When adventure glows on the horizon like the setting sun, fueling up on the go is a must. Active Junky recently returned from a trip to Chile where each day and night brought a new mission: ski mountaineering, speed flying, mountain biking, wine tasting and beyond. These three tasty – and nutritious – snacks kept our team fueled without failure.
Honey Stinger Grapefruit Energy Chews
It seems Honey Stinger does no wrong. Never have we tasted a single botched batch, a stray wacko flavor or an over-salted, under-flavored flop. The new Grapefruit Energy Chews are no different.
Testing Scenario: Midway up icy Andean pitches, ice axe for an anchor, nothing tasted better than the flavorful and power-packed Grapefruit Energy Chews. Skipping breakfast to get first chair or fueling up for a mid-afternoon park sesh, Chews go down easy.
Flavor: Closer to grapefruit than artificial Acid Yellow 23, it actually tastes like fruit instead of an acidic science experiment.
Best For: Midday fuel, a tasty pick-me-up
Pistachio Chewy Bites
The Active Junky Team consensus: Pistachio Chewy Bites taste great. More importantly, they possess an extremely high calorie/weight ratio.
Testing Scenario: We’ve been munching these Bites from Santiago, Chile to Silverton, Colorado. They excel in high-output, fast-and-light activities (e.g. backpacking, backcountry skiing, bike races, etc.).
Flavor: An enchantingly simple combo of pistachios, cranberries and agave, Chewy Bites are tasty and unpretentious.
Best For: A quick blast of calories, tripling and quadrupling up in your pocket for constant boosts
Epic Bison Cranberry Bacon Bar
Epic’s based on loosely on pemmican, the Native American high fat, high protein mish-mash of meat and berries. Their modern rendition is a delectable dose of hunter-gatherer inspired energy.
Testing Scenario: From the trying terminals of international airports to the steep pitches of the Andean backcountry, the 200-calorie Bison Bar remained a welcome snack.
Flavor: Living off all-in-one energy bars is tiresome as many are far more sweet than savory. Epic Bar changes the game with a meal-like, meat-based recipe. Chomp two or three for lunch on the trail or tarmac.
Best For: Sustained energy for meat lovers, an animal-based jolt of protein and fat