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

Brands

Skratch Labs
Clif
Nuun
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition
Kind
Bonk Breaker
GU
ProBar
Omnibar

User

Kids'

Price

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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

Redd Superfood Energy Bars

rated 3 of 5 stars A new 10-gram energy bar that includes a host of Superfoods. Also packed with quite an assortment of vitamins and minerals. R.E.D.D. or Research Enhanced Design and Development is a relative newcomer to the large field of energy bars. What they have done to separate themselves from that field, is to pack each 56-62 gram bar with superfoods, vitamins, and minerals. Three flavors are offered: Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate. Each bar supplies 10 grams of protein and 220-230 calories per serving. Full review

Honey Stinger Snack Bar

rated 3 of 5 stars All natural snack bar. Gluten free and non-GMO. A quick nutritious snack. Honey Stinger Cran-Apple and Walnut snack bars are small, three-bite snacks that work well on the trail. Containing 8 natural ingredients, the bars provide 150 calories, 5 grams of fat and offer 3 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates. Over the past two months, I took these bars on two backpacking trips of a combined 16 days and 150 miles. Used as a mid morning and afternoon snack they gave me extra energy without… Full review

Simple Squares Organic Nutrition Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars 100% organic ingredients with no fillers. Eight tasty flavors that are out of the ordinary. Smaller than the normal bars. The new kid on the block, Simple Squares is offering up a new alternative to the nutrition bar scene. They offer eight out of the ordinary flavors made from five all natural, organic ingredients together with different spices. These bars are not filled with grain or rice fillers but boast ingredients such as organic cashew, almonds, honey, coconut, vanilla,and sea salt. Several… Full review

GoMacro Macrobar

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a healthy, flavorful snack bar that provides easily digestible energy. MacroBars, with their natural, macrobiotic and minimally processed ingredients offers an alternative to processed energy bars or sugary candy bars filled with unpronounceable ingredients. The bars are made with a variety of flavors such as chocolate, banana, coconut and berries mixed in a base of peanut, almond or sunflower butter. The organic vegan bars are compact, flavorful and free of gluten, soy and dairy.  I found… Full review

Honey Stinger Organic Waffle

rated 4 of 5 stars The taste of maple and honey in a gluten-free waffle cookie. A sweet energy boost. As a trail snack, you can't beat the Honey Stinger Organic Waffle cookie. Excellent taste and texture make this a perfect treat. During a 56-mile, 6-day trip along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains my wife and I consumed quite a few of these great snacks. Prior to 2000 foot passes we would munch on one of these waffle cookies and get a nice sugar boost which would help propel us up and over. Each… Full review

EnergyBits and RecoveryBits

rated 2.5 of 5 stars EnergyBits and RecoveryBits use algae as their main ingredient, an energy dense food source. A good substitute for the standard protein bar. I often am offered the chance to try new and unusual products, EnergyBits and RecoveryBits definitely fit into this category. Both products are made from 100% algae. The Energy Bits one ingredient is spirulina algae and the Recovery Bits are comprised of chlorella algae. While this may seem an odd choice for consumption, algae is one of the most energy dense… Full review

Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube

rated 4 of 5 stars Hammer Fizz is my go-to ingredient in my bottles. Replenishes electrolytes and helps prevent cramps. I give it 4 stars. If the taste was completely non-bitter, it would be 5 stars. Highly recommended. I am a road cyclist, and Hammer Fizz has become the primary ingredient in my water bottles. For many years I have used maltodextrin (et al)-based drink mix. No matter how I prepared them, even combining several mixes, I found them either too light or too syrupy.  For long rides here in the Northeast… Full review

Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem

rated 5 of 5 stars This has been my secret to sustained energy and endurance on very long hikes and bike rides. It has everything you need to not "hit the wall" in your last mile! I swear by it! I have tried almost every sports drink on the market and this still tops out at #1 for me. Single serving packages seen here. This is marketed as a fuel source for extreme athletes and a product that will utilize fat storage for energy sparing the muscles of increased rate of atrophy. I have used this and other Hammer products… Full review

Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars This is so delicious!!! Packed with calories and so satisfying, you must try one! If you like peanut butter and jelly then you are going to LOVE this! I love this protein bar. It is one of my favorites. It is so satisfying and fulfilling. I feel like I have eaten a meal after eating one of these. If you haven't tried one yet, go to REI or some other store that sells them and buy one now.  Calories: 240  Carbs: 25 grams Fiber 3 grams Protein: 15 grams For a small protein bar this really takes 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 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Clif Chocolate Chip Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets Drink
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel Gel/Chew
$1 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Chocolate Almond Fudge Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kind Nuts & Spices Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Energy Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme Gel/Chew
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bar
$1
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
$4 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$1 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Bar
$1 - $4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets Drink
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Superfood Slam Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Omnibar Energy Bar Bar
$29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Whole Milk Drink
$5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bar
$1
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ProBar Whole Berry Blast Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tanka Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GU Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$1 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube Drink
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoMacro Macrobar Bar
$4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food Gel/Chew
$2 - $3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Snack Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Clif Builder's Chocolate Mint Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$2
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Carrot Cake Bar Bar
$1
Skout Organic Trailbar Sampler Bar
$12
 
ProBar Cran-Raspberry Fuel Bar Bar
$1
 
Clif Mojo Fruit and Nut Bar
$2
ProBar Meal Bar Bar
$3
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Drink
$1 - $19
Clif Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar Bar
$1
ProBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Bite Bar Bar
$2
Clif Builder's Vanilla Almond Bar Bar
$1
GU Hydration Drink Tabs Drink
$7
Nuun All Day Hydration Tablets Drink
$8
 
Skout Organic Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
Clif Strawberry Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2
ProBar Cookie Dough Base Bar Bar
$3
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