8 Popular Snacks for Any Sport

Bring Your Own Fuel (BYOF) to the slopes, trails, climbing gym, or anywhere you sweat.

At the most basic level, sports nutrition products exist so that you can fuel up on-the-go and feel your best while being active. The four major product types – bars, waffles, gels, and chews – offer you variety in taste + texture and nutritional profile. Here at Gelvio, we believe that intuitive eating is a powerful and effective approach to fueling. So, we encourage you to consume what YOU find tasty and energizing. One man's trash is another man's treasure… ok, so the age old saying doesn't totally apply in this instance, but you get the point.

Sports nutrition products contain a mix of carbohydrates from either natural sources (fruit and honey) or from added simple sugars (fructose and glucose). The mix of carbohydrates will help you sustain your effort levels and will shorten recovery time. Some products also include electrolytes to help replenish what is lost from sweating.

The four major product types – bars, waffles, gels, and chews – offer you variety in taste, texture, and nutritional profile. 

If your activity is longer than 60-90 minutes, you'll benefit from mid-activity fuel. What you consume comes down to personal preference, gender, size, intensity, and duration. The majority of people target consuming 30-60 grams of carbohydrates (120 to 240 calories) per hour for activities lasting over 60 minutes. Ultra-endurance athletes may target consuming 90 grams of carbohydrates (or 360 calories) per hour.

When selecting our list of favorites, we considered flavor, texture, ingredients, and nutrition profile. We also sampled every single product and consulted Gelvio athletes, Gelvio sponsored cycling teams and running teams, and took a look at what customers are ordering from us!

Honey Stinger - Cinnamon Waffle | $1.59/waffle

Honey Stinger Waffle

For years, similar waffles have been sold on street corners throughout Europe and eaten by pedestrians and athletes alike. A thin layer of honey is sandwiched between two waffle wafers creating a sweet and crunchy snack. You get a good amount of carbs (21 grams) from honey and a few other sources, while also replenishing salt (90 mg sodium). Compared to a dense energy bar, this waffle is remarkably easy to chew / digest and you won't feel weighed down after eating.

  • Gluten-free, organic

Skratch Labs - Raspberry Chews | $2.49/pack (10 chews)

Skratch Labs Energy Chews

Sport Energy Chews are made with real fruit and are not sticky or overly sweet. Each chew is lightly dusted with granulated sugar and sour powder.. kind of like an adult sour candy! The 18 grams of carbs per five chews (10 chews per pack) is on the lower end of the spectrum, but this allows you to easily mix-and-match fuel sources. When it comes to electrolytes, the chews have a higher than average sodium content, 160 mg per pouch, which is great if you're getting your sweat on. These chews stand out because they don't get stuck to your molars and the sour coating on each chew is addicting!
  • Made with two types of carbs (glucose, fructose) to speed up energy delivery
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan

Spring Energy - Awesome Sauce Gel | $3.49/gel

Spring Energy Gel

This energy gel is made with real food ingredients and provides both slow and quick release energy. The unique combination of ingredients – basmati rice, apple sauce, yams, and maple syrup – provides a mix of both simple and complex carbs. As a result, you get a steady flow of energy instead of being caught in a spike & crash routine. Spring Energy's commitment to real food ingredients has helped athletes wave goodbye to previous gastrointestinal issues. We also love the apple sauce flavor – it's light, flavorful, and perfectly salty and cinnamony. 
  • No added sugar or maltodextrin
  • Vegan, gluten-free

Maurten - Solid Chewable | $3.00/bar

Maurten Solid 225

This oat-and-rice-based chewable is the purest expression of performance nutrition. And that's why you'll see many of the world's top athletes, such as Molly Seidel, fueling with Maurten on race day. The Solid checks in at 44 grams of carbohydrates, which is more than most bars on the market. You get varied carbohydrates sources – sugar, oats, and rice – along with a high sodium content (260 mg) to fuel your effort. The chewable has a mildly sweet flavor, which is consistent with how Maurten approaches flavor, and they are a little chewier than a classic rice crispy bar. The high carb and sugar content can be tasted in the overall sweetness of Solid, but that's just the tradeoff for consuming rocket fuel. 

  • Gluten-free, dairy free, vegan

Joolies - Medjool Pitted Dates | $2.50/pack

Joolies Dates

Medjool dates are a perfect real food energy source. Just three Joolies dates contain 30 grams of carbs and 110 calories. Many sports nutrition products use dates or date syrup as an ingredient, so why not just go right to the source! You likely won't fuel an entire activity with dates, but they are a great tasting addition to your varied lineup. Also, dates are naturally sodium-free, so you'll want to replenish your electrolytes with another source.

  • No added sugar
  • Includes essential nutrients: copper, magnesium, and potassium

Skratch Labs - Strawberry Rice Crispy | $2.45/crispy

Skratch Labs Rice Crispy

Many people will exclaim, "I don't look forward to eating my energy food." Well, turn that frown upside down with a Rice Crispy Cake. The energy-packed crispy is made with a blend of puffed rices and toasted grains, which are all held together by fluffy, heavenly marshmallows. The complex carbohydrates – brown rice, red rice, wild rice, and quinoa – are easy to digest and provide you with immediate and sustained energy. 

  • 180 calories per crispy
  • Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

Split Nutrition - Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam | $2.49/pack

Split Nutrition

The classic PB&J sandwich has a few kinks in the armor – it can get smooshed, soggy, and forgotten about. The Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam pack from Split, however, is invincible (nearly). This combination of dry roasted peanut butter and real strawberry spread is the ultimate energy boost. The Split pack is simple, but also rather cool – it's split right down the middle with one side nut butter and the other side real fruit.
  • This squeezable fuel is carbohydrate light (15g), but still packs 170 calories
  • Good source of healthy fats, protein, and natural fruit-based sugar

JoJe Bar - Apple Walnut Bar | $2.99/bar

JoJe Bar

If you were to dream up a healthier, tastier, and fresher version of a Clif Bar, this would be it! JoJe bars are baked in small batches and deliver a soft, chewy bite that is usually reserved for fresh cookies. These bars are made with oats, nuts, honey, and apple to provide you with immediate and long-lasting natural energy. You can taste the real food ingredients, and this dense bar is perfect for when you're pushing hard.

  • This bar packs 38g carbs and 15g of natural sugars to keep you moving
  • Gluten-free, Non-GMO