Please note that I was not contacted or compensated for this review. I simply came across this product at my local grocery store and wanted to give it a try for my own personal benefit. This review is, as always, strictly my own.
As a running coach, I hate to admit this, but I am not always the best at fueling for long runs. My body tends to do well with very little fuel if I eat a proper breakfast before I head out. Typically I can go upwards of 20 miles without consuming anything during my run. But I also know that if I would fuel a bit along the way, I would likely run a bit stronger.
I am always up for trying new things and when I was at the grocery store the other day, something caught my eye as I passed by the fruit snack section. We don’t eat fruit snacks in our house but the packaging stopped me. Game Up Fruit Snacks are touted as sports chews for athletes. At $2.29 for a box of 10 and 90 calories per packet, this is exactly what I am looking for. Each package contains 125mg of electrolytes and is packed with B vitamins and vitamin C. They are naturally flavored, gluten free, caffeine free and American made. All plusses in my book.
Last Saturday, Rock and I took these on our 17 mile long run. We stopped for water after 9 miles and that is when I decided to break open my packet.
Opening: They were easy to carry in my Flipbelt and when I pulled them out, the package opened easily. There were maybe a dozen chews in there.
Flavor: I had the orange flavor and found that it tasted just like your typical orange flavored fruit snack. Not too hard and not too chewy. Easy to snack on the run. Sometimes energy chews can be really gummy and stick to your teeth. We both thought that these we much easier to deal with and tasted better too.
Overall: No heart burn, which is something that can happen with different types of fuel. This worked well on my stomach. And I noticed that it did the trick of giving me a little boost just when I needed it. My energy was back and I was good to go for the rest of the run. I also did not notice any issues with hydration when using this product. Sometimes certain chews and gels leave me feeling parched.
I would give these an A and the only reason I didn’t give it an A+ is for not being 100% natural like my nut butters. On the other hand, this is much easier to run with an doesn’t leave you feeling like you need to consume an entire water bottle afterwards! So maybe it is closer to an A+ after all!
I would honestly continue using these throughout my training. Being able to pick up fuel at the grocery store makes life nice and easy, as well as far cheaper. I would recommend giving this product a try!
Would you give a grocery store fruit snack a try on a long run?