Our bodies need three major nutrients to stay active. Those are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Runners know this better than anyone and carbs are often their main source of fuel to produce enough energy for workouts. We’re featuring some of our favorite snacks that are full of these nutrients which are ideal for athletes, especially runners.
With lots of sugar and virtually no fat or fiber to slow their absorption, these candies are, surprisingly, not a terrible idea during a long run. Gummy bears are easily digested and provide a quick hit of carbs. A lot of long distance runners swear by gummy bears for marathons to keep their energy up. Our Grabeez Gummy Bears are the perfect snack on the fly.
Runners should eat a small handful of almonds at least three to five times per week. A lot of runners fall short on vitamin E since there aren’t a lot of good food sources for it. Luckily nuts, especially almonds, offer a ton of the antioxidant. Nuts, especially almonds, are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that many runners fall short on because there are so few good food sources of it. Our trEAT4u Almonds are the ideal 1oz serving size for a quick energy boost to keep you going.
Pretzels can be a low-calorie carbohydrate treat that provide a quick source of energy. Even those with salt are alright for runners since they’ll help to replace the sodium lost from sweating which is important to prevent fatigue and muscle cramps. Pretzels are also low in fiber and won’t take long to hit the bloodstream. For an added burst of taste, try our Mustard Pretzels.
Soybeans in any form are a high-quality source of protein, iron, B vitamins, and heart-healthy isoflavones. The latter also boost bone health which an obvious importance to runners. Our Edamame Beans in bulk or resealable cubes are always a great choice.
Dried plums, also known as prunes, contain no fat and are packed with carbs. They’re also a good source of fiber and potassium. Our Prunes have no pits and are a underrated dried fruit snack.
These little morsels are low-fat and high-carbohydrate, and provide a good amount of vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. Our Turkish Apricots are available in bulk form in diced or whole and also in resealable cubes.
An ounce of raisins has more sugar than other dried fruit, but it’s the exact reason they’re great for runners. They’re perfect for a boost of energy mid-run. We have a flavor variety of raisins to choose from to find the best fit.
Dates are easy to chew and higher in simple sugars and carbs than other dried fruit. They’re also a good source of potassium. Our dates have a sweet honey flavor and are ideal to snack on when you need a simple sweet snack.