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The Best Energy Food of 2016

The Best Energy Food of 2016

Snacks to keep the engine running all day.

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Bogg’s Trail Butter

Nutrient-dense peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit, and honey give Trail Butter its punch. Tuck a few packets into a jacket pocket for a creamy pick-me-up on long off-road journeys. 

Price $11 for 6

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Taos Mountain Energy Bar

The toasted coconut bar from Taos Mountain combines non-GMO almonds, coconut, honey, and sea salt for a tasty treat. Bonus points for the chewy, cookie-like texture. 

Price $35 for 12

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ProBar Base

Ditch the morning java for the ProBar Base, which packs 55 milligrams of caffeine into each package. That’s less than you’d get in a cup of coffee, but enough to power you through sessions at the gym—minus the crash. 

Price $3

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Perky Jerky 

Gnawing on tough, dried-out jerky is a bit like trying to eat your leather belt. Enter Perky Jerky, which is tender, lean, and packed with flavor. 

Price $5

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Honey Stinger Protein Chews

Okay, so this is basically candy. But when you’re looking for a quick, clean burn, that’s all you need. Five grams of plant-based protein per serving helped justify slamming these down three at a time. 

Price $2.50

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The Better Beast 

No meat here. Just peanut butter, with eight grams of carbs and 12 grams of protein (33 percent more than the typical spread) per bar. 

Price $10

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Evol Fajita Cups

Say hello to next-gen frozen food for millennials. These bowls are organic, healthy, and, most important, delicious. At 170 calories per serving, they’re ideal as a pre-run snack. 

Price $2.99

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Tsamma Watermelon Juice

Studies have shown that watermelon may reduce muscle soreness and improve heart rate recovery. We don’t know about that, but with no added sugar, this drink goes down like water, only tastier. 

Price $30 for 12

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The Best Wearable Tech of 2016

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The Best Gym Apparel of 2016

Step one: toss those saggy sweats.    Photo: Fjällräven Fjällräven Gear Duffel  Your gym bag should be organized, well ­appointed, and just big enough for everything you need. This 23-liter duffel delivers, and it includes an internal zip pocket to hold the small stuff.  Price $130 Buy Now   Photo: Ten Thousand Ten Thousand Foundation Shirt Ten Thousand eschews loud and gimmicky in favor of high quality and understated design. The proof is in the detailing, like the sleek underarm vents and tailored fit.  Price $48 Buy Now   Photo: Beats by Dr. Dre Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones The well-rounded sound and bounce-­limiting ear

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The Grooming Essentials of 2016

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The Best Headphones of 2016

Let the music play, wherever your workout takes you.   Photo: Gibson Gibson Trainer  The most visible attribute on the Trainer is the stabilizing second headband. And while it does help a little when running, what sold us were all the other features: an LED that alerts after-dusk drivers to your presence, ten hours of battery life, and a muting button for when you need to hear the world around you.   ​Price $250 Buy Now   Photo: Optoma Optoma NuForce BE6 Optoma’s cylinder-shaped monitors have always been good for everyday use—they’re lighter than they look and sit firmly in your ear canals. Now,

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