Energy Food and Drink

You're going to need adequate fuel and hydration for your running and trail adventures. Here you can find the best-rated energy gels, chews, and bars, plus electrolyte, hydration, and recovery drinks in enough flavors and forms to please any palette (just be sure to give any a trial run before that big race).

Want more food for longer outdoor adventures? Check out our full independent reviews and ratings of trail and backcountry food and drink, including meals, desserts, coffee, and more.

Category

Gels and Chews
Bars
Drinks

Brand

Skratch Labs
Nuun
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition
Kind
Clif
ProBar
Tanka
GU
Epic Bar

User

Unisex
Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

Dharma Bars Endurance Bars

rated 3 of 5 stars These bars are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. Great for the meat-free, vegan outdoors person. As outdoor enthusiasts, we all consume a lot of bars. Dharma bars fill the bill for those people looking for a bar that is organic, vegan, gluten-free, or kosher. These 42 gram (1.48 oz) bars are available in three flavors that each have a different variety of ingredients to provide nutrition for different purposes. While I don't feel confident enough to explore Dharma Bars' claims for each bar,… Full review

Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are good bars, one of my favorite flavors. Chunky and satisfying. Great for trail running. I wish they had more protein. I've tried all of the Clif flavors, and these are among my top three fav's. It's easy to enjoy while trail running or hiking. As a snack, it's quite satisfying. I wish it would have more protein though. Recommended as a treat for long days in the backcountry. Full review

Clif Cool Mint Chocolate Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have two Cool Mint bars for lunch when backpacking. I add peanut butter from a squeeze tube. Not what I would eat at home for lunch but, when backpacking, they keep me going until dinner. I haven't had any digestive problems from them. And I agree that the Cool Mint Chocolate is the best flavor. Bought several last year for a trip which I couldn't go on because of family issues. Am storing them in the freezer. Has anyone had experience with freezing them? Full review

Clif Cool Mint Chocolate Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Clif's Cool Mint Chocolate is the most flavorful Clif Bar I have encountered and has become the box I am most likely to grab off the store shelf. Filling and easy to pack, the pros slightly outweigh the cons. I don't particularly like Clif Bars. However, Clif does provide enough value to me that I buy them for caving and backpacking. There are tastier and healthier alternatives, but Clif Bars are readily available and superior for activities like caving.  What I Like about the Cool Mint Chocolate… Full review

Clif Hot Chocolate Bar

rated 1 of 5 stars Appealing packaging and presentation cannot make up for a flavorless sawdust. Hands down the worst Clif Bar I have tried. With the holidays fast approaching Clif Bar, will soon be rolling out its seasonal flavors. So I thought this would be a good time to warn you away from trying the "Hot Chocolate" flavored bar. At my local REI, I grabbed an impulse item at the checkout. Who could blame me when the packaging looks so festive! The packaging was appropriate as I was hiking and camping near Jackson… Full review

Cusa Premium Instant Tea

rated 5 of 5 stars Cusa Tea is a powdered tea with no other ingredients except tea (with fruit in some flavors). It’s a clean, mostly organic product that is easy to use in the backcountry. It’s a good alternative to tea bags if hot water is not accessible or you don’t want to carry wet tea bags after steeping. Cusa Tea is a premium instant tea that makes tea drinking as easy as those ubiquitous skinny packets that coffee drinkers use. Several tea flavors come in the same kind of stick packaging, making it easy… Full review

Cusa Premium Instant Tea

rated 5 of 5 stars Hot or cold tea in an instant, no steeping required. Black, Oolong, or Green tea in several flavors. Sometimes all you need on a trip is a simple cup of tea. Cusa Premium Instant Tea makes this super easy. Packed into small slim packets, hot or cold tea is ready in seconds. During a recent Tahoe to Yosemite through hike, I tried all five of the Cusa tea flavors and they all passed my taste test. Being a green tea drinker in the morning, it was as simple as boiling some water and opening a packet,… Full review

Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars This bar packs a nice berry, nutty punch! I'm very active (run, hike, or walk daily) and need a quick, nutritious snack to keep me going. I've tried all the Clif bar flavors and these are my favorite. The nutty, berry flavor hits the spot. I break up the bars in chunks and with coffee beans, walnuts, almonds and dried fruit have a perfect trail mix. Full review

Clif Whey Protein Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A tasty protein snack, without a lot of sugar. I always love a good protein snack after a workout, whether a bike ride, gym run, or hike. Unfortunately, many yummy protein products are loaded with sugar, oftentimes more sugar than I would like. Clif's new Whey Protein Bar solves that problem. With a mere 5 grams of sugar, this bar gives you a decent post-exercise protein fix, without loading you up with sugar. The protein is supplied by whey, but also from Pea Protein and Brown Rice Protein. The… Full review

Top-Rated Energy Food and Drink

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix Drink
$2 - $35
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets Drink
$7 - $40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel Gel/Chew
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kind Nuts & Spices Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme Gel/Chew
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
$4 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$2 - $27
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Bar
$1 - $18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$3 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Whey Protein Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2 - $35
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tanka Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GU Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$2 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube Drink
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Epic Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoMacro Macrobar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food Gel/Chew
$14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$2 - $17
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$3 - $49
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$27 - $28
ProBar Meal Bar Bar
$3 - $39
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Drink
$18 - $29
Skratch Labs Daily Electrolyte Mix Drink
$12 - $30
GU Hydration Drink Tabs Drink
$7
Nuun All Day Hydration Tablets Drink
$8
AlpineAire Foods Super Greens Smoothie Drink
$5
Kate's Grizzly Bar Bar
$3
First Endurance PreRace Drink
$40
Kate's Tram Bar Bar
$3
Kind Plus Bar Bar
$2
Clif Mojo Bar Bar
$17
Skratch Labs Fruit Drops Gel/Chew
$17
Honey Stinger Protein Bar Bar
$3 - $31
Luna Protein Bar Bar
$17
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Drink
$20
AlpineAire Foods Berry Blast Smoothie Drink
$4
GU Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2
First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot Drink
$30 - $36
Kate's Stash Bar Bar
$3
Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar Bar
$2
AlpineAire Foods Banana Berry Smoothie Drink
$4
Tanka Bites Gel/Chew
$7
Hammer Nutrition HEED Drink
$2 - $19
Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans Gel/Chew
$1
Jelly Belly Sport Beans Gel/Chew
$1
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$2 - $30
Bobo’s Oat Bars Gluten-Free Bar Bar
$4
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