Ever dig your hungry paws into your backpack for a snack on the trail only to pull out a smashed, melted energy bar?
Sure it still gives you the boost you need to keep on trucking down the trail, but licking the wrapper and having to wash your hands afterward isn’t exactly ‘fast-and-easy.’ Those sports energy gels can be just as messy and sticky too, and are often less than satisfying to eat.
That’s why I was so psyched to discover Jelly Belly Sport Beans ($1.20, www.sportsbeans.com). Basically these are jelly beans that are designed to provide you energy when you’re really exercising or exerting yourself. They are packed with carbohydrate for fuel, electrolytes (sodium and potassium) for proper fluid balance, and B1, B2, B3, and C vitamins.
A study by the University of California even found that Sport Beans are just as effective as popular sports drinks and gels. Yes, they’re as tasty as any old jelly bean — but better for you. Sport Beans come in four flavors: Lemon Lime, Orange, Berry Blue and Fruit Punch, and are great for mixing with gorp too.