Fitness enthusiasts are familiar with performance gels and bars, and all too familiar with their saccharine flavors. Luckily, Clif Bar has conceded to runners, lifters, and hungry men everywhere. The company announced that its new line of savory energy bars and gels—flavored like pizza, BBQ, and sweet potato fries—will be unveiled this February, the Wall Street Journal reports.
These flavors may not sound super appetizing—especially in gel form—but dont knock 'em till you try 'em. Who knows, a squeeze of BBQ gel could be your new go-to mid-marathon boost.
To help ease you into the trend, we've rounded up five other nutrition bar companies, each with its own line of savory creations. With flavors like Thai Sweet Chili, Beef Habanero Cherry, Coconut Curry, and Moroccan Spice, these bars will make your old ones look like candy.
You’ll find ingredients like almonds, pumpkin seeds, honey, and sea salt in all of KIND'S Strong & Kind savory bars, in addition to punched-up spices that give each bar its singularly unique kick. Choose from these five flavors:
Take it from them: “This hickory-smoked, protein-packed bar isn't just bold, it's down-right rugged. It's like the beard-growing, wood-chopping, pick-up truck driving snack that doesn't need a map when it goes walking in the woods. Your hunger has nothing on this bar.”
Mediterra's Savory Bars
Mediterra is the first company to combine the health benefits of the ancient Mediterranean Diet with the convenience of a bar.
Their bars contain six grams of protein and fiber, are rich in vegetable content, and low in calories and sugar, of course. Protein-rich pea crisps and a touch of olive oil make these bars the perfect fix for a serious salt craving sans all the sodium. Pick from these two flavors:
These protein bars from EPIC are nutrient-dense, flavorful and wholly symbolic of North American hunter-gatherer fare. All of the bars are made from 100% grass-fed animal protein, are Paleo friendly, gluten free and designed with nature in mind. These will meet all of your meat and energy demands, plus your taste buds are guaranteed an experience unlike any other. Try one of their five flavors:
Journey bars are a grab-and-go snack made to taste like a meal, not a chocolate-covered candy bar. These nutrition bars are made from whole grains, almonds, herbs and spices inspired by healthy cuisine and global flavors. Pick from these five flavors:
These bars from SLOW Food For Fast Lives were cooked up on the premise of crafting something nutritious and savory for on-the-go snacking. A trip to the farmers’ market and some ingenuity in the kitchen yielded these four savory bars, each inspired by different geographic locations around the world. Try these innovative creations:
- California (almond, kale, pomegranate, quinoa) - Thai (peanut, chili, brown rice, bell pepper) - Moroccan (pistachio, currants, carrots, ginger) - Indian (cashew, cumin, cauliflower, coconut)