(Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Fuel of 2020

Just say no to chalky bars and gritty shakes


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Clio Greek Yogurt Mini Bars ($6 for eight)

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With 70 calories per serving, these chocolate-dipped yogurt bars have four grams of protein and four grams of sugar. The strawberry flavor comes courtesy of real jam, and each bite tastes like a mix between frozen cheesecake and yummy ice cream. (The minis are only available in stores, but Clio sells regular-size versions online.)

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Iwon Organics Protein Puffs ($20 for eight packets)

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Don’t load up on empty calories when you crave crunch. These taste like Cheetos but pack an impressive ten grams of protein—from beans, rice, and peas—into each 1.5-ounce serving. Try the red-pepper flavor if you like a bit of spice.

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Arma Reload Protein Complex ($45)

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Arma’s powder stands apart for its smooth, clean flavor, which tastes as good in water or oat milk as it does in a smoothie. The blend, available in chocolate and vanilla, delivers 25 grams of grass-fed whey protein per serving. Monk fruit and stevia keep blood sugar stable, and curcumin fights inflammation.

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One Birthday Cake Protein Bars ($24 for 12)

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With only a single gram of sugar and a hearty 20 grams of whey and milk protein, One is a worthy low-carb post-workout option. The birthday cake bar has real sprinkles and tastes amazing—no cloyingly sweet, manufactured flavor or grainy texture.

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Fishpeople Wild Alaskan Salmon Jerky ($7)

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Fishpeople’s sustainably harvested wild Alaskan salmon is packed with omega-3’s, with 24 grams of protein per bag. The jerky texture is spot-on, and the flavors—including ancho chili and lime, rainbow peppercorn, and sweet and smoky—are tasty enough to keep you snacking when exhaustion robs you of your appetite.

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Perfect Snacks Bites ($4)

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These tasty little squares come in reclosable cups with 40 pieces inside. Familiar foods like peanut butter, honey, milk, and rice protein make up the bulk of the ingredients. Surprising adds like alfalfa and spinach provide iron and magnesium to promote healthy blood and muscle function.

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From Summer 2020 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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