The Best, Most-Cost Effective Snacks You Should Bring on a Ruck March
While there are many important factors that go into proper planning for becoming a better ruck marcher, ensuring you pack the right snacks is something you should consider as a critical aspect to fueling “on-the-move,” without breaking the bank.
1. Stroop Waffles
You ever heard of Honey Stingers? Well, these are even better, and ever CHEAPER! These things are awesome. These Dutch snacks are small, easy to eat, digest quickly, and taste amazing. High in quick carbs, and moderate fats, these are perfect snacks to sustain you for long distance events, and they only cost a little more than $3.00 for a pack of 8. Legit-ness in a box! Get them at most grocery stores.
- 150 cal: 6g fat, 23g carb, >1g protein
- $3 for a box or 8
- Found at most grocery stores
Yes, skittles. Cheap, easy to pack, and provides a quick-to-instant energy boost fueled by sugar. You can find them anywhere, even in MREs , and in multiple flavors. The great thing with these is that you can eat a few at a time, and save the rest for later. They won’t melt easy on hot days, and even if they do, they are still good! Chewy and easy to eat, these are a no-brainer for the budget-conscience endurance athlete.
- 250 cal: 2.5g fat, 56g carb, 0g protein
- Found EVERYWHERE, even in MREs
3. Sport Gels
Pocket-sized, easy to get down, and excellent for a quick pick-me up. Usually only a buck or two, you can get these in multiple flavors and usually can find them with a little caffeine boost to increase your energy even further. These are great even when you’re out of breath, as they go down so easy. Pure carbs!
- ~100 cal: 0g fat, 23g carb, 0g protein
- Found online, in some store (Walmart) and on post (PX)
4. Jelly Beans
Fist of all, who doesn’t like jelly beans? Get them in many different flavors, cheap, and perfect high quick-carb content. They won’t melt (unless its like over 100 degrees) and they are super easy to chew and digest. Get them literally anywhere.
- ~110 cal: 0g fat, 27g carb, 0g protein
- Found EVERYWHERE
5. Gummy Bears
These are awesome because they are chewy, you can suck on them, and they deliver a very good energy boost. They even have a little protein in them! They might melt on you, which is truly the only downfall…. But besides that, these are a top snack you should be using to fuel yourself during your ruck!
- ~100 cal: 0g fat, 23g carb, 2g protein
- Found EVERYWHERE
Author: CPT Dan Fahey~Exceed the Standard