Energy Food and Drink

Recent Food/Drink Reviews

Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a nice addition to the Clif Bar lineup of energy bars. The Peanut Butter flavored Nut Butter filled Clif Bar has an appealing softer consistency than the classic Clif Bars, which combined with a great taste, make these bars a nice option as a trail bar to throw in your pack for a day hike or a through hike. Years ago I used to be a big fan of classic Clif Bars, but as other manufactures brought a seeming endless number of options to the market, I started shifting to other trail bars that… Full review

Larabar Cashew Cookie

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A straightforward, no-nonsense trail snack that has become a personal favorite. Taste: With only two ingredients (cashews and dates), the taste is as one might expect (surprise, it tastes like cashews and dates!). I’ve never been a huge fan of raw dates, but these are much more enjoyable than raw dates, even though there is a distinct date flavor. As for cashews, I could eat them all day, everyday, so this bar was particularly intriguing for me. From what I’ve seen, most other trail bars/snacks… Full review

Patagonia Provisions Apricot + Almond Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars A non-GMO, organic energy bar that tastes great and has a backpacker-acceptable caloric density of 100 calories per ounce. The small size lends it to stashing in small pockets (but not so much for satiety). These are expensive, just as most organic, non-GMO products are. Here are the ingredients as listed on the package: Organic Dried Apricot, Organic Dried Pear, Organic Dried Apple, Organic Almond, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, Organic Black Chia Seeds Here is the… Full review

Tailwind Rebuild

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tailwind Rebuild drink powder is easy to mix, tastes good, is digestible and provided an ideal balance of carbohydrate, protein and electrolytes to replenish the body immediately after exercise. I’m a big fan of recovery snacks and Tailwind Nutrition has developed an easy solution for replenishing needed nutrients efficiently with the new Rebuild drink powder. The recovery period is often overlooked for long-distance backpackers but the concept has been around sports nutrition for a long time. Full review

Kate's Tiki Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars These bars taste good and have a good, crunchy texture. One of my favorite discoveries this year was Kate’s brand. I have burned out on so many energy bars that I’m filled with dread every time I have to stock up. Kate’s saved the day with a bar that has actual crunch and delicious flavor. I quickly tire of the soft textures of so many backpacking foods but Kate’s bars use organic brown rice crisps (think Rice Krispies) to provide a satisfying crunch. All of her products use gluten-free,… Full review

Médique Medi-Lyte

rated 4 of 5 stars Medi-Lyte is a low cost electrolyte supplement in tablet form that allows you to easily manage your electrolyte replacement with your activity level. This summer I took a different approach in how I went about replacing my electrolytes. Instead of using any one of the many powdered forms that are offered by many of the sport drink manufactures, I decided I would try using an electrolyte supplement from Medique called Medi-Lyte. I purchased Medi-Lyte off of Amazon and it cost $7.65 for a box of 50… Full review

Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These new bars from Skratch are a nice change from the overly sugary bars we usually encounter. Most endurance athletes are familiar with Skratch Labs. Their energy and electrolyte drink mixes are the stuff of legend. The founder of the company, Alan Lim, was a nutritionist for several professional cycling teams (BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin), and developed his "secret drink mix" after fielding complaints from cyclists about the electrolyte drinks that they were forced to drink. Along with Chef Biju… Full review

Larabar Apple Pie

rated 5 of 5 stars Larabar makes an outstanding trail bar that comes in a variety of flavors that all taste great, and have a very high calorie per ounce. Sometimes it seems like I live under a rock, but the other day my daughter shared a trail bar with me that I had never really heard of before from a brand called Larabar.  I thought the trail bar tasted outstanding as it had a consistency like a dense Fig Newton (another food I really enjoy), which I also really liked. Now that I have had a Larabar I notice them… Full review

Run Gum Energy Gum

rated 4 of 5 stars A quick and easy way to get an energy boost. Lightweight and easy to consume. I don't usually consume caffeine other than a morning cup of green tea as I am pretty caffeine sensitive. So I was a little hesitant to test Run Gum Energy chews. Providing 50 mg of caffeine, 20 mg of Taurine, and vitamins B6 and B12, one Run Gum chew is fairly equal to a can of Red Bull. This made me a little wary of how my body might react but I figured I would give it a try during my three-days-a-week mountain bike… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix Drink
$2 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel Gel/Chew
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kate's Tiki Bar Nutrition Bar
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Energy Bar Nutrition Bar
$1 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme Gel/Chew
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
$4 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Clif Chocolate Chip Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Boyd Coffee Hot Spiced Cider Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Cusa Premium Instant Tea Drink
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gatorade Lemon-Lime Mix Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alacer Emergen-C Drink
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trace Minerals Research Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Chocolate Almond Fudge Bar Nutrition Bar
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Naked Juice Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simple Squares Organic Nutrition Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Endurox Excel Electrolyte Replenisher Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mariani Cranberry Honeybar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kind Nuts & Spices Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Huma Chia Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$2 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Cocoa Pistachio Sweet and Savory Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml Drink
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Maker's Mark Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Crunch Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PowerBar Harvest Nutrition Bar
$2 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Larabar Apple Pie Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Shot Crisp Apple Electrolyte Drink Drink
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar Nutrition Bar
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$3 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Superfood Slam Bar Nutrition Bar
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Whole Milk Drink
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Whey Protein Bar Nutrition Bar
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
A3 Honey Graham S'mores Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Larabar Cashew Cookie Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tailwind Rebuild Drink
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Banana Nut Bread Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zipfizz Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nuun U Natural Hydration Tablets Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Old School PB&J Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salazon Chocolate Organic Dark Chocolate with Natural Sea Salt Nutrition Bar
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salazon Chocolate Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Organic Turbinado Cane Sugar Nutrition Bar
$3 MSRP
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