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Here’s A Snack That Truly Gives a Good Pop

Popcorn lovers beware, this snack is seriously addicting.

With a crunch that truly satisfies, you’ll never want to stop munching on HalfpopsAged White Cheddar Popcorn.

The small kernels are perfectly crunchy and nut-like in texture, making them a favorite for those who like to hear what they’re eating.

Flavor wise, this popcorn truly does just that: POP. An instant burst of cheddary goodness accompanies that delightful crunch, and you’ll soon find yourself finishing off the whole packet.

The cheddar seasoning, which is comprised of organic buttermilk and cheddar cheese, combines well with the added sea salt to give a classic cheddar popcorn taste. It’s almost like eating cheddar flavored popcorn at the movie theater, but this stuff is way healthier and far easier to take on a hike!

That being said, Halfpops are great for outdoor adventures because they’re small and nut-like, which means that they never get smashed! You can always count on eating fresh kernels that haven’t been flattened.

Even better, though, Halfpops are entirely non-GMO, gluten free, and contain no artificial flavors! They provide 130 calories, 18g of carbs, 2g of dietary fiber, and 3g of protein, making them a healthy little snack that’ll have you fooled.

Why? Because they really do taste like movie theater popcorn; that’s why we love ‘em.

Halfpops’s Aged White Cheddar Popcorn was selected to be a part of the November 2017 Trailfoody.

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Here’s Why This Beef & Pork Toob is Totally Righteous

Righteous Felon jerky beef stick

Are you a fan of beef or pork? How ‘bout both?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you have to give Righteous Felon’s O.G. Hickory Beef & Pork Toob a try.

Trust us, this delectable toob will have your mouth watering in no time.

Righteous Felon’s one ounce all-natural toob features classic smoky and savory flavors with just the right hint of garlic, onion, cracked pepper, and sea salt. While there’s no spice to it, the hickory taste still gives you just the right amount of warmth and flavor.

You can clearly tell that it’s been smoked to absolute perfection.

Texture wise, this toob is comprised of 60% beef and 40% pork, giving it an unadulterated tenderness and a good ‘ole fashioned snap that’ll leave you satisfied.

What’s more, the O.G. Hickory Toob uses nothing but all-natural ingredients with no artificial additives or coloring and features 8g of protein per serving, 1g of sugar, and 100 calories. This makes it the ultimate healthy and portable snack.

But that’s not all. The all-natural black angus beef is sourced exclusively from Maryland’s Roseda All-Natural Black Angus Farm and the pork is sourced from an all-natural hog farm in Iowa that raises their animals completely free of growth hormones and antibiotics.

So you can believe that this beef and pork toob is seriously good for you.

The Righteous Manifesto

Righteous Felon is committed to bringing you the highest quality meats and jerky possible. Their recipes are bold and unique, and they use only the highest standard of ingredients and pasture-raised beef from a single source that is dry-aged for a full 21 days before ‘jerkification.’

All of their top-quality, hormone and antibiotic free jerkies are handmade and produced in small quantities to ensure freshness, quality, and consistency for the ultimate tasting experience, and that’s why we really like them.

Righteous Felon’s O.G. Hickory Beef & Pork Toob was selected to be a part of the November 2017 Trailfoody.

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Here’s Why This Snack is Gorilly Good

We’re going bananas for Gorilly Goods’ Jungle Fruit and Nut mix, and the gorillas are too!

That’s because 2% of Gorilly Goods’ proceeds go to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which is dedicated to protecting and studying gorillas while helping local communities thrive and build their conservation capabilities.

How awesome is that?

Upon biting into this nutrient dense mix, you’ll immediately notice a strong pop of banana that’s completely refreshing as well as a delightfully crunchy texture.

Thanks to the organic bananas, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and sea salt, this blend creates a perfectly natural and earthy flavor that goes hand in hand with the texture.

While somewhat earthy, the added organic coconut, coconut nectar, and raisins work to give a very subtle sweetness that’s just right.

Mixed together, all of these ingredients give a unique flavor that’s unlike anything we’ve ever tasted.

And, of course, Gorilly Goods’ Jungle mix is insanely good for you. It contains 130 calories, 11g of carbs, 2g of dietary fiber, 6g of total sugar, and 2g of protein. It’s also completely organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and raw.

What’s more, all of Gorilly Goods’ products feature only organic raw fruit, nuts, and seeds, making all of their snacks equally as nutritious and healthy.

Clearly, they’re dedicated to making the world a better place for both humans and gorillas, and we really like that.

Gorilly Goods’ Jungle Fruit and Nut mix is part of the October 2017 Trailfoody.

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Kate’s Real Food: Here’s How This Bite Sized Snack Will Keep You Going

A bite sized snack with big taste, Kate’s Tram Bites are perfect for every kind of adventure. Whether it’s an hour jog down the street or a day’s hike up the mountain, these “Bites” are suitable for it all.

Born on the ski slopes of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Kate’s Tram Bites are healthy, organic, and energy packed. That’s because they’re made from real food; the kind of food that’ll keep you out on the trail for longer!

So how do they taste?

Simply put, these bite sized squares are addicting. They’re crunchy, chewy, chocolaty, sweet, and salty!

We love the combination of organic peanut butter and milk chocolate, which work hand in hand to give a sweetness that only these real ingredients can provide.

Added to that, though, the organic honey, dried apricots, and raisins truly enhance the flavor, while the organic sunflower seeds and sea salt work together to give a slightly salty taste.

With all of these ingredients combined, you’re left with just the right balance between sweet and salty.

The flavor truly stays on the tongue, making you crave more! We couldn’t help but open another pack right after we finished the first!

Kate’s Tram Bites are naturally good for you too. Per a serving size of 4 bites, they contain 120 calories, 16g of total carbs, 2g of dietary fiber, 3g of protein, and 9g of sugar. They’re completely non-GMO and certified organic.

Kate’s Tram Bites were selected to be a part of the October 2017 Trailfoody.

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This Energy Bar Will Satisfy Those Chocolate Cravings

Delightfully chewy, Bearded Brothers’ Mega Maca Chocolate energy bar is the perfect treat for those who love having some chocolate in their lives.

And yeah, we know, who doesn’t?

But it isn’t too sweet, and that’s why we like it. Unlike most energy bars that contain chocolate, this bar’s sweetness is subdued thanks to the added maca powder and sea salt.

And while it isn’t overpowering, the organic Mexican cocoa, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut sugar all combine to provide just the right amount of sweet to keep those cravings in check.

But that’s not all. The dates, almonds, cashews, and chia seeds add an extra nutty and almost earthy flavor to the mix that we love. It makes you feel like you’re biting into something truly healthy, but it still has that slight sweetness to it.

Texture wise, the dates, nuts, and chia seeds add an extremely subtle crunch to the chewiness, but you really have to pay attention to notice it. We can’t help loving that extra detail.

Nutritionally, this energy bar doesn’t disappoint. Containing 180 calories, 22g of carbs, 4g of fiber, and 5g of protein, it’ll give you the burst of energy you’ll need to push that extra mile! Oh, and it’s entirely vegan, gluten and soy free, low glycemic, USDA organic, paleo, and non-GMO.

How awesome is that?

Bearded Connections

Bearded Brothers proudly partners with Boneshaker, an organization based in Austin, Texas whose purpose is “To inspire kids toward daily physical activity, and encourage them to lead others to pursue healthier lifestyles.”

This partnership clearly shows that Bearded Brothers is committed to ensuring healthy lifestyles for everyone, and we think that’s incredible.

Bearded Brothers’ Mega Maca Chocolate energy bar was selected to be a part of the October 2017 Trailfoody.

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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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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 Gel Review: Huma Strawberry Chia Energy Gel

Looking to add some strawberry goodness to your next adventure? Try Huma’s strawberry flavored energy gel infused with chia seeds!

Huma started with this ancient fuel of the Tarahumara Indians, who, even to this day, fuel themselves with a special blend of chia seeds in order to complete epic 100+ mile marathons as part of their culture. How cool is that?!

And with 100 calories, 22g of carbs, 40mg of potassium, and 1g of both fiber and protein, this energy gel is the perfect tool for energy building and restoration. It’s specifically designed for glycogen supplementation so that you’ll never ‘bonk’ while out and about.

While it’s nutritious and energy building, that doesn’t mean that the taste has been sacrificed. Huma’s 100% all-natural strawberry gel is delightfully sweet thanks to the strawberry puree, evaporated cane juice, and brown rice syrup found in the ingredients.

Unlike most energy gels, Huma’s Chia Energy Gel doesn’t contain any artificial flavoring, so you can trust that that strawberry flavor is the real deal.

All of Huma’s energy gels are completely caffeine and gluten free, and are entirely vegan friendly. Thus, this energy gel is clearly a no-brainer.

We selected the strawberry Huma Chia Energy Gel as part of the August 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s what our tasters had to say:

“I’d like to say that I save this energy gel for when I really need it, but I just can’t resist that kind of flavor. Thankfully those chia seeds provide long lasting energy…”

Grif Steele
Millenium-Ride Cyclist

“The fresh strawberry taste truly pops once it hits the tongue and leaves you wanting more.”

Britt Foodlove
Lover of all Things Berry

“I thought I smelled strawberries…”

Gracie
Berry Super Sniffer

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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.