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.


Gels and Chews


Skratch Labs
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition




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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

Bear Naked Peanut Butter Energy Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Basically a moist peanut butter no-bake cookie in energy bar form. At a lower cost than most, it is a fine alternative to other energy bars, but nothing screams excellent. Use: My wife and I have gone through one box so far, with me consuming the lion's share of them (12 to a box). Most of those were eaten during all-day fall and winter hunting excursions, with the exception of a few going on a short day-hike with us. For some perspective, a typical hunting day has me awake by 4am, in the woods… Full review

Omnibar Energy Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Omnibar has created a high quality, great tasting food bar with grass-fed beef to take into the outdoors. A variety of unique flavors keep your taste buds happy. I absolutely enjoyed three of the four Omnibar flavors (mango curry, chipotle barbecue, and cranberry rosemary; roasted peanut was my least favorite). I like that Omnibar's savory flavors are not commonly found among other companies' energy bars. They all have a depth of multiple flavors to them, which make them unique, and taste very… Full review

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

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)
Clif Chocolate Chip Bar Bar
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
$1 - $31
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme Gel/Chew
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Crunch Bar Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
$4 - $58
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$1 - $22
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets Drink
$7 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Omnibar Energy Bar Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ProBar Whole Berry Blast Bar Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tanka Bar Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GU Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$1 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2 - $41
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$2 - $16
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vitalyte Drink Mix Drink
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Clif Builder's Chocolate Mint Bar Bar
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$2 - $32
Clif Organic Energy Food Gel/Chew
$2 - $3
Skout Natural Foods Trailbar Sampler Bar
$2 - $11
Clif Mojo Fruit and Nut Bar
Clif Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Bar
ProBar Peanut Butter Bar Bar
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
PowerBar Triple Threat Bar
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Drink
Skout Natural Foods Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
Clif Builder's Vanilla Almond Bar Bar
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar Bar
Nature’s Coffee Kettle Hot Apple Cider Drink
Skout Natural Foods Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
ProBar Cran-Lemon Twister Bar Bar
$2 - $19
Clif Strawberry Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
Elete Electrolyte Drink Mix Drink
ProBar Fruition Strawberry Bar
Skout Natural Foods Organic Chocolate + Coconut Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
Kate's Grizzly Bar Bar
Starbucks Gourmet Hot Cocoa Drink
Hammer Nutrition Soy Protein Drink
Clif Organic Trail Mix Bar
Clif Shot Mango Orange Recovery Drink Drink
Clif Luna Bar Chocolate Cupcake Bar
First Endurance PreRace Drink
Kind Mini Kind Plus Bar Bar
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