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Pre & Post Run Fuel That Keeps It Real

by Kelli

When it comes to different kinds of fuel for runners, you really have to be careful. There are so many questionable ingredients that companies sneak right past us, and you end up ingesting something full of crap that you think is healthy for you. The best advice I can give you is to seek out all natural products that cut the junk. The shorter the ingredient list, the better. Nature is full of awesome stuff that can both power you through a workout and replenish your body afterwards. I’ve been really working on seeking out these whole food products recently, and I’m more than happy to share some of my favorite findings with yinz.

PocketFuel is whole food fuel that is designed to provide runners (or any other endurance athlete) with valuable nutrition that is beneficial both pre & post workout. I personally liked using it prior to my run, but to each their own. It has 8g of protein per pouch which contributes to increased energy levels & endurance, and it’s a great source of carbs which are helpful during recovery.

I’m also really partial to stuff I can throw into my gym bag in the morning and not have to mess with. I go to the gym straight after work, and unfortunately – LA Fitness does not provide me with a fully equipped kitchen to prepare my pre and post run fuel. It’d be nice, but they seem to have a pretty strong opinion against it.

 

PocketFuel is essentially different kinds of nut butters. The product in all of my photos is the Chocolate Haze flavor, which is a hazelnut-based butter that tastes exactly like Nutella.
I REPEAT. IT TASTES EXACTLY LIKE NUTELLA.
 
The consistency is relatively thick, but if you “smoosh” the pouch around before you twist off the cap, it turns into a very easy-to-squeeze product & you’ll have no problem finishing it in 5 seconds because it’s so delicious. When you’re done, you can twist the lid back on & continue on your way. There’s no mess at all. If you run outdoors and drive to your venue, this stuff is great to keep in the car and eat on the drive home (at red lights, safety first) if you don’t want to wait until you get home to mix something else together. If you’re running a half or any other long distance, this is also great mid-run. Really convenient, and that’s another reason I really like it.

 

I know that the fat content is a little bit higher than most gels and even energy bars, but you have to take into consideration the KIND of fat that is found in PocketFuel. Your body runs on fat, and when you are ingesting the RIGHT kind of fat – you’re giving your body the tools it needs for vitamin absorption, proper nerve activity, and immune system strength. If you’re running consistently or doing any other endurance sport on a regular basis – this is essential. You’ll also notice how plain jane the ingredients list is. There’s nothing you can’t pronounce in there. That’s a good thing.
While Chocolate Haze was definitely my favorite, the Coconut Cherry Almond Butter also came in a close second. They have a ton of awesome and unique flavors (including Vanilla Haze, Pineapple Coconut, & Chocolate Espresso, among others). I had the 1.8oz size, but you can also get a larger 3oz size and even a 20oz pouch meant for refueling smaller pouches. If you really love the stuff, that’d definitely be a good way to ensure your stock never runs low.
If you’d like to try PocketFuel for yourself, check out their website athttp://www.pocketfuelnaturals.com. Small pouches like mine will only run ya $2.75 each :) When I find a product I really like, I feel like it’s my duty to share it with you all. Be confident about what you’re putting into your body – it’s the only one you get!!
Keep Running,
Kelli

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