There are endless choices available when it comes to energy food. I’ve spent the past 20 years of my running career testing can various drinks, gels and chews, often with mixed results. My years of experimentation have taught me two very important lessons when it comes to fueling on the trail:
1. Don’t take in anything that doesn’t serve you.
2. Stick with what works.
The end result is that for years I’ve had great success from races ranging from the marathon to 100 miles with a combination of plain water, electrolyte pills and Honey Stinger products. I love that the Honey Stinger products have relatively short ingredient lists and aren’t loaded with fancy artificial flavors, supposed performance enhancers or other gimmicky crap.
The Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews, for example, are made with totally organic ingredients, are gluten-free, dairy-free and use non-GMO ingredients. Each packet of 8-10 chews delivers 160 calories from multiple carbohydrate sources (glucose, fructose, maltose and sucrose), which studies have down is better absorbed and used for energy by the body than a food containing a single type of carbohydrate.
The new Organic Energy gels contain a blend of organic tapioca syrup, organic honey and electrolytes in an easy-to-swallow gel recipe that isn’t too sweet.
(Pictured here are the Acai and Pomegranate, Vanilla and Fruit Smoothie flavors).
Cyclist Lance Armstrong inspired the Honey Stinger Organic Waffles, but they make incredibly tasty snacks on the run as well.
Each individually wrapped waffle contains 160 calories. New flavors include lemon and chocolate.