This spring, pretty much every outdoor related food company has launched new flavors or new products to help fuel your upcoming adventures. From caffeine laden energy chews to bars packed with protein, there is something for everyone. Below you will find a list of my favorites for the season.
GU Chomps ($2.20): Throw a couple of the new lemon flavored GU Chomps in your mouth, followed by a cold water chaser, and you will feel as though you have been rewarded with a glass of refreshing lemonade at the top of that relentingly long, hot, and sweaty hill climb.
PROBAR Bolt ($2.50): PROBAR recently expanded into organic energy chews. The raspberry flavor is so addicting that you can't help but eat an entire package all in one go. Ten chews deliver 180 calories and 40 mgs of yerba mate fueled caffeine to power you out of even the lowest of slumps.
Honey Stinger Energy Chews ($2.19): For all you Dr. Pepper fans or those of you old enough to remember the original Cherry Coke, Honey Stinger delivers another caffeinated energy chew option for their fervent followers. Each packet of Cherry Cola chews contains 160 calories with 32 mgs of caffeine derived from white tea.
PROBAR: The company has not only completely revamped their look, but added a bunch of tasty new flavors to their energy bar mix. My personal favorites are the Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Mint Meal bars ($3.29), along with the snack size Cherry Fuel bar ($1.59).
Clif: Clif launched an entire new line of Builder's Bars ($1.99-$9.99), packed with either 10g, 20g, or even 30g of protein for you muscle building types. I am normally not a fan of protein bars, but these don't actually have that horrible aftertaste, and I am particularly fond of the Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Peanut Butter flavors. The Builder's bar makes a great after workout snack to kickstart the refueling process before your next regular meal.
Pistachio Chewy Bites ($8.99): Made from pistachios, dried cherries, and agave syrup, the Chewy Bites from Setton Farms feel closer to eating real food than your average energy bar. The individual packaging doesn't make them the most bike friendly snack but the bites offer a nice blend of carbs and protein to crunch along the trail, tiding you over until your next meal.
Has anyone tried one of the above? What are your favorites?