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Are Protein Bars Good for Runners?

Protein bars are a convenient and tasty snack favored by all types of athletes, from weightlifters to trail runners. Nutrition is key to your performance and can help boost endurance, in any type of exercise.  “Protein bar” is a broad descriptor — bars deemed “protein bars” don’t all have the same amount of protein, and they certainly vary in quality and nutritional value. A protein bar may have 5 grams of protein, or as much as 20 grams. One is not better than the other — protein is an essential nutrient, but sometimes less is more. Depending on what stage...

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What are Vegan Energy Bars?

Vegan energy bars are bars made without any animal product. When it comes to energy bars (or anything, really), “vegan” isn’t just a buzzword. There are many health benefits of opting for vegan energy bars, even if you don't subscribe to a vegan diet. If the phrase “vegan energy bar” is completely meaningless to you, this blog post will hopefully enlighten you on the benefits of eating plant-based bars. What does it mean to eat vegan? Whether they do it for religion or personal beliefs, dietary restrictions, environmental reasons, or something else, people decide to eat vegan for many different...

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What Should I Eat After a Long Hike?

It’s the most satisfying feeling finishing up a long hike, knowing that there’s a meal in your future. After snacking on nuts and dried fruit all day, and burning loads of calories, a hot meal sounds especially appealing. And you deserve it! There are certain foods, however, that aid in the post-hike recovery period better than others, and will make you feel better. The hike itself may end at the trailhead, but the impact it has on your body lasts longer. In this post, we’ll tell you the best foods to eat after a long hike, as well as before...

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What Should I Eat While Mountain Biking?

Mountain biking is one of our favorite pastimes because it’s an exhilarating way to be in nature and get an intense workout at the same time. Because mountain biking burns so many calories, it’s important to regularly fuel your body, depending on the length of your ride.  Carbo-Load the Day Before Because you’re going to be burning so much energy on a ride, you need to increase your energy stores to maintain your endurance. Carbo-loading is a technique used by mountain bikers, marathoners, and other endurance athletes. The uptake in carbs increases your glycogen stores, which are your source of...

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