Food is fuel. For the last few years, I’ve been much more critical of packaged foods and while training for a half marathon last year, I did away with packaged foods altogether. On my long runs (anything over an 1.25 hours) I always brought a snack to keep me going. Sure, some people run with dates or nuts, but that didn’t interest me. I like pita bread, and I love avocados. A little over an hour into my runs, I would take out my pita pocket stuffed with sliced avocado with a little salt, and would munch while running. Everyone knows you don’t want to switch up your routine on race day, so for two races that year, I brought my sandwich pockets! Not surprisingly, this isn’t ideal. My sandwiches would get pretty squished, and while it was a delicious mid-run snack, I started thinking I needed more transportable fuel for future runs.
…and then, I found Badass Power Cookies. I was put in touch with the brains behind Badass Power Cookies and learned about this awesome little woman-owned small business in Upstate, NY, and their growing footprint in over a dozen states. I shared my admittedly pathetic story of avocado pockets, and they gave me a few Badass Power Cookies to try on my next long run.
I love free. These vegan cookies are:
- Animal product-free (yes, that includes lactose-, egg- & dairy-free)
- Lab tested GMO-free
I guess the lack of those things made room for all the nutrients. Badass Power Cookies are packed with protein, vitamins, antioxidants, iron, calcium, and more. The most notable ingredient in these oatmeal raisin cookies, is definitely the spirulina. This superfood freshwater algae gives the cookies a greenish color, but if you’ve ever started your day with vegetable juice or a kale smoothie, this won’t surprise you.
The original flavor is oatmeal raisin, and there are two other flavors – chocolate spice, and berry – that are added in to the oatmeal raisin cookie. The added flavors are subtle, so you aren’t overwhelmed by them. The cookies are soft, and chewy. They break apart easily (because I like to snack and run…) Let’s face it, the green color threw me off at first, but the texture was great, and the sweetness kept me coming back for more bites.
More Where That Came From
The people that make the cookies are opening a shop! Everyday Gourmet Cafe will be all sorts of vegan baked goods, and I can’t wait to check it out when I’m in the area. If you are anywhere near Sodus, NY on May 3rd, check out the soft opening and let me know how it is. Even if you aren’t in the area, check out their Indiegogo page. Throw them some bones, and they will send you cookies and muffins once they are up and running in the next month or so.
My New Running Buddy
Anyways, these cookies are great, and they are my new long-run snack of choice as I train for another race. I can pronounce all the ingredients, I feel great during and after eating these, and I actually enjoy the taste and texture (sorry, energy gels). In fact, some days, I think these cookies are the reason I run. Because they are so packed with nutrition, it would be a waste of energy to sit on the couch and watch Netflix. So there you have it. I admittedly run for cookies.
Update: Since trying the cookies and writing about them, I became a Badass Power Cookie Ambassador…AKA a Badassador! If you want to try these (or stock up because you already like them) use my links in this article or here.