Ashley Arnold March 13, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 5

No More Gels

Whole-food trail-running fuel that actually tastes good

When it comes to endurance fueling, your choices are endless. ...

When it comes to endurance fueling, your choices are endless. But, if you spend a lot of time on the trail, choking down gel after gel can get old. That’s why we spent hours testing easy-to-prepare and pre-packaged whole-food snacks that provide healthy calories for sustained running energy.

The fuel reviewed was tested on long runs in our lab: the trails around Carbondale, Colorado.

Peter Rabbit Organics Puree Pouches (Trail Runner Editor's Choice)
$2 per pouch, $16.50 per 10-pouch box

Made and grown in Oregon with 100-percent-organic ingredients, Peter Rabbit Organics are preservative-free—lemon juice is used to extend the product’s shelf life. The foldable BPA-free plastic laminate pouches are lightweight and pack delicious, smoothie-like blends that are refreshing in the later miles of a long run. Our favorite mid-run pick-me up flavors: Strawberry and Banana and Mango, Banana and Orange.

After a 23-mile run, a tester said, “The Peter Rabbit Organics are hands-down my favorite trail-running fuel. The consistency makes them easy to get down and unlike gels, they don’t leave me feeling thirsty.”

The pouches are available at REI, Starbucks and nation-wide grocery stores. The only downside is that the pouch tops are somewhat bulky and can be hard to screw off with cold hands.


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