If you’ve been following my blog for awhile now you probably know that I’m a ambassador for Honey Stinger, and that their organic waffles are my go-to long run fuel (and also one of my all time favorite snacks 🙂 ). I try not to go on and on about it because I don’t want to sound like a walking talking ad. Especially since there are already a plethora of other people who basically use their social media accounts and blogs for the sole purpose of advertising the products that they use/companies that they are sponsored by and I don’t want to turn into one of those people. But I did apply to be a Honey Stinger ambassador for a reason, so today I wanted to talk a little bit about why I love Honey Stinger so much. 🙂
1. Their products are super tasty
I’m kind of a picky eater so I don’t like to eat things that aren’t tasty (but I mean, who does?), so if I’m going to fuel with anything while on the run it’s gotta be something I like. Mostly because I don’t usually get hungry while I’m running but obviously it’s kind of important to be taking in calories on longer runs, so my on the run fuel has gotta taste good or else I just wont eat it.
Plus their honey is super good in coffee and oatmeal. Just sayin’. 🙂
2. The waffles are easy on the stomach
I’m not someone who typically has GI issues while on the run, but every once in a while I’ll eat something before or during my run that kind of upsets my stomach. Not gonna lie, during the Longview Half Marathon last year the only thing I had for fuel during the race were Honey Stinger cherry cola energy chews, and they ended up upsetting my stomach a little bit (that was the first time they ever have though) and I really ended up regretting not bringing any waffles with me. They’ve never ever given me stomach issues before. Plus I’ve even eaten them a few times to settle my stomach and that always seems to work.
3. The chews are easy to eat and don’t stick to your teeth
Have you ever eaten an energy chew/block/bean that’s like, super duper hard to chew or that sticks in your teeth and it just ends up being the most obnoxious thing ever? Because I totally have and it’s not at all a pleasant experience. I’ve never had that problem with these energy chews though. I mean, I haven’t quite mastered the art of eating while running so all my fueling is done at a walk, but I still really appreciate chews that don’t make your jaw hurt because you have to spend so much time and effort chewing.
4. Honey based fuel
There are several different reasons why I like honey;
- It’s super tasty
- Consuming products made with honey helps support bees and bees are super duper important
- It has several different heath benefits
- It’s a good source of quick energy
- Did I mention that it’s super tasty?
I could definitely write a whole different blog posts for the different reasons why I like honey and why I think it’s good for people and bees, so for this post I’m just going to list the reasons and then maybe eventually I’ll get to writing those other blog posts. 😉 But anyway, the fact that their products are honey based or contain honey as a sweetener is pretty much the biggest reason why I started using their products to fuel my runs and as snacks in the first place. 🙂
5. GMO Free
I was reading through Honey Stinger’s FAQ page and found the answer to something I was curious about; Is Honey Stinger GMO free?
Yes, Honey Stinger takes great pride in the selection of ingredients and only use the highest quality available which include non GMO ingredients.
Without getting too much into it, I don’t particularly like GMO’s. And in a world where finding foods that aren’t genetically modified is, I feel, getting more difficult, I can greatly appreciate companies that feel that the highest quality ingredients that they can use DO NOT include GMO’s.
6. Organic options
Honey Stinger’s waffles, chews, gels, honey, kid’s waffles, and kid’s chews are all USDA organic, which is super neat! Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not super obsessed with eating only organic food or anything. But I do like it when companies have organic options, because in a perfect world I would definitely eat mostly organic food.
7. Gluten free options
I don’t have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, or anything like that, but I do think it’s great that Honey Stinger has gluten free options for people who do! Also, I’m super excited for the new flavors of the gluten free waffles! They sound super tasty and I can’t wait to try them! 🙂
8. Caffeinated options
Have you ever had one of those days when you just needed a little extra energy boost? I know I sure have…and days like that are when energy chews with a little bit of caffeine come in handy. At least I think so! I swear the cherry cola energy chews have helped me compete some of the most difficult workouts on the days that I just felt really bleh.
9. Lots of different flavors
Ok so, I get kinda board with the same old same old pretty easily. So it’s kinda nice that most Honey Stinger products come in a variety of different flavors. For example; between the regular and gluten free waffles, there are 12 different flavors. They energy chews come in 8 different flavors and the different variety of bars come in several different flavors as well. So if I get tired of one flavor of anything, I have plenty of other options and I think that’s pretty darn awesome. 🙂
10. Not just for Athletes
Sure Honey Stinger is great for on the run/before/after fuel (and I’m sure that applies to cycling, swimming, or pretty much any other sport). But I think the waffles make a great snack. And I tend to eat them for breakfast when I’m too lazy to actually cook anything haha. The bars are also really good for a quick grab and go snack! I haven’t tried any of their protein bars yet (although I really want to!!), but the blueberry buzz energy bars are so freaking good! 🙂
There you have it, 10 reasons why I love Honey Stinger and why their waffles are my go-to fuel for my runs and workouts.
Have you tried any Honey Stinger products? What’s your favorite? 🙂
What’s your go-to fuel for running/workouts?