Let’s face it, sometimes eating is the best part about running.

During a long run I often daydream about the breakfast feast I will sit down to enjoy after. But it’s not all about the post-run meal, what you eat during the run is just as important.

When I first started running I simply followed the leaders of the pack and scoffed down the sugary gels and powders produced by fitness companies and found at aid stations. They’re easy to carry and to digest and provide quick energy to the body. They also provide the essential minerals, salts and sugars that hungry muscles need to keep performing.

Unfortunately, these artificially produced products can leave many with an upset stomach, including cramps and diarrhea, and a bad taste in your mouth. So if your tummy protests loudly at the processed fitness foods, maybe it’s time to try some natural alternatives.

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Natural trail running snacks need to tick the following boxes:

  • Easy to carry (they’ve got to fit in a small zip-lock bag for me!)
  • Easy to chew and swallow
  • Easy on the tummy and digest well
  • Nutritious – Full of simple natural sugars for quick energy, salts for electrolyte balance and protein for the muscles.
  • Taste! A good balance of savoury and sweet. Too much sugar and I can feel my teeth starting to rot!

Over the years I have trialled and tested different supermarket products and specially formulated race food. I have found only a few great natural brands that I continue to use, but I always supplement this with natural snacks without the artificial colours, flavours and nasties.

Here’s the menu for my long runs:

Liquid fuel:

At the moment I’m using Tailwind Nutrition; calories and electrolytes in one easy to drink formula with a great taste. Tailwind is also free of wheat, gluten, soy, dairy and is 100% Vegan. It’s as natural as I can find.

Solid Fuel:

You can often find me munching on a peanut butter sandwich or fruit buns, my homemade seeded trail bar, watermelon, fresh dates or Cliff Blocks.

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