10 Great On-The-Run Snacks You Can Buy Now!

Yentl Barros |

These packaged foods are designed to power your run and recovery. 


Proper nutrition and hydration are critical components to better running, and choosing to fuel your run with the right foods can help you stay energised as you log your kays. Here’s how to fuel your body right before or on the run.


1. On-The-Go Granola 

Whether you have it at home pre-race or on the road, on-the-go granola will power your run and is ideal for runners who want to fuel with something more substantial than energy gels.

Buy nowEarthshine Granola Snack (R22)

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2. Energy Bars

Most energy bars provide enough carbohydrates and a good dose of protein to keep your stomach from growling on the run, many contain superfoods designed to stretch your endurance.

Buy nowRush Endurance Bar (R26)


3. Raisins or dried fruit

A mix of dried fruits serves as the perfect pre-run rocket fuel. Research shows that the natural sugars in raisins are just as good at helping you keep up the pace as engineered products, and raisin mini-packs are also easy to carry on the run.

Buy nowBy Nature Organic Raisins (R28) and By Nature Dried Fruit Medley (R165)


4. Chocolate

While you probably shouldn’t smash an entire slab, study after study has shown that a block or two of chocolate (at least cocoa-rich dark chocolate) can boost athletic performance.

This bite-sized treat from Earthshine should be easy enough to take on the run.

Buy nowEarthshine Original Dark Chocolate (R29)


5. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter provides a feeling of fullness much longer after you’ve eaten than if you’d munched on carbohydrates, and that feeling of fullness can help you through that last kay or up that monster hill.

Buy nowOh Mega Smooth Peanut Butter Power Snack (R7)


6. Honey Squeeze

With around 17 grams of carbohydrates per serving, raw honey will give you that energy boost you need.

Buy nowEat Naked Raw Honey (R28)


7. Dates

With less than 70 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates per date, they offer a great burst of energy and make the perfect swap for a gel. The sugars in dates are also easily accessed, causing little to no digestive distress.

Wrap a few dates in small plastic bag and take them on your power run.

Buy nowBy Nature Dates (R30)


8. Coffee

Caffeine before a run can increase endurance and delay fatigue, helping you run longer and stronger. The deliciousness is an added bonus.

Buy nowMoonBean Superfood Coffee (R21)

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9. Sports Drinks

Lightly-sweetened energy drinks (that don’t come with all the hard-to-pronounce chemicals) help limit dehydration, provide much-needed electrolytes, and supply muscles with an extra source of energy.

Buy nowProbyo Sports Drink (R115 – makes 32 servings)

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10. Coconut Water

Coconut water is the perfect way to hydrate and replenish lost electrolytes when you’ve been sweating it out.

Raw C only uses young green coconuts – these have fewer calories and more electrolytes than sports drinks.

Buy nowRaw C Coconut Water (R63)

The product images in this article is from www.faithful-to-nature.co.za

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