. I drink vitamin water zero pomegranate…I haven’t done the ucan smoothie drinks but now I want one

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