Piece of fruit
Rice cake with a tsp of natural peanut butter + fruit
Oats with fruit
What about those oh so yummy energy chews and gels? Well, those are oh so yummy because they are basically just sugar! Skip these on your shorter runs and have one of the carbohydrate sources listed above. Save the gummies and gels for your longer runs! Think of it like this, if you burn 250-350 calories running 3 miles (varies based on weight, speed, time spent running, etc) you don't want to take in 150-200 calories of sugar in the form of gummies or gels.
Chicken with rice
As with almost everything in the fitness world, you will have to play around with different foods to find out what works best for you!
Doing more than just cardio? Check out our post on What to Eat Before and After Your Workout!