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4 Pre-Packaged Snacks To Help You Beat The Munchies

When the afternoon hits during marathon training, I turn into a rungry (which is what I get when I’m extra hungry from running) monster. I’m so hungry I’ll eat almost anything in sight. There have been times of desperation when I was out of real food and grabbed a bag of energy chews to snack on. Obviously there are worse things to eat as snacks, but if I’ve already done my run for the day I don’t want to be eating race fuel as a snack while I’m sitting at my computer!

Tell me I’m not the only one that’s gotten that rungry?

We all know the key to making good eating choices in the middle of the day is being prepared. While having fresh fruit and veggies to snack on is ideal, that’s not always realistic. I’ve found the best way for me to stay on top of having readily available snacks is to make sure I stock my work space with snacks that won’t go bad within a week. This way when I don’t have any carrots or apples available to eat, I’m still not hunting around for leftover donuts in the kitchen. The other key to my snacking success is making sure I like my snacks so I don’t go looking for other things to eat around the office. Below are the snacks I’m loving right now.

Organic Cinnamon Toast Rice Cakes

rice cakes

At some point in my life I had convinced myself that plain rice cakes are tasty. They are not. However, this flavor is delicious! I like to top mine with a portable packet of nut butter and then sprinkle it with hemp seeds that I keep in a small bag in a desk drawer.

Health Warrior Chia Bar—Vanilla Almond Flavor

vanilla almond

This is a new flavor from Health Warrior and let me tell you—it’s delicious. I never thought I’d say that about a chia seed bar, but it tastes like a dessert. In fact, the flavor profile reminds me of a rice crispy treat.

Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter + Banana Chips

justin's

Carrying around a banana in my gym bag to work is a great idea in theory, but usually the banana ends up bruised and undesirable. This snack solves the problem!

Single-Portion Nut And Dried Fruit Packs

nut packs

To keep from feeling hungry, I need protein, fats and carbohydrates in each of my snacks. If I’m running a ton of miles, those carbohydrates are important! That’s why I prefer dried fruit mixed in with a healthy serving of raw nuts.

What are you snacking on these days to keep runger away? Tweet us at @WomensRunning!

Race Pace Jess

Race Pace Jess

Jess Underhill fell in love with running during a rough patch in life, a time period most people just refer to as middle school. Twenty-six years later that first runner's high she experienced continues to shape nearly every aspect of her life, including her career. She has a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, is graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a UESCA Certified Run Coach. Most recently Jess launched Race Pace Run Club, a free virtual run club that welcomes runners of all levels from coast to coast and also meets in-person in NYC. She is an ambassador for Sparkly Soul Headbands