The Best Fuel of 2017
Performance snacks get a natural makeover.
Thanks to the geniuses at Alpine-Aire, guac is no longer a luxury reserved for glamping with a well-stocked cooler—it’s a trail-ready hors d’oeuvre you’ve earned after hiking miles in the backcountry. Just add water to the 1.4-ounce package, filled with freeze-dried avocado, onion, and serrano pepper. Don’t forget the chips.
I Heart Keenwah Sweet Chili Quinoa Puffs
Sure, you can cook quinoa while backpacking. The seed is easy to prepare and protein-rich, but it’s also bland on its own. That’s why we like these snackable puffs, infused with zesty jalapeño and habanero flavor.
33Shake Chia Energy Gel
Chia seeds—packed with carbs, protein, omega-3’s, and antioxidants—are tiny performance enhancers for endurance athletes. We slipped a few of these 21-gram packets into our jersey on race day for quick energy.
Price $27.50 for 10
Barnana Peanut Butter Banana Bites
This is basically a peanut butter and banana sandwich without the bread. Barnana bites, loaded with potassium and carbs, taste like real food, which is why they quickly became our pre-workout go-to.
Price $15 for 3
Honey Stinger Gluten Free Organic Cinnamon Waffles
No one does winter fuel better than the Dutch, inventors of the stroopwafel. Honey Stinger’s take on the classic: two thin, gluten-free wafers layered around a sweet honey filling. Warm over a cup of coffee and enjoy.
Price $24 for 6
Wildway Grain Free Vanilla Bean Espresso Granola
Wildway created the Platonic ideal of gorp by adding organic dates, fair-trade espresso, and vanilla beans. Artificial sweeteners, you’re not invited.