Marathon training means long runs and long runs mean fueling on the run. Through trial and error I've found that I can handle orange Gatorade, chocolate Clif Shot gels and, sometimes, Starburst jelly beans. I have a pretty tough time chewing on the run so I usually keep the jelly beans for pre-run, post-run, or breaks.
But, you know, I'm into the whole real food thing these days so Gatorade? Jelly beans? Not so real. And probably not what I should be consuming.
Well, lucky, lucky me! I was invited to try out PureFit bars recently and I was happy to do so because PureFit bars are all-natural, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, (that's a lot of free!) vegan, high in protein, and they don't contain artificial sweeteners. They aren't made with a lot of junk so I felt like they could be a good option for me.
I gave them a good test on a 5-mile run and then a 16-miler. First, I ate half a bar before my 5-miler. I normally have to eat 1.5-2 hours before my runs but on this particular day I ate the bar about 45 minutes before seizing my opportunity to get my run in. I ate the Peanut Butter Crunch and it worked out well for me. It was tasty and didn't give me a single stomach issue.
The real test, though, was the 16-miler. About half-way through my run I broke out a Chocolate Brownie bar and although I had a bit of a tough time chewing (my issue, not the bar's), I liked it. Again, no stomach issues. The bar was easily digested and -- here's a big benefit -- the bar wasn't messy at all. It didn't even make my fingers all that sticky. At least, not that I could tell.
Overall, I give PureFit bars a thumbs-up. Anything that doesn't bother my stomach, and that also happens to be relatively healthy, is good in my book! I can't risk having stomach issues cramp (har, har) my training runs so these bars are a good option for me.
If you want to try them out, you can order them directly from the PureFit web site HERE ($34.35 for a box of 15 bars) or from Amazon($25.04 for a box of 15 bars).
Have you tried PureFit bars? Do you like them?
Have a great day, everyone!
Review disclaimer: I was sent several bars to sample but was not otherwise compensated for this review and the opinions expressed here are entirely my own. For more information on my reviews, please visit my Disclosure page.