No More Gels, Part II
10 tasty, innovative snacks for fueling your long trail runs
From a purely elemental perspective, running is simple. Food should be, too. If the thought of cramming down another chemical-laden gel, sawdusty protein bar or over-sugared sports drink makes your stomach turn, then you’re in luck. Current trends are leaning toward more athlete-friendly, nutrient-dense natural foods.
After the positive response from last year’s “No More Gels” article, we compiled a follow-up list of runner-friendly, pre-packaged snacks that are easy to stash in your pack for a long day on the trails.
1. Saquito Energy Mix
$25 for 15-serving pouch
Saquito is a blend of chia seed, hemp seed, shredded coconut, low-glycemic sweeteners and natural flavors like goji berries, raw cacao, cinnamon or vanilla bean. This “energy mix” comes in a resealable bag, perfect for scooping into recovery drinks or carrying along in a pack for energy on multi-day trips. It’s gluten-free, vegan, 100-percent organic and raw. We liked the satisfying saltiness and well-balanced flavor profile of the Vanilla Goji mix. Each two-tablespoon serving packs four grams of fiber, so some may find this best suited for post-run refueling.
Available online and at certain Whole Foods Markets.