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Why Näak energy bars are the ultimate fuel for ultra endurance athletes

Nutritious and filling energy bars are an essential for all athletes but can be hard to come across. Despite their health claims, many energy bars on the market are overly processed, contain high amounts of sugar, and are simply quite unhealthy. It may seem almost impossible to find an energy bar that supports health and performance while still tasting good. 

At Näak, we took on the challenge of creating the only energy bar you’ll ever need. Made with natural ingredients and no preservatives or refined sugar, Näak energy bars are everything you wished for! Their nutritional value and physical characteristics are designed to meet the energy needs of ultra endurance athletes looking to redefine what is possible in sport. What makes our bars so unique? Read on to find out why so many athletes are turning to Näak! 

Näak energy bars provide sustainable fuel 

Our energy bars provide sustainable fuel for long-lasting energy. After an extended period of exercise, athletes start to run low on glycogen supply. Glycogen, the stored form of glucose, is what fuels your muscles with energy, which is why consuming glucose is critical for extended workouts. Thankfully, Näak energy bars contain 28 grams of carbohydrates to help replenish your glycogen stores, allowing you to push through your workouts! Plus, our bars’ brownie-like texture makes them easy to chew and swallow, making them a convenient and tasty option during your workouts!

With 28 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of complete protein, our energy bars are also the perfect post-workout snack for ultra endurance athletes. Research has shown that consuming a 4:1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio after exercise results in higher glycogen stores than consuming carbs alone. On the other hand, consuming high amounts of protein slows rehydration and glycogen replenishment, which is why the 4:1 ratio is ideal for endurance athletes who train regularly!

The ingredient list is short and simple

Many of the energy bars on the market have an ongoing list of unpronounceable ingredients, making it difficult to know what you’re putting in your body. Here at Näak, we keep the list of ingredients short and simple to keep it less confusing. We only use real ingredients such as dates, cricket powder, and sunflower seed butter for natural sweetness and protein without any compromise on taste! Additionally, because our bars are made from cricket powder, they are naturally gluten and dairy free. They are therefore convenient for most diets and suitable for many allergies and intolerances.  

Cricket powder!

What makes our energy bars so unique is the addition of cricket powder. Why is this ingredient so special for ultra endurance athletes? Well, cricket flour is a superfood, containing a complete source of protein, high amounts of vitamin B12 and iron, essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, antioxidants, and more! Because cricket protein contains all 9 essential amino acids, it is a complete source of protein. This is perfect for endurance athletes as complete protein sources allow for optimal muscle recovery and synthesis after training. Learn more about all the benefits that cricket flour has here

Helps replenish your electrolytes

When you exercise, certain electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, are lost in sweat and therefore need to be replaced to maintain proper fluid balance in the body. That’s why for ultra endurance athletes, replenishing your sodium and potassium levels is important to help balance electrolyte levels lost through sweat and to prevent muscle cramping during intense physical activity. This is when Näak energy bars come in handy: with around 180 mg of electrolytes in every bar, you can restore your electrolyte levels and avoid dehydration while you exercise! 

They’re simply delicious!

With most energy bars, it seems like you can’t win. It’s either you have a good-for-you bar that tastes terrible, or an energy bar that tastes really good but is loaded with sugars and artificial ingredients. The reason many bars taste weird is due to the protein source used: most include whey protein isolate or concentrate, which some find to be unpalatable. However, Näak energy bars use cricket protein which has a very mild and slightly nutty taste. This flavor pairs perfectly with our other natural ingredients, making this energy bar taste delicious. Additionally, Näak energy bars currently come in 7 different flavours, so you are sure to find a flavor that fits your liking! 

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Näak energy bars were made by athletes, for athletes, which is why these bars provide you with everything you need to excel in performance! With a 4:1 carbohydrate/protein ratio, natural ingredients, electrolyte sources, and great taste, Näak energy bars are the ultimate fuel for ultra endurance athletes. You’ll never need another energy bar again. 

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