How to Find the Best Sports Foods for Your Diet

SPORTS SNACKS FOR ENDURANCE EXERCISE

Jelly Belly Sports Beans, Gu Chomps, Clif Shot Bloks, Carb BOOM! Energy Chews, Sharkies, SPIZ, FRS Healthy Energy Chews

ELECTROLYTES (to add to beverages)

Suceed! S Caps, Salt Stick, Endurolytes (Hammer Nutrition), Thermolytes, LavaSalts

RECOVERY DRINKS(Carbs with a little protein)

Amino Vital, First Endurance Ultragen, EAS Endurathon, Perpetuem, PowerBar Recovery Drinks, Recoverite, Endurox R4, Gatorade Nutrition Shake, Hormel's Great Shake, GNC's Distance, Clif Shot Recovery Drink, First Endurance Ultragen, Gu Brew Recovery

ENERGY BARS(for extra energy, not a meal replacement):

All natural/organic ((have no added vitamins or minerals):

Clif Nectar, Clif Mojo, Lara Bar, Optimum, Honey Bar, Odwalla Bar, PowerBar Nut Naturals, KIND Bars, Zing Bars, NRG-Bar, Honey Stinger Bars, Kashi Bars, Peak Energy, Perfect 10, Gnu Bar, Raw Revolution Bar, Olympic Granola Bar, Pure Bar, Pro bar, Sun Valley Bar, Bonk Breaker Energy Bar

Caffeine-containing bar: Peak Energy Plus

Dairy-free: Clif Nectar, Clif Builder's, Olympic Granola, Pure, Bonk Breaker Energy Bar, Gnu Bar, Fit, Perfect 10, Larabar, AllerEnergy Bar, Soy Rocks Bar

Grocery store options: Nature Valley Granola Bar, Nutri-Grain Bar, Quaker Chewy Bars, Fig Newtons

Fructose-free: JayBar

Gluten-free: Larabar, Perfect 10, Hammer Bar, EnvirKids Rice Cereal Bar; Omega Smart Bars, Extend Bar Delight, Zing Bar, BoraBora Bar, Wings of Nature Bar, Elev8Me.

Wheat-free but may not be gluten free (due to cross-contamination with wheat products in the manufacturing plant): Odwalla Bar, Clif Nectar, Clif Builder, Bonk Breaker

Kosher: Pure Fit, Larabar, Extend Bar, Balance Bar, HoneyBar

Meal replacement bar (with 10-15 g protein): Kashi Go Lean Bar, MetRx Mr. Big, MetRx Big 100 Colossal, Balance Satisfaction

Nut-free: AllerEnergy Bars, Metaballs

Peanut-free: Soy Rocks, AllerEnergy bar, Larabar

Protein bars (soy, whey, egg, or blended protein source):

PowerBar ProteinPlus, EAS Myoplex Delux, High 5 Protein Bar, Maximuscle Promax Meal, Tri-O-Plex, Clif Builder's Bar, Detour Bar, Honey Stinger Protein Bar, Pure Protein

Raw food: Raw Revolution, Pure Bar

Recovery bar (4:1 carb:pro ratio): PowerBar Performance

Soy-free: Larabar, Perfect 10, Clif Nectar, KIND Bar, Bumble, Gnu Bar, Raw Bar, Zing

Bar, NRG-Bar, AllerEnergy Bar

Vegan: Pure Fit Bar, Larabar, Hammer Bar, Clif Builder's Bar, Pro Bar, Vega Whole Food Raw Energy Bar, Perfect 10, Soy Rocks Bar

Vitamin+protein-filled candy bar: Marathon Bar, Detour Bar

Women's bars (fewer calories; soy, calcium, iron, folic acid):

PowerBar Pria, Amino Vital Fit, Luna Bar, Balance Oasis

40-30-30 Bars: Balance Bar, ZonePerfect

If you intend to purchase energy bars instead of more bananas and chocolate (soy) milk, consider supporting entrepreneurs who have developed yummy products: www.NRG-Bar.com, www.zingbar.com, www.SunValleyBar.com, and www.OlympicGranola.com. A dad (with 8 kids), triathlete, and three dietitians will appreciate your support.


Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD (Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics) counsels both casual and competitive athletes in her practice at Healthworks, the premier fitness center in Chestnut Hill MA (617-383-6100). Her Sports Nutrition Guidebook and food guides for new runners, marathoners, and soccer players are available at www.nancyclarkrd.com. See also www.sportsnutritionworkshop.com.

For fueling help, read her Sports Nutrition Guidebook and food guides for new runners, marathoners or soccer players. See www.nancyclarkrd.com and also sportsnutritionworkshop.com.

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