2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Nutrition

By Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D. • Published
Photo: Jon Davis

Get a sneak peek at the entire nutrition section from the 2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide, which is on newsstands now. Also, check out the digital edition.

Clif Shot Bloks Citrus Energy Chews $1.99

Best for: During a workout

These tangy, chewable shots of sugary energy are perfect for gummy bear lovers, for those who can’t stand the sticky mess gels can leave behind or those who don’t like the tough chew of many bars. The convenient 33-calorie cubes make it a breeze to customize your energy and sodium intake while training and racing. Environmentally conscious triathletes will also appreciate that most of the ingredients are organically sourced. Pop three to six for each hour of activity and consume with fluids. Clifbar.com

Gatorade G Series Pro Prime Pouch $2.29

Best for: Before a workout

Its package is as sexy as they come, but the real prize of this pre-workout fuel from the stalwart of the energy food gang is a 30g mixture of fast and slow-burning carbohydrates to keep energy levels up. A dose of B vitamins may improve energy metabolism, making it a potential game-changer. Because of its liquid form, it’s easy on the stomach—a lot easier to get down than most gels. Gatorade.com

Vega Sport Pre-workout Energizer $2.49

Best for: Before a workout

Designed by former professional Ironman athlete (and vegan) Brendan Brazier, this blend of plant-based ingredients in powder form is designed to give you a long-lasting boost. Brown rice syrup provides immediate energy for a fast start while slower burning organic palm nectar helps keep you in the zone. Natural stimulants such as yerba maté and green tea may add a mental boost. Blend a packet with 8 ounces of water and drink about 30 minutes before exercise. Vegasport.com

Honey Stinger Organic Honey Waffles $1.39

Best for: Before or during a workout

Waffles on a run? Who knew? These addictive energy parcels are inspired by the stroopwafel, a similar bakery item eaten by cyclists throughout Europe for many years as an anti-bonking fuel. The texture of each 160-calorie waffle is similar to a soft Pop Tart or freshly baked cookie. You can actually taste the honey, making them a flavorful alternative to energy bars (also available in vanilla and strawberry). And they’re good enough for a certain athlete named Lance Armstrong (a co-owner of the company). Honeystinger.com

Gu Energy Gels $1.25

Best for: During a workout

Each gel provides a shot of 100 calories to help keep you ahead of the pack. The amino acid and antioxidant blend may also slow the rate of muscle damage during exercise. We recommend the new peanut butter flavor—take it with water to speed the delivery of the ingredients into your system. For more demanding pursuits, try the Roctane series of Gu gels, which have extra sodium and provide a caffeine jolt. Guenergy.com