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

Clif
Skratch Labs
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition
ProBar
PowerBar
Kind
Nuun
GU
Pure

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Although I'm not an energy gel enthusiast, these gels did a fine job at giving me a little boost when needed. The flavors were pleasing and the texture was thick, but very easy to manage. I've tried two different flavors during two different pursuits. The first being a 5.5 mile city run in hot weather (and I haven't run in a looong time), the second being a 5 mile hike on muddy hilly terrain.  The energy gels were given to me by a GU representative at an urban 5.5-mile race that my brother-in-law… Full review

Clif Shot

rated 4 of 5 stars I love these Clif Gels! They are amazing for cardio. I should warn you not to consume the Double Espresso Gels or any others that contain 100 mg of Caffeine less than 6 hours before bedtime. I love these Clif Gels! They are amazing for cardio. I should warn you not to consume the Double Espresso Gels or any others that contain 100 mg of caffeine less than 6 hours before bedtime. I took one last night around 5:45 pm, went to bed around 10:30, and woke up at 1:30 in the morning soaked and cold from… Full review

Clif Blueberry Crisp Bar

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Energy bars come in all different taste, textures and types. There are activity bars, meal replacement bars, protein bars, endurance bars and organic bars. All of these bars give energy according to the ingredients and the activity you want to perform. Do you eat Clif Bars??? Why or Why not. Clif Blueberry Crisp energy bar is light and crunchy blend of rye, oat and barley and real blueberries. The only thing missing is the sweet smell of blueberry crisp baking in the oven. In my opinion, no food… Full review

Clif Banana Nut Bread Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good for you, but maybe not your waistline. These are very yummy. Now the major issue is where to find them at a reasonable price. I have seen them anywhere from $2.50 as low as 10 for $10. I do believe the best way to eat them is with a giant spoonful of peanut butter slathered all over their top. Unfortunately, they seem to have a tendency to stick around your waistline if you eat a lot of them, so be careful. Full review

Honey Stinger Organic Waffle

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These soft little waffles, serve up tasty energy (160 calories each) that’s easy on the stomach for endurance athletes, and other active outdoor snackers. I’ve been buying and eating these certified organic Honey Stinger Waffles for years for my long-distance runs and races. My kids even ask for them by name and will run and bike just for the chance to eat them. Best For: Endurance athletes, long distance trail and mountain runners, bikers, and possibly day hikers who want some solid, but not… Full review

ProBar Superfood Slam Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Fat, carbs, fiber, AND protein? Sign me up for a great meal on the go: urban, backcountry, and everywhere in between. These bars are pretty simple, so I'll try to keep the review the same way. ProBar Meal bars are just that: a meal in a pouch. The mix of (mostly organic) nuts, fruits, and grains make for a filling, sweet main course that is easily rounded out with a salty side snack for palette balance. That is really my only gripe with these. Though the ingredients are all natural, the sweetness… Full review

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars TurboPUP bars are nutrient dense meal bars that can be used to feed your furry friend on backpacking trips, day hikes, while traveling, or any other time. The bars offer complete K9 nutrition for short or long term feeding. During a last-minute rush of shopping before leaving for a weeklong trip to New Hampshire's White Mountains, I stumbled onto Backcountry K9.com. Since my dog Pickle would be backpacking with me for three days of this trip, I wanted to see if there was any new dog gear worth trying. Full review

Kind Fruit & Nut Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The best way to think about this is as a trail mix in bar form. Nice amount of calories for the weight of the bar. A little sticky so watch your hands, but chewy and you can really taste the fruit and nuts. Has that "all natural" taste as it's advertised, which may be considered a bit bland to some. I think it's a great trail snack and everything in between. I’ve seen these around, but have only recently tried one. They’re available in warehouse clubs as well as local grocery stores. I’m always… Full review

A3 White Lightning Marshmallow Bar

rated 3 of 5 stars Small, three -bite, marshmallow soy crisp bar with a slight nutty undertone. The usual stickiness of marshmallow rice treats applies here! Don’t leave in your car unattended! Calories/nutrients-to-weight, it works as a trail snack as long as the taste suits you. I received this as part of a prize pack from Trailspace, thanks TS! Bentbrook’s review on 5/11/14 hit the high the nail on the head with the pictures on the ingredients and nutritional information. I took the same pictures and remembered… Full review

Top-Rated Energy Food and Drink

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Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Clif
Chocolate Brownie Bar
Bar
$1
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Skratch Labs
Exercise Hydration Mix
Drink
$2 - $19
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger
Organic Waffle
Bar
$1 - $19
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Honey Stinger
Organic Energy Chews
Gel/Chew
$2 - $22
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition
Hammer Gel
Gel/Chew
$1 - $20
Clif Chocolate Almond Fudge Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Chocolate Almond Fudge Bar
Bar
$1
Clif Chocolate Chip Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Chocolate Chip Bar
Bar
$1
Honey Stinger Energy Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger
Energy Bar
Bar
$1 - $16
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition
Race Caps Supreme
Gel/Chew
$50
ProBar Cocoa Pistachio Sweet and Savory Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ProBar
Cocoa Pistachio Sweet and Savory Bar
Bar
$39
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut
Bar
$1 - $19
Clif Crunch Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Crunch Bar
Bar
$4
PowerBar Harvest
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PowerBar
Harvest
Bar
$22
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition
Recoverite Drink Mix
Drink
$4 - $57
Clif Shot
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif
Shot
Gel/Chew
$1 - $22
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind
Fruit & Nut Bar
Bar
$2
Nuun Hydration Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nuun
Hydration Tablets
Drink
$6 - $24
Clif Banana Nut Bread Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Banana Nut Bread Bar
Bar
$1
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU
Electrolyte Brew Tablets
Drink
$7 - $64
ProBar Superfood Slam Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar
Superfood Slam Bar
Bar
$3
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
Bar
$1
Pure Organic Food Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pure
Organic Food Bar
Bar
$2
ProBar Whole Berry Blast Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ProBar
Whole Berry Blast Bar
Bar
$3
Tanka  Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tanka
Bar
Bar
$3 - $16
Clif Builder's MAX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Builder's MAX
Bar
$3
GU Chomps
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GU
Chomps
Gel/Chew
$2 - $35
Clif Shot Bloks
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Shot Bloks
Gel/Chew
$2 - $41
Clif Black Cherry Almond Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Black Cherry Almond Bar
Bar
$1
Clif Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif
Bar
Bar
$1 - $16
Vitalyte Drink Mix
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vitalyte
Drink Mix
Drink
$1 - $16
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU
Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel
Gel/Chew
$3 - $59
GU Energy Gel
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
GU
Energy Gel
Gel/Chew
$1 - $34
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU
Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink
Drink
$3 - $30
Clif Blueberry Crisp Bar
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Clif
Blueberry Crisp Bar
Bar
$1
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel
Honey Stinger
Organic Energy Gel
Gel/Chew
$1 - $32
Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter Builder's Bar
Clif
Crunchy Peanut Butter Builder's Bar
Bar
$2
Skout Natural Foods Trailbar Sampler
Skout Natural Foods
Trailbar Sampler
Bar
$2 - $11
Clif Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
Clif
Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
Bar
$4
ProBar Peanut Butter Bar
ProBar
Peanut Butter Bar
Bar
$3
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem
Hammer Nutrition
Perpetuem
Drink
$2 - $30
PowerBar Triple Threat
PowerBar
Triple Threat
Bar
$22
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink
GU
Electrolyte Brew Drink
Drink
$2 - $31
PowerBar Performance Energy Bar
PowerBar
Performance Energy Bar
Bar
$2 - $14
CamelBak Berry Elixir
CamelBak
Berry Elixir
Drink
$10
Skout Natural Foods Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar
Skout Natural Foods
Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar
Bar
$2 - $26
Clif Luna Iced Oatmeal Raisin
Clif
Luna Iced Oatmeal Raisin
Bar
$1
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar
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
Skout Natural Foods
Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar
Bar
$2 - $26
ProBar Cran-Lemon Twister Bar
ProBar
Cran-Lemon Twister Bar
Bar
$3
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