SiS Go Gel
SiS Go Gel (photo: Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Energy Snacks of 2017


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Get the most out of your workouts with these energy sources. 

(Courtesy Bobo's)

Bobo’s Oat Bar ($4)

Thanks in part to its cakelike texture and rolled oats, this was without a doubt the best-tasting bar we tried. The chewy Banana Chocolate Chip flavor is reminiscent of mom’s banana bread but with enough carbs and sugar to keep us going mid-workout.

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Runa Clean Energy Drink
Runa Clean Energy Drink (Courtesy Runa)

Runa Clean Energy Drink ($32 for 12)

The next time you’re bonking on a run or ride, skip the Gatorade and grab a can of Runa instead. Derived from a concentrated brew of South American guayusa tree leaves, which are packed with antioxidants and caffeine, this energy-boosting drink will power you through any type of workout. Our favorite flavor, Blood Orange, has no sugar or artificial chemicals.

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Alpine Aire Grape Escape Dried Fruit
Alpine Aire Grape Escape Dried Fruit (Courtesy Alpine Aire)

Alpine Aire Grape Escape Dried Fruit ($6)

Grapes have always been too squishy and messy to be a practical backcountry snack. Until now. This seedless variety is freeze-dried for an easy, all-natural trail munchie. Sweet and crunchy, they’re great sprinkled on granola in the morning or straight from the bag at any point in the day. 

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Pro Bar Fuel
Pro Bar Fuel (Courtesy Pro Bar)

Pro Bar Fuel ($30 for 12)

Gels are great, but sometimes all we want is a traditional bar. Made from coconut, fruit, nuts, and chia seeds, Pro Bar’s latest concoction is delicious enough to eat for dessert. And at 200 calories, it packs a punch. Picky eaters will appreciate that it’s organic, gluten-free, and certified non-GMO. 

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The New Primal Classic Turkey Jerky
The New Primal Classic Turkey Jerky (Courtesy New Primal)

The New Primal Classic Turkey Jerky ($55 for eight)

We tested dozens of jerkies, and New Primal’s Classic Turkey was our favorite. Carved from free-range turkey breast with no anti­biotics, the bite-size strips are among the leanest on the market, especially compared with the more common beef options. Pineapple juice and a touch of honey make for a subtly sweet aftertaste.

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SiS Go Gel
SiS Go Gel (Courtesy SiS)

SiS Go Gel ($45 for 30)

Most gels need to be chased with water to prevent stomach revolt. Not this one. SiS’s already hydrated goop delivers a quick kick in the pants when you need it most. Each packet is loaded with 22 grams of carbs and can easily be zipped into a pack or belt. ­Flavors like orange, apple, and lemon are tasty enough to make refueling feel like a treat.

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From 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide Lead photo: Inga Hendrickson

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