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Lou put them to the test with a request for workout snacks that were wheat free, peanut free, dairy free, sugar (and “cane syrup”) free and caffeine free. They sent a box of bars and gels, most that were new to us. Lou’s favorite — the Epic Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar. After chomping on that, he charged up the mountain like the wheat free beast that he is.
We’ve consumed athletic gels for quite a few years, but recently we’ve been eating more “natural” snacks such as baggies of nuts and dried fruit (and yes, chocolate bars). Not that we don’t like high-powered gels, but the blood sugar spikes were getting to be too much and while we did have a sponsorship, the number of expensive gels we were consuming seemed unrealistic — as did the sticky packaging that was always adhering to the insides of our pockets and backpacks.
Still, we like having some pre-packaged items ready to go, so spoilage isn’t an issue when we leave stuff stashed in our cars or backpacks. That’s where we’ll still use packaged athletic snacks. Luckily, from the looks of things the snack scene has come a long way in just a few years. Other items Lou liked in the selection were the Wild Zora Beef Veggie Bars and the Blueberry Oatmeal Munk Pack. The almond pack seemed too easy to duplicate, and some of the other selections were too spicy. The maple syrup gel pack was scary, but I’m sure works well in moderation.
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