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Understanding Energy Bars

Understand energy bars and compare the top energy bar brands

Energy bars come in all different tastes, textures, and types. Although many base energy bars around taste, there are other aspects of the nutrition and purpose of each bar that should help you make the decision of what bar to use. Different ingredients produce different results for activities like backpacking and hiking. Choosing the correct bar for your activity is vital to keep you going and your energy up.

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Types of Energy Bars

Activity Bars
Similar to endurance bars, activity bars focus on prolonging energy. However, they tend to focus on all-day outdoor activities that require both energy and some meal-replacement nutritional features. Clif Bar is perhaps the most prevalent bar in this category. Outdoor bars, Clif Bar included, often focus on organic ingredients and have crunchier, more granola, textures. Activity bars are the best energy sources while backpacking and hiking.

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Ten Winter Cooking Tips

You can enjoy the outdoors as much as you can in the winter as you can in the summer, as long as you are prepared for the winter weather. As well as having a good time, it is very important to stay warm and safe in the cold weather as well. Hydration and nutrition are even more important to keep your body healthy and energized in the cold. Here are 10 quick and easy tips to help:

1. Don’t let your water freeze. This can be done by keeping a bottle of water on your body or in your tent.

2. Don’t burn your snow. If you must melt snow for water, pour in some liquid water before trying to melt snow. This will help prevent the burning of the snow. Burnt snow water tastes nasty.

3. Bring insulated utensils, cups, and plates. Wooden spoons, plates and cups are great for winter cooking and eating. Most of the food you cook will feel extremely warm to your hands while winter camping so it is a good idea to insulate before grabbing.

4. Plan meals that are high in protein. Milk, Eggs, Steak and other meats are great fuel and taste great for winter camping dinner meals. Lunches may consist of nuts, trail mixes, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

5. Use lots of margarine for cooking. Vegetable oil fat in the body causes the body to release heat and energy more slowly.

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Energy Bar Tests and Comparisons

There are hundred of energy bars out there claiming to be the best. Here is a short list of some of the best ones and basic information on them so that you don’t have to chew your way through them all to compare them yourself! Enjoy!

Pemmican Fruit and Nut

The moist, homemade quality of this cake-like treat makes it a favorite. Made with soy flour, malted corn, and barley, and sweetened with honey and grape juice, the bar contains a whopping 58 grams of carbohydrates and 16 grams of protein, enough for two power-packed snack breaks or lunch. Some claim this bar to be the best all-around energy bar. Other flavor available: Carob-Cocoa.

Size: 106 g
Calories: 420
Price: $1.39

Clif Builder’s, Chocolate

This crispy bar is liked for its 20 grams of protein, thick coat of chocolate frosting, and crunchy cocoa crisps. Made with soy protein and organic and natural ingredients, the bar also packs 23 vitamins and minerals into a filling snack or breakfast that gave us several steady hours of energy on the trail. Although, a downside is that it’ll melt in hot weather. Other flavors available: Peanut Butter and Cookies ‘n Cream.

Size: 68 g
Calories: 270
Price: $1.89
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2 12-ounce cans of chickpeas
2 Tbsp. olive oil
6 Tbsp. sesame tahini
4 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of three lemons

At home: mash the chickpeas with a fork. Add the olive oil, tahini, and lemon juice. If the mix is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water. Add the garlic and mix until smooth. Store it in a ziplock bag.

In camp: serve with slices of pita bread. Makes 6 servings.

Note: This is a great energy food as a snack of for lunch. It’s full of protein and calories, and can last more than a week. If you want to carry less weight, you can bring dry hummus, which can be mixed with water on the trail.

This recipe courtesy of Wild Backpacker

Calorie Intake

Calories are the nutritional units that provides you with energy. The more strenuous the activity, the more calories your body needs.

In general, a backpacker should create a diet that will provide them with about 3,000 – 4,000 (see table below) calories per day, two-thirds of which should be in the form of carbohydrates.

Backpacking Conditions Calorie intake/day Food weight/day
Three-Season or Normal Exercising 2,500 – 3,000 1.75 – 2 pounds
Cool Weather or Moderate Exercising 3,500 – 4,000 2 – 2.25 pounds
Winter or Strenuous Exercising 4,500 – 6,000 2.5 + pounds

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