For access to all of our training, gear, and race coverage, plus exclusive training plans, FinisherPix photos, event discounts, and GPS apps, sign up for Outside+.
Honey Stinger Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Pro
If you want: Caffeine with your protein
This new flavor from Honey Stinger will give you a caffeine buzz (30 milligrams per bar) while 10 grams of whey protein get to work repairing muscles. It’s a treat for chocolate lovers and has a pleasing chewy texture. Made with 25 percent organic honey, the bar is also made with almonds and dried sour cherries (which are subtle in some bites). Each bar contains 180 calories, 19 grams of carbs and a mix of vitamins and minerals. $2.19 for 1.5-ounce bar, Honeystinger.com
PowerCrunch Protein Energy Bar
If you want: A bar that doesn’t taste like a bar
The taste and texture of this bar is nothing like the dense protein bars you’re used to — it’s just like a wafer cookie. Available in flavors like peanut butter fudge (our favorite) and chocolate mint (Thin Mint, anyone?), it has an airy, crunchy texture. Each bar contains 13 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrate and 200 calories. $1.69 for 1.4-ounce bar, Powercrunch.com for stores
SportBeans Protein Recovery Crisps
If you want: Bite-sized with crunch
From the makers of Jelly Belly, the first SportBeans recovery product is a convenient way to consume your recommended post-workout protein without having to eat a dense bar. The crisps, which are similar in texture to Whoppers Malted Milk Ball candy, are made with a whey protein coating and a pea protein center, adding up to 12 grams of protein per package. Each package also contains 190 calories, 21 grams of carbs, calcium and vitamin D. We thought chocolate was the best flavor (also available in berry smoothie and vanilla). $2.50 for 1.5-ounce bag, Sportbeans.com
FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix
If you want: Breakfast and protein double-duty
This easy-to-make (just add water) protein pancake mix makes tasty pancakes that won’t leave you feeling heavy and hungry an hour later. Our editors loved the buttermilk flavor (also available in banana hazelnut and cinnamon apple), and didn’t notice any protein taste from its 17 grams per three-pancake serving, though the texture was a little denser than typical pancakes. Each serving contains 200 calories and 27 grams of carbohydrates. $3.49 for 4-ounce package (2 servings), Flapjacked.com
Get the latest in triathlon training, gear, nutrition and news sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for Triathlete’s newsletter.