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Energy gels are not the only non-solid food products that contain calories. (Illustration: Brendan Leonard)

A List of Semi-Liquid Energy Gel Alternatives, for Some Reason

A squeeze of honey, a squirt of ketchup, and other non-solids you can toss down your gullet if you so choose

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handwritten text: Fact No. 1: Energy gels are an efficient way to replace calories when you’re running, cycling, or enjoying some other endurance activity during which you don’t want to stop and eat real food Fact No. 2: Energy gels are not the only non-solid food products that contain calories. Some other semi-liquid food items that have nutritional value, many of which you’ve probably considered putting in your pocket, vest, or jersey for a run or ride:
Busy Bee Squeezable Honey, 24-Ounce Bottle
(All illustrations: Brendan Leonard)
Snack Pack Pudding Cups, 4 Pack
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, 48-Ounce Bottle
Hershey's Strawberry Syrup, 48-Ounce Bottle
Welch's Concord Grape Jelly, 20-Ounce Bottle
Reddi-Wup Original Whipped Topping, 13-Ounce Can
Easy Cheese, 8-Ounce Can
Ketchup Packet
Mayonnaise Packet

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Lead Illustration: Brendan Leonard

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