One size does not fit all when it comes to sports nutrition. Just as its important to find a running shoe that is specific to your individual needs, the same goes for nutrition.
As runners and endurance athletes, sports nutrition is an essential part of your success in training and racing.
With literally hundreds of different sports nutrition options available, it can be an overwhelming process to figure out which one is best for you. We have provided a breakdown of some of the top rated nutrition products from fellow JackRabbit runners, broken down by type.
SPORTS NUTRITION: DRINKS & GELS
MAURTEN DRINK MIX
If you want both hydration and lot of energy – this is the product for you. One serving contains 40 grams of carbohydrates (500 ml). Use it before, during and/or after activity.
When you sweat, your body loses vital minerals and electrolytes that need to be replaced for healthy recovery and lasting performance. Nuun Sport provides a great balance of ingredients for mineral replenishment and optimal hydration before/during/after your workout.
GU ROCTANE ENERGY DRINK MIX
Created for high-intensity and demanding activity, Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink packs more electrolytes and carbohydrates than your average electrolyte drink. Each serving is packed with branched chain amino acids to decrease muscle damage. Taurine is also added to improve cardiac output.
NUTRITION – GELS
GU ENERGY GELS
Created for daily training and competition, GU Energy Gel packs energy-dense calories in a portable packet to help sustain energy demands of any duration or activity.
The 100-calorie packets contain carbohydrates (maltodextrin and fructose) that use non-competing pathways to help maximize carbohydrate absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress
HUMA ENERGY GELS
Hüma energy gels combine 100% all-natural ingredients and are made with real fruit, making Hüma the best-tasting energy gels on the market. Finally say goodbye to those upset tummy aches!
HONEY STINGER GELS
Get buzzin’ on your bicycle with Honey Stinger’s Classic Energy Gel made with pure honey. This versatile pocket of energy is packed with sodium, potassium and B complex vitamins to aid fat and protein absorption, breakdown carbs and provide maximum energy output with full recovery.
SPORTS NUTRITION: BARS
The GU Energy Stroopwafel is a delicious addition to your nutrition plan that’s rich with essential nutrients, light on the stomach, and easy to digest before or during activity. It tastes great with pre-ride coffee, during a gran-fondo or ultra-marathon, and anytime you are looking for an alternative energy source to power your performance. Not your average waffle, this syrup-filled creation has the nutrients that make GU products great like essential amino acids, electrolytes, and carbohydrates.
UCAN ANYTIME ENERGY BAR
Try the first UCAN Snack bar with plant protein, featuring our revolutionary UCAN SuperStarch for steady energy, plus protein, fiber and healthy fats to curb cravings!
SKRATCH ENERGY BAR
The Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bars are powerful enough for endurance workouts but tasty enough for a snack any time of day. They’re made with real ingredients, like oats, nut butter, sea salt, brown rice crisps, and quinoa crisps. The folks at Skratch Labs don’t like putting extra junk in their bodies and they don’t want you to either, so these are free from anything artificial or unnecessary such as artificial sweeteners, coloring, or flavoring agents.
SPORTS NUTRITION: CHEWS
GU ENERGY CHEWS
Now the GU you can chew comes in a convenient sleeve with two-servings per package. Created for daily training and competition, GU Energy Chews pack energy-dense calories in a portable packet to help sustain energy demands of long duration activities. With 80-calories per serving (two servings per packet), Energy Chews contain carbohydrates to keep you fueled while delaying bonking by sparing your glycogen stores.
HONEY STINGER ENERGY CHEWS
Honey Stinger Energy Chews are made with 95% natural organic ingredients for a low glycemic index. Pop a few of these tasty chews for a dose of carbohydrates and electrolytes before or mid-run to help get you going
JELLY BELLY SPORTS BEANS
Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans 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 to optimize energy release and protect cells against oxidative damage. Flavored with real fruit juices and other natural flavors, they come in a convenient resealable bag that you will love.
It’s time for you to Find Your Fit with nutrition. A big part of finding the right nutrition is trial and error. This involves using different products throughout your training to determine which is the best fit for your specific needs. Tell us what nutrition works best for you!