Breakfast has always been a bit of a love hate relationship for me when it comes to balanced nutrition and time-saving. I know (and don’t doubt) it’s the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the one that seems to be the most hurried. Whether it’s rushing out the door for training or work I never seem to find the time to put enough consideration into what goes into my body at the start of the day.
Energy is key to my day and I’ve been trying to put a little more thought into getting the right amount of protein too. I’m by no means a scientist when it comes to these things, but I have been trying to monitor (via the MyFitnessPal App) the daily percentages of carbs, fats and proteins. Whilst I’m not trying to bulk up, it’s always the latter (i.e protein) that is the hardest to consume in the correct amounts.
With all of the above in mind I got hold of the USN Whey & Oats to see if I could begin the day with a head start on protein. 21.6g to be precise.
The USN Whey & Oats certainly ticks the box when it comes to time-saving. Quite simply, you add 150ml of boiled water to a bowl containing 2 scoops from the tub. Its ready in the time it takes to boil the kettle and mix it up (plus cooling time to avoid burning your tongue!). If you are in an extreme rush, adding a little cold water will cool it quicker than the suggested 2 – 3 mins.
Mixing is straight forward with either a fork or a spoon. The consistency turns it more of a porridge paste rather than the course oats you may be used to, but, all the same, it’s definitely a porridge.
It’s labelled as an apple and cinnamon flavour and that’s certainly the taste that comes across. It’s going to be slightly different if you are used to standard porridge, but it has to be remembered that this is fulfilling a specific purpose.
After using the USN Whey & Oats I noticed I felt less need to snack mid-morning, even on days where I built-in a morning training session. I had enough energy for training and to last until lunch whilst also starting the day off with a more balanced chart in MyFitNessPal by mid-morning.
Here’s how the percentages stacked up after starting the day on the USN Whey & Oats. There’s enough carbs there to fuel the training and you can see the head start on the protein (which is likely to balance out as the day progresses).
USN also label the Whey & Oats as part of their weight control range. I’m not going to delve into the personal details of weight just here but I can report absolutely no losses or gains during the period of this trial. I’m sure I could, if needed, work this into a daily routine if any time I wanted to lose weight whilst maintaining protein intake.
As you can see from the images, I also tried out a few USN ‘Protein Delite’ bars. This was really to see how they tasted and to see if I could maintain the protein immediately after exercise. Whilst it wasn’t a long-term test I found the flavours here (Yogurt Toffee & Almond, Cookies & Cream and Toffee Almond) to be really enjoyable snacks and pretty handy after just finishing a workout. The Cookies and Creme was easily the best!
I’ve always been a fan of USN (particularly the gels) as I had often used them before as part of my training and also during a few triathlons. The USN Whey & Oats is a great addition to the range and is versatile enough to suit a wide array of different nutrition goals. For me it has solved the issue of managing protein intake throughout the day whilst for others it could also work a protein hit as part of their own morning routine whether it be for weigh control or muscle definition.
I want my reviews to be as independent as possible. On that basis, I thought a link to Amazon would provide the most impartial method of you looking at other user comments should you be considering a purchase. You can also find out more at the main USN website.