2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Nutrition

Kind Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters $6

Best for: Before or after a workout

A wholesome blend of gluten-free whole grains including brown rice, amaranth and salubrious quinoa is gussied up with a shot of peanut butter. Grab a few handfuls for a pre-workout snack or pour them into a bowl with some milk and dried fruit for a smart post-workout meal. Other stellar flavors include oats and honey, and chocolate and cranberry. Kindsnacks.com

Navitas Naturals Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks $9

Best for: Before or during a workout

Navitas has blended a handful of healthy superfood ingredients including dates, cashews, chia seeds, macqui powder, dried blueberries and hemp powder into convenient and chewy bundles of nutritional goodness. Pop two or three of these organic, raw squares (other flavors include cacao goji and citrus chia) before a workout or once every hour of exercise. Navitasnaturals.com

Probar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip $3.25

Best for: During or after a workout

A nice collection of healthy, mostly organic ingredients such as oats, dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter, along with 393 calories to prevent your stomach from thundering, make this the ideal bar for the long haul or lunch on the fly. Epic exercise sessions give your body more time to digest and benefit from extra protein and fat calories. Theprobar.com

LaraBar Blueberry Muffin Bars $1.69

Best for: Before or during a workout

Larabar leads the crusade for wholesome bars made only with real food ingredients that even your grandma would recognize. Dates, cashews and blueberries make for a moderate glycemic bar, meaning it’ll provide sustained endurance instead of sending your blood sugar into a tizzy followed by a mid-run energy crash. At a reasonable 190 calories, it’s a perfect whole-food afternoon snack as well. Larabar.com

Earnest Eats Almond Trail Mix Bars $1.59

Best for: Before, during or after a workout

Oats, almond butter, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts team up to create a whole-food bar that is not only easy on the taste buds, but also impossibly moist. A healthy amount of carbohydrates—60 percent of total calories—can fuel you during training, but it also makes a satisfying on-the-go snack as the good balance of protein and fat will keep you feeling full. Earnesteats.com