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

Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar

rated 2.5 of 5 stars A new flavor from Clif, the Berry Pomegranate Chia bar is an exciting addition to the Clif bar line. The flavor and consistency is very much the same as the other bars in their line, which unfortunately falls short of the exciting flavor it should be. Like most Clif Bars, it is very sweet with the typical brown sugar taste. Clif Bar & Company is an American company that produces organic foods and drinks. The company's flagship product, CLIF Bar, was created by Gary Erickson. The company is based… Full review

Clif Chocolate Chip Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars This is my favorite Clif bar. I don't know much about other brand bars, but I haven't found a Clif bar that I didn't like. The Chocalate Chip Bar is my favorite. I take a few of these on kayak trips and everybody that I've given them to likes them also. From what I've read Clif seems like a cool company too. Full review

Clif Builder's Chocolate Mint Bar

rated 3 of 5 stars For less demanding pursuits, this is a good-tasting bar. For its intended purposes (post-workout boost), it didn't hit the mark. I purchased a few of the Clif Builder's mainly because my wife likes chocolate while on the trail and I like convenient snacks. This was an easy way to meet both our desires. It is important to note that Clif really touts this as a post-workout protein bar, so my wife and I tried them on two separate occasions. Once as a trail snack during an easy-going hike and again… Full review

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

Top-Rated Energy Food and Drink

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Hydration Tablets Drink
$7 - $55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix Drink
$2 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Bar
$1 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel Gel/Chew
$1 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Energy Bar Bar
$2 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme Gel/Chew
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Cocoa Pistachio Sweet and Savory Bar Bar
$39
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bar
$1 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Crunch Bar Bar
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PowerBar Harvest Bar
$22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
$4 - $56
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$1 - $22
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets Drink
$7 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bar
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nuun U Hydration Tablets Drink
$56
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pure Organic Food Bar Bar
$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 - $27
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2 - $41
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$1 - $16
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vitalyte Drink Mix Drink
$16
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$3 - $47
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
$3 - $32
NEW!
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar Bar

available 2014
Skout Natural Foods Trailbar Sampler Bar
$2 - $11
Clif Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Bar
$4
ProBar Peanut Butter Bar Bar
$3
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
PowerBar Triple Threat Bar
$22
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Drink
$2 - $15
Pat's Backcountry Beverages Soda Drink
$6
PowerBar Performance Energy Bar Bar
$2
Skout Natural Foods Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
Clif Builder's Vanilla Almond Bar Bar
$2
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar Bar
$4
 
Nature’s Coffee Kettle Hot Apple Cider Drink
$4
Skout Natural Foods Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
ProBar Cran-Lemon Twister Bar Bar
$2 - $24
Clif Strawberry Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2
Elete Electrolyte Drink Mix Drink
$6
ProBar Fruition Strawberry Bar
$1
Skout Natural Foods Organic Chocolate + Coconut Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
Kate's Grizzly Bar Bar
$35
Starbucks Gourmet Hot Cocoa Drink
$1
First Endurance PreRace Drink
$40
Kind Mini Kind Plus Bar Bar
$14
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