There’s no shortage of pre-packaged energy bars on the market — the tricky part is finding one with the right amount of protein, carbs, sugars and healthy fats.
Hadfield’s favorites are Picky Bars, which are made with whole and local ingredients, including dates, nuts, seeds, apricots and natural sweeteners like honey and cinnamon. The natural ingredients are chosen based on their ability to control hunger and aid digestion.
The bars maintain a balance of macro-nutrients — 25% fat, 60% carbohydrate and 15% protein — and they have a carb-to-protein ration that’s optimal for nutrient absorption, says Hadfield. At 200 calories a bar, they make a good post-run snack too.