As I continue my experiments to find the right fuel for my first marathon, my blogging friend Juliet McGrattan recommended Kate Percy’s Go Bites. Juliet is not only an experienced marathon runner, she is also a doctor who uses her medical knowledge to inspire people to become active. So if she recommends something, I listen! She says she has given up gels in favour of Go Bites.
Go Bites are made of completely natural ingredients, conveniently sized to eat while exercising. They are gluten, wheat and dairy free and contain no added sugar, which sound perfect for me with my IBS. So I thought I should give them a go.
There are no less than six varieties, so I started out by ordering a sample pack for £9.99 containing all six flavours. Go Bites come in packs of three and the different varieties vary between 42 and 47 calories per bite. Which flavour to try first? I’ll admit I was less keen on the sound of the fruit flavours, so decided to start with hazelnut and cacao. Because it basically sounds like chocolate.
The hazelnut and cacao was fairly dry, but not quite as dry as you might imagine. It took three bites for me to eat it safely (I always fear I might choke when I eat while running). It didn’t give me the boost of the Clif Bloks energy sweets, but I know it is a slower release energy without all the sugar and additives of energy foods. The taste and texture reminded me a lot of a Nakd bar.
While the likes of gels and Clif Bloks say you have to drink water with them to help your digestion (because they’re basically just a bunch of chemicals you wouldn’t naturally eat), there are no such instructions with Go Bites. Although I prefer to drink with them anyway to help me swallow them.
Juliet said her favourite was the strawberry and cashew variety, so I thought I would give that a try next. And I was surprised that I liked it much more than the hazelnut and cacao. It was more moist and the strawberry flavour was very subtle. I wasn’t keen on the blueberry and blackcurrant, which surprised me as I generally like blueberry flavour. But my favourite is the date and coconut, it’s absolutely delicious! Although a rogue piece of coconut did make me nearly cough my lungs out several minutes after I’d finished eating it.
I’m pretty sure I will be using Go Bites to fuel my marathon. Once I’ve found my favourite flavour (or flavours) I can order a box of 16 packs of the same variety for £17.99 (or 12 packs if I decide I like the fruit flavours best).