October 10, 2014
Consuming food is something I'm completely on board with, and I appreciate the amount of food that cycling allows me to take in without too many consequences. Preparing food, on the other hand, is a different story. Whether at home or on the tour, I'm attracted to anything that keeps me from turning on a stove. This for sure saves me a lot of time, but considering the nutritional value of peanut butter sandwiches and chips, it might not be the best thing for my longterm well-being.
Earlier this year we got a bundle of nutrition samples in the office from Greenbelly. We actually see quite a few nutrition products pass through our doors, but this one stood out. Greenbelly Meal Bars are made from all natural ingredients, and each bar makes up a third of your recommended daily intake. For bicycle touring, lunch doesn't get much easier. The package and it's contents are no bigger than a sandwich, and require no prep time. Just open, eat, and get back to riding.
The bars defied my assumptions that they would be overly chewy, and sit in my stomach like a brick. The rice adds some nice texture, and it's light enough that I can quickly get back to my activities without a gut ache. My favorite flavor is currently the peanut apricot, but there are also a cranberry almond and dark chocolate banana flavors to choose from. You can get a 3-pack of meal bars for $11.49, or 12-pack for $44.99. If you're loading up for a full-on expedition, they also offer a 36-pack for $129.99. For every meal bar you buy, Greenbelly will give a meal to someone in need through their partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Ready to try these out? Go to GreenBellyBar.com and use the discount code BELLYUP by October 24th, and recieve a 15% discount on your meal bar order.
Photo 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.