The Best Energy Food of 2016
Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.
Snacks to keep the engine running all day.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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