7 nutritious start line snacks

If there's one thing that can be said for racing, it's that there can be a heck of a long wait at the start line. Fend off pre-run peckishness with one of these convenient packaged snacks, without weighing yourself down or scuppering your sugar levels.

KIND Madagascan Vanilla Almond Bar

With a wholesome mix of almonds, peanuts, cashews and walnuts providing a host of healthy fats, this vanilla-tinged bar will boost your energy stores without being too heavy on the stomach. It’s the lowest sugar option of the KIND range with just 4g per bar, so you won’t be bouncing off the pen walls.

Nutrition: 237 calories, 6.5g protein, 1.7g saturated fat


Bounce Coconut Lemon Protein Crush ball

Blending cashews with coconut, whey protein and lemon, these new Bounce balls make a great sweet treat as you get ready to race. The balls provide 84% of your Vitamin E RDA, essential for protecting your cells, plus their 9g of protein will be brilliant for rebuilding those hard-working muscles post-race.

Nutrition: 173 calories, 9g protein, 21g carbohydrate (8g of which sugars), 6g fat (1.9g of which saturates)


Pip & Nut nut butter squeeze packs

Nut butter lovers, rejoice – you can get your hit on the go with one of these 30g squeeze packs from Pip & Nut. Created by keen marathoner Pippa Murray, the packs come in a choice of almond butter, peanut butter and coconut almond butter, with no refined sugars or palm oil. Best of all, you won’t have to wander round with a jar and spoon.

Nutrition (peanut butter): 184 calories, 8g protein, 4g carbohydrate (1.2g of which sugars), 15g fat (2g of which saturates)


Bioglan Superfoods Cacao and Quinoa Raw Bites

Get your chocolate fix the healthy way with these superfood-packed bites. Made with all-natural ingredients like cacao powder, dates and cashews, these cold-pressed nibbles have a nutty, chocolaty taste. Wholefood lovers will adore these – the short ingredient list features only healthy, real products that you’ll definitely recognise.

Nutrition (per 40g serving): 164 calories, 4g protein, 22.4g carbohydrate (14.6g of which sugars), 7.4g fat


Graze Cocoa and Vanilla protein flapjack

Not had time to bake in the tail-end of your taper? Not to worry – Graze’s cocoa and vanilla flapjack will cover all your ‘oats for energy’ needs. With a sprinkling of omega-3 rich linseeds, this flapjack offers a boost to your heart health as well as a satisfying snack.

Nutrition: 252 calories, 9g protein, 25g carbohydrate (13g of which sugars), 13g fat (4.4 of which saturates)


Nairn’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Biscuit Breaks

If you’re struggling to stomach anything much, one of these chocolate chip biscuits from Nairn’s might just hit the spot. Made with gluten-free oats and dark chocolate chips they strike a balance between wholesome and decadent, all while combining complex and simple carbs.

Nutrition (per biscuit): 47 calories, 0.8g protein, 6.2g carbohydrates (2.3g of which sugars), 2g fat (0.9g of which saturates)


A banana

Nature’s very own pre-packaged snack, potassium-rich bananas are a classic pre-race option. Rich in potassium, a banana will help balance your electrolytes while being easy on the stomach and one of your five-a-day. Perfect.

Nutrition (per 100g): 89 calories, 1g protein, 23g carbohydrate (12g of which sugars), 0g fat