The Best Desserts for Runners
13 packaged treats you can feel good about eating.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean skipping dessert—and many times, it shouldn’t! There are plenty of nutrient-dense options with fruit, protein, iron, and fiber, like Bare Cocoa Banana Chips, or mango and pineapple EatPops Glo that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.The foods here, like all of our Best Packaged Foods for Runners, were selected with help from our panel of experts: Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Kelley Pritchett, Ph.D., R.D., sports nutrition professor at Central Washington University; Emily Edison, M.S., R.D.; and Marni Sumbal, M.S., R.D.
Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate
Research has shown that dark chocolate (when it’s at least 70% cocoa) can boost brainpower and help your heart.
Among Friends Suzie Q’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
This mix is made with oats, which means you get iron and fiber. We won’t tell if you have one (or more!) for breakfast.
Potassium-rich bananas? Good. Chocolate? Gooood. Try this combo as-is, or dip ’em into nut butter for a boost of protein.
Brio Tropical Mango Dairy Dessert
Organic whole milk from pasture-raised cows and real mango puree are front-and-center in this fresh tasting frozen dessert. Each ½ cup serving is just 150 calories.
Chill out with no-added-sugar pops made of carrot, mango, and pineapple, for an immune-friendly dessert.
Edy’s Slow-Churned French Vanilla Ice Cream
Edy’s uses nonfat milk without sacrificing creaminess or taste.
Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Brownie Soft Baked Cookies
A hit of chocolatey goodness in healthy portion sizes.
Hungryroot Almond Chickpea Cookie Dough
Almond butter, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes make for a nutrient-dense raw (or baked!) treat that tastes like real cookie dough.
Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
A filling of creamy peanut butter is surrounded by not-too-sweet dark chocolate for your protein and antioxidant fix.
Try this variety for a dairy-free, coconut milk-based frozen treat.
With just 140 calories and a 20 grams of protein in each serving, think of these as a fudgy frozen smoothie. Bonus points for gut-friendly probiotics.
Simple Mills Chocolate Muffin & Cake Mix
The almond and coconut flour in this boxed mix makes a subtly sweet and surprisingly tender batch of grain-free muffins or cake.