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2017 Running Gear Guide: Nutrition

The latest fuel products evoke a “less is more” philosophy, but still perform and provide valuable nutrition.

$2.79 per bar, clifbar.com

Highlight: Light yet satisfyingly filling

Clif Bar’s newest Whey Protein Bar isn’t as dense as most protein bars, but it still manages to pack in 14 grams of protein with only 5 grams of sugar. The source of protein comes from a combination of whey, organic brown rice protein, organic pea protein and cashews. Plus, it has a slight Rice Krispies consistency.

$24 for case of 12, glukosenergy.com

Highlight: Small bites for a fast energy boost

Need a quick energy boost mid-race? These tiny gummies pack easily in your pocket and provide electrolytes your body craves on long runs. One pouch contains 24 grams of transferable glucose energy that’s easy to chew with no artificial colors, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.

$12 per tube, nuunlife.com

Highlight: Clean, everyday hydration

Nuun Vitamins is a new formulation that aims to support the hydration of an everyday active lifestyle, not just on the days you work out. It has 11 vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B folate, B6, C, D and E for health and wellness, plus the usual electrolytes for hydration.

$26 for 21oz. bag, skratchlabs.com

Highlight: No clumping

Replace your morning coffee with a protein shake that not only tastes like real coffee, but also mixes smoothly with water or milk. Although high in sugar (33 grams), a single serving also provides 7 grams of protein and 25 percent of your daily
calcium consumption.

$27.50 for 10-pack, pickybars.com

Highlight: Exotic flavor of savory/sweet spices

Inspired by Moroccan cuisine, this Picky Bars flavor combines turmeric, cardamom, ginger and pistachios for a sweet yet savory spiced flavor. The turmeric in this energy bar is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a handy recovery fuel item too.

$1.79 per bar, kindsnacks.com

Highlight: Easy to digest on the run

The new Pressed by Kind bars consist of only fruits and veggies with no added sugars. It’s similar to a fruit leather bar, but with way less sugar—only 11 (natural) grams. And it’s highly nutritious, providing two servings of fruit and veggies for runners on the go.

$60 for box of 24, guenergy.com

Highlight: For going the distance

A little bit of this energy gel can go a long way. The Roctane version has more sodium and amino acids than the original GU Energy Gels for ultra endurance efforts. Plus, the sea salt chocolate flavor has a less gooey and more buttery consistency that tastes like decadent chocolate frosting.

$20 for 12-pack, gatorade.com

Highlight: A simple alternative

Gatorade’s Organic line is a simplified, more natural take on its popular Thirst Quenchers. There are only seven ingredients, including organic cane sugar, which provides 30 grams of carbohydrates. The flavor is also more subtle than the original, providing a clean and refreshing taste.