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April’s Trailfoody, Plus a Spotlight on the Huppybar AZT Mesquite Bar

April’s Trailfoody has a Southwestern theme! All products this month are gluten free. Total calories:  over 1,500.

  • Huppybar Arizona Trail Wild Mesquite energy bar—We liked this bar so much, we decided to build a whole theme around it. This energy bar is reviewed by our tasters below.
  • Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips—Here’s a unique take on the venerable tortilla chip. Flax, sunflower and sesame seeds give this chip a subtle nutty flavor.
  • El Pinto medium salsa—This stuff is made in New Mexico, so it’s the real deal, and it comes in a size that’s perfect for an outdoor adventure.
  • Nick’s Sticks spicy beef–These jalapeño-spiced beef sticks have some kick, and they’re made from grass-fed beef, which has almost 5 times more omega-3s than regular beef.
  • Eden Foods dry roasted, organic pumpkin seeds–These organic pumpkin seeds are dry roasted and seasoned with sea salt. Mmmmmmm.
  • Made in Nature Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast–We were impressed with how fresh this organic berry and seed mix was. The cherries and cranberries impart a bright flavor, while the blueberries, raisins, and goji berries provide sweetness. Mix in some crunchy pepitas, and we’re sold.
  • Felix Foods Almond Cherry Vanilla energy bar–This bar is brand new! The almonds, cherry and vanilla combine to give a refreshing, smooth flavor. It’s made from nutritious ingredients such as hemp, chia, flax, and green tea. It’s lightly sweetened with coconut nectar, and we like that it’s not overly sweet.
  • Bobos Banana Chocolate Chip oat bar–This bar tastes just like banana bread! Plus, the slow-burning, organic oats will keep your furnace stoked for a sustained climb.
  • BGood Bar Chia Blueberry energy bar–Save this one for the summit. This artisanal energy bar contains an orchestra of flavors including toasted cashews, walnuts, chia seeds, fair trade dark chocolate, and—of course—blueberries!

What the Tasters Said:

Huppybar AZT Mesquite Energy Bar

We liked this bar so much, we decided to build a whole theme around it. Ancient Southwestern cultures knew a good thing when they saw it. A staple for thousands of years, mesquite bean flour brings nourishment and an irresistibly unique flavor to this handcrafted bar. This bar is free of grain, gluten, soy, dairy, preservatives, refined sugars, and GMOs.

“It’s the official bar of the Arizona Trail. Enough said.”

—Grif Steele, Sunrise Chaser

“A trendsetter for sure, this bar is savory with just a hint of honey. It’s made from Arizona-grown ingredients such as mesquite bean flour, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and cashews.”

—Britt Foodlove, Ph.D. in Tacos al Pastor

“The people said there weren’t any leftovers.”

—Gracie, Trail Greeter

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How This Energy Bar Perfectly Captures the Spirit of Arizona

The Huppybar AZT Wild Mesquite is the official energy bar of the Arizona Trail. Huppybar’s Lyndsay Hupp pens this guest post for Trailfoody about how this bar reflects Arizona’s beauty, history, and natural resources.

 

Sometimes you can’t choose where you live, it chooses you. In the same way my dog, Dahli, of 16 years, chose me as her owner, I think Arizona chose me as a resident. What started off as a reluctant relationship with the state (not enough water, mountains aren’t big enough), has since blossomed into a life intertwined. Now, 17 years later, I have a budding business, partner, family, friends, my playground, and my sanctuaries in all directions around me. We call our AZ home the “Shire” with endless outdoor recreational opportunities of all varieties in all directions in all months of the year.

The Grand Canyon had something to do with it too…a lot to do with it. Once that Canyon sinks its teeth into your soul, you can forget about ever really leaving it. So I always returned. Down the River—the Colorado River—all spring, summer, and fall for over a decade.

When the Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association first contacted me about partnering with them to create an Arizona themed bar to celebrate the AZ Trail, Huppybar was barely crawling as a company. I was mostly busy “field testing” my products: on my bike, in my boat, on a hike, or down a canyon formulating the Huppybar vision.

Nonetheless, I was intrigued and honored that he would ask Huppybar to be a part of the endeavor and I was excited to take it on. The AZ Trail through Flagstaff is one of my favorite rides, and being a Long Trail thru-hiker alumni, I am a big fan of long, continuous trails.

“Once that Canyon sinks its teeth into your soul, you can forget about ever really leaving it.”

Choosing the right ingredients and their sources to represent AZ and the AZ Trail was paramount. I consulted all my savvy friends on native plant options, but it was quickly apparent that mesquite would be the feature.

Mesquite trees are ubiquitous in the desert regions of the Southwest. It is a plant I had become well acquainted with as a river guide in the Grand Canyon: we used them for shade, to tie up our boats, or chew on a pod occasionally while on a hike.

Beyond my personal connection with the tree, mesquite lays its roots deep in the cultural history of the Southwest. For thousands of years, native people have used the ground bean pods to sustain their families. The Tohono O’odham Nation of Southern Arizona are still doing this today. They wild-harvest in the late summer, and take the ground meal to market at the San Xavier Co-op and Farm. We are excited to be sourcing our mesquite from the San Xavier Co-op and to be supporting the traditional farming practices of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

In addition to mesquite, we feature AZ-grown pecans, AZ-harvested honey, and cayenne chiles from the nice folks at Whipstone Farms who booth next to Huppybar every Sunday at the Flagstaff Community Market. If you don’t feel the energy from the nutrition itself, you will feel it from the hard work and love that has been put into these locally sourced ingredients.

When you bite into an AZT Wild Mesquite Huppybar, you’ll notice it’s not as sweet as most bars you’ve tried. We kept it low on the sweet and high on the flavor. Some have likened it to cookie dough and many say it is the best bar they have ever tried. The AZ Trail Association loved it so much, they’re calling it the Official Energy Bar of the Arizona National Scenic Trail and a portion of the proceeds from the bar will go to help protect and maintain this amazing 800 miles of trail from Utah to Mexico!

Wherever your trails lead, Huppybar adventure-inspired nutrition will get you there!

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This Month’s Trailfoody + Tasters Review Trail Nuggets

Here’s what’s in this month’s Trailfoody!

  • Mighty Bar Bacon-Beef jerky—It’s mighty good, and in just the right portion for outdoor activities. This jerky bar is tender and savory.
  • Late July Organic Mini Cheddar and Cheese crackers—Organic white cheddar cheese spread between cute little rich, buttery tasting crackers.
  • Mamma Chia Squeeze Blackberry Bliss—Slurp down this fruity treat for a quick burst of energy. This m amma knows her stuff.
  • Gorilly Goods Baja mix—There’s something fun about eating something called Gorilly Goods. And, it’s go-really good, too, with its mix of organic pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and organic hemp seeds, plus a hint of lime and sea salt.
  • Swincher electrolyte drink mix—Filled with essential electrolytes, minerals and vitamins, just pour it in your water bottle and shake.
  • Trailnuggets Almond Lemon Hot Date energy bar—Our Tasters review this bar below.
  • Huppybar Chocolate Berry Love energy bar— Using 100% cacao, juice-sweetened cranberries, and wild blueberries, this antioxidant powerhouse will give your body a zing of TLC that it will definitely be happy about!
  • Crafted energy bar—Here’s a brand-new bar that was designed with climbers in mind. It’ll give you a quick burst of energy, and its ingredients are specially selected to help with inflammation and muscle soreness.
  • Kates Real Food’s Stash energy bar— This nutty flavored bar will keep you fueled and satisfied for hours. With organic honey, organic dark chocolate, and organic cocoa butter, this bar will give your body sustained energy and your taste buds a treat.

What the Tasters Said:  Trailnuggets Almond Lemon Hot Date

Each bite awakens and surprises your taste buds with a unique zesty lemon flavor. Remember the early days of the energy bar era, when products tasted and felt like rock-hard slabs of plastic? Well, this bar is soft and chewy, and it stays that way in cold temperatures. And, believe it or not, it’s made from only four ingredients!—dates, almonds, lemon peel and lemon oil—that’s it!. We’re sold.

“At 12k’ with below- freezing temps, this bar was still soft to chew—and tasty.”

—Grif Steele, Fastpacker

“This energy bar is a refreshing departure from other bars. It’s zesty and bright.”

—Britt Foodlove, Citrus Sommelier

“They said dogs weren’t allowed any, so I didn’t get to taste. I totally would’ve eaten it anyway.”

—Gracie, Inventor, DogBelay™ Climbing System

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What’s the Best Food to Take Hiking?

food for hiking

With mountains of freeze-dried food to choose from, dinner ideas for backpacking and camping are hard to miss, but most outdoor adventurers actually log more hours on day outings. Coming up with good hiking lunch ideas (or camping lunch ideas, or backpacking lunch ideas, or rock climbing lunch ideas—you get the picture) has always been the harder nut to crack.

Here’s why: hiking food has some pretty steep requirements—it must be:

  • Full of good, healthy energy
  • Packable and lightweight
  • “Shelf stable,” meaning it doesn’t require refrigeration
  • Easy to consume without having to stop, set up a stove, and cook
  • Tasty!

You’re Depending on Your Body—Fill it with Good Fuel!

Good fuel = good performance. That means you should avoid foods with a lot of artificial preservatives, additives, processed sugar, and chemicals you can’t pronounce. But, you also need a balance of nutrients.

Carbohydrates—which are found in fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, and pasta—are probably the most important nutrient because they digest quickly and provide the body with a steady stream of fuel. Carbohydrates, if consumed regularly, can also prevent fatigue and prevent injury.

Healthy Fats—found in nuts, fish, oils, and olives—are what gives your body that satisfied feeling after a meal. They’re also a great way to get needed calories and they help your body absorb other nutrients.

Protein—found in meats, nuts, and some grains and seeds—are needed to build and repair muscles. Your body also uses proteins for fluid balance and as a minor fuel for endurance activities.

To sum up: you need to consume quality foods. You need to balance what you eat between carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, with an emphasis on carbohydrates. But, the main mistake many outdoorspeople make is that they do not consume enough calories.

How Much Energy Do You Really Need, Anyway?

According to the Mayo Clinic, here are the energy needs, in calories, for common outdoor activities.

160 lb. person 200 lb. person 240 lb. person
3-hr hike 1,314 1,638 1,962
6-hr backpack 3,066 3,822 4,578
3-hr cross-country ski 1,488 1,857 2,223
4-hr cycling 1,168 1,456 1,744

That’s a lot of energy, folks. If you skimp on fuel, you could bonk. Remember, your body needs to burn fuel to get where you’re going. (continues below)

What is Trailfoody?

Trailfoody is a monthly service that sends you trail-tuned, taste-tested food kits that are already packed in a stuff sack and ready to go.

Made for day adventures, these premium trailfoods can be eaten together as a cohesive lunch or spaced out in smaller breaks to keep your body’s furnace humming. Get the right food for the job, and get to try new trailfoods each month!

Keep Your Furnace Stoked with Smaller Food Breaks

food for hikingWe’ve all done it—after reaching the halfway point on a tough hike, you stop for a “quick” lunch break. After consuming most of your hiking food, your stomach is full, and you realize it’s been an hour since you stopped. On top of that, instead of feeling refreshed, your body directs its energy to digesting a full belly, and you feel like taking a nap. But, you still have another fifteen hundred vertical feet and a bunch of miles to go.

Instead, think of fueling your body like you’re feeding a fire, regularly tossing in a couple of small logs to keep the fire raging. Take small, five-minute breaks every 30-60 minutes, and snack on some trailfood each time. That will keep your energy levels high, and it tells your body to keep up the good work.

Hydration is Just as Important as Hiking Food

hydration for hikingYou can’t perform your best when you’re dehydrated. Headaches, dizziness, fatique and crankiness (nobody likes a cranky hiker) are all symptoms that you’re already dehydrated. And, it can sneak up on you, especially during the winter when the air is drier and you don’t feel as hot and sweaty.

The good news is that you can read the signs before it happens. If you haven’t been peeing, then you haven’t been drinking enough. Start sipping.

You can do even better than that, though. Use an electrolyte drink mix to replenish lost minerals. When you sweat, your body loses salt it needs for many important body functions including muscle function. An added bonus of these drinks: most of them taste good, which encourages you to hydrate.

This is especially true of kids. They’re easily distracted when they’re having fun, and they forget to drink. Put a drink mix in their bottle, though, and they’ll stay hydrated.

Pro Tip: Recharge for the Next Day

Eating a carbohydrate-packed energy bar at the end of your adventure is not just a reward for hard work, but can help your muscles recover for the next day, so you’ll feel better.

Your body’s performance is influenced by how much glycogen is stored in your muscles. It turns out that they are primed to produce glycogen during the 30- to 60-minute window directly after strenuous exercise. To make glycogen, your muscles need simple carbohydrates such as quality energy bars or fruit.

To maximize your recovery, be sure to enjoy an energy bar or some fruit as soon as you finish your adventure—within 30-60 minutes.

Some Hiking Lunch Ideas

Here are a couple of ideas for food to take hiking, backpacking, or camping (or for any day adventure).

Cowboy
Jerky, nuts and fruit are simple, can be eaten in one break or spaced out, and taste great.

  • Beef jerky—Here’s a recipe for a nice chili lime jerky. This recipe features your favorite beer and peppercorns.
  • Make your own nut mix—Go for raw, salted, or flavorful, depending on your taste. Here’s a recipe for a do-it-yourself nut mix seasoned with cinnamon, chili powder, pepper, and herbs.
  • Fruit—Fresh apples, bananas, and oranges (Mandarin oranges are easiest to peel) pack well, as do Asian pears, which give a fresh, crisp contrast to the jerky and nuts. Dried fruit is another great way to go: mango is delicious dried, as are pears, apricots and apples. If you want to get fancy, make your own dried fruit leather.
  • Energy food for breaks and recovery—Be sure to bring at least a couple of bars to keep you going through the day, plus a carbohydrate-rich bar or snack for your recovery when you finish. In our experience, the best tasting and healthiest bars are the ones that have less name recognition.

Gourmet
Smoky, rich, creamy and satisfying smoked salmon on a bagel

  • Smoked Salmon—most smoked salmon is single serve and shelf stable.
  • Cream cheese—You can get shelf stable, single serve portions at a restaurant supply store. Or, substitute gouda or cheddar from your fridge.
  • Bagel—Grab one from your local bagel shop on the way out of town.
  • Pro-tip—Snip some chives from your garden and store them with a moist paper towel in a ziplock.
  • Fruit—Balance the richness of the smoked salmon bagel with fresh or dried fruit. Citrus such as Mandarin orange or a juicy, crispy Asian pear would work well, as would dried apricots.
  • Energy food for breaks and recovery—Be sure to bring at least a couple of bars to keep you going through the day, plus a carbohydrate-rich bar or snack for your recovery when you finish. In our experience, the best tasting and healthiest bars are the ones that have less name recognition.

Food to Take Hiking, Ready to Go

Here’s an easy way to be ready for your next adventure with tasty food that’s right for the job: a Trailfoody subscription.

Arriving each month, in a stuff sack and ready to go, Trailfoody finds yummy hiking foods that you might not otherwise discover. You’ll know it’s top quality fuel for your adventure, tasty, and packable. Plus, everything is shelf stable, so you can store your Trailfoody with your gear so it’s ready to grab and go. It’ll save you time getting out the door.

It’s not just convenience. There are lots of wonderful hiking food products out there that are hard to find, yet fun to taste. Trailfoody finds these and sends them right to your door. Let us help you get out on your next adventure.

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This Month’s Trailfoody + the Tasters Review Lawless Jerky

This month’s Wanderer (powers 1 to 2 outings) has a pan-Asian theme:

  • Lawless Japanese Curry beef jerky—See what the Trailfoody tasters said below!
  • Laiki black rice crackers—these little guys melt in your mouth, and they’re very pure: made from rice, oil, salt, and nothing else.
  • Eden Tamari Roasted Almonds—Rich tasting, roasted organic almonds misted with tamari soy sauce.
  • Crispy Green Dried Asian Pear—Food just doesn’t get any lighter than this! These pears are packed with sweetness and give a curious crunch.
  • Ultima Replenisher Cherry Pomegranate drink mix—This flavor is brand new! It contains all 6 electrolytes to keep your performance at its max.
  • Phivebar Blueberry—There’s a great story behind the healing properties of the whole foods in this bar (check it out). The mix of blueberries, dates, seeds, and other fruits and nuts combine to create a wholesome, fresh flavor.
  • BGood Espresso Date Nut bar—Every detail comes together in this artisan energy bar: toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, honey, dates, espresso and more. It’s hard not to be impressed with this bar.
  • Honey Stinger Pomegranate Passionfruit organic energy gels—Not too tart and not too sweet, these honey-sweetened energy gels are sure to keep you energized for a big adventure.
  • Gomacro Thrive Almond Apricot bar—A tasty combination of almonds and apricots, and loaded with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and an ancient seed blend of hemp hearts, quinoa, and sprouted flax.

What the Tasters Said:  Lawless Japanese Curry Beef Jerky

We’ll be honest, it might be hard to save this one for the trail. You know you’ve found a special product when you can discern multiple layers of flavor, and that is certainly true with this beef jerky. With each bite, you get a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; a little tanginess from the rice vinegar; a bit of saltiness from the gluten-free tamari; plus, the beef combines with a Japanese mild curry blend to provide a very pleasant, savory experience. The feel of this jerky is right on point as well—not too soft and not too tough.

“This jerky is full of flavor, unlike some that tastes like leather. Trust me, I know. That time on Mt. Washington, I had no choice but to eat my boot.”

–Grif Steele, Seriously Tough Guy

“Each bite bursts with sweet, salty, tangy, AND savory. Even non-curry lovers will appreciate the ‘umami’ of this flavorful jerky.”

–Britt Foodlove, Secret Sauce Secret Keeper

[distracted by squirrel]

–Gracie, Peak Bagger

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How They Pack This Jerky With so Much Flavor

We reached out to Lawless Jerky to find out what goes into making super flavorful jerky, like the Japanese Curry flavor we’re including in the next Trailfoody. Here’s what they said:

 

Our jerky starts with 100% grass-fed beef. We source our beef from New Zealand where the law outlaws GMOs. We hate to say it but, when companies don’t identify the provenance of their meat you have to assume the worst. From there, we use only all-natural ingredients, eschewing the artificial preservatives that had been standard in our industry for time immemorial.

We call ourselves “America’s Craft Jerky,” reflecting our shared values and similar approach to craft brewers and distillers. We, too, combine traditional, artisanal methods with modern creativity. We, too, handcraft our product in small batches. And we, too, incorporate the best ingredients available. In fact, a number of the ingredients we source from around the world, have never before been used in jerky.

An excellent example of Lawless Jerky’s commitment to ingenuity is our Japanese Curry jerky. That variety, adored by foodies, was actually the first we perfected. The story goes back to founder Matt Tolnick’s days in law school at UCLA when he roomed with a pair of Japanese students. Already a jerky hobbyist, Matt connected his avocation to the unique flavors of his roommates’ unique culinary creations. Japanese Curry was an umami-packed flavor unlike any he’d ever tasted. It had elements of Indian and Thai Curries but was very much its own inimitable taste sensation.
As we sought to perfect and commercialize our Japanese Curry jerky, we worked with a spice supplier in Japan, tweaking individual ingredients and proportions. We sampled each blend on its own as an initial screening, then transformed it into a marinade to see how it would translate to jerky, amplifying some flavors while dampening others. The complex blend we ended up with features Turmeric, Coriander, Fenugreek, Cumin, Cinnamon, Ginger, Star Anise, Cloves, Cardamom, Fennel, and Allspice, among other exotic components.

Even among our more common flavors, like Aloha Teriyaki, we bring unconventional elements to the table. Our Teriyaki is more of a Hawaiian teriyaki flavor than a traditional Japanese teriyaki, adding ginger, garlic and onion in place of the sake component. On top of that, we incorporate sesame seeds into our recipe, which add an additional layer of flavor and texture to the jerky.

So, what’s the story with the name, Lawless Jerky?

That’s an easy one! Founder Matt Tolnick started the company after he concluded that, as an attorney, practicing LAW was making him decidedly LESS happy. Matt knew that he could do more good in the world with his jerky than his lawyering.

Lawless also reflects the company’s unconventional approach to everything we do, from our ingredients and recipes to our approach to business. It was important to us that we bring something new to the jerky space, or else, why do it?

We are pleased to share our Japanese Curry jerky in this month’s Trailfoody, and look forward to incorporating other “Braver Flavors” in the future.

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In-depth Review of Trailfoody by Hiking For Her

Here is an excerpt from the review posted on Hiking For Her:

Why Trailfoody is such a great idea for hikers

At least 4 reasons:

  • Thoughtfully selected trail food by a company who “gets” what trail food should be
  • The element of surprise: new flavors and brands in each box
  • High quality food with ingredients that work with, not against, your hard working muscles
  • Convenience

Read the full review at Hiking for Her to learn more about first impressions, nutrition details, calories, flavors, taste, and more.

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This Month’s Trailfoody + BGood Bar Spotlight

This month’s Wanderer (powers 1 to 2 outings) has a Mediterranean theme:

  • Stacy’s Pita Chips—Gives a nice crunch. Plus, they pair really well with the hummus.
  • Wild Garden Hummus—This hummus is yummus.
  • Mediterra Sundried Tomato & Basil bar—Most energy bars are sweet, but this one is savory! What a great idea, and perfect for a lunch stop.
  • Basil and Garlic Oloves—These little olives pack a ton of flavor. Refreshing, too.
  • Fruit Bliss Organic Turkish Figs—Let’s just say we had a hard time making sure all of these made it into the shipping boxes.
  • Vermont Smoke & Cure Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork stick—Because, who doesn’t like a meat stick?
  • Stur Organic Truly Fruit Punch drink mix—Very flavorful and full of Vitamin C, this will help you stay hydrated.
  • Probar Superfruit Slam—This meal-in-a-bar is tough stuff. It’s filling with a nice, wholesome, fruity flavor.
  • Kate’s Natural Foods Tram Bar—You can’t beat the milk chocolate and peanut butter combination. This meal-in-a-bar can be used on its own for small excursions.
  • BGood Peanut Ginger Bar—This one’s a treasure, and it’s reviewed by our tasters below.

BGood Peanut Ginger Bar
It tastes like a fine chocolate truffle, but gives you an energy boost for any adventure. And, it’s made from high quality ingredients such as toasted peanuts, cashews, oats, peanut butter, local honey, organic flax seed meal, crystallized ginger, fair trade dark chocolate, sesame seeds and sea salt.

What the Tasters Said About the BGood Peanut Ginger Bar

Grif Steele
Glissade Racer

“The amount of energy packed into this compact bar amazed me.”

Britt Foodlove
Cheesecake Whisperer

“It’s like a piece of art. First, the smooth dark chocolate. Then, the peanut butter and a dash of honey combine, ending with a subtle zing of ginger.”

Gracie
Iditarod Fan

“Britt dropped some on the ground, but Grif beat me to it.”

Ready to try this bar (and many other great trailfoods)?

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Rugged Living & Love of Outdoors Inspire this Indulgent Energy Bar

Enjoy this guest blog post about the inspiration behind BGood Bars, written by Katy Nesbitt. We are excited to include BGood’s Peanut Ginger Bar—a very special find—in January’s Trailfoody.


BGood Bars were born from a combination of practicality and indulgence – a healthy snack with delicious ingredients that fits easily in a pocket. This combination was designed by Judy Goodman – a woman who knows how to live well out of a backpack or in a cabin on a remote cattle ranch.

Judy says she grew up in Central Washington with a love of the outdoors and the opportunity to cook and garden with her mother and her grandmother.

BGood Bars
Making these rugged, yet indulgent energy bars.

“Living on a farm, they taught me how to improvise in the kitchen by substituting for things we didn’t have on hand.” My grandmother used to say, “You can always make something out of nothing.”

When she was 27 years old she was backpacking in the Wallowas and devised her first trail bar, primarily comprised of nuts, dried fruit, eggs, whole wheat and chocolate.

With 20 years as a fisheries biologist and 15 years living on a remote Idaho ranch where the best means of transportation for many months of the year was a snowmobile, Judy lived her grandmother’s mantra—maybe not making something out of nothing—but, a rugged lifestyle doesn’t have to mean “roughing it.”

Judy and her husband, Bob, left the Sawtooth Mountains and moved to the base of the Wallowas in Joseph, Oregon, where she was trained as a chocolatier by a retired fish biologist in a Main Street shop. There, she came up with recipes for a snack similar in taste to a fine chocolate truffle with the energy boost needed to finish the hike, bike or ski.

Now, Judy runs her own kitchen making fine, hand-crafted products on Joseph’s Main Street making BGood Bars from a special formula of the highest quality ingredients wrapped in recyclable packaging – energy bars for active people with a conscience.

When not making and shipping bars to customers around the U.S., Judy joins Bob on a ski out the back door of their log cabin with a BGood bar in each pocket and up to the top of Wallowa Lake’s east moraine. From the top of the ridgeline, they can take in the view of Chief Joseph Mountain and the lake in one direction and Idaho’s Seven Devils Range to the east – a perfect opportunity to enjoy a bar made with nuts and fruit and hand-dipped in the finest dark chocolate.

“Ultimately the best food choices are always those closest to their original forms in nature. BGood Bars are a sophisticated great tasting snack that is healthy enough for the athlete and outdoor enthusiast, or decadent enough to serve for dessert,” says Judy Goodman.

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This Month’s Trailfoody + Grizzly Bar Spotlight

This month’s Wanderer (powers 1 to 2 outings) includes the following tasty things:

  • Tanka Bar Cranberry and Buffalo jerky–the only thing better than beef jerky is buffalo jerky
  • Crunchmaster gluten-free crackers–nom, nom, nom
  • Justin’s almond butter–every hiker’s fave
  • Peeled dried mango–it’s mango, no need to say anything else
  • Sahale Snacks’ fruit and nut classic trail mix–we’re nuts about Sahale
  • Skratch Labs’ lemon + lime hydration mix–probably the best tasting way to recharge those electrolytes
  • Go Raw all-organic sprouted apricot bar–the fresh taste is what stood out to us
  • K’ul artisan Endurance chocolate bar–amazing this is an energy bar
  • a dark chocolate chili almond Kind bar–this thing’s gotta kick
  • and Kate’s Real Food’s Grizzly Bar–read below!

This month, the Trailfoody tasters review the Grizzly Bar. Here’s what they had to say:

December’s Spotlight:  The Grizzly Bar

This is a whopper of an energy bar that tastes delicious. Flavors of peanut butter, sweet blossom honey, chewy dried fruit, and dark chocolate combine in this tasty bar that can get you to the top of any mountain. This bar can supplement a meal or be used on its own for small excursions.

What the Tasters Said About Kate’s Real Food’s Grizzly Bar

Grif Steele
High Altitude Snow Angel Record Holder

“If a grizzly bear tried to eat my Grizzly Bar, I’d bite ’em.”

Britt Foodlove
Professional Curry Taster

“With a satisfying, chewy mouthfeel, the peanut butter and honey combine perfectly. The bonus: a  dark chocolate finish.”

Gracie
Wannabe Taste Tester

“There wasn’t any left over for me to taste. However, I can tell you that it smelled real nice.”