March 3 2017
After a run, one of the most important things you can do for your body is give it time to recover—and your body is working the hardest to
After my ulcerative colitis diagnosis, the mission became: What are the right foods for me? With so many options popping up for sensitive diets these days, the transition from gluten-packed to gluten-free can be relatively seamless for runners catering to their stomach’s guidelines. I’ve collected my favorite go-to snacks and fuels for those people looking to satisfy their feisty insides—one of which I used during my first marathon! (Also, check out our resident elite runner-blogger Stephanie Bruce’s latest entry on navigating the gut of a celiac.)
This pouch is a perfect blast of carbs during a long run or race. It tastes just like a smoothie and is small enough to cram into the pouch of a large water bottle. I used one pack during my first marathon and definitely noticed a benefit of getting more carbs during those later miles. Really easy to stomach while using on the run!
For pretzel lovers who can't afford the non-GF aftermath, this crispy version doesn't butcher the taste at all. You wouldn't even know they are gluten-free if it didn't say it on the package. They are great for mid-day snacking.
Cinnamon raisin French toast, anyone? The smell of this bread on the stove is just like your favorite brunch joint. It doesn't fall apart at all, and you can taste every flavor. If egg-soaked toast isn't your thing, try the regular stuff with some almond butter before heading out the door.
Regular granola can be a no-no for a lot of people, but the stuff is still great in Acai or Greek yogurt. This mixture of granola and cocoa is perfect, still tastes great and adds more carbs and fiber to your breakfast bowl. The "subtly sweetened" is just sweet enough too.
When all work offers is the regular vending machine with greasy chips, stash all these flavors in your desk. These chips, made from quinoa, are grease-less, packed with flavor and serve 8g of protein too! The BBQ ones are just as good (ok better) than regular BBQ chips sans grease.
Every ingredient is organic in this line of snack bars. Each bar is high in protein, omega-3s and fiber and low in sugar, making it a perfect alternative for other choices on the shelf. If you love the more chewy, moist bars over dry ones, this is definitely one to consider. (It was our winner in the bar category for the 2014 Run Yummy awards!)
Gluten-free baked goods can often be hit or miss when it comes to flavor, texture and overall satisfaction. However, these chocolate chip cookies stay together and are small enough to not feel guilty about maybe eating four at a time. They had a unique taste that did take a second to get used to, but the dark chocolate chips confirmed that you can splurge without upsetting your stomach.
Bars are such an easy go-to snack at the office or when there just isn't time to sit down and eat a full meal. The flavors in Luna's gluten-free collection are different and delicious. They're also perfect for stashing in your bag or car for a quick post-run snack when food isn't immediately available. Protein, fiber and a whole lot of flavor make any one of them a winner.
Coconut is not only good on top of a summer smoothie—it's also amazing in the form of a chip. One package is about 1.5 servings, so eat in moderation. They have just enough sweet to curb your craving, plus the resealable package makes it simple to save the rest for later.