A Hike with Energy

Christie Turnbow
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Active bodies require energy before, during and after hikes. Too many hikers forget to eat or don’t eat enough to feel tired after a six-hour hike. This blog post will discuss my top hiking tips when I need an energy boost.

Bars are not all created equal. The variety of energy bars available in your local supermarket can be overwhelming and confusing. How do you choose the best energy bars? I recommend looking at nutrition labels to find the flavors you like.

High-quality carbohydrates, good protein and sufficient fat are what I seek in bars. Carbohydrates give you a quick boost of energy, which is often what you need the most when on a hike. Fat and protein take longer to digest, so they can be your “long-term” energy sources. I bring gorp (trail mix), bagels and Justin’s peanut Butter as a supplement.

KIND bars are my favorite energy source. These bars are smaller than other bars and have 120 to 200 calories. It’s a good idea to snack on them all the time or combine them with an apple. It is popular because it has 16g fat, 16g carbohydrates (5g sugar, 7g fiber, and 5g protein). Recently, they have started to promote their Healthy Grains brand. Peanut Butter Dark chocolate is Non GMO, Gluten Free and contains 5g fat, 23g carbohydrates (7g sugar, 2.5g fiber, and 3g protein). This bar makes up for the lack of fat and protein with its carbs. KIND bars can be a bit pricey so I recommend trying out a few flavors and then purchasing them in bulk. This bar is also healthy and a great option for those who don’t want to hike.

Clif Bar seems to be my go-to staple. This is the bar that I first bought when I had no idea about hiking. It is usually placed right in the middle, at eye level, of the shelves. They used to tell a story about Clif Bar’s founder Clifford. Since then, the bars I now buy have been replaced by a #MeetTheMoment non-profit social media campaign.

The Clif bar is dense, so it’s great for long, strenuous hikes. Crunchy PB flavor contains 6g fat, 41g carbohydrates (21g sugar (WOW), 4g fiber and 11g protein. It may seem like a lot but 21g of sugar is actually quite reasonable.

Long hikes require sugar and protein. If you’re on a shorter hike, or a shorter 4 hour trip at 1000 feet elevation, I don’t recommend this bar. There are better options that will provide the same amount of energy and have a lower cost. For most Whites hikes, however, it is worth it!

There are many options available in the market, including energy blocks and non-Gatorade drinks. These are only 2 of my favorite examples of what’s available.

What is the best hiking fuel for everyone else?

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