Before you hit the road, make sure your muscles are charged with carbs and moderate amounts of fat and protein. Add a twist to the runner favorite of PB&J with a Gu Salted Chocolate Stroopwaffle, topped with low-sugar fruit spread and peanut butter (slide 8). Sensitive stomach? Try a plain piece of toast with a light spread of fruit jam.
The foods here, like all of our Best Packaged Foods for Runners, were selected with help from our panel of experts: Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Kelley Pritchett, Ph.D., R.D., sports nutrition professor at Central Washington University; Emily Edison, M.S., R.D.; and Marni Sumbal, M.S., R.D. (Let us keep you fueled for that upcoming workout! Get a carefully curated selection of our favorite items when you subscribe to the new Runner’s World Box.)
Refuel and recover with tart cherries, which fight inflammation. Blend into a yogurt-based smoothie for your postrun protein fix.