5 snacks every runner needs to know about

Forget your gait, your gear and your playlist – if your body isn’t fuelled up effectively for the challenge at hand even the slickest setup won’t protect you. When hunger strikes, reach for these quick fixes and watch your PB crumble like the cookie you so sensibly put back in the cupboard.

Best for… a quick fix after your evening run

Eat Scrambled eggs with veg in a wholewheat tortilla

Why Grab something fairly hefty when you get in or you’ll be famished before bed, says nutritionist Lauren Antonucci. Eggs will speed up your recovery, while veggies serve up a much-needed dose of nutrients. And now… to sleep.

Best for… your knee-bolstering breakfast beverage

Drink YoGo Glucosamine

Why Protecting your knees and ankles is a must for every runner. With the possible exceptions of skiing and squats, nothing taxes your joints quite like constant pavement pounding. “Glucosamine helps with inflammation and lowers your risk of injury,” says sports scientist Nick Morgan. YoGo Glucosamine from Healthspan has 1,500mg Optiflex® Glucosamine in every stick. Pour one in your milk, shake – and enjoy alongside the most important meal of the day.

Best for… quick and tasty long run fuel

Eat Hummus and carrots 

Why Chow down on this protein’n’carbs combo around an hour before your long run to help you last the distance. Bonus: carrots are rich in beta carotene which, according to the journal Nutrients, help defend skin against sun damage. Not a fan? Pitta bread, raw peppers and cucumber are other good options for your dunkables.

Best for… any time you need an energy top up

Eat Nutricious bar

Why Designed to provide 15% of everything that’s good for you – vitamins and minerals, good fats and fibre, protein and carbs – the Nutricious bar should be scarfed down any time you need to add more energy to your diet, says Morgan. “It’s the perfect kit bag solution to boost your energy stores.” Chow down. Tune up. Run fast. Grab them here.

Best for… fuelling up for your morning run the night before

Eat Strawberries and nut butter on wholegrain bread

Why An unusual mix, certainly, but trust us. This  complex carbs and protein mash up will tame your hunger. “Eat it three hours after dinner to top up your glycogen,” says Connie Diekman, director of University Nutrition at Washington University.

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