August 3 2018
The best food to consume after a run depends on both the duration and intensity of the workout.
Pumpkin juice? Yes! And it’s so much better than you’d think. This all-natural juice—made with apple juice and pureed pear and pumpkin—is flavored with seasonal spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves) and is a delicious, clean, fruity beverage with no pumpkin “pulp” (it has a juice-like texture—not a smoothie). Freshly made in Florida at Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, it has 100 calories per serving, 28 grams of carbs and is rich in vitamin A.
Clif Bar’s popular seasonal flavors are back, including spiced pumpkin pie (in addition to hot chocolate and iced gingerbread). The spiced pumpkin pie is made with organic rolled oats (like original Clif Bars), plus pumpkin flakes, raisins and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg). With 250 calories and 45 grams of carbs plus 9 grams of protein per bar, it makes for energy-boosting pre-run fuel, an autumn-appropriate recovery bar or a satisfying midday snack.
Infinit‘s limited-edition flavor (only available this time of year) is a healthier take on your favorite Starbucks seasonal latte. It’s an easy-to-digest pre-workout fuel, or (our favorite use) it makes for an easy post-workout recovery drink. You just mix the all-natural drink—made with omega-3-rich flaxseed, coffee, whey protein isolate and actual pumpkin—and you’re good to go. Each serving has 133 calories, 11 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbs.
This gluten-free granola by Purely Elizabeth. is a festively delicious way to fuel up for your day. It’s baked with coconut oil and made with a host of superfood grains and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, chia seeds and amaranth, plus a touch of cinnamon. We love it atop yogurt or even straight out of the bag.
Just add water and you can make delicious pumpkin spice pancakes, made with actual pumpkin and seasonal spices, in addition to almond, coconut and cassava flours. Birch Benders already had a pumpkin spice flavor in its lineup, but this is the first Paleo version, which is grain-free and gluten-free as well as low-glycemic. Per serving are 120 calories, 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.