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.

Categories

Gels and Chews
Bars
Drinks

Brands

Clif
Skratch Labs
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition
ProBar
PowerBar
Kind
Nuun
GU
Pure

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

ProBar Superfood Slam Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Fat, carbs, fiber, AND protein? Sign me up for a great meal on the go: urban, backcountry, and everywhere in between. These bars are pretty simple, so I'll try to keep the review the same way. ProBar Meal bars are just that: a meal in a pouch. The mix of (mostly organic) nuts, fruits, and grains make for a filling, sweet main course that is easily rounded out with a salty side snack for palette balance. That is really my only gripe with these. Though the ingredients are all natural, the sweetness… Full review

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars TurboPUP bars are nutrient dense meal bars that can be used to feed your furry friend on backpacking trips, day hikes, while traveling, or any other time. The bars offer complete K9 nutrition for short or long term feeding. During a last-minute rush of shopping before leaving for a weeklong trip to New Hampshire's White Mountains, I stumbled onto Backcountry K9.com. Since my dog Pickle would be backpacking with me for three days of this trip, I wanted to see if there was any new dog gear worth trying. Full review

Kind Fruit & Nut Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The best way to think about this is as a trail mix in bar form. Nice amount of calories for the weight of the bar. A little sticky so watch your hands, but chewy and you can really taste the fruit and nuts. Has that "all natural" taste as it's advertised, which may be considered a bit bland to some. I think it's a great trail snack and everything in between. I’ve seen these around, but have only recently tried one. They’re available in warehouse clubs as well as local grocery stores. I’m always… Full review

A3 White Lightning Marshmallow Bar

rated 3 of 5 stars Small, three -bite, marshmallow soy crisp bar with a slight nutty undertone. The usual stickiness of marshmallow rice treats applies here! Don’t leave in your car unattended! Calories/nutrients-to-weight, it works as a trail snack as long as the taste suits you. I received this as part of a prize pack from Trailspace, thanks TS! Bentbrook’s review on 5/11/14 hit the high the nail on the head with the pictures on the ingredients and nutritional information. I took the same pictures and remembered… Full review

Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Clif bar is part of a healthy need-protein-now lifestyle. It is an organic food for active people who do not want to eat a full meal and wait for 4 to 6 hrs. for digestion. Grabbing a Clif bar can boost your energy before going on a long hike or strenuous exercise. It fits right into your pocket or can be packed in a daypack for easy consumption, no hassle in the kitchen, just grab n go! Ahhhh! Clif Bar. We're all familiar with the packaging. Each individual serving is packaged and has a flavor… Full review

GU Energy Gel

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I have tried all the flavors of the GU energy gel. The one that tastes the best to me are the strawberry banana and the peanut butter. The chocolate is way too filling and the mocha (caffeine in the ingredients) make me feel way too thirsty during the run. Just this year running has become a very successful hobby of mine. While training for my fist half marathon I used GU. The first flavor I used was strawberry banana. The texture was comparable to syrup. The next few flavors I tried were the caramel,… Full review

Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix

rated 5 of 5 stars This drink makes my recovery after a long run or even a workout so much smoother. What really made this so appealing to me is that the taste was so amazing. When I mix the servings with water it tastes like in drinking strawberry milk. This is a very effective and tasty recovery drink. I had heard about this drink from a friend of mine who is a much more dedicated runner than myself. He recommended this to me because I had just gotten done with my first half marathon. When I continued training I… Full review

Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk

rated 5 of 5 stars Milk for the backcountry that tastes a lot like milk. Whole milk with milkfat retained. Great for breakfast cereals, in coffee, in meals and can even be drunk by itself. Nothing like the powdered non-fat milk commonly sold here in the US, Nestle's NIDO Dry Whole Milk is worth the effort to track down. The ingredients are simple; whole milk and a tiny bit (0.2%) of soy lecithin as an emulsifier. Being whole milk may contribute to the surprisingly good flavor, but it definitely adds some light to… Full review

A3 White Lightning Marshmallow Bar

rated 3 of 5 stars A quick lift is provided from this snack bar—"Anytime, anywhere, anyplace," to quote the packaging. For snacking when energy levels are lagging a bit or hunger is beginning to assert itself. Product seems to match its hype, but at a cost. The Hype The A3 Action Snax line is named after three colloquial adverbials that indicate the recommended time and place one may ingest this product--anytime, anywhere, anyplace (that's the A3 part; I shan't hazard a guess as to where "snax" came from). I learn… Full review

Top-Rated Energy Food and Drink

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Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Clif
Chocolate Brownie Bar
Bar
$1
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Skratch Labs
Exercise Hydration Mix
Drink
$2 - $19
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Honey Stinger
Organic Energy Chews
Gel/Chew
$2 - $22
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition
Hammer Gel
Gel/Chew
$1 - $20
Clif Chocolate Almond Fudge Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Chocolate Almond Fudge Bar
Bar
$1
Clif Chocolate Chip Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Chocolate Chip Bar
Bar
$1
Honey Stinger Energy Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger
Energy Bar
Bar
$1 - $16
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition
Race Caps Supreme
Gel/Chew
$50
ProBar Cocoa Pistachio Sweet and Savory Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ProBar
Cocoa Pistachio Sweet and Savory Bar
Bar
$39
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut
Bar
$1 - $19
Clif Crunch Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Crunch Bar
Bar
$4
PowerBar Harvest
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PowerBar
Harvest
Bar
$30
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition
Recoverite Drink Mix
Drink
$4 - $57
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind
Fruit & Nut Bar
Bar
$2
Clif Shot
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Clif
Shot
Gel/Chew
$1
Nuun Hydration Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nuun
Hydration Tablets
Drink
$6 - $24
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU
Electrolyte Brew Tablets
Drink
$5 - $64
ProBar Superfood Slam Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar
Superfood Slam Bar
Bar
$3
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
Bar
$1
Pure Organic Food Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pure
Organic Food Bar
Bar
$2
Honey Stinger Stinger Waffle
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Honey Stinger
Stinger Waffle
Bar
$1 - $19
ProBar Whole Berry Blast Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ProBar
Whole Berry Blast Bar
Bar
$3
Tanka  Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tanka
Bar
Bar
$3 - $16
Clif Builder's MAX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Builder's MAX
Bar
$3
GU Chomps
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GU
Chomps
Gel/Chew
$2 - $27
Clif Shot Bloks
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Shot Bloks
Gel/Chew
$2 - $41
Clif Black Cherry Almond Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Black Cherry Almond Bar
Bar
$1
Clif Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Bar
Bar
$1 - $16
Vitalyte Drink Mix
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vitalyte
Drink Mix
Drink
$1 - $16
GU Energy Gel
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
GU
Energy Gel
Gel/Chew
$1 - $34
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU
Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink
Drink
$3 - $30
Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter Builder's Bar
Clif
Crunchy Peanut Butter Builder's Bar
Bar
$2
Skout Natural Foods Trailbar Sampler
Skout Natural Foods
Trailbar Sampler
Bar
$2 - $11
Clif Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
Clif
Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
Bar
$4
ProBar Peanut Butter Bar
ProBar
Peanut Butter Bar
Bar
$3
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem
Hammer Nutrition
Perpetuem
Drink
$3 - $30
PowerBar Triple Threat
PowerBar
Triple Threat
Bar
$30
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink
GU
Electrolyte Brew Drink
Drink
$2 - $31
PowerBar Performance Energy Bar
PowerBar
Performance Energy Bar
Bar
$2 - $18
CamelBak Berry Elixir
CamelBak
Berry Elixir
Drink
$10
Clif Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar
Clif
Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar
Bar
$1
Skout Natural Foods Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar
Skout Natural Foods
Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar
Bar
$2 - $26
Clif Luna Iced Oatmeal Raisin
Clif
Luna Iced Oatmeal Raisin
Bar
$1
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar
Clif
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar
Bar
$4
Clif Banana Nut Bread Bar
Clif
Banana Nut Bread Bar
Bar
$1
 
Nature’s Coffee Kettle
Hot Apple Cider
Drink
$4
Skout Natural Foods Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar
Skout Natural Foods
Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar
Bar
$2 - $26
ProBar Cran-Lemon Twister Bar
ProBar
Cran-Lemon Twister Bar
Bar
$3
Clif Strawberry Shot Bloks
Clif
Strawberry Shot Bloks
Gel/Chew
$2
Elete Electrolyte Drink Mix
Elete
Electrolyte Drink Mix
Drink
$6
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