Button Up & Bike: Spring Snacks

BU&B Snacks (6 of 8)

BU&B Snacks (6 of 8)

I usually carry sandwiches, nuts or fruit on rides, but there’s an awesome convenience to pre-packaged, space-saving, calorie dense fuel. Not to mention some of my friends aren’t fans of a full-on picnic, mid-ride. A few new products recently landed in my hands so I was eager to take a closer look at what they have to offer in terms of nutritional content and taste.

BU&B Snacks (1 of 8)

Pure Bar: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip – $2.19

Pure Bar focuses on using whole ingredients to create organic chewy bars that trend sweet. Cranberry Orange, Banana Coconut and Dark Chocolate Berry are featured along with the newest addition, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. As with all of Pure’s Fruit and Nut bars the first ingredient is dates, followed by chocolate chips, tapioca syrup, agave fiber, and sea salt.
The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip contains a decent amount of fat, protein and fiber to help keep you satisfied, but they also pack a fair amount of sugar.

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Enduro Bites: Fig and Dark Chocolate – $4.99 (image shown is an Enduro Bite sample)

My boyfriend and I spent spring break soaking up the sun in Sedona and I certainly ate my share of Enduro Bite samples. Mash some dark chocolate together with fig and combine it with a long day of riding—I’ll have another, please. Enduro Bites are sold in packs of four; the motivation being that you can divvy up your caloric intake into shifts, popping a 100 calorie “bite” every 20-40 minutes during intense exercise. These new bites are delicious and contain eight grams of protein and fiber per package. Personally, I’d love to see these packaged without the added honey and brown rice syrup. Figs are plenty sweet on their own, especially coupled with dark chocolate.

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UnTapped Slopeside Syrup – $9.95 for five packets

Straight from a tree, this little package is 100% Vermont maple syrup. UnTapped is the undertaking of professional cyclist Ted King and the four Cochran cousins, alpine skiers and founders of Slopeside Syrup. In mid-2014 Ted King and the Cochrans ran an Indiegogo campaign to package Slopeside Syrup into .94 ounce “gel packs” and branded the syrup packs as UnTapped. The packets are geared towards intense endurance sports and intended to replace traditional gels, touting maple syrup’s potassium, iron, electrolytes and low glycemic index. Apparently they’re not the only ones that thought it’d be grand to guzzle maple syrup on the go, as the team raised a whopping $50,344 of their $34,000 goal. For racers out there that are a fan of gel packs, these may be worth checking out. While naturally sweet, the syrup tastes surprisingly fresh and nothing like the fake stuff you buy at the grocery store. If you’d just like to have it on your Sunday pancakes, buy the bottle here.

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Perky Jerky – $4.99

Jerky has a long history of fueling adventures of all sorts, but at some point in the last few decades it was relegated to the convenience store. However, the dry, jaw straining, leather is a distant cousin to the flavorful, moist and tender Perky Jerky. The two serving packages come in beef or turkey and are nitrite and preservative free. This is a great high-protein option for the omnivores out there. If you really fall for this stuff you can enroll in a monthly delivery of up to 30 bags.

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Clif Bar introduces new Organic Energy Foods, including pizza flavor

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Clif Bar knows as well as anyone that sometimes during or after a long ride, what you really want isn’t some kind of over-processed, synthetic goo, but real food. That’s the motivation behind its new Organic Energy Food series. The idea is to “take more of a Mother Nature approach to sports nutrition and get the nutrients you need from ingredients we all recognize,” said Chris Randall, Clif Bar’s senior brand manager.

The food comes in small, resealable pouches that make it easier to consume partially and then stash for later. The texture is more of a puree with small chunks for texture rather than the consistent goo found in energy gel packs.

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The two sweet flavors come in 90 gram servings and are aimed at more intense activities with a higher carbohydrate component. The nutrition you receive is not too far off what’d you’d expect from an energy gel, but the texture and flavor is much different. The flavors available at launch are banana/mango/coconut and banana/beet/ginger. They will retail for $2.29.

What will likely get most of the attention is the new savory flavors. Ask anyone what kind of food they really want a few hours into a long ride and it’s usually something salty and savory. Clif Bar uses sunflower seed butter for a hit of protein and fat with less emphasis on carbohydrates. They have a notably salty taste thanks to the 550-600 grams of sodium included to replenish your body.

The sweet potato with sea salt flavor is a riff on the classic aide-station food of boiled potatoes rolled in salt, a popular item because of its neutral flavor and high sodium content. The pizza flavor was inspired by input from Clif Bar athletes, who craved a slice during long events. Rather than simply smash the ingredients into a tube though, the bread flavor is from quinoa flakes and the cheese taste is from yeast flakes. There is no cheese, dairy or wheat in the pizza flavor at all. The savory flavors are 120 grams per pouch and will retail for $2.99.

The new Organic Energy Food products are 100 percent certified USDA Organic, gluten-free and vegan. Don’t expect to see them in your local grocery store though, they will be sold only through specialty retailers (like bikes shops) and outdoors stores like REI.

Why not just make a solid food version? When asked, Randall pointed out that the soft food is far easier to eat during activity, especially for runners, and is digested and absorbed more quickly as well.

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If you sticking to solid foods though, Clif Bar is rolling out some new flavors: berry pomegranate chia and nuts and seeds. Both have all the nutrition you’d find in classic Clif Bars but keep things fresh after your ten thousandth peanut butter bar.

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Clif Bar goes gluten free

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Clif Bar has joined the gluten free craze and released 5 new flavors of MOJO snack bars. These bars are made with organic fruits, whole nuts and dark chocolate. Each bar is 70 percent organic, under 200 calories, 4grams

These MOJO bars come in 5 flavors: Cranberry Almond, Wild Blueberry Almond, Coconut Almond Peanut, Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Cherry. The standard price is $1.49

Being gluten free myself I’m stoked to see another bar on the market that has good flavor and fits in my jersey pocket. The Cranberry Almond and the Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt are my personal favorites out of the five. Have you tried them yet?

 

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