It's better if I leave the description of these to the experts: With a blend of carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants and electrolytes, GU Chomps energy chews give you something to sink your teeth into while pounding the pavement or hitting the trail.
I will say these are easy on my stomach but they're not as easy to pack as Gu gels (see below).
I stole this description from the website: GU Energy Gel Nutritional Supplements maintain blood glucose levels, delays physical and mental fatigue, prevents muscle damage, and aids in recovery.
- Contains 40mg caffeine
- Over 100% of daily allowances of vitamins C and E in every serving
- Comprised of 85% complex carbs and 15% simple sugars
- Formulated with all 3 branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs): leucine, isoleucine, and valine
- Contains histidine which buffers lactic acid accumulation
Pre-running, I love a glass of pineapple juice. It's been found to help control blood sugar and it also contains bromelain, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that could accelerate muscle repair. It also makes your sweat smell sweet (just added bonus).
Y'all, I live for this stuff. There are tons of studies that say cherry juice is as good for inflammation as Motrin or Tylenol. It also makes recovery faster after a race. You can buy it in the capsule form (less calories than the actual juice) but I actually enjoy drinking the juice. Trader Joe's is by far my favorite...if it's too tart for you, mix it with a little water. You can find more info here: http://getfit.jillianmichaels.com/benefits-tart-cherry-juice-1520.html
My last beverage choice is a post-run one. I love a big glass of chocolate milk (Horizon 2% milk and Hershey's syrup) after a run. Chocolate milk is the perfect carb load after you've burned them all off. See more info here: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/chocolate-milk-after-workout/
More to come on my running favs (there's so much to say and I've learned so much in the past few months!).