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
Clif
Skratch Labs
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition
Kind
GU
ProBar
Omnibar
Tanka

Genders

Unisex
Kids'

Price

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

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

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

Pat's Backcountry Beverages Brew Concentrate

rated 4 of 5 stars Perfect companions to their highly acclaimed Carbonator Bottle, these flavors give the user the ability to "brew" fresh adult beverages. I'm not a huge proponent of imbibing on the trail, but on a hot summer night after a day long hike, there's nothing quite as satisfying as a cool, frothy ale by the fire pit to set the night off right.  I'll review the two "adult beverages" here, with hopes that someone more experienced with the soda flavors might chime in! The mixing and carbonation process takes… Full review

Clif Organic Energy Food

rated 4 of 5 stars I was provided with four flavors of CLIF organic energy food: pizza margherita, banana mango with coconut, banana beet with ginger, and sweet potato with sea salt. All four were reasonably tasty, with some specific preferences outlined below. I felt the fruit-based ones were better for on-the-go energy, whereas the others were more filling and felt more like a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack than high-carb energy. The packaging makes these easy to carry, eat, and re-seal. BASIC DETAILS Each packet… Full review

Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Clif bars in general are great for people on the go, who can't always plan ahead for every meal. They are great for kids' snacks between meals as well. I recommend this product. I'm not a typical reviewer, but I purchase large quantities of bars. I like Pomegranate Chia and the Carrot Cake bars as well. Blueberry Crisp is good. Chocolate Chip is good. Yes, there is a similarity to the bars' flavors, but that is the case with all "lines" of food products.  I work in an office. Sometimes lunch plans… Full review

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. These should work great for any outdoor activity. 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… 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

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
$2
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
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bar
$1
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Crunch Bar Bar
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
$4
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$1
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets Drink
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $23
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Omnibar Energy Bar Bar
$29
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2 - $35
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ProBar Whole Berry Blast Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tanka Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GU Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$1 - $11
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food Gel/Chew
$2 - $3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$2 - $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
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
$1
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$3 - $32
Skout Natural Foods Trailbar Sampler Bar
$12
 
ProBar Cran-Raspberry Fuel Bar Bar
$1
 
Clif Mojo Fruit and Nut Bar
$2
Clif Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Bar
$3
ProBar Meal Bar Bar
$2 - $31
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Drink
$2
Skout Natural Foods Organic Cherry + Vanilla Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
ProBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Bite Bar Bar
$2
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar Bar
$3
 
Nature’s Coffee Kettle Hot Apple Cider Drink
$7
Skout Natural Foods Organic Apple + Cinnamon Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
 
Clif Strawberry Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2
Elete Electrolyte Drink Mix Drink
$6
 
ProBar Cookie Dough Base Bar Bar
$2
ProBar Fruition Strawberry Bar
$1
Skout Natural Foods Organic Chocolate + Coconut Trailbar Bar
$2 - $26
Kate's Grizzly Bar Bar
$35
Clif Organic Trail Mix Bar
$2
 
Clif Luna Bar Chocolate Cupcake Bar
$1
 
ProBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Base Bar Bar
$2
First Endurance PreRace Drink
$40
Kind Mini Kind Plus Bar Bar
$15
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