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Here’s Why These Cookies are Great for You

Most people probably wouldn’t think of cookies as the ideal snack to bring with them on a hike or a run, but thankfully we’ve found an exception.

Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookies with chocolate chips are the perfect snack for those with a sweet tooth who love to eat clean and energizing foods!

Although they aren’t traditional cookies, these were just as delicious and full of rich flavor. Upon biting into the first one, we immediately noticed the coconut and organic chips of dark chocolate, which blended to provide the perfect combination between rich and sweet.

It was almost like eating grandma’s famous homemade cookies!

There are also hints of organic vanilla extract that add to the overall sweetness and flavor of the cookies. This vanilla flavor is nicely complimented by the chocolate chips, which work to keep it from overpowering the coconut.

And while sweet, these cookies won’t make your teeth tingle thanks to the added himalayan salt.

In terms of texture, these cookies are the perfect mix of chewy and soft with the chunks of coconut adding some extra definition. Otherwise, the chocolate chips simply melt in your mouth.

We know what you’re thinking. Cookies can’t taste that good and be healthy.

But they are! Emmy’s cookies contain 100 calories, 8g of carbs, 2g of dietary fiber, and are completely gluten free and vegan friendly. What’s more, they’re USDA certified organic and are non-GMO.

Sweet Beginnings

Emmy’s Organics, Inc. was founded by a couple, Ian and Samantha, who were committed to doing food the right way.

After struggling with digestive problems for a number of years, Ian was forced to avoid gluten, dairy, and other irritants at a young age. After meeting Samantha, a long time dancer and self-proclaimed “health nut,” the couple realized their passion for health and well-being, which led to the creation of the brand.

Although their business has gained popularity within recent years, Emmy’s Organics is committed to spreading the word about healthy snacking as well as social and environmental responsibility. We really dig that.

This home-grown, family oriented company and their cookies are amazing in more ways than one. That’s why we want you to take these cookies with you out on your next adventure! They won’t disappoint.

Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookies were selected to be a part of the September 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s what our tasters had to say:

“I never imagined cookies would be my go-to snack for a climb, but here they are! Their clean ingredients keep me both energized and satisfied.”

Grif Steele
Endurance Cookie Eater

“The cookies practically melted in my mouth! The combination of sweet and rich with the coconut and chocolate balanced well to create a snack worth saving for dessert.”

Britt Foodlove
Chocolate Chip Specialist

“There were cookies?!”

Gracie
Not Allowed to Eat Chocolate

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This BBQ Spare Rib Jerky Isn’t What You’d Think

Lawless hand crafted beef jerky BBQ spare rib

When you first hear about Lawless Jerky’s BBQ Spare Rib pork jerky, your mind probably jumps to an American-style backyard BBQ sauce. But, in keeping with Lawless’ bolder and more creative style, this flavor is based on the classic Szechuan barbeque spare rib.

Before we get to the flavor (and there’s plenty of flavor), the first thing we noticed when we tore open the bag was how easy the tab came off, leaving a clean line at the edge of the re-sealable pouch. This makes it easy to get into the bag if you’re wearing thin gloves on a cool-weather hike, for example. Now, this is just a small thing, but details matter. In this case, it’s a subtle hint at the attention to detail and quality that Lawless gives.

Now, let’s talk about the jerky.

bbq spare rib jerkyUpon taking a bite, the first thing we noticed was the tanginess. There’s a hint of tomato flavor, and a bit of acid provided by the apple cider vinegar. Then, you notice a little sweetness. Finally, you experience the robustness of the savory pork and tamari (gluten-free soy sauce). Pulling it all together, there’s a chorus of traditional Chinese spices, including garlic, ginger, cinnamon, chili pepper, and star anise.

You’re left with a satisfying aftertaste of tanginess with just a hint of heat.

In terms of texture, this jerky hits it right in the middle, with a just-right mouthfeel that’s not too tough, not too soft. With pork that’s cut super thin and against the grain, it’s a cinch to take a bite.

The quality of the pork is top-notch, too. Raised without antibiotics or hormones, the pork is all-natural.

The best part? There’s no sticky barbeque sauce left on your fingers!

Lawless Jerky’s BBQ Spare Rib was featured in the September 2017 Trailfoody.

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Energy Bar Review: Huppybar Apple Cinnamon Raisin

Made with all-natural dried apples, organic raisins, cinnamon, and locally sourced honey, Huppybar’s Apple Cinnamon Raisin is the perfect bar for a fall hike.

Upon taking the first bite, we immediately noticed the delicious burst of flavor that this bar had to offer.

The balance between sweet and savory here is exceptional. The bar’s sweetness comes from a combination of apples, cinnamon, and raisins, with a touch of honey bringing out a different note of natural flavor. The savory counterpart, meanwhile, is provided by a lovely nut and seed blend of almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and cashews, which add some crunch to the mix.

But that slight crunch is only added into the overall chewy goodness of the bar–it’s the perfect texture!

“Upon taking the first bite, we immediately noticed the delicious burst of flavor that this bar had to offer.”

The brainchild of Lyndsay “Huppy” Hupp, the original Huppybar was designed to be delicious, nutrient dense, and satisfying to the core. This one’s no different.

With 200 calories, 28g of carbs, 5g of protein, and 3g of fiber, this bar will no doubt keep you energized and on the go.

What’s more, the Apple Cinnamon Raisin Huppybar is 100% real and entirely gluten, soy, and dairy free!

We think it’s the perfect bar for fall, so get out there and enjoy it while you can surrounded by the changing leaves and cooler weather!

Huppybar’s Apple Cinnamon Raisin was chosen to be a part of the September 2017 Trailfoody.

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Crafted to Taste Like a Cookie – JoJé Bar – The First Bar of Its Kind

Joje Chocolate Chip energy bar

Jess Cerra, from Jojé Bar, tells us this intriguing story about how she combined her culinary talent with science smarts to develop the perfect energy bar that tastes like a cookie. The Jojé Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is featured in the September Trailfoody.

Ever met an athlete or recreational enthusiast who doesn’t like a cookie? Me either!  So why not create a bar that checks all the boxes from a nutritional standpoint, but also tastes like a cookie?  Seems simple enough, but there is quite a story behind the evolution of JoJé bar.

Cycling Creates the Need for the Perfect Bar

Jess Cera CyclingIn grad school, while studying bone health of elite cyclists, I discovered that I myself, the “lab rat,” actually had an overwhelming capacity for cycling.  After finishing my M.S. in Exercise Physiology, there was finally time to start exploring my athletic potential.

So, in 2008 with the help of some awesome mentors, I started racing mountain bikes and XTERRA off-road triathlon.  In 2010, I won the XTERRA Amateur National Championship and started racing professionally.  Eventually, I switched my focus to racing mountain bikes professionally and then to road racing.  From 2015-2016, I raced on the UCI Domestic Continental team Twenty16, and in 2017 for Hagens Berman|Supermint, where I have competed internationally in some of the biggest races in the world, along with all the major US races.

Sports Nutrition Meets Culinary Skill

During this time, I combined my love of racing professionally, with my knowledge of sports nutrition and science and started a small, private chef company.  The primary focus was–and remains–on private, nutrition-conscious, in-home chef services and healthy cooking classes, plus a special niche in triathlon and cycling sports nutritioncamp catering.  I love working one-on-one and riding with my clients.  Additionally, I’m a regular contributor to the “Fuel” section in Triathlete Magazine.

Before I knew it, in my circle, I had become the go-to girl for advice on nutrition and training.  My training buddies and I used to joke about how we wished we could just fuel ourselves with cookies, so I bet them I could come up with something.

The key was putting actual scientific thought into this process because it seemed the market lacked any energy bars that tasted delicious and met our needs from a nutritional standpoint.  Most bars would cause a rush of energy, and then a quick depletion of energy, which couldn’t even be justified by taste because they really weren’t crave worthy.

Real Food is Better for Your Body

My first thoughts were to focus on using real food ingredients.  I knew from personal experience that my body always functioned better on real food.  Packing nuts and dried fruit, almond butter and apple slices, PB&J sandwiches, and baked good were always my favorite snacks.

And this wasn’t just my experience on the bike. I grew up in the mountains of Montana and am no stranger to hiking, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ball sports, you name it. I love being outdoors, and I love good food.

The Science is Key

I was confident in my cookie baking skills, so all I had to do was combine some science into the recipe.  At the time, cutting edge research showed that endurance athletes need more fat in their fuel sources, which makes sense because fat is used for energy when exercising at 70% or less of your max capacity, which is most of the time.  Carbohydrates are still important and needed when we rip up into those intense efforts, and research emphasizes the importance of trying to keep glycogen stores full at the end of a training effort to maximize recovery.  In other words, it’s not a good idea to finish activity feeling bonked.

Research was also making it clear that high protein bars were not great for endurance activity because protein is the one macronutrient digested in the stomach.  Not fun to have all your blood rushing to your stomach while you’re out on an intense hike, trail run, or riding your bike up a mountain.

Finally, I knew a lot of athletes that were choosing to go gluten free to limit gut irritation, and I could sense this would be an important nutrition trend.

The First Bar is Born!

So I took to the kitchen, with a notebook and a pen, and started the process.  To begin, I chose a basic flavor, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.  I carefully selected real food ingredients such as oats, peanuts, and honey. I needed to teach myself the ins and outs of baking gluten free because there is a learning curve.

I began experimenting by baking pans and pans of bars.  I would write down the total macronutrient contents in each pan, and then change ingredients until I got the ratios I was looking for based off the research.  I also worked hard on the ratio of simple and complex carbohydrates to eliminate the blood sugar highs and lows.

Then the fun part, field-testing began, and I had plenty of eager subjects who pretty much devoured every sample I offered up, even the crumbly ones.   Right off the bat, friends and training buddies were offering to pay me to bake them pans of bars.  And they were telling their friends, who were emailing me orders.  Within a couple of months I was shipping foil wrapped bars all over the country to cookie-starved athletes.

This is the Best Compliment You Can Get

Once I had the base of the recipe nailed down, I wanted to create more flavors, which needed to be superb and unique.  A training buddy suggested white chocolate and coconut, and that is how the White Chocolate Coconut Blondie was born.  There is not another bar out there that even comes close to touching this flavor.  The biggest compliments I’ve ever been given are how people have to hide this flavor from their husbands or wives, or hide it from themselves in their cars, or how they heat it and serve it with ice cream.  When you are getting compliments like this, ON AN ENERGY BAR, you know you’ve nailed it.

The best part, the science in the bars was actually working.  People were raving about how they could eat 6 bars on a 100-mile ride and have no stomach problems, and loved the consistent energy.  Personally, I had an epiphany during a hard road race, when I ate a bar at the base of a 20-mile climb and had my best hilltop finish ever.

joje bar teamFrom Hobby to Business

Then came the major challenge. Everyone wanted to get their mitts on the bars, so I became overwhelmed quite quickly.  To fulfill orders I was working half way through the night.  This is when my dear friend and training buddy, John, suggested that I take it to the next step.  He helped me create a plan to scale up, which started with finding a larger commercial kitchen space.

John and I began working side by side with in the new kitchen space.  He even helped me test and experiment with the next four flavors: Espresso Chocolate Almond, Lemon Blueberry Quinoa, Apple Walnut Cake, and YES Pancakes & Bacon (in fact, all the credit on that flavor dream goes to John).

What had started as a hobby and a passion for cookies became something we could share with everyone, so we founded JoJé bar.  The journey has not been easy but it has been overwhelmingly rewarding.  Racing professionally and running a company is a huge balance, that couldn’t be accomplished without John, who also races on an elite amateur level.

The fact that we both use the bars in our own training and racing speaks volumes about our product.  But, nothing compares to when someone takes a bite of a JoJé bar for the first time, and their face lights up as they smile and exclaim, “This tastes like a cookie!”

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Energy Bar Review: The Original NATTi Bar

You know what’s simply bananas? The Original NATTi Bar!

This 100% natural bar has only one simple, natural ingredient: dehydrated bananas from Ecuador. It contains the same essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers found in an ordinary banana, but it’s in bar form!

Upon biting into the NATTi Bar, we immediately noticed a delightful pop of banana. But, the best part was definitely the chewy texture. It was both easy to eat and carry!

Loaded with 30mg of magnesium, 470mg of potassium, 110 calories, 19g of carbs, and 2 full grams of dietary fiber, the NATTi Bar provides all the health benefits of an ordinary banana without making you peel off any sort of skin. It’s all the goodness of a banana in an on-the-go snack!

What’s more, this bar is non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and entirely Kosher.

While other banana products would normally be artificially colored and, perhaps, artificially flavored, NATTi Bar is nothing but natural. There are no added preservatives or artificial ingredients!

And since the dehydrating process removes most of the water content, a dehydrated banana is a far more concentrated source of calories and nutrients than a fresh banana. This bar is perfect for health conscious people, athletes, and adventurers.

What more can we say? It’s pure banana goodness!

The Original NATTi Bar was selected to be a part of the September 2017 Trailfoody.

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Why You Might Become Dehydrated While on the Trail and the Importance of Proper Hydration

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You’ve probably heard that hydration can be more important than the food you eat during a challenging day in the outdoors. That’s why we asked Liquid I.V. to write this guest blog post about how to prevent dehydration. We were impressed with their Hydration Multiplier, which is why we included it in the August Trailfoody.

By Liquid I.V.

“Drink more water!” You hear and read about this all the time. And you know you are guilty of not hydrating properly from time to time (most of the time for some of us). Sounds so simple, but it’s honestly tough to be consistent about. It can be hard to remember to hydrate. And let’s face it… drinking plain water gets pretty boring after a while. We are human beings, and we demand excitement and instant gratification!

We force ourselves to drink whatever because we know we need it. Our bodies tell us we need it when we feel thirsty, but as we get older that sensation for thirst fades away. Plus, when given the choice, many of us gravitate to drinking something significantly less healthy and slightly sweeter (think soda, juice or artificial sports drinks).

hydration during trail runningMaintaining proper hydration levels is critical when exploring the great outdoors. A beautiful day can quickly turn into a bad day and hospital visit for an iv drip if you aren’t careful. Maintaining adequate fluid levels and replacing electrolytes serves a wide range of purposes in our bodies such as removing waste through urine; controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Your body will begin to shut down without water. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, confusion, fatigue, and even loss of consciousness.

Here are a few reasons you might become dehydrated while out on the trail:

Caffeinated soda or coffee. Consuming relatively small amounts of soda or coffee can lead to dehydration. These drinks are considered diuretics that can cause an increase in the excretion of water from the body. Try to keep these to a minimum before going on a long hike or trail run.

Sweat. Sweat is the moisture that comes through your pores as a result of physical exertion, heat or even fever. Getting a good sweat on from your workout is one of the key ingredients to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. An hour long run, bike ride, or hike up your favorite peak can cause your body to lose a great deal of its precious water and vital electrolytes like sodium and potassium. When you sweat, you can put yourself at risk of dehydration if you don’t replace what you’ve lost. A simple rule of thumb is to drink 16 ounces of water for every pound of sweat you lose.

hydration during climbing and trail runningHigh altitude. There are decreased oxygen levels in the atmosphere at high altitude and therefore athletes gravitate to working out there for the benefits of improving their fitness. Your body acclimates instinctively when you go up to high altitude by speeding up breathing and increasing urine output. These are both necessary changes for your body to make in order to adjust to the elevation gain. Going to the bathroom and breathing harder – which forces you to exhale more water vapor – both cause dehydration.

Sleep. Sleep is an important element of human survival. Our brains are designed in a way that requires them to receive rest so they can process and store thoughts from the previous day. When you sleep, your body doesn’t receive any water. Going 6+ hours without any form of hydration causes dehydration. This is why you may wake up feeling parched in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. Your body loses carbon and water with every breath you take while you are asleep.

Stress. Stress is something that we all deal with, and some manage it better than others. Surprisingly enough, keeping stress in check is important in order to maintain a healthy balance of hydration in our system. When you stress your body releases a stress hormone from your adrenal gland, which can exhaust the gland and result in adrenal insufficiency. The problem is that your adrenal gland is also responsible for regulating the level of your body’s fluids and electrolytes with the production of the aldosterone hormone. When the adrenal gland becomes fatigued, it fails to produce aldosterone, which leads to dehydration.

Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier

So what can you do to stay hydrated out on the trail besides just downing more water?

Drink something with an optimal ratio of electrolytes, glucose, and water that your body can absorb quickly and efficiently. The key to hydration is uptake, not intake.

Stay away from traditional sports drinks, which contain too much sugar and not enough electrolytes. Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier contains 3x the electrolytes of traditional sports drinks with less than ½ the sugar and calories. The great-tasting electrolyte drink mix utilizes the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT), a precise ratio of sodium, potassium, and glucose, to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone. Drinking 1 Liquid I.V. can result in the same hydration as drinking 2-3 bottles of water. Plus it contains B vitamins, which help your body quickly break down carbohydrates and turn them into fuel.

Look for Liquid I.V. in your August Trailfoody bag!

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This is Why Refueling Throughout the Day is Better

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You’ve finally made it to the trail. After a busy morning of packing, preparing a big breakfast, and traveling up to Colorado’s Four Pass Loop, you’ve found yourself eager to begin your family’s latest hiking adventure.

You know the day will be tough, but you can’t wait to experience the Maroon Bells wilderness for yourself. With numerous waterfalls, impressive mountain lakes, and fields of wildflowers, you know it’s going to be a trip well worth the challenge.

But there’s a problem. How do you squeeze out the best performance possible so that you can feel incredible with energy to spare? It’s a long journey, and you know you’re gonna need the right food.

So how do you do it?

keep your energy levels highKeep Your Energy Stores Primed

Think of your energy-producing body as a fire. You can add a lot of fuel at once, making the fire burn super hot, but then it’ll die down quickly as the fuel is depleted. Or, you can feed it a log or two at a time, making the fire hum consistently with strength and energy.

The same is true with how you fuel your body. Keep your fire burning at a consistent rate to be sure that you’ll have enough energy for a big hike or adventure.

Glycogen is your body’s stored energy, but it doesn’t last forever. According to sports medicine expert Elizabeth Quinn, glycogen can get used up in as little as 30 minutes. You’ll need more than that for most outdoor adventures.

And as we’ve mentioned before, refilling that tank of energy depends upon consumption. The sooner and more often you refuel, the faster you’ll regain the energy that’s been lost.

Fueling Through Small Breaks is the Way to Go

Fueling throughout the day is the best way to keep you moving and maximize your performance. That way, energy will be readily available as you go and can be burned once it’s needed.

Thus, it’s incredibly important to choose the right foods to snack on that will provide you with the constant flow of energy necessary for ongoing physical activity.

But how do you know what to bring with you?

high energy fuel for the trailYour Day Food May Be More Important Than Your Dehydrated Dinner

It’s important to bring adequate food with you out on the trail.

As we’ve mentioned before, a large portion of your calories should come from carbohydrates since these convert more quickly into readily available energy. The sooner and more often you refuel, the faster you’ll recover and regain the energy that’s been lost.

And, as noted by Sally Hara, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics and owner of ProActive Nutrition, carrying high energy/high carbohydrate snacks and sport supplements that you can eat along the trail is essential. Foods like energy bars, dried fruit, and mixed nuts can all work to keep you adequately fueled between formal stops and are relatively convenient to eat as you hike.

While you’ll definitely need to consume some fats, (which contain a lot of calories per ounce of food) Hara also mentions that it’s advisable to steer clear from foods with high amounts of fat while hiking, since they are difficult to digest and take longer for the body to process. These foods should be consumed during formal breaks like breakfast and dinner and not while you’re out and about.

Clearly, snack foods are essential. Not only do they provide the energy necessary for ongoing activity, they also serve to make the whole process much easier and worry-free.

But, What If I Prefer a Longer Lunch Break?

If you’re like us, you go on adventures because you want to have fun. So, it’s important to do what you enjoy. If you decide you’d rather have a longer sit-down lunch, then go for it. Just follow these tips:

  • Choose foods you don’t have to cook. Otherwise, you have to break out the camp stove, carry extra water for boiling, and deal with a clean-up effort after you eat (not fun).
  • Make the lunch a little smaller than you would normally eat so you don’t direct too much of your body’s energy to digestion. Supplement that with a few smaller breaks with good energy food to keep your energy levels high.
  • Opt for “shelf stable” foods that don’t need refrigeration. Or, store the food along with some freezer packs. Most sandwiches can last unless it’s really hot, but be careful of ingredients that are likely to spoil, such as mayonnaise.

Trailfoody’s Goal

Our aim is to get you out on the trail much faster, without any hassle, and with the best food for the job.

We’re dedicated to bringing you new, healthy trailfoods each month that are packed with nutrition. And while they can be eaten separately as snacks throughout the day, our trailfood is hand-picked so that they can go together as a meal if you choose to eat them in one sitting!

Learn more here about how you can sign up for Trailfoody today.

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Trailfood Review: Health Warrior Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bar

Looking for a rich and tasty treat that’ll keep you on the move? Try Health Warrior’s Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed bar!

This delectable energy bar is packed with both flavor and nutrition. The dark chocolate and organic wildflower honey blends perfectly with the pumpkin seeds to create a rich and crunchy goodness that’s truly irresistible.

And while splendidly crunchy, the dark chocolate adds just the right amount of soft chewiness to the mix.

Nutrition-wise, this bar provides 2g of fiber, 8g of protein, 13g of fat, 6g of sugar, 15% iron, and 35% magnesium. Oh, and it’s completely non-GMO and gluten, dairy, and soy free!

Each of Health Warrior’s bars are made with you in mind: they all contain a superfood as a main ingredient. This particular bar features pumpkin seeds, a plant-based superfood that’s one of the best natural sources of protein on the planet!

If you’re a lover of dark chocolate, you’ve gotta try this bar. It’ls crunchy sweetness will surely hit the spot.

Health Warrior’s Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed bar is featured in the August 2017 Trailfoody.

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Trailfood Review: Allgood Organic Trail Mix

Calling all trail mix lovers!

Are you looking for a trail mix that differs from the pack? If so, you’ve gotta try Allgood’s Organic Trail Mix. It’s a tasty blend of fruits and nuts that’ll leave you craving more!

Allgood’s unique mix features organic raisins, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, goji berries, cranberries, and mulberries. It isn’t filled with the traditional peanuts and bits of chocolate that can be found in many trail mixes.

This particular combination of berries and nuts provides the perfect balance between sweet and salty. We especially liked how the saltiness of the pumpkin seeds so perfectly offset the sweetness of the cranberries and mulberries, making this mix truly pop with flavor!

Just be sure to save some of that goodness for later. We ate ours far too quickly.

It’s Allgood

Every one of Allgood’s products are certified organic and free from harmful pesticides, growth hormones, and synthetic fertilizers. They each go through a rigorous certification process in accordance to the standards put forth by the USDA and the National Organic Program.  

They also contain rich vitamins and minerals that are important to a healthy diet. This particular trail mix contains 15% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, and 8% Iron. And it only has 140 calories and 6g of total fat!

What’s more, Allgood is committed to protecting the earth. They are continually looking for ways to reduce their ecological footprint and operate in an earth-friendly manner, and we think that’s pretty awesome.

Allgood’s Organic Trail Mix was selected to be a part of the August 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s what our tasters had to say:

“The berries really put the pep in your step while the pumpkin seeds, almonds, and walnuts give a crunch worth climbing for.”

Grif Steele
World Class Snacker

“With a flavor that’s both salty and sweet, this trail mix teases your taste buds in the best way possible. If only I had some more…”

Britt Foodlove
Berry and Nut Connoisseur

“Yeah, I didn’t get any. It was gone before I could even see it.”

Gracie
Man’s Hungry Friend

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Trailfood Review: Sweetwood’s Hot Beef Jerky

A spice that’s just right.

If you’re looking for some jerky with an added kick, give Sweetwood’s hot flavored beef jerky a try! Take it from us, this delectable cut of beef provides just the right amount of spicy and savory.

Upon biting into this jerky, you immediately notice the chili peppers blended with brown sugar. They work together perfectly to create a unique, heated flavor that grows in intensity with every bite. Even spice lovers will be surprised by the after-kick!

Sweetwood’s jerky is chewy, yet tender. The whole muscle cut, premium beef retains moistness over time and is always grass-fed. What’s more, it’s homemade and entirely natural.

The jerky is also nitrate free, gluten free, has no added MSG, and contains only natural herbs and spices. Now that’s impressive!

Why We Love Sweetwood’s Mission

Based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sweetwood promises to “give you only what [they] would feed [their] own families.” That way, you can be confident that their meat is naturally raised and delicious every time.

We love that Sweetwood stands by this motto and is dedicated to bringing you only the best jerky. We also love that they actively promote American agriculture and the Western way of life. How cool is that?

Sweetwood’s hot flavored beef jerky is featured in the August 2017 Trailfoody.