Health

Run Yummy Awards: Gels

Find out which gels we thought best fueled our runs!

BEST OVERALL

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel Vanilla
Why we love it…There’s a trend in gels toward natural products, and this is an all-around favorite for its organic ingredients, easy portability, great taste and added electrolytes.
What it tastes like…A delicately flavored vanilla honey.
When to eat it…Down one every 30 to 40 minutes during runs lasting longer than one hour. Warning: Eat it all at once or a sticky mess is sure to ensue.


MOST TUMMY-FRIENDLY

PowerBar Performance Energy Blends Pear Blackberry
Why we love it…If some gels can make you queasy (or scanning the street for a portapotty), the best fuel on the go may be real food, and this is made with actual fruit.
What it tastes like…A pear and blackberry smoothie.
When to eat it…The resealable 80-calorie pouch can be used either 30 to 60 minutes before a run or as a refueling source mid-workout. The glucose-fructose blend is designed for both fast energy and endurance.


BEST ALL-NATURAL

Huma Chia Energy Gel Strawberries
Why we love it…Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are known to relieve joint pain—perfect for runners! This gluten-free, 100-calorie pouch is also a great size to bring on a run.
What it tastes like…Strawberry preserves.
When to eat it…Depending on how long you’ll be running, eat one 15 to 45 minutes before you start and then take another with water 45 to 60 minutes into your run.


MOST VERSATILE

PocketFuel Whole Food Fuel Chocolate Haze
Why we love it…You can spread it on toast or drizzle it on fruit before or after a run, or stash the pouch for a mid-run mountaintop picnic on a big trail day. You can also mix it with water to make a chocolaty drink.
What it tastes like…Nutella.
When to eat it…The hazelnuts and almonds lend 4 grams of protein, perfect for refueling muscles post-workout. If you have a strong stomach, try it mid-run for a tasty boost.