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

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

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

Ally's Bar Original Sweet Potato

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tired of nutrition bars that taste the same as the last one?? This is a tasty and very healthy alternative. Ally Stacher is a Northern California native, who is a cyclist with the Specialized/Lululemon women's pro cycling team. She has become known as the nutrition guru for the team, and is always making healthy things to share with her fellow riders. One of these things is a energy bar made with sweet potatoes and dates, which was a big hit in the team, and Ally's Bar was born. Some of us have… Full review

Nuun Hydration Tablets

rated 5 of 5 stars Nuun Active has become my all-season, all activity, go-to electrolyte drink. I picked up my first tube of Nuun this summer after being drawn to the aestethically pleasing packaging and the myriad of flavors to choose from. I picked up strawberry lemonade and fruit punch and used them that same day. A little backstory: I have been searching for an electrolyte replacer for awhile as I can't stomach any of the pre-made sugar ladened drinks on the market (I get terrible acid reflux from them and it… Full review

Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Simply put, it's trail mix in bar form. A hearty supply of peanuts (and peanut butter), yummy chocolate bits, a mix of seeds (pumpkin and sunflower) and raisins — although it's a little light on the raisins. This bar reminds me of the bag of trail mix that my mother used to pack for me before I went out camping/hiking as a kid with my older brothers. It has the peanuts, the chocolate chunks, the raisins, the seeds and even the sea salt (which imitates the flavors of the pretzels that my mom would… Full review

Cave Man Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Wooyah gomunu khoiyo wuluwulu wayah komoyu sziliya wadah! (Translation from the Neanderthal: A tasty bar that will keep you going on the hunt!) Our part-time trail buddy and part-time trail angel Pennie picked up a couple of these for me for the Kearsarge Pass resupply on the JMT. Why me? Because I have the unusual habit of making exclamations and proclamations, and sometimes even telling feature-length stories in fluent Neanderthal. I added it to my bar ration for the day after resupply and gobbled… Full review

Mariani Cranberry Honeybar

rated 5 of 5 stars Mariani's Cranberry Honeybar is 40 grams of deliciousness. Made from REAL foods, there are no artificial flavors, coloring, or ingredients. Throw this in your snack bag, and your mouth will thank you for it! My biggest complaint against most power/energy/nutrition bars is they are made from so many artificial ingredients, they are not real food. (Consider my review on the ZonePerfect Bar.) Over the past year, I have read many articles and blogs that show our society is no longer eating real food;… Full review

Clif Mojo Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Tasty energy on the go. Great for a fast snack that won't slow you down. Lots of fat calories to give the belly a break from heavy carb loads. This variety is more heat sensitive than others so not advised for hot weather trips. Far different from the standard Clif Bar the Mojo Trail Mix line of bars are something to eat because you want to, not because you need to. All of the flavors I have tried so far have been a delicious way of adding some variety to my on trail diet. The Dark Chocolate Almond… Full review

Clif Mojo Cranberry Almond

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tasty energy on the go. Great for a fast snack that won't slow you down. Lots of fat calories to give the belly a break from heavy carb loads. Far different from the standard Clif Bar the Mojo Trail Mix line of bars are something to eat because you want to, not because you need to. All of the flavors I have tried so far have been a delicious way of adding some variety to my on trail diet. The Cranberry Almond flavor, like the others in the Mojo line, gets a lot of its calories from fat. Trying to… Full review

Clif Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tasty energy on the go. Great for a fast snack that won't slow you down. Lots of fat calories to give the belly a break from heavy carb loads. Far different from the standard Clif Bar the Mojo Trail Mix line of bars are something to eat because you want to, not because you need to. All of the flavors I have tried so far have been a delicious way of adding some variety to my on trail diet. The Wild Blueberry Almond flavor, like the others in the Mojo line, gets a lot of its calories from fat. Trying… Full review

ZonePerfect Fudge Graham Bar

rated 1 of 5 stars If you consider artificially flavored Soy Protein Nuggets as a real food, and your choices lie between starvation and eating ZonePerfect's Fudge Graham Bar, then there is a 50/50 chance you might be able to choke down this "nutrition" bar (nutrition being a relative term here). September 30 update: After reading my review on the Fudge Graham Bar, my friend Carrie bought me a ZonePerfect Strawberry Yogurt Bar—she insisted this flavor of bar is much better (Please note, this is the SAME Carrie who… Full review

Top-Rated Energy Food and Drink

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Nuun Hydration Tablets
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun
Hydration Tablets
Drink
$6 - $52
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Skratch Labs
Exercise Hydration Mix
Drink
$2 - $19
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger
Organic Waffle
Bar
$1 - $22
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
Honey Stinger Energy Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger
Energy Bar
Bar
$2 - $31
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
$22
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition
Recoverite Drink Mix
Drink
$4 - $56
Clif Shot
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif
Shot
Gel/Chew
$1 - $22
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind
Fruit & Nut Bar
Bar
$2
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU
Electrolyte Brew Tablets
Drink
$7 - $64
ProBar Superfood Slam Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar
Superfood Slam Bar
Bar
$3
Nuun U Hydration Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nuun
U Hydration Tablets
Drink
$56
Pure Organic Food Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pure
Organic Food Bar
Bar
$2
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 - $24
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 Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU
Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel
Gel/Chew
$3 - $59
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 Blueberry Crisp Bar
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Blueberry Crisp Bar
Bar
$1
Kate's Tram Bar
Kate's
Tram Bar
Bar
$3
Ally's Bar Original Sweet Potato
NEW!
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)

Ally's Bar Original Sweet Potato
Bar

available Fall 2014
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
$22
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink
GU
Electrolyte Brew Drink
Drink
$2 - $31
PowerBar Performance Energy Bar
PowerBar
Performance Energy Bar
Bar
$2
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
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
ProBar Fruition Strawberry
ProBar
Fruition Strawberry
Bar
$2
Skout Natural Foods Organic Chocolate + Coconut Trailbar
Skout Natural Foods
Organic Chocolate + Coconut Trailbar
Bar
$2 - $26
Starbucks Gourmet Hot Cocoa
Starbucks
Gourmet Hot Cocoa
Drink
$1
Kind Mini Kind Plus Bar
Kind
Mini Kind Plus Bar
Bar
$14
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