As most know, I have a hard time with “hard food” during training or races. They upset my stomach, so I normally resort to soft foods and/or liquid. I may have to rethink it a bit going forward.
I may have to rethink it a bit going forward. On the longer runs I have been doing lately, including the attempts at a few ultra-runs, I have noticed a need for more calories. especially in the last third to quarter of the event.
I was provided a sample pack of Fuel 100 Electro-Bites to use and review, and I will say that I was pleased with it, even though I entered into the trial with some hesitancy.
I was provided with 6 packs; one each of Simply Salty, Salty Vinegar, Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cinnamon, Salty Vanilla, and Salted Cocoa. I dipped into the Vanilla one first just to see what they tasted like and the consistency before taking it out on a training run. The first taste, to be honest, was a bit surprising (saltier than I expected) but I liked it after the second shot of bites. They taste a bit like a vanilla cookie, but almost instantly break up and dissolve, which I really liked.
On my next trail run, I took one of the Simply Salty and one of the Salty Vinegar. The Simply Salty version was a bit like the vanilla taste wise, so was welcomed on the palate when I was out there. The vinegar flavor concerned me, but the taste was VERY mild, almost non-existent, and I ended up liking it as well.
The next few training runs I tried both the pumpkin and the apple cinnamon, and as good as they were, I was not as big of a fan of them as I was the more plain, mild tasting others. Probably just my preference. Although there is minimal sweetness in these, the last two were still a bit too much for my taste, though I am certain others would probably enjoy them.
In going through the ingredients the total carbs are 14g but only 2g of sugar (the Agave and the Dextrose). The remaining looks to come from the potato starch. Mostly decent enough items in the list, though agave nectar and dextrose are not the best thing in the world (according to some studies), it’s a small amount and most (MOST) can handle it.
The texture might not be a favorite to those whole like to EAT on the trail, but as someone who doesn’t deal with heavy food well, these were welcomed. The dissolved almost instantly and do not leave a bad taste in the mouth. Probably for those liking to eat it will not be sufficient to curb it, but to a slower runner like me, they worked fine. I liked them, and they are worth the try. Visit their website linked above and try a variety pack. I think you’ll be surprised.