March 27, 2015
Maybe you've already seen Clif Bar's new Organic Energy Foods sitting on the shelf of your local bike shop. With flavors such as banana beet ginger and pizza margherita, these seem more like baby food purees for adults. Looking at these off the bike, they don't appear to be super appetizing, and would be easy to pass up. Two or three hours into a ride, however, these have what your body craves.
Made from real food ingredients that are not genetically engineered, the salty/savory flavors do a great job of encouraging you to eat. It's a really nice break from the usual sugary bars and gels that dominate the energy food market.
Pouches run from $2-3, and easily fit into a jersey pocket. I'm really into the sweet potato with sea salt flavor right now, but you might as well give them all a try to see what works for you. At the end of the day, the most successful energy food is the one that you're most inclined to consume.
Photos by Josh Tack
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh's "Fine Tuned" column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.