I've been on a move recently to find real food alternatives to fuel my triathlon training with real food, versus gels and gummies. Not relying exclusively on quick, accessible fuels takes a lot of extra work, planning and time - all things that are in short supply some days given other, non-training commitments.
Given this, I've always relied somewhat on the quick and easy access of energy bars. Whether that be for a long training session or a quick energy kick in the afternoon at work.
With a number of various bar options out there, growing every day, below are my three favourite energy bars.
My selection criteria is pretty simple:
- The bar must taste good
- Must be made primarily of real foods
- Must have ingredients that I can (a) pronounce and (b) know what they are
- Provide me with the required energy I'm looking for
My 3 Favourite Energy Bars
Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, Organic Raisins, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Walnuts, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Dates, Organic Puffed Brown Rice
Ingredients: Whey Protein Isolate, Dates, Organic Raisins, Apples, Almonds, Cranberries (cranberries, apple juice, sunflower oil), Strawberries, Papaya (papaya, calcium, citric acid) & Mango
Ingredients: Brown rice syrup, gluten-free oats, cashew butter, brown rice flour, honey, salted caramel toffee pieces (cane sugar, butter, sea salt, soy lecithin, citric acid), Peanuts, Rice Protein, crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, salt, calcium carbonate), flaxseeds, natural flavors, sea salt.