These raw bars combine great nutrition with even greater taste. – By Thomas Okes

Tupperware takes time. And whether you’re running ultras, running late or just running the kids down to school, it’s easy to feel that you just don’t have enough of it. To the rescue of depleted glycogen stores everywhere, on the mountain, in the office and on the playground: raw bars come packed with easily absorbable nourishment that won’t spike your sugar levels and leave you crashed out on the conference table.

We tested a lot of these bars in the MH office – no, but, a lot – and settled on our top three. These smart bars are designed to contain as much protein, low-GI carbs and healthy fats into one little wrapper as possible – and pack a powerful punch in the taste stakes as well. So whether you’re stuck for a school lunch, stalled at 50km or spacing out at 3pm, one of these in your back pocket will get you back on track.

1. Trek Bars

R25 / 68G / MAJOR SUPERMARKETS

Cleverly divided into segments, these bars are easily consumed in intervals, whether those are measured in distance markers or lunch breaks. A smart mix of fruits and nuts will keep you fuelled with sustained energy – but the best feature? Organic bars don’t come tastier than Trek.

Peanut Power

Dates, soya protein, tapioca starch, peanut butter, peanuts, gluten-free oats, rice starch

850 kJ 10g protein 26g carbs 6g fat

Cocoa Chaos

Dates, soy protein, fruit juice concentrates, raisins, cashews, cocoa

780 kJ 10g protein 27g carbs 3.5g fat

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2. Superbar

R21 / 45G / IAMSUPERBAR.CO.ZA

Superbar founder Christo Smeda is pretty super, himself: the Ironman and Skyrunner designed these bars as a way of packing lots of protein, good fats and natural carbs into one light, easy-to-carry and even-easier-to-unwrap slab of energy. Best for stashing in the pockets of your cycling shirt or running shorts.

I Am Raw

Almonds, dates, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, chia seeds

928 kJ 7g protein 22g carbs 13g fat

I Am Training

Cashew butter, cacao, macadamia butter, goji berries, pea protein, pumpkin seeds, dates

656 kJ 6g protein 25g carbs 7g fat

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3. Rush Bar

R18 / 50G / RUSHBAR.CO.ZA

Beloved by trail junkies everywhere, Rush bars are the brainchild of an active chef and a convenience-prioritising mom, and as green as can be, from the biodegradable packaging to the hemp protein powder, maca root and spirulina inside it. Enjoy with a sip from a river stream, somewhere up high.

Endurance

Dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds, gluten-free oats, quinoa, camu camu

762 kJ 5g protein 23g carbs 7g fat

Training

Dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cacao, ginger, hemp, raisins

642 kJ 5g protein 15g carbs 8g fats

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