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These three products for coffee lovers provide a workout-friendly fix.
New Grounds Food Coffeebar
This organic, gluten-free bar started as a funded Kickstarter project by two coffee-loving college kids. Each mocha latte-flavored bar contains the caffeine equivalent of a full cup of coffee, in addition to other all-natural ingredients such as dates, oats, chocolate chips, almond butter, cashews and chia seeds. The taste will suit black coffee drinkers (the bar only has 10 grams of sugar), or anyone looking to fight sugary flavor fatigue on a long ride. It also has a slim profile that makes it perfect for jersey pockets. In each 2-ounce bar are 190 calories, 28 grams of carbs and 4 grams of protein.
PocketFuel Cold Brew Coffee Energy Shots
If you can’t get past the long list of ingredients on some energy gel packets, try these all-natural energy shots for some mid-race or mid-workout energy. The vegan shots utilize cold-brewed organic coffee (cold brewing reduces the acidity of coffee) mixed with coconut milk in three different flavors: java, mocha (with cocoa) and vanilla. The texture is similar to pudding, and the flavor is perfect for coffee lovers or those tired of super-sweet products. Each 1.15-ounce packet contains 31–33 calories, 6–6.5 grams of carbs and 70 milligrams of caffeine.
Picky Bars Smooth Caffeinator
There are so many delicious flavors going on in this bar—roasted coffee, chocolate chips and hazelnut—and they combine harmoniously in this crave-worthy bar that’s perfect pre-workout fuel. Co-created by the pro athlete trio of Jesse Thomas (Triathlete columnist), and elite runners Lauren Fleshman (also Jesse’s wife) and Stephanie Rothstein Bruce, this mildly crunchy bar is made with real-food ingredients and has a sweeter flavor than the other two products in this review. Each gluten-free, 1.6-ounce bar contains 200 calories, 28 grams of carbs, 7 grams of protein and 25 milligrams of caffeine for a gentle jolt when you need it.