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
Vitalyte
Hammer Nutrition
Kind
Clif
ProBar
Omnibar
Backpacker's Pantry

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

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

Alacer Emergen-C

rated 5 of 5 stars Who could have guessed that this well known Vitamin C source and cold remedy would make a super electrolyte and restorative drink for hikers? I've taken this on and off for decades as a pick-me-up to ward off getting sick when run down. It is sold as an immune system builder. After running out of our standard electrolyte mix for bicycling that we had been using up for hiking, I tried this by chance. And I quickly found that it worked even better for me than just electrolytes for energy recovery… Full review

Zipfizz

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The stuff works! Sustained energy quickly from healthy ingredients. Easy to carry and mix. Tastes great, in choice of flavors, in multiflavor packs, that seem to be expanding. I gave this 5-star product 4.5 stars, because I would prefer to have less throw away plastic in the packaging. Also I want potential users to help ensure that they use any stimulant wisely. If too much taken or taken too late, spontaneous circle walking and/or a sleepless night(s) might occur. What a single dose looks like. … Full review

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent hydration mix that tastes great, supplies balanced electrolytes, and won't slow you down. Skratch Labs hydration mix started life in the professional cycling peloton. Alan Lim was the nutritionist for several pro cycling teams including BMC, Garmin, and Radio Shack, and had received many complaints about the electrolyte drinks that riders had to use. They complained about rotten taste, too much sugar, and the tendency for it to sit in the "bottom of your gut." So he developed this drink… Full review

UnTapped Maple Packets

rated 4 of 5 stars Untapped All Natural Athletic Fuel (which I will call "UnTapped" for the remainder of this review) might be one of the simplest energy supplements out there. It is a small foil pouch of pure maple syrup. That means 26 grams of carbs in one small, easy-to-consume shot. If you like the taste of maple syrup and can handle the super-sweet taste, they are a worthy addition to your arsenal. INTRODUCTION UnTapped is an elegantly simple energy supplement  — it is a one-ounce foil packet of pure, organic,… Full review

Clif Shot Bloks

rated 4 of 5 stars A fruit-flavored organic energy chew with great flavor and no filling feeling. However, I found I need to consume a whole pack (six chews) in order to feel any energy increases. Taste:There are some creature comforts that we deprive ourselves of while out on the trail. Because of my sweet tooth, I always crave sweet treats while on the trail, but some of my favorites—cookies, candies, and baked goods—don’t lend themselves well to being stuffed in a pack. When I set out to find a snack that… Full review

ProBar Bolt Energy Chews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Natural tasting chews filled with B vitamins and electrolytes, which are quite filling compared to other chews. I'd recommend these energy chews for trail runs, training days, or workouts, but there are better options for long trips in the backcountry. I enjoy trail running and have been trying several different trail snacks over the years. Most times I make my own, but decided to get a box of the ProBar Bolt Organic Energy Chews. There are four different flavors (as of July 2015) and like other… 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 Hydration Tablets Drink
$4 - $8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Bar
$1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix Drink
$16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2
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 - $24
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)
Skout Organic Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar Bar
$2 - $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: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Sierra Trail Mix Bar Bar
$1
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
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
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
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
$2
 
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
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