Energy Bars are a great asset to any climbers daypack. They survive hot and cold, are lightweight, inexpensive and will keep you sending all day long. But what they contain, and what they provide can vary drastically – from high carbohydrate content for energy, to proteins necessary for recovery: We have researched the top brands you’ll find at the gym, in the supermarket and online to see what stands out from the rest.
A quick word on energy bars: Like any food, moderation and variety as part of a balanced diet are key. These bars aren’t a quick fix for skipping a healthy breakfast or eating properly and should only be consumed during long periods of exertion and in combination with other food and plenty of drink (water or juice not baileys).
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Clif Bar Oatmeal, Raisin & Walnut
Why we like it: A great tasting bar featuring a balanced blend of simple and complex carbohydrates with a good protein content and low sat fats. This great all-rounder is also packed with 23 vitamins and minerals.
More Information: www.clifbar.com
The Energy Boost
PowerBar Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer
Why we like it: The 72% carbohydrate content will have you bouncing off the walls within minutes, the lightweight and crunchy wafer format is a refreshing departure from some of it’s stodgy counterparts.
More Information: www.powerbar.com
Why we like it: This healthy seed based bar is high is good fats and protein to help your muscles recover, it’s also free from Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Yeast, Preservatives, Additives and Artificial Colours.
More Information: www.9bar.com
A Tasty Treat
MuleBar Apple Strudel
Why we like it: One of the best tasting bars we tested (subjective we know), we think the blend of apple, cinnamon and raisins is fantastic and the bar provides a good amount of natural carbohydrates with a low sat fat content.
More Information: www.mulebar.com