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The Kid Foods We Love To Eat As Runners

These healthy snacks are kid-friendly and runner-approved!

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These child-friendly foods are great for fueling workouts too!


This is a great snack for all ages, but we’re particularly excited about The Little Kernel—baby popcorn that’s good for small mouths and has enhanced flavor since there’s less airy puff.


The frozen ones may be a go-to favorite to help teething pain as well as to cool down hot runners, but we also like them dried. World Peas has a line of flavorful options.

Tuna fish

A great source of protein, canned tuna can have its drawbacks, but with Safe Catch, you don’t have to worry about mercury levels, there are more omega-3s than other brands and the fish are sustainably caught. The brand also offers new flavors, such as chili lime and citrus pepper.

Squeeze packets

They aren’t just for toddlers. Munk Pack makes oatmeal and fruit varieties suitable for a pre-race breakfast, or go for applesauce for a low-fiber energy boost. Purée a banana for your own homemade version.


Yes, many runners like Pedialyte for hydration and electrolytes (and hangovers too).


Project 7 makes them with organic sweeteners and no artificial stuff, so they work for a mid-run chew and as a replacement for the traditional candy.

Chocolate milk

This staple at school lunches is now at race finishes because of its perfect mix of carbs and protein to fuel muscle recovery. For those who may be lactose intolerant, the a2 Milk Company has a new chocolate version made with the easier-to-digest protein.

Dried fruit

Whether in chunks or strips, as a snack or mixed into a meal, the vitamins and fiber and sweetness are palate pleasing. Check out the new Sunkist TrueFruit Clusters.


The most versatile dipping staple. Pure Growth Organic Super Chips are healthier and meant for sharing (“co-snacking”) between parents and kids.


This all-ages snack is available in just about any flavor combo. Check out Daiya’s super-creamy dairy-free versions for an animal-free option.


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