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Trailfood Review: Mediterra Black Olives & Walnuts Bar

Mediterra Black Olive Walnut bar

Hailing from Greece, Mediterra’s Telemaque Lavidas was inspired by his memories of unique, delicious, and healthy Mediterranean meals shared with family and friends to blend the traditional Mediterranean diet with modern-day, nutritional energy bars.

The result? Savory snacks that give you the gourmet taste of the Mediterranean and the nutrition necessary for the nonstop pace of modern life.

Chewy, delectable, and undeniably savory, the Mediterra bar featuring black olives and walnuts that we tried was different from other energy bars.

The combination of extra virgin olive oil, green pepper, pea crisps, sea salt, and chives provided a chewy yet crispy texture while the black olives and walnuts combined to create a refined, nutty flavor that was uniquely Mediterranean. Blended together, these ingredients equated to a balanced meal, making it perfect for a day’s adventure.

While each of Mediterra’s bars are all-natural, non-GMO, and gluten free, this particular bar came packed with 5 grams of protein and another 5 grams of fiber, providing an excellent source of sustained energy.

This bar is a no-brainer, especially if you’re looking for something different that’s savory instead of sweet. Because of this, it’s the perfect bar for a midday lunch break.

Mediterra’s Black Olives & Walnuts bar is featured in the July 2017 Trailfoody.

“Since it’s a savory bar, it was perfect for my halfway-there lunch break. It was such a refreshing change from the usually sweet energy bars.”

Grif Steele
World Champion Car Rack Loader

“Befitting this month’s Mediterrnean themed Trailfoody, I love how the walnuts and olives impart a satisfying, salty earthiness. It pairs well with the Turkish figs.”

Britt Foodlove
Goat Cheese Goader

“I saw the people tear open the wrapper, but it was gone before I knew it.”

Gracie
Stand Up Doggie Paddler

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Trailfood Review: The New Primal Uncured Bacon Stick

It’s time to bring home the bacon. Or take it out on the trail. Either way, The New Primal’s Uncured Maple Bacon Stick is a must have treat that’ll leave you wanting more. Trust us, we’re bacon experts.

Upon biting into this delectable stick, we instantly noticed its savory taste. The blend of maple syrup and sea salt combine well with just a hint of garlic and black pepper to create an all-natural taste that truly brings out the flavor of the pork.

What’s more, the chewy texture gives you a nice, soft bite that simply satisfies, and there’s 6 full grams of protein and only 100 calories per stick.

And speaking of all-natural, this bacon stick is made from naturally raised pork and is naturally sweetened. It contains no hormones or antibiotics and is certified gluten-free. Talk about healthy!

If you love bacon as much as we do, you’ve gotta try this stick.

The New Primal Uncured Bacon Stick was selected to be part of the June 2017 Trailfoody.

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Energy Bar Review: Simple Squares Cho-Coco

Simple Squares Cho-Coco energy bar

Chewy, mildly sweet, and smooth. That was our first impression of Simple Squares’ Cho-Coco energy bar. The coconut and chocolate work a little magic together, much like chords on a piano, to create a brand-new flavor with bright sweetness and subtle creaminess that you have to try to “get.”

The texture is an unusual combination of chewy and crunchy, which we like. You take a bite, and it’s soft, then the chopped cashews and almonds add satisfying little bits of crunch.

“Simple Squares makes good on their promise to keep it simple with only five ingredients—just whole, natural ingredients.”

Simple Squares makes good on their promise to keep it simple with only five ingredients. There’s no refined sugar, no corn syrup, and no preservatives—just whole, natural ingredients. And, with 230 calories, this bar has plenty of spunk to get you to the top of the ridge.

We’re cuckoo for this Cho-Coco bar.

The Simple Squares Cho-Coco bar was selected to be part of the June 2017 Trailfoody.

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Drink Mix Review: Mestrength

If you’re looking to add some serious flavor to your next water break, give this drink mix a try. Mestrength’s assorted performance hydration mixes work to satisfy the taste buds while supplying the energy necessary for physical activity.

Each one of Mestrength’s mixes is bold, unique, and tasty. We especially liked the Orange mix because of its zesty-sweet flavor. Hints of tangy citrus combine with a bit of saltiness to create the perfect blend that’ll make you feel like you’re hiking in the tropics.

Every mix provides 5 electrolytes and contains no carbs, calories, sugars, or stimulants. Flavors are all-natural, and Mestrength is completely gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian safe.

Simply add one pack of Mestrength to a 16.9oz or 20oz bottle of water, shake well, and enjoy. The single serving size is perfect for hiking, bike riding, and almost any other activity.

Clean Values Lead to a Clean Drink

Mestrength stands by their ultra clean label. We were impressed with the values kept by this company to provide a drink mix free of unnecessary chemicals, artificial flavors, artificial colors, and other additives commonly found in other sports drinks. They even subject their mixes to 5 days of microbiological testing to ensure 100% purity after they’ve been manufactured. That’s dedication, and it’s impressive.

Mestrength is featured in the June 2017 Trailfoody.

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Trailfood Review: Made In Nature’s Toasted Cinnamon Coconut Chips

coconut chips are good food for hiking

Here’s a trail treat that will give you some pep in your step.

Outdoorspeople love the bars. And the jerky. And the bars (did we say bars?). But, if you’re looking to mix it up with new trailfood for an adventure, try these  Toasted Cinnamon Coconut Chips by Made In Nature.

In a (coco-) nutshell:  they’re tasty.

When you take a bite, the first thing you notice is the crunch. Not so much a potato-chip crunch, but something a little bit meatier. Made In Nature leaves part of the rind on, and they also cut them slightly thicker. Both techniques give a little more substance to the crunch and impart a subtle earthiness to the flavor.

But the star of the flavor isn’t the earthiness, nor is it the coconut. It’s the toasted cinnamon—Vietnamese Cinnamon to be exact.

“When you take a bite, the first thing you notice is the crunch. Not so much a potato-chip crunch, but something a little bit meatier.”

Vietnamese Cinnamon has more aromatic qualities and depth to its flavor than regular cinnamon. Combine that with roasting, and the flavors are brought out even more. Sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar or corn syrup, these coconut chips will remind you of the French toast your mom used to make.

It’s good for the trail, too, with 150 calories per 1 oz., making it a weight-efficient fuel. Plus, it provides calories through high quality fat, which is lacking in many trailfoods and essential—especially if you’re a thru hiker.

There’s something homey about this trailfood, that even non-coconut lovers can enjoy. We give it a thumbs up.

The Toasted Cinnamon Coconut Chips were selected as part of the June 2017 Trailfoody.

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Trail Mix Review: Conundrum

Trail Mix from Conundrum

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Conundrum Trail Mix lives up to its name with a curious mix of flavors that range from savory to sweet.

 

Often, the generic trail mixes you buy at the grocery store are filled with peanuts, but there’s not a peanut to be found inside your bag of Conundrum.

Instead, an earthy medley of Northwest hazelnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and pecans form the nutty base which contrasts nicely to the sweetness provided by raisins, dried cranberries and blueberries, and a dash of maple syrup.

Energy-wise, it’s a great mix of healthy, calorie-dense fats and proteins from the nuts plus slower-burning complex carbohydrates from the berries.

And, then there’s this wonderfully enigmatic part of the flavor that is simply difficult to describe. When you taste it yourself, you’ll know what we mean.

We selected Conundrum Trail Mix to be part of the June 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s what our tasters had to say:

“The berries give a quick pep of energy, and the roasted hazelnuts satisfy and stick to your ribs.”

Grif Steele
Caught a Yuge Fish Once

“With a flavor that’s difficult to adequately describe, the aptly named Conundrum teases your taste buds with waves of earthiness, sweetness, and savory.”

Britt Foodlove
Trailmix Mix Master

“I heard the people say, ‘Mmmmm.’ That usually means I don’t get any.”

Gracie
Stick Fetcher

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Energy Bar Review: Evo Hemp Mango Macadamia

Energy Bar Evo Hemp Mango Macadamia

If you want to be instantly transported to Hawaii, give this bar a try. Mango and macadamia are the stars of the show. The mango provides its fresh, juicy sweetness, and the macadamia and hemp hearts combine to impart a wonderful mild, nutty flavor. It even has a touch of coconut. Take a bite, and feel the warm breeze of the tropics dancing across your face.

The Evo Hemp Mango Macadamia bar is a great one to eat right before a steep climb, because it will give you a quick jolt of energy.

“A quick jolt of energy. Greater mental and physical focus. And, a yummy flavor reminiscent of the tropics.”

There are additional health benefits to boot. This bar contains yerba mate, a plant primarily found in South America that can stimulate mental focus and energy. It’s also made from raw ingredients, without heat, to maximize the living enzymes. This helps with digestion and nutrient uptake.

And, for those of you who were wondering, the hemp plant is not the same as the marijuana plant. In fact, hemp has the opposite effect on the brain and actually stimulates brain function and health due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids.

A quick jolt of energy. Greater mental and physical focus. And, a yummy flavor reminiscent of the tropics. Sounds like a win to us!

The Evo Hemp Mango Macadamia bar was featured in the May 2017 Trailfoody.

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Energy Bar Review: Big Spoon Roasters Apricot Pepita bar

energy bar review

As soon as you tear open Big Spoon Roasters’ Apricot Pepita bar, the aroma of the hand-roasted nut butter fills the air. The roasting concentrates the flavors, giving it complexity and body beyond that of other peanut butter flavors we’ve tasted. The bar itself is very soft, but with each bite, you notice the coarseness of the peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, and quinoa.

The best treats usually combine salty and sweet, and this is certainly the case here. The sea salt is perfectly balanced with the sweetness from wildflower honey and tiny bits of apricot.

This is a great bar to eat when you’re hungry because it satisfies in a way that sticks to your ribs. It can be a wonderful reward for reaching the summit of a difficult hike or climb. This bar packs 280 calories of energy.

Values Worth Supporting

We were equally impressed by the values kept by this company. Big Spoon Roasters is committed to only using the highest quality ingredients from sustainable sources, often obtained locally. They use biodegradable packaging with non-toxic inks, and they give a percentage of profit to charities each year. That’s worth getting behind.

The Roots to the Flavor

Big Spoon Roasters’ Mark Overbay wrote a guest blog post for Trailfoody about how his company came about. In that post, you’ll read about how he learned to hand roast peanut butter when he volunteered in Zimbabwe for the Peace Corps. Check it out.

Here’s What Our Tasters Had to Say

“By the time we reached ridgeline, I was starving. This bar was a lifesaver—and a satisfying one at that.”

Grif Steele
Trail Grinder

“The hand-roasted, small-batch care put into this rich, nutty bar announces itself with every crunch. Roasty-toasty nuts meet sunny-sweet apricots. Loved it!”

Britt Foodlove
Cous Cous Magician

“As soon as I smelled that peanut butter, I was afraid they’d never let me have a taste.”

Gracie
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