The Best Fuel of 2015
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Eat. Drink. Play. Repeat.
It’s hard not to inhale a 3.5-ounce bag of macadamia nuts, coconut, and pineapple ($5.50). Which is fine: the dairy- and soy-free mix (also available in nut-and-berry blends) has no additives and is only lightly sweetened with brown-rice syrup and honey. frontierbites.com
Pure Protein Bar
Eating protein immediately after a workout maximizes repair of damaged muscle tissue. Pure Protein delivers 19 grams per bar ($1.75), and even with only three grams of sugar, the Chocolate Salted Caramel version is delicious. pureprotein.com
The New Primal Grass-Fed Beef Jerky
Good enough for Polar explorers and the ancient Incans, jerky is the original stuff-it-in-your-pack adventure food. The New Primal uses hormone- and antiobiotic-free grass-fed beef, and with 2.5 grams of fat—and 10 grams of protein—in each serving, it’s some of the leanest, most power-packed dried meat you’ll find. $7.50, thenewprimal.com
Kind Strong and Kind Bar
A lot of bars have freakishly long lists of ingredients. By contrast, a Strong and Kind ($1.75) has only a handful, all of which you can pronounce and most of which you can probably identify without a chemistry degree. It quickly became a staple in our packs. kindsnacks.com
Gu Hydration Drink Tabs
Gu’s new hydration tablets ($6.50) are formulated to go easy on athletes’ tummies. The secret ingredient? Xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener sourced from plants. Our favorite flavor, Strawberry Lemonade, has 320 milligrams of sodium to replenish electrolytes. guenergy.com
Suja Juice Classic
Store-bought juices often have as much processed sugar as soda. Not Suja’s ($8). All nine grams come from organic fruit. The juices are cold-pressed, not pasteurized, to retain more vitamins and minerals. The apple, cucumber, and ginger Fortitude blend provides a refreshing hit after a sweaty run. sujajuice.com