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In Vail, it’s crucial to always have snacks on hand. Whether you’re fueling an outdoor adventure or grabbing some quick energy before a gym session, here’s some ideas of on-the-go options you can throw in your purse, pack or duffel.

KIND Nut Bars 

These bars are available to pick up at the Vail Vitality Center, and they boast simple ingredients like nuts, mixed with fruits and spices and bound together with honey. The nuts create that protein punch and some sustained energy, as well as great flavor and a touch of sweet. Almond & Coconut has a great, chewy consistency, and the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt gets a spark of saltiness in with rich and smooth dark chocolate notes.

Kate’s Real Food Bars 

These wholesome energy bars are made small batch with organic ingredients. These are designed to keep your body fueled while you pursue your passions. Flavors include the Stash Bar that made with peanut butter, hemp and flax, as well as the Grizzly Bar, a peanut butter dark chocolate trail mix. Find these bars at the Vail Vitality Center, or order their bites online.

Sweetwood Jerky 

This Colorado company means you can get your meat any time, anywhere. This jerky is delicious and fresh, and it’s an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein on a hike or ski adventure. Options include “FATTY” hickory smoked meat sticks are a hybrid meat stick and summer sausage, and the “BULLY” hickory smoked beer bar is 100% beef and all natural ingredients. Order your jerky online.

Fourpoints Bar 

Also available at the Vitality Center, Fourpoints are all-natural real food energy bars that are designed to give you sustained energy when you need it most. Try the Alpine Apple-Cinnamon, it’s full of delicious flavor as well as essential macro nutrients. The bars also have whey protein, making them a well-rounded packable food option that’s raw and gluten-free.

Scratch Lab Fruit Drops

These energy chews are made with only real fruit, making for a more subtle taste that gives you that burst of sweet when you need it on the trail. The snacks are a convenient source of carbohydrate to help maintain blood sugar and performance during prolonged exercise. A single pouch has ten pieces. Pick some up at the Vail Vitality Center.

Kim Fuller is a freelance writer and editor based in Vail. 

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