Power Up With Local Nutrition Bars

Whether you eat them as a snack or as a meal, made-in-Colorado nutrition bars are loaded with organic ingredients, packed with protein and—best of all—taste great. Here are nine products to stock up on now.

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WILDE BARS
Made in: Boulder
The basics: The first shelf-stable meat bars use 95 percent-lean cuts of grass-fed beef sirloin tips, free-range chicken and turkey and uncured pork belly plus fruits, veggies and ancient grains for a paleo-friendly, gluten-free and nut-, dairy- and soy-free snack packed with 110-130 calories and 10-11 grams of protein.
Fab flavors: Maple Uncured Bacon Blueberry, Sweet Thai Style Basil, Peach BBQ, Turkey Cranberry
Get it: $2.49, at Kroger, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers

EVO HEMP BARS
Made in: Boulder
The basics: These non- GMO, vegan, paleo, gluten- free and USDA organic American-grown hemp bars are made with hemp seeds, fruits and nuts and pack 7 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber in each tasty 190- to 200-calorie treat.
Fab flavors: Pineapple Almond, Apple Pecan, Mango Macadamia, Cacao Dragon, Cherry Walnut, Cashew Cacao
Get it: $2.49-$2.79, at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, King Soopers

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HONEY STINGER PROTEIN BARS
Made in: Steamboat Springs
The basics: A meal replacement, snack or post-workout recovery bar, these 180- to 200- calorie gluten-free bars include more than 30 percent USDA-certified organic honey, 10 grams of whey protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, calcium, antioxidants and no trans fats.
Fab flavors: Peanut Butta, Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry, Mint Almond, Coconut Almond, Cherry Almond
Get it: $25.35-$34.35 (box of 15)

LITHIC NUTRITION BARS
Made in: Aurora
The basics: Paleo, all-natural, non-GMO and soy-, lactose- and gluten-free, these bars are fortified with a base protein of sustainably raised crickets (roasted and milled into a fine powder) along with nutrient-packed superfoods to offer 15 grams of protein in each 250- to 260-calorie snack.
Fab flavors: Banana Bread, Blueberry Vanilla, Dark Chocolate Brownie
Get it: $15 (box of five)

UNWRAPP’D
Made in: Denver
The basics: As its name implies, this yummy refrigerated nutrition dough comes unwrapped in 12-ounce jars and can be rolled up into balls and eaten raw (our fave) or baked into bars. With simple, clean, paleo, gluten-free ingredients (think peanuts, dates, pumpkin seeds, raw cocoa, salt), this is our new go-to treat.
Fab flavors: Vanilla Almond Pecan, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Banana Nut Muffin, Mint Chocolate, Cookie Dough
Get it: $9.49

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BRAVO BARS
Made in: Denver
The basics: Soft-baked bars that taste like cookies, these paleo-friendly gluten-, soy- and GMO-free snacks contain nothing but nuts, seeds, dried fruit and protein. With around 10 grams of protein and 200 calories per bar, they’re chewy, moist and perpetually stashed in our gym bag.
Fab flavors: Cherry Coconut, Cran Nut & Seeds, Chocolate Cran Almond
Get it: $35.88 (box of 12)

DON’T GO NUTS SNACK BARS
Made in: Salida
The basics: Nut-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic (and delicious!), these bars are perfect to send to school with the kids and, at 170-190 calories a pop, make perfect snacks for Mom and Dad, too.
Fab flavors: Gorilla Power (chocolate chips), Whitewater Chomp (white chocolate), Blueberry Blast (oat bar with white chocolate), Lift Service (brownie with white chocolate), Boogie Board Bash (honey graham with white chocolate), Celestial Campout (honey oat with chocolate and crunch)
Get it: $1.79, at most grocers

VUKOO BARS
Made in: Aspen
The basics: Wrapped in the most elegant protein bar packaging we’ve ever seen, these organic, gluten-free, all-natural bars should be stored in the fridge, as they contain no preservatives. With around 20 grams of protein and 300 calories per bar, they’re perfect for refueling after a mountain adventure or tough workout.
Fab flavors: Colorado Wildflower Honey & Almonds, Organic Coconut & Toasted Carob, Organic Dark Chocolate, Almonds & Coconut
Get it: $4.99; $34.99 (per case), at select Whole Foods

FOURPOINTS BARS
Made in: Denver
The basics: Handcrafted using raw superfoods (dried plums, figs, cashews, almonds, hemp seed, flax seed and whey protein isolate), these nutrientdense bars contain no additives, preservatives or anything artificial. They’re also gluten-free with 10 grams of protein (and 230-280 calories).
Fab flavors: Alpine Apple-Cinnamon, Big Mountain Banana Bread, Mountain Mocha Espresso Bean
Get it: $36 (box of 12)

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