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The Kid Foods We Love To Eat As Runners

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

Popcorn

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.

Peas

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.

Pedialyte

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

Gummies

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.

Chips

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

Yogurt

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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Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is the managing editor for Women's Running and spearheads our nutrition coverage. She’s an avid runner but also loves cycling (both on and off-road), yoga and all kinds of crazy videos to do at home. Formerly the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Nicki started her journalism career at The Washington Post. Her first races were duathlons (run, bike, run) in her twenties with her husband, and then triathlons, completing the White Lake Half Ironman in North Carolina. Since joining Women’s Running in 2013, she’s been more focused on half marathons and trail running. Some of her proudest moments have been running the Boston Marathon (first 26.2), and becoming an RRCA certified running coach and helping others take up the sport.