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Summertime means our favorite foods are in season. Eat up.

The little green legumes are having a moment in the plant-based fitness world

It's the one-stop shop for healthy fuel. Here's a grocery list, plus meal ideas for how to best use the store's cheap, high-quality ingredients.

Six pro endurance athletes weigh in on the foods that keep them energized for the long haul

They're in your gels, chews, and drinks, but do you really need them?

For optimal muscle gains, when you eat matters just as much as what you eat

These between-meal bites are major performance boosters. And they can be whipped up fast in your kitchen.

After an hours-long day in the mountains, all we want to do is eat. These are the Outside staff's go-to meals.

The easiest way to recover from the grind is to follow this basic formula, then get creative with the add-ons

Here's how to do it without breaking the bank

The world of capsules, pills, and powders is fraught with junk science and sketchy brands. Here's how the professionals wade through the confusion.

It's basically the best performance food on the planet

Pounding fluid during a race doesn't have to be a miserable experience

These grocery store finds make it easier to feed your nonstop adventuring

New research explores how ultraviolet light can trigger the production of health- and performance-boosting nitric oxide

You've heard about paleo, keto, Whole30, IIFYM, and intermittent fasting. But can they support an active lifestyle?

It's the most reliable performance booster in the world—unless you have the wrong genes

We investigated whether it's possible to get a healthy and delicious meal in a bottle

When in doubt, reach for these science-backed ingredients

Steer clear of takeout, snack foods, and grab-and-go sandwiches

Sure, eating less is the main driver of weight loss, but nailing the right amount of shut-eye each night helps too

With the arrival of a long-rumored drink, endurance athletes want to know

For long-term health in endurance athletes, when you eat is nearly as important as how much you eat

Whenever we hit the road for a daylong sufferfest or weekend adventure, we stock up on these bars and gels

Octogenarian Dr. Arthur De Vany, renowned for his theory of evolutionary fitness, shares his diet with Tim Ferriss

This performance enhancer can up your game if you use it correctly

Don't knock 'em until you've tried 'em

Sponsor Content: CLIF BAR

Gary Erickson built Clif Bar into a beloved brand the old-fashioned way—by staying true to his values

Testing the idea that you can improve your ability to eat on the run

Evolution has made humans instinctually crave sugary, fatty, and salty foods. Here's how you can fight back.

Plus, the training you can do to cure it for good

These real foods deliver all the complete proteins you need to build strength and reduce the risk of injury

It isn't the answer to all your muscle-building woes, but it is a smart nutrition option for outdoor athletes. Fact is, you likely can't get enough protein without it.

Use a slow cooker to make the perfect post-workout meal

The microbes in our digestive systems can affect everything from our mental health to our weight and vulnerability to disease. So why not athletic performance? New science is set to revolutionize the way we eat, train, and live.​

In the name of citizen science, we peered inside the bellies of Outside staff—and seven elite athletes

Wondering how to ensure that your gut is healthy? We're here to answer your most pressing questions.

The ideal healthy-gut diet for performance

The high-protein, calorie- and nutrient-dense snack is a staple in our Santa Fe office. But there's more than one spread to power an adventure.

We're not talking pills. It's all about picking foods that are naturally packed with supplements.

The sports-nutrition market is confusing, so we created a helpful guide to show you exactly what and when to eat

Create a training plan to fit your goals, learn to shop smart, and steer clear of sneaky nutritional pitfalls with these five expert-picked apps.

Six athletes on how they elevate this dish from plain noodles to delicious, healthy bowls of endurance fuel

You could call it a spider-man meal plan

A close look at the food and tech that has allowed humankind to climb higher, faster

Plus, a case for changing the way you think about calories

Stay fueled from the first mile to the last with these gadgets, books, and pantry staples

Athletes are looking for whole-food options to replace their chemical counterparts. We asked one writer to test high-end baby food and report back.

We taste tested 15 meals to see if the road to culinary and nutritional bliss can start in the microwave

A master list of the most worthwhile nutrition advice we've ever written

A beginner's guide to the burgeoning nutrition trend

Because there's more than just brown rice out there

Optimize your recovery by perfecting your post-exercise meal

Quit popping pills. These nutrient-dense eats have all you need for peak performance.

As an athlete, you're only as good as your diet. Equip your kitchen with tools that make healthy cooking easy and you can elevate your performance, no additional miles required.

Everyone loves pumpkins, squash, and apples—but these lower-profile ingredients taste great and boost performance

Seven adventurers on their favorite legal performance enhancer

Sasha DiGiulian shows us how to make her favorite energy bar recipe alongside fellow climber Meagan Martin.

Outside staffers share their thoughts, feelings, and angry mid-workout musings on the endurance sports world's favorite fuel

You don't need to scour the shelves for "healthy" foods. Sometimes the processed stuff is best.

These athlete-approved dishes deliver maximum nutrition per bite, so you're fueling with every forkful

Sure, it's old fashioned. But it's also nutritional rocket fuel, and athletes are making it taste great. Here's how.

Our writer spent a week riding bikes with the founder of Clif Bar to learn about the next great innovations in the performance fuel space

In a world dominated by the super sweet, these saltier, crunchier products are taking a stand

What you eat while on the trail can make or break your ability to make it to the finish

Your nutrition is just as important as your training. Don't take bad advice on how to perfect it.

Making healthy meals while traveling doesn't have to be hard

The story of how a confectionary mishap helped Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the world's most famous summit

During intense training, it's easy to let good nutrition fall to the wayside, but it's also the most important time to get fueling right. Here's how to do it.

These Euro-style waffles are the hot new performance fuel, so we put a bunch of flavors to the test to figure out how they stack up to the real thing

Our favorite free-range, protein-packed, delicious snacks

The science on how, or even if, these powders, capsules, and goos really help remains inconclusive. But many athletes believe the placebo effect alone may be enough to nudge them to victory.

Your simple guide to using the supplement the right way

What was once spontaneous consumption has turned into a science of its own

Thanks to a shrewd food marketing industry and slick packaging schemes, we're overpaying for products that make major health claims with little real nutritional payoff

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