Energy gels are definitely a great way to give your stamina a big kick in the pants when you start to bonk during training or on course. But sometimes, well, you’d just rather not suck down goo. So, what’s a Mudder to do?
Check out these options for a mid-event energy boost that, honestly, are tasty enough to eat (or drink!) anytime you need a little more pep in your step.
GU Energy Stroopwafel
Created for daily use before and during training and competition, the GU Energy Stroopwafel delivers all the nutrients needed to power your performance: immediate and long-lasting energy from complex and simple carbohydrates, essential amino acids to prevent mental fatigue and to repair muscle damage during long-duration activities, and electrolytes to replenish what’s lost when you sweat. Made with a layer of delicious syrup between two thin wafers, it’s available in flavors like Campfire S’mores, Gingerade, and Wild Berries.
Jelly Belly Sport Beans
Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans, available in fruit punch, lemon-lime, berry, and assorted smoothie flavors, are formulated to help fuel the body during intense exercise. Clinically proven to maximize sports performance, each bean is loaded with carbs for fuel, electrolytes to help maintain fluid balance, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C to optimize energy release and protect cells against oxidative damage. The Extreme Sport Beans also contain caffeine for an added kick.
Clif Bloks Energy Chews
Clif Bloks Energy Chews provide quick, chewable, energy for athletes while training and racing. Each 33 calorie cube is full of carbohydrates and has a nutrition profile similar to Clif Shot Energy Gel, making it easy to customize and track caloric and electrolyte intake during long outings and races. Flavors include Black Cherry with Caffeine, Citrus, Cran-Razz, Margarita, Mountain Berry, Orange with Caffeine, Strawberry, and Tropical Punch with Caffeine.
Smuckers’ Uncrustables frozen PB&J sandwiches are the perfect way to get a shot of protein and a kick of carbs in a snack that will remind you of school lunchtime (in a good way). Throw a frozen sandwich, with approximately 10 grams of protein and 36 grams of carbs, in your go-bag and let it unthaw while you work out. Uncrustables are available with grape or strawberry jelly or honey spread.
Barnana Organic Chewy Banana Bites
The banana is mother nature's original energy bar, and Barnana Organic Chewy Banana Bites makes the fruit even better. Following the mission to end food waste on organic banana farms by upcycling the bananas that used to go to waste, these "imperfect" are turned into convenient, healthy snacks for runners, gym rats, and OCR enthusiasts.
Justin's Nut Butters
In addition to the standard jars, Justin’s Nut Butters come in portable 1.15-ounce squeeze packets, perfect for a protein boost on the go. Justin's uses a one-of-a-kind grinding process that merges high-quality, naturally delicious ingredients with amazing taste, texture, and nutrition. Each squeeze packet has about 5 grams of protein and 90 milligrams each of sodium and potassium.
Tailwind Endurance Fuel
Tailwind combines complete fuel, hydration, and electrolytes in a tasty drink that won’t turn your stomach into a brick. Mix it in with water for a crystal clear light drink with a mouth feel as close to water as you can get while still meeting your nutrition needs. The combination of Tailwind’s fuel, electrolytes, and water has a synergistic effect, allowing the body to absorb more of each. Your hydration pack will love it, too: Tailwind dissolves completely on contact with water and cleans up with a quick rinse. No film, no lingering aftertaste, and no gooey mess.
G Fuel Energy Crystals
G Fuel Energy Crystals are a sugar-free, caffeinated, vitamin and antioxidant-fortified, edible energy supplement that … wait for it … pop in your mouth. A single 35-calorie tube (1 full serving) contains 60 milligrams of caffeine that’s effect is amplified as the crystals dissolve (and pop!) in the mouth, taking less time to react with the body. The crystals are available in Blue Ice, Green Apple, and Sour Cherry flavors.
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie
Satisfyingly firm and chewy, Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie is a vegan protein cookie lovingly sprinkled with sizeable semi-sweet morsels of chocolate throughout. Plus, each cookie has 16 grams of protein and 60 grams of total carbohydrates, including 10 grams of fiber and 24 grams of sugar, to power you through even the toughest Mudder course.
Enjoy Life Chocolate Protein Bites
Enjoy Life Chocolate Protein Bites with SunSeed Butter is an allergy-friendly snack that blends the delicious combo of rich, dairy-free chocolate and sunflower seed butter into a powerful truffle-like bite. Each serving is packed with 6 grams of vegan protein, free from 14 allergens, and made palm-oil free.Enjoy Life Chocolate Protein Bites are also available in dipped banana, dark raspberry, and cinnamon spice flavors.