Nutrition review: Pre-run

Maxifuel Viperboost Fuel Bar

Taste: 4

Texture: 3.5

Effect: 4

Ease to consume: 4

Comments: Very tasty with a dark chocolate coating, this feels indulgent and gives a you a caffeine and sugar hit to power you through your run. Texture is chewy but light. Each bar contains around 200 calories, 6g of fat with 141mg of caffeine and packs a vitamin C punch for an immunity boost. Although the taste is good and the bar provides a decent pre-run lift, the ingredient list is a little long for our liking so you may want to bypass these if going au natural is your thing. 

SIS GO Plus Nitrates 

Taste: 1

Texture: 2

Effect: 4.5

Ease to consume: 2

Comments: Although difficult to stomach these have stacks of research behind them and taken in the lead-up to an endurance event can significantly boost your performance. Each gel contains 250mg of nitrates obtained from natural vegetable sources so you can swerve the beetroot. 2-3 gels per day in the lead up to an endurance event can increase power output and endurance whilst reducing fatigue. 

PHD Energy Bar

Taste: 3

Texture: 3.5

Effect: 3.5

Ease to consume: 4

Comments: Low-calorie energy bar designed for those watching their waistline, these are available in three flavours and provides a decent energy boost before a run. Each are under 100 calories and low in fat. They also contain fortified vitamins and minerals including nearly half you RDA of iron which is great news for female runners. The yoghurt coating makes these ultra sweet and treaty. 

Mule Bar Natural Energy

Taste: 4.5

Texture: 4.5

Effect: 4

Ease to consume: 4.5

Comments: Offered in multiple imaginative and delicious flavours including mango tango, pina colada and liquorice, these all natural energy bars rated highly with us. They tasted delicious and moist and offer around 200 calories a pop. Each bar still contains a fair amount of sugar so ensure you burn it off on the run. 

High 5 Energy Bar

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 3.5

Effect: 4

Ease to consume: 3.5

Comments: Great option for on-the-go snacking. This is substantial enough to keep you going for the long haul. The peanut was our favourite of the four varieties and is ultra dense. A more natural energy bar option, made primarily with fruit and grain. It also counts as one of your five a day. There are no artificial flavours or preservatives which can be a rarity with sports bars. 

Fuel Granola

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 4

Effect: 3

Ease to consume: 4

Comments: Super-sweet but very tasty with milk or yoghurt, this will replenish you post tough workout and power you through the day. Available in three varieties, chocolate, fruit and nut. Although tasty, this is high in sugar - with sugar coming in as the second ingredient so don't get too carried away. 

Dorset Cereals Muesli, Granola, Porridge

Taste: 4.5

Texture: 4.5

Effect: 4.5

Ease to consume: 4.5

Comments: Wholesome and delicious, the muesli, granola and porridge options all provide a balanced breakfast and there are enough varieties to keep everyone happy. They all contain whole grains and pack a decent dose of fibre. There are options go for no added sugar or fruit free so there is a variety for everyone. 

Chimpanzee energy bar

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 3.5

Effect: 4

Ease to consume: 3.5

Comments: All natural ingredients give these energy bars their USP, they make for substantial snacks to fuel your workout or keep you going through the day. Available in three varieties: apricot, raisin & walnut and date & chocolate. The bars are entirely organic and free from anything nasty with slow releasing energy.

Biosynergy Pure Energy

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 4

Effect: 3.5

Ease to consume: 3

Comments: A lightweight drink for before, during or after exercise designed to provide instant energy, hydrate and restore electrolytes. Each serving contains 26g of fast-acting carbohydrates and just over 100 calories. The taste is very sweet but it mixes well and is easy drinking giving an energy burst right before the run. The only real niggle with drinks like this is the extra preparation involved should you want to take it on the run. 

9 Bar 

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 3.5

Effect: 3

Ease to consume: 3.5

Comments: A savoury range of these wholesome snacks has hit the market. With new flavours including sea salt & cracked black pepper and sweet chili. Each bar is packed with nuts, seeds and real flavours, so nothing artificial. The fat content is higher than some other brands but there is a lot of the good kind of fat boosting omega 3 acids from the nut and seed content.