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

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

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

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

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews

rated 5 of 5 stars This is my go-to energy snack while hiking! I'm addicted! I always have a few bags in my hip belt pockets. Grapefruit is my favorite flavor. They are easy to open, easy to eat while hiking, and so delicious. This is what I ALWAYS bring on every hiking trip for snacks and energy. I chose to review these awesome energy chews because I eat them all the time while hiking. They are my favorite grab-and-go snack. There are several flavors to choose from. They are a bit pricey but worth it to me. I found… Full review

Packit Gourmet Mango-Kale Jump-Start Smoothie

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Despite ALL of the rest of their products being THE BEST, this one's a swing and a miss. I FINALLY FOUND IT!!! A Packit Gourmet product that I don't love... Just gotta say that I really miss the "Eat a Peach Fruit Smoothie". The berry and tropical are BOTH GREAT, but that peach smoothie was my favorite. One of these fruit smoothies, a Clif bar (or equivalent), and a cup of coffee in the morning and I'm ready for the trail.   And now, as the late, great Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story... Full review

Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml

rated 5 of 5 stars A delicate complex vintage with just a hint of vinegar and preservatives. Plus, it packs great. Black Box has a delectable assortment of 500 ml box wines. You can usually find them at the Walgreens. I have never had one leak in my pack. The taste is always the same, which is good. Would hate to hike in and find out my wine has gone bad. Haven't had one freeze on me yet, either, down to about 20 degrees. Here is a picture of a hotel party just off trail somewhere: It. Is. On! Don't have any pictures… Full review

Naked Granola Granola Cookies - Seattle

rated 4 of 5 stars Not necessarily an “energy bar” but rather a wholesome granola bar, or cookie as they call it, that provides a great taste and generous size. Taste: Taste is where this bar, or rather cookie, shines. The “Seattle” cookie has almonds, dark chocolate, and cranberries, which are a great combo. The cranberries really stand out and compliment the dark chocolate nicely. The almonds are less prominent.  I’m curious to try other flavors from this company: Maine: Blueberry, cranberry, almond,… Full review

Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix

rated 5 of 5 stars Grape has become the house favorite over the years. Vitalyte is nether an energy drink or a source of calories, it is an electrolyte replacement and best "utliliized" to prevent and recover from dehydration. We have been drinking Vitalyte for over twenty (20) years (we still call it Gookinaid!) there is always a two litre container in our fridge and a second container in the summer. I sold it in my bicycle shoppe for twenty years. We have tried all the flavors, Orange, Fruit Punch, Lemon and *No… Full review

Ambronite

rated 4 of 5 stars IN PROGRESS - NOT FINAL Ambronite; the soylent based super-meal that can run a person to the next meal or through that next workout and is drunken from a bottle. The Drink is composed of all organic and whole foods resourced and developed into Ambronite in Finland. The mix is considered all vegan and nutritious, and on the companies website it claims to be a meal substitute and supplement that can be made by the busiest silicon valley for weeks at a time, to the occasional trail snack for the weekend… Full review

Skout Organic Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar

rated 4 of 5 stars A completely organic, great tasting, energy providing trail bar. Difficult to find in retail stores in some areas (i.e. East Coast), but seems to be expanding distribution. On a trip this past summer to the Pacific Northwest, I was reintroduced to a previous friend—the Skout bar. I had tried a few of these bars a couple years ago when I lived in the PNW, but since moving to the East Coast, I’ve had trouble finding them in retail stores. The Portland, Oregon-based Skout Organics company seems… 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)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets Drink
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Bar
$1
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 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kind Nuts & Spices Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Energy Bar Bar
$1
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)
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$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
$4
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 - $26
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food Gel/Chew
$2 - $3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$2
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Clif Builder's Chocolate Mint Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$2
Nuun All Day Hydration Tablets Drink
$8
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 - $20
ProBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Bite Bar Bar
$2
 
Clif Builder's Vanilla Almond Bar Bar
$2
GU Hydration Drink Tabs Drink
$5
Skout Organic Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
 
Clif Strawberry Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2
 
ProBar Cookie Dough Base Bar Bar
$3
Skout Organic Organic Chocolate + Coconut Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
Kate's Grizzly Bar Bar
$3
 
Clif Organic Trail Mix Bar
$1
 
Clif Luna Bar Chocolate Cupcake Bar
$1
 
ProBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Base Bar Bar
$3
Kate's Tram Bar Bar
$32 - $35
Kind Plus Bar Bar
$2
 
Clif Builder's Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Bar
$2
 
Clif Builder's Cookies 'N Cream Bar Bar
$2
 
ProBar Almond Crunch Meal Bar Bar
$3
 
Clif Luna Protein Chocolate Coconut Almond Bar
$1
GU Chomps Gel/Chew
$2
Honey Stinger Protein Bar Bar
$2
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