Whether you’re jogging around your block or training for a marathon, it’s important to properly fuel your body before you go for a run. Instead of struggling to put together the right snack or mini meal, pre-packaged bars, chews and energy gels are an easy and quick to get the energy you need. Those high in carbs and protein are great for sustaining energy levels — even better if they’re packed with supplements like calcium and potassium to support bone and muscle health. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best pre-run bars, chews and more you can buy. Note: These are best to eat when running with easy or moderate effort for up to 90 minutes. Runners training for a marathon should opt for a snack of at least 400 calories.
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1. GoMacro Organic Vegan Protein Bars
These 280-calorie bars come in tasty flavors from banana-almond butter to peanut butter-chocolate.
Pros: Oats offer slow-release energy, and natural sugars provide instant fuel. In total, this bar features 35 grams of carbs, 11 grams of protein, as well as 56 milligrams of calcium and 225 milligrams of potassium. They come as a pack of 12.
Cons: Higher investment than some bars.
2. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
These 100-calorie chews come in portable packs, with sweet flavors like fruit smoothie and pink lemonade.
Pros: They’re made with 95% organic ingredients, including organic sugar, honey and grape juice concentrate. They’re high in carbs and natural sugars, and feature 60 milligrams of vitamin C, which can help reduce muscle inflammation.
Cons: Note that they’re very sweet.
3. Clif Shot Energy Gels With Caffeine
They come in tasty flavors such as Boston cream and mocha.
Pros: They’re high in carbs and sugar for quick energy. They’re also available in four different caffeine levels, from 0 to 100, to help customize your energy boost. The top of the packaging is also designed to stay attached even when you open it, in order to reduce litter. They come as a pack of 24 packets.
Cons: You might need to drink water with it.