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

Clif
Skratch Labs
Nuun
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition
Kind
GU
ProBar
Omnibar
Backpacker's Pantry

User

Kids'

Price

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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

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

Ambronite

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Utter bunch of fraudsters! Take your money and run. Read so many bad reviews about them. AVOID! 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

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

Top-Rated Energy Food and Drink

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar Bar
$1
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 - $43
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $22
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 - $33
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kind Nuts & Spices Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Energy Bar Bar
$32
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
$1
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Bar
$1 - $22
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets Drink
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$3 - $23
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
$8
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 - $32
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 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Epic Bar Bar
$24
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoMacro Macrobar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food Gel/Chew
$2 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$1 - $13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$30 - $32
Clif Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Bar
$4
ProBar Meal Bar Bar
$3 - $31
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Drink
$27
Clif Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar Bar
$3
Skratch Labs Daily Electrolyte Mix Drink
$20 - $34
GU Hydration Drink Tabs Drink
$7
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar Bar
$4
Nuun All Day Hydration Tablets Drink
$8 - $55
AlpineAire Foods Super Greens Smoothie Drink
$4
Kate's Grizzly Bar Bar
$39
First Endurance PreRace Drink
$40
Kate's Tram Bar Bar
$3
Kind Plus Bar Bar
$2
Clif Mojo Bar Bar
$2 - $18
 
Skratch Labs Fruit Drops Gel/Chew
$25
Clif Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Bar
$3
GU Chomps Gel/Chew
$26
Honey Stinger Protein Bar Bar
$2 - $28
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Drink
$20
AlpineAire Foods Berry Blast Smoothie Drink
$3 - $4
Hammer Nutrition Organic Bar Bar
$30
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