Product Review: Pocket Fuel

After running my first Ultra this June I realized how good I felt eating real food to fuel my body during a race. So I was thrilled to receive a box from Pocket Fuel right before we made our big move across the country, as I am always looking for convenient ways to bring food on a run.

What is Pocket Fuel?

Pocket fuel is a 100% Natural Energy “Whole Food” product. They are Gluten free and Vegan, so called “Nut butters with a kick”. The Nut butters (Hazelnut, Almond and Peanut) are the base and are blended with a wide variety of seeds and dried fruits. PocketFuel delivers a balanced combination of simple and complex carbohydrates. The protein and fiber in the nut butter slow down the delivery of the carbohydrates, giving you sustained energy. Pocket Fuel also contains electrolytes: sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), calcium (Ca++), magnesium (Mg++) and chloride (Cl-). Instead of sweetening with refined sugars, they use organic evaporated cane syrup. The difference between refined sugar and evaporated cane juice, according to the company, is “Refined sugar is cooked and becomes acidic. Organic evaporated cane juice is air dried to preserve its nutritional benefits”. Pocket Fuel is also packed with “good fats” or monounsaturated fats, which are good for you. The company also mentions that “Fat provides the main fuel source for endurance sports. Even during high intensity exercise, where carbohydrates are the main fuel source, fat is needed to help access the stored carbohydrate (glycogen)”.

What I thought

I am three weeks into my marathon training, so I have had the opportunity to try a few of the delicious Pocket Fuel flavors. On my long run a few weeks ago I grabbed a Chunky Coconut Cherry

This and the Crunchy Banana Blueberry were my favorites flavors. If you are a chocolate lover try Chocolate Haze or Chocolate Espresso. I ate the 1.8oz packet along with a whole wheat bagel before my run and then another 45 min into my 14 miler. I was doing a “Steady State” long run at around a 7:45 pace, which for me is a tough run, especially in the heat, and around mile 12 on these types of workouts I am really get fatigued. I was thrilled when I felt a surge of energy after taking my second one 45 minutes into my workout. It took about 15 min. for me to feel the subtle kick of energy. I finished my workout tired, but I finished and hit my my target pace with effort but not exhaustion. I generally need much more sodium than Pocket Fuel offers in their pouches, so on this workout I drank 26oz of Nuun hydration. The combination worked for me. I will continue to use Pocket Fuel on my long runs. I really like the fact that they have a resealable cap so if I want to eat half I can save the other half. I should also note that my kids loved them as well. I brought them to the beach one day and served it with apple slices for a super heathy “whole food” snack. They loved sucking the nut butter out of the pouches. Remember to “Squish and Squeeze” the bag to blend the product before consuming.

If you are looking for an all natural way to fuel your runs, look no further. Pocket Fuel is available to purchase online and through some retailers. Find out more about how to get the product right HERE.

All of these opinions are my own, Pocket Fuel gave me samples of their products but I was not paid and they were not guaranteed a positive review.

What do you use to fuel your long runs?

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About Lisa

Mother of three children under 9, including a set of twins, and wife of US Navy Diver. I love to run, write, and laugh. Yes, I have a slightly raunchy and dark sense of humor..life can be so funny.. it's how I deal with it all.

Comments

  1. Sarah @momrunningonempty says:

    I love the idea of these! I’m training for two half marathons and an RTB relay (all this fall) and I’ve been looking for a new fuel source during my long runs. Thanks for the review :). I always feel better having heard the opinion of another mother runner!!!

    • Sarah, I still use gels and chews but just feel better if I eat “whole foods” to fuel with.. but then how to carry it? In walks Pocket Fuel.. a great product.. love it! Thanks for your comment, happy training and good luck on those races! :)

  2. I’m training for a fall ultra and have been searching for long run fuel that is vegan, easy to carry, and not too sweet. Not a fan of the gels I’ve tried so far but I’m sure there is one out there that will work for me.

    • PocketFuel is Vegan (except the Chia Goji & Honey one, if you don’t eat honey) and not too sweet… hope you give us a try! THANKS and RUN well!

  3. Katie @ msfitrunner says:

    I love the idea of this!! I usually don’t fuel on long runs. I’m trying to get the body to learn to fuel off of fat instead of sugar and carbs, and want to use real food as well – this is exactly what I would want to try! I love that your kids enjoyed it too. I’m definitely going to look into using these. Thanks for sharing:)

  4. i don’t do long runs so i don’t need this but love the idea of this product!

  5. Thanks for this review! I’ve never seen this brand before! I’ll keep this in my back #pocket come time for #fuel ideas re: half-marathon! :)

  6. I’m always looking for ways to fuel with more real foods! I’ll have to check this out! I usually use GU. I’ve never heard of this before so off I go to check it out!!

  7. I’m very interested in trying this product. Last month I switched over to a whole-foods, plants-based diet and I’d love to see how this product compares to the Gu that I would normally use to refuel. Thanks for the review.

  8. I had never heard of this but ti sounds super interesting. I’m used to just using regular Gu gels and never branch out much because they are what I am familiar with. If I saw this in my local sports store, though, I would totally give it a try!

  9. Yum, this looks delicious! I love your review, too. I’m skeptical about trying new things but this really sounds like it works. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. These sound interesting. I think I’ll try them. Always appreciate products that expressly offer vegan products (although I see that they have honey in at least one of their flavors).

  11. I never heard of these, I’m writing that down. Sounds so much better than gu and gels (which I can’t do). Thanks for sharing!

  12. Charlotte says:

    I’ve always had an issue without fuel/gel options! This sounds like it may not screw with my stomach so badly. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Charlotte, These are certainly worth trying. They are full of good fiber, however if this is an issue for you, you may want to start with a half of pouch and to start. I hope these work for you! Happy Running xoxo

  13. What do you use to fuel your long runs? —— I love Pocketfuel I use it and Figs, and maybe some Ignite Naturals (Fig Based Gel). I love all the of the chocolate flavors, just not the espresso because I’m staying away from caffeine.

    • Alex, In the past I have used Gels and bites but find that by the end of an endurance event I can get a sugar crash. I have used the “rice balls” (recipe in Scott Jurek’s book Eat & Run) also have used Chocolate #9.. but not a huge fan of chocolate on long runs.. prefer mild flavors, salt or sour. I have brought with me a protein cookie or pancake (homemade) I do not have too many stomach issues, so lucky that way. Figs are a great idea! Love them, must try! Thank you so much for comment and input. Let me know if you think of new ideas!

  14. This is rather intriguing to me….. I’m hoping that it will be gentle on my crazy belly. Everything I’ve used before no longer works for me (and works 100% against me) on my runs. I’m going to get some!

    • Jen, It’s worth a try. I have a friend who suffers like you as well. These are full of fiber, so that is concerning if fiber is an issue for you. I should have put in this post that I am one of the lucky few who have stomach of steel. Hope and pray they work for you, I love them.

  15. Sounds fabulous! I love the fact that it has a cap so you don’t have to use it all at once. And the flavors sound great. Think I’ll be trying this on my ultra training runs!

    • I think you would really like these for 50 miler coming up. I love the taste and think you will be equally satisfied. xoxo

  16. Interesting. Does it taste like nuts? I like the idea but I’m not big into nuts.

    • Christine, It does taste like nuts. If you have ever had pure nut butter’s such as almond or hazelnut, that is essentially what it tastes like plus some other added goodies. They are simple but I like them very much and find them very tasty when I am out on a long run.

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