Looking to get after it this summer? Perhaps you signed up for a running race, or a big mountain bike ride, or maybe you’re just looking for healthy, delicious snack foods packed with clean energy and lots of protein?
When it comes to fueling your body not all snack foods are created equal. The easiest way to make a sane buying decision is to look at the ingredient label, can you pronounce the ingredients?
We updated our annual summer snack food guide below. All the brands listed in this article are not only healthy and packed full of crucial ingredients for your next adventure but they actually TASTE amazing too. Tried and tested in the Tetons of Wyoming:
Day Hiking Snacks
Country Archer beef Jerky
Nothing compares to the energy and feeling you get from eating grass fed beef or all natural turkey meat. So when we got the chance to test out a bunch of mouth watering energy food aka Beef Jerky from Country Archer based in San Bernardino, California we were super stoked. The brands Honey Mustard Jerky is “mouth watering goodness packed full of protein, you can’t just eat one piece.” So if this jerky is soo good how come it’s not on your radar, yet? Well these guys have been making homemade beef jerky since 1977, and for a while mostly just sold on the side of the road at those Beef Jerky stands you see from time to time. Well the secrets out now, and with 8 flavors (6 beef and 2 turkey) to chose from Country Archer will soon become one of your favorite jerky snacks. https://www.countryarcher.com/
A Peanut Butter Bar that’s “easy to digest great for nibbling on the trail” comes to use from R.e.d.d. a new up and coming brand that’s focusing on Superfood rich snack bars. Each bar is packed with 10g protein, 23 vitamins + minerals and just the right amount of natural caffeine 36mg. The company’s backstory is classic, guy finds himself in college and has ran through his allocated meal plan expenses. Instead of going hungry R.e.d.d. founder Alden Blease started to make his own energy food with nuts and seeds and such. His little concoctions soon become popular in his dorm room as the brand started to plant seeds. And it gets even better, this is what Alden had to say:
quickly became a budding, dorm room business. It beat selling pot. Anyway, that’s how the predecessor to Redd was born. I called it “Rawgasms” and it literally started out of my backpack (we had to change the name eventually…).
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie from Munk Pack – “A peanut butter chocolate chip cookie packed with 18 grams of plant proteins” are you noticing a trend here? All of our summer snack foods are packed with Protein and Munk offers up the most delicious snack on this list. With flavors like Double Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal Raisin Spice and more you might do a double take to make sure you’re actually eating something healthy. And good luck only eating one of these at a time. They do have 16 grams of sugar per serving, however the Vegan friendly treat makes up for it in other ways no gluten, no soy, no dairy and no eggs. Munk’s backstory is like many other brands on here, the founders wanted healthy food packed with power that taste great. http://munkpack.com
This is what I think about the Leap Blue Zeal Bowl “what used to take some time to dial in your favorite breakfast shake can now be done in seconds thanks to Leap Organic Smoothies, best of all it taste freaking amazing”. There is nothing free in life, not even these samples that I received and here’s why. From the first time I tried a Leap Smoothie for breakfast I was sold, in fact once my editorial samples ran out, I quickly become a customer and most likely you will too. My favorite flavor was the Blue Zeal bowl and this is what the managed to pack inside: Organic Pineapple Organic Mango Organic Banana Organic Goji Berry Organic Coconut Organic Pumpkin Seeds Organic Pea Protein Organic Kale Organic Lucuma Organic Pomegranate Organic Apple all with only 8g of sugar. This stuff taste great at any time of day or night. I think Leap sums it up best with the following:
Our organic smoothies and smoothie bowl mixes deliver essential nutrition in under 30 seconds,
Safe Catch Tuna
Mercury yuck, additives yuck, luckily for us some of the best packaged tuna you can eat comes from Safe Catch Tuna which has none of the nonsense. Instead Safe Catch Tuna offers sustainability caught tuna that’s hand packed. And not all the tuna even makes the cut, About 1 out of 3 tuna tested does not pass Safe Catch Tuna’s strict purity standards for Mercury levels. These pouches are easy to pack and make for a great snack lunch or even dinner. You might be wondering where the fishy smell went? Well the Elite tuna is first of all really fresh without any packed additives and with around 20g of protein it’s especially healthy for:
athletes, kids & pregnant women! Now in single serving pouches! Take them anywhere!
Who would have thought that eating like a Vegan could actually taste good? Well GoMacro might be the first company to offer a high protein snack bar that’s not only palatable but the energy transferred from these little bars to your body is extremely noticeable. Some of my favorite flavors are, (and I hope you’re not hungry as you read this article..) is the GoMarco Everlasting Joy. This bar comes packed with organic, all natural ingredients including: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Pea Protein, Organic Puffed Brown Rice, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cocoa, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Almonds. – Do you see anything in the list of ingredients that’s unhealthy, or questionable for that matter? I surely don’t! Even the sugar content on a bar loaded with this much flavor is reasonable at 12 grams per serving. I liked 10 out of the 11 flavors of these bars. The only one that didn’t sit well with my taste buds was the sunflower butter. Do yourself a favor and go find these bars at your local health food store, if they don’t carry them well simply ask them too. Your mind, body and community will surely thank you for going macro.. *These bars are a little on the chewy side.
Now I clearly dig the bars I mentioned above, however I am fully addicted to RX Bars and for good reason. RX Bars come loaded with 12 grams of protein per bar, and the brands transparency in regards to ingredients is something to take note of. My favorite bar in the RX Bar line of 6 bars is the Mint Chocolate Chip. The ingredients are as follows: Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Cacao, Peppermint Oil, Sea Salt. But what sets this company apart from any others I have seen is they mention on the front of the packaging just how many of each ingredients went into the bar. Confused? Let me explain. The Mint Chocolate Chip RX Bar is made with 3 egg whites, 4 almonds, 6 cashews, 2 dates and according to the company “no bs” well we could not agree more. The days of putting random food in our bodies is long gone. So how does a bar with only limited ingredients actually taste? Well I can say that out of everything mentioned in this article, nothing compares to the flavors found within the RX line of bars. I find myself routinely buying handfuls of these bars anytime I am at the super market. I am fully hooked on the flavors, ingredients and possibly the 14 grams of sugar per serving. Even with the natural sugar content, these bars can and should be included in everyone’s diet. *These bars are bit firmer than the ones listed above – pretty much the perfect consistency.
Go Raw Bars
Odds are if you are paying attention to your health and snacks for that matter you have seen Go Raw bars at some point in your life, or maybe all my friends are just hippies? Either way be sure to note the brand for some reason has decided to change up the packaging on these bars, so they now look more like a traditional candy bar.. However unlike candy bars, Go Raw is packed full of sprouted organic seeds, ingredients from the earth, the bars are wheat free, nut free, gluten free and so on. I have been known to go big with these bars for a few weeks on end. My favorites are the Live Apricot bar and the Spirulina Energy bars. The only hiccup with the bars, and go figure is that the amount of sugar far outweighs the amount of protein. So yes these bars taste incredible, however if you need fuel for your activity focus on the other 2 brands mentioned above. If they can get the sugar content down and protein up these will surely become even more popular among the athletic community too. *These bars can be tough to chew, especially the Green Superfood one.
All Natural Angus Wyoming Ranches Beef Jerky
If anyone from Wyoming Gourmet Beer ends up reading this, please reach out. I would love to be sponsored by your company. Now for everyone else, this is hands down the best beef jerky you will ever try. Fresh, soft, moist, succulent I could go on for days.. Without making it yourself it will be find to find quality like this in a store. Having easily purchased over 100 bags of the Honey flavor and even peppered flavor too I have yet to find a bad batch of this beef jerky. In fact I pickup a pack or two every time I’m at the grocery store, and for good reason. Wyoming Ranches Beef Jerky comes loaded with 10 grams of Protein per serving (3.5 servings per pack), zero sugar and all the “good fats” your body wants and needs. I feel primal when I eat this beef jerky, I know that I’m getting the fuel my body and the often overlooked mind needs. The Honey flavor (my favorite) comes with the following ingredients: ANGUS BEEF, HONEY, WATER, RAW CANE SUGAR, SEA SALT, BLACK PEPPER, CELERY JUICE POWDER, DRIED GARLIC. When you can read and pronounce the ingredients and better yet actually know what these things are, well that typically = healthy, all natural foods.. The only hiccup with this beef jerky, as with most things in life you get what you pay for and this stuff ain’t cheap especially considering All Natural Angus Wyoming Ranches Beef Jerky retails at around $10 a pack for 3.5 ounces. That’s over $40lb, I am in the wrong business 🙂 I did find out though in researching this article that you can buy this beef jerky direct for $83 per case of 12 packs. So that’s the route I will be moving towards in the future. Still not cheap, but the alternatives are nothing to mess with…
Bear Naked Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix
100% pure and natural trail mix that combines cranberries, cherries, cocoa covered almonds, raisins and whole grain chocolate granola clusters all blending together into a decadent treat that’s hard to resist. I am normally not a fan of chocolate, which goes to show just how delicious the Bear Naked Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix truly taste. Funny name aside the company has been baking and creating delicious flavors of trail mix since there humble beginning’s in 2002. If you are an athlete looking for a pick me up, someone that spends time outdoors and wants a tasty snack that’s easy to throw in your pack or just like a mouth watering cereal to start your morning off, we highly recommend the Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix by Bear Naked.
I didn’t think it was possible to out due the succulent taste of the original Perky Jerky that we reviewed back in September, that’s until I received a package of the new Turkey Jerky. With less calories and sodium then the original Perk Jerky, yet with the same great taste jerky lovers across the country are rejoicing at the news of a new addition to the Perk Jerky line. Once you try the moist and tender Turkey Jerky it will be hard to go back to the leather stuff you find at your local gas station. Made from natural ingredients, Turkey Jerky is low fat, low carb, low cal, and high in protein. Best of all there are no preservatives, no nitrates, and no added MSG. And to top it all off Guarana is added to the meat to give you an extra pep in your step.
If your reading this summer snack food guide odds are you are based in North America. When one thinks of classic American summer food s’mores should be at the top of the list. The problem with s’mores is most of the country lives in cities where camp fires can be hard to come by. Leave it to Probar to come up with a great solution called Halo – a delicious treat for between meals that’s designed to do your body good. Featuring natural whole food ingredients and a heavenly flavor that taste exactly like melted chocolate and mushy marsh mellows atop a golden graham cracker. I had to grab one while writing this review as my mind and body were craving the sinfully healthy snack that Halo provides. Certified organic with only 150 calories, low in sugar, vegan / dairy free the Halo bar’s can be enjoyed by everyone. In this day and age it’s nice to find simple, unprocessed food that can create a wonderfully healthy snack. theprobar.com/
Decedent luxury, was the first thing that came to mind when I took my first bite into a Squarebar. If I was opening a chain of luxury hotels, these are the chocolates that I would want on the pillows. However there is more to the Squarebar then a fancy chocolate. Squarebar taste incredible and best of all they are organic!! I have no idea how they were able to blend all the natural ingredients together to perfection.
We also sampled the Cocoa Crunch and Cocoa Almond, both great flavors but our favorite hands down was the Cocoa Coconut. Now I just need to figure out where to buy these near me. Squarebar is available for purchase at specialty markets, groceries and spas across the country.
Clif Bar Builder Bars
Paked with 20 grams of Protein the Builder Bars are a must have when pushing your body to extreme limits. The instant energy is a welcome relief during times of exhaustion. The flavors available are amazing, it’s like a candy bar packed with protein and carbohydrates. My favorite Builder Bar and this was by no accident was the Chocolate Mint, as my mom supposedly lived on that flavor of ice cream while she was pregnant with me. Clif Bar absolutely dialed in the flavors but with such great taste comes a little kick back. 20 grams of sugar is a lot for a bar, the equivalent of 4 sugar cubes, no wonder I kept craving these. I found that eating half the bar was perfect for my needs, and worked wonderful for a late night snack.
Other great flavors we tested included Chocolate, Smore’s and one that had the office raving the Chocolate Peanut Butter. Clif Bar Builder bars are available at your local grocery stores or online.
Probar has done it one again by creating a fruit based, gluten free snack bar that’s as real as food can get. A healthy snack that provides good energy with a combination of dates, raw oats, chia seeds which work great for hydration and cashews in available in 6 unique fruit flavors. Anytime a company has roots in a place like Snowbird, Utah we take note. Probar was designed by mountain athletes!! My favorite Fruition bar was the Cran-Rasberry packed with cranberries, raspberries, dates and chia seeds. Superfood has a new flavor Chocolate Orange, Lemon, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach and Cran-Rasberry who knew eating healthy could taste oh so good. Probar is available online or at your local supermarket.
Slaying powder can be taxing on the body, it is important to keep your energy level up so you can last all day. Sure who doesn’t love a $14 dollar bowl of chili and a $6 dollar Gatorade, which is fine here and there? Take a little extra time and stock your pockets with some tasty snacks that will give you energy and keep you shredding when everyone elses food comas are kicking in.
KIND Plus Nutrition Bar
Kind makes some outrageously good bars with various different fruit, nuts and natural sugars. Kind makes simple upfront good quality nutrition that are tasty, not over processed and easy to digest. One great thing about kind bars is they don’t turn to mush is they have been in the backpack for a couple days. Great option for vegetarians and vegans, not good if you are allergic to nuts.
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
Honey Stinger has been a favorite of snowboarders, bikers and hikers for years. These are the perfect snack on the chairlift, sweet and tasty, and best of all they won’t freeze and they are organic too! Honey Stinger has many great flavors to choose from. The Limeade even offers up some natural caffeine via Green Tea if you need a pick me up. Honey Stingers are gluten and dairy free.
How do you make you epic day better? Grab a couple Epic Bars, the Bison Bacon Cranberry is great mix of flavors, protein and nutrition. The Beef Habanero Cherry is very good too, a must for any outdoor adventure. Epic Bar uses quality ingredients, packs plenty of protein and makes great tasting food. I had a friend turn me on to these on the chairlift, my new favorite snack.
Allgood Provisions Organic Utah Cherries – 4oz
Dried fruit has been one of the timeless snacks on the hiking trial for centuries; grab you a bag of Allgood Provisions Cherries, Blueberries as well as nuts and trail mixes. Straight to the point organic, healthy and taste amazing. Perfect for a natural boost of energy and easy to eat on the go. Certified NON GMO and farmed in America, win, win.
Raw Revolution Organic Food Bar
These bars are really good, great mix of flavors, totally vegan and raw, no processed foods here. Who would have thought it would be a revolutionary idea to have great tasting food that is simple and healthy. Guess that says a little something about where the quality of our food has gone, do yourself a favor and pick up some Raw Revolution Bars.
Health Warrior Chia Bar
Chia Seeds are a superfood and isn’t just for the Chia Pet anymore. Each bar contains 1000mg Omega 3 and five critical antioxidants, not only do they taste great, they are easy to share. These bars are the real deal and puck a punch.
Why is eating healthy important?
As the saying goes “think outside the box” when it comes to picking the food you put in your body. United States citizens struggle with obesity, odds are if you eat these snacks, cook at home and live an active lifestyle you will never have to deal with the disease of being overweight.
Food is fuel and if you put crap into your system well odds are your going to get lousy results. That’s why we decided to test healthy summer snack foods for our Summer Snack Food Guide. When it comes to snack foods, not all food is created equal.