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Trailfood Review: Health Warrior Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bar

Looking for a rich and tasty treat that’ll keep you on the move? Try Health Warrior’s Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed bar!

This delectable energy bar is packed with both flavor and nutrition. The dark chocolate and organic wildflower honey blends perfectly with the pumpkin seeds to create a rich and crunchy goodness that’s truly irresistible.

And while splendidly crunchy, the dark chocolate adds just the right amount of soft chewiness to the mix.

Nutrition-wise, this bar provides 2g of fiber, 8g of protein, 13g of fat, 6g of sugar, 15% iron, and 35% magnesium. Oh, and it’s completely non-GMO and gluten, dairy, and soy free!

Each of Health Warrior’s bars are made with you in mind: they all contain a superfood as a main ingredient. This particular bar features pumpkin seeds, a plant-based superfood that’s one of the best natural sources of protein on the planet!

If you’re a lover of dark chocolate, you’ve gotta try this bar. It’ls crunchy sweetness will surely hit the spot.

Health Warrior’s Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed bar is featured in the August 2017 Trailfoody.

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Trailfood Review: Allgood Organic Trail Mix

Calling all trail mix lovers!

Are you looking for a trail mix that differs from the pack? If so, you’ve gotta try Allgood’s Organic Trail Mix. It’s a tasty blend of fruits and nuts that’ll leave you craving more!

Allgood’s unique mix features organic raisins, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, goji berries, cranberries, and mulberries. It isn’t filled with the traditional peanuts and bits of chocolate that can be found in many trail mixes.

This particular combination of berries and nuts provides the perfect balance between sweet and salty. We especially liked how the saltiness of the pumpkin seeds so perfectly offset the sweetness of the cranberries and mulberries, making this mix truly pop with flavor!

Just be sure to save some of that goodness for later. We ate ours far too quickly.

It’s Allgood

Every one of Allgood’s products are certified organic and free from harmful pesticides, growth hormones, and synthetic fertilizers. They each go through a rigorous certification process in accordance to the standards put forth by the USDA and the National Organic Program.  

They also contain rich vitamins and minerals that are important to a healthy diet. This particular trail mix contains 15% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, and 8% Iron. And it only has 140 calories and 6g of total fat!

What’s more, Allgood is committed to protecting the earth. They are continually looking for ways to reduce their ecological footprint and operate in an earth-friendly manner, and we think that’s pretty awesome.

Allgood’s Organic Trail Mix was selected to be a part of the August 2017 Trailfoody.

Here’s what our tasters had to say:

“The berries really put the pep in your step while the pumpkin seeds, almonds, and walnuts give a crunch worth climbing for.”

Grif Steele
World Class Snacker

“With a flavor that’s both salty and sweet, this trail mix teases your taste buds in the best way possible. If only I had some more…”

Britt Foodlove
Berry and Nut Connoisseur

“Yeah, I didn’t get any. It was gone before I could even see it.”

Gracie
Man’s Hungry Friend

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Trailfood Review: Sweetwood’s Hot Beef Jerky

A spice that’s just right.

If you’re looking for some jerky with an added kick, give Sweetwood’s hot flavored beef jerky a try! Take it from us, this delectable cut of beef provides just the right amount of spicy and savory.

Upon biting into this jerky, you immediately notice the chili peppers blended with brown sugar. They work together perfectly to create a unique, heated flavor that grows in intensity with every bite. Even spice lovers will be surprised by the after-kick!

Sweetwood’s jerky is chewy, yet tender. The whole muscle cut, premium beef retains moistness over time and is always grass-fed. What’s more, it’s homemade and entirely natural.

The jerky is also nitrate free, gluten free, has no added MSG, and contains only natural herbs and spices. Now that’s impressive!

Why We Love Sweetwood’s Mission

Based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sweetwood promises to “give you only what [they] would feed [their] own families.” That way, you can be confident that their meat is naturally raised and delicious every time.

We love that Sweetwood stands by this motto and is dedicated to bringing you only the best jerky. We also love that they actively promote American agriculture and the Western way of life. How cool is that?

Sweetwood’s hot flavored beef jerky is featured in the August 2017 Trailfoody.

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The Surprising Reason This Energy Bar Contains Sweet Potatoes

energy bar with sweet potato

Ally Stacher, former professional cyclist and founder of Ally’s Bar, writes this guest blog post about how she got the clever idea to make energy bars out of sweet potatoes and why that’s the ultimate fuel for your body. Ally’s Bar Original was selected to be included in the August 2017 Trailfoody.

Knowing Where Your Food Comes From

I grew up in the wild and rugged mountains of far northern California. My family always hunted, fished and grew a garden. When I was 11, I worked on a watermelon farm with my twin sister. We picked watermelons in the summer mornings then worked in an ice cream shop in the afternoons. At 12 I killed my first buck, making my Dad so proud; it was a rite of passage in my family.

My Grandparents were also big influencers in my early years. They owned a large pond filled with bass, catfish, blue gale, ducks and other critters. That’s where we spent a lot of time fishing. I remember Grandpa fueling us up for a day of adventure with left-over potatoes and beer in our pancakes for breakfast. It was delicious.

Falling in Love with Cycling

I fell in love with the sport of cycling when I was a senior in high school. I did a research project on endurance sports with an emphasis on bike racing. I found people that rode bikes and learned everything I could. While I wrestled during my first year of college, I still rode my bike for fun. Eventually I jumped into a couple local bike races and was hooked.

Ally Stacher (Specialized – lululemon)

My timing with getting into the sport was perfect. At that time a small North Carolina college was growing their cycling program and was offering cycling scholarships. They had sent out a letter to almost every racer under 23 years old. I got the letter, made the trip to check out the campus and happily accepted a small scholarship and moved to the mountains of North Carolina.

I went from never racing on the track or cyclocross to being a part of a national championship team. Cycling became my obsession. In 2009 I was invited to race with the US National Team and signed for my first professional cycling team in 2010. In 2011, I got an offer to race for one of the top international racing teams in the world.

Cycling–The Proving Ground for Fueling the Body

I was eager and willing to work hard to be my very best. I made sure that all aspects of my life were dialed. My boyfriend (now my husband) was racing as well so we both knew the value of nutrition. I honed in on our diets and made everything from scratch. I made sure all of my ingredients had a purpose. I was making home made bars in my kitchen because I wanted to know exactly what was in the food we were eating. I wanted our fuel for our bodies for maximum performance.

The Inspiration for Using Sweet Potatoes

The idea of adding sweet potatoes to the bar came from two inspirations. One from my Grandpa who put potatoes in our pancakes. But the other inspiration came from our soigneur when she gave me a cup of food to eat on my way to a race. It was a longer day with challenging hills and wind. Beth was like “Ally eat this for your race”. I literally had one of my best days ever. I think my performance was owed to the sweet potato goodness before the race.

In December of 2012 I took a bag full of my sweet potato bars to a 2-week team training camp in Portugal. The bars were a huge success. This is where the idea to launch Ally’s Bar was born.

I went from making bars in my kitchen, then moved into a commercial kitchen. Demand continued to grow, but I was racing full time as well. For us to hit our goals we needed to move to a manufacturer. We launched our Original Sweet Potato Bar in October of 2014. We added 2 new flavors in the summer of 2016 increase our shelf presence by 200%. Our growths have been exciting and we’re just getting started. My husband John is still a pro cyclist and I’m a new Mom. We’re eager and excited to spread the love our delicious sweet potato bars. Coming soon to a store near you AND available today online at allysbar.com.

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Energy Bar Review: Fourpoints Downslope Dark Chocolate Coconut

Four Points Bar Downslope

If you’re a lover of dark chocolate and coconut, you must give this bar a try. Fourpoints’s Downslope Dark Chocolate Coconut bar is quite literally packed with the stuff!

Chewy with a slight crunch, the dark chocolate and dried plums mix well with the raw cashews and almonds to create the perfect texture and taste. And with just a hint of toasted coconut, the dark chocolate truly makes this bar’s rich and chewy goodness pop.

Added bonus: it’s made to stay soft even in cold temperatures, so it’s equally perfect for winter or summer!

Based out of Colorado, Fourpoints stands by its mission to bring you energy bars that are nutritious and delicious. Each of their bars contain raw ingredients that ensure sustained energy and are non-GMO, gluten free, and completely natural.

This particular bar provides 11 grams of protein, 6 grams of dietary fiber, and 31 grams of total carbs, making it a good choice for when you’ve been working hard.

It’s a great bar to snack on when hiking, backpacking, and bike riding!

Fourpoints’s Downslope Dark Chocolate Coconut bar is featured in the July 2017 Trailfoody.

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Drink Mix Review: Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder

Ultima hydration mix

Looking to mix adventure with some serious flavor? Try Ultima’s new Cherry Pomegranate Electrolyte Powder during your next water break!

With bold hints of cherry, citrus, and pomegranate, this unique mix blends tangy and sweet to create a refreshing flavor that’s worth taking a break for. We simply couldn’t resist stopping for a few sips while out on the trail.

“Most importantly, though, this incredibly clean drink mix contains no high fructose corn syrup!”

Each of Ultima’s mixes contain the perfect blend of all six electrolytes and have zero calories, carbs, or sugars. They’re also non-GMO, gluten free, and contain no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Most importantly, though, this incredibly clean drink mix contains no high fructose corn syrup! It’s sweetened naturally with Stevia leaf instead of sugar.

On the Go Hydration

Simply add one packet to 16 fluid ounces of water depending on your taste preference, shake well, and enjoy! We were impressed with how quickly Ultima’s mix dissolved, providing a flavorful drink that was easy and ready to go!

We recommend trying your first sip today!

Ultima’s Cherry Pomegranate Electrolyte Powder is featured in the July 2017 Trailfoody.

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Energy Bar Review: Probar Meal Superberry & Greens

Probar Superberry & Greens energy bar

With a whopping 360 calories, this “meal” bar lives up to its name. Just tear open the wrapper and enjoy this nutty, fruity bar for a fast, convenient way to refuel your engine.

Nutritionally, this ProBar has 50g of carbohydrates (WOW!) to quickly give you the energy you need for strenuous, outdoor activity, and it will keep your motor humming for sure. Plus, it has 8g of protein to help repair muscles.

Fruity and Nutty

We love the taste, too. Its sweetness comes from a medley of fruits, with notes of raisins, dates, blueberries and pineapple being the most prominent fruity flavors. Combined with that is the satisfying richness of cashew butter and sunflower seeds.

And the texture of the bar is soft and chewy—a plus.

ProBar Superberry & Greens energy barHealthy, Too

The real bonus here is the healthy greens and fiber. These ingredients read like they came from a must-have list of items you might find in the healthy aisle at the health food store:  spinach, broccoli, carrot, green tea, rose hips, maca root, spirulina (a superfood full of anitoxidants and vitamins), and alfalfa. On top of that, this bar is filled with both pre- and pro-biotics to keep your digestive system working at its best.

It’s also vegan and gluten-free.

The ProBar Superberry & Greens Meal bar was featured in the July 2017 Trailfoody.

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Trail Mix Review: Happy Healthy Human’s “Motivation”

Happy Healthy Human Motivation trail mix

There’s a saying that you are what you eat. But, with Happy Healthy Human’s trail mixes, your mood is what you eat. Nutritionist Samantha Attard, founder of Happy Healthy Human, designed a family of healthy, tasty snack mixes that can influence your mood.

Choose Your Own Adventure Mood

There are four to choose from:  Calm, Balance, Relief, and Motivation. The Trailfoody Fam can always use an extra kick to battle the switchbacks on the way to the summit, so naturally, we opted to feature Motivation in the July 2017 Trailfoody.

“Goodbye sluggish, hello excitement,” is what it says on the front of the bag, and we agree. After munching on this mix, we did notice a get-up-and-go feeling.

Healthy Ingredients

What’s the secret to this Motivation mix? Roasted, organic chickpeas; organic pumpkin seeds; organic, dried cranberries; plus, a little salt; olive oil; and smoked pimentón. Pimentón, or paprika, is made from ground red chile peppers, and is what gives this mix such a rich, robust flavor.

What did the Trailfoody Tasters say about Motivation?

“I like to save this stuff for the crux of the climb when I need to be in the right frame of mind. Ultralighters will appreciate that it’s calorie dense, with 200 calories in only 1.5 ounces.”

Grif Steele
Super Famous Outdoor Guy

“The subtle smokiness from the pimentón gives a rich depth to the flavor. You’ll get a small kick of spiciness that’s well balanced with the nuttiness of the pumpkin seeds and the crisp sweetness of the dried cranberries.”

Britt Foodlove
Trailmix Mix Master

“[Whines]” Translation:  I’m jealous that I didn’t get any.

Gracie
Wannabe Taster

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Trailfood Review: Vega Chocolate Caramel Protein+ Snack Bar

Rich, chewy, and undeniably sweet. That’s what came to mind upon biting into Vega’s Chocolate Caramel Protein+ Snack Bar. The dark chocolate and caramel flavors blend together perfectly to create a bar that’s worth saving for dessert.

But don’t let the sweetness fool you, this bar is packed with nutrition. Containing 11 grams of protein, a mix of veggies and greens, vitamins, 4 grams of fiber, and only 200 calories, we couldn’t believe we were eating something so deliciously rich!

And what’s more, this bar is made entirely with real plant-based food ingredients. It’s also vegan, non-GMO, and completely gluten free.

However, when it comes down to it, the chewy goodness is what’s really important, right?

Well, this bar seems to melt into your mouth with every bite. The dark chocolate gives a softer, more refined texture while the almonds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds create a subtle chew that’s entirely satisfying.

Trust us, you’re gonna have to try it!

Vega’s Chocolate Caramel Protein+ Snack Bar is featured in the July 2017 Trailfoody.

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This is How to Recharge for Your Next Adventure

how to recharge after hike

You’ve just finished your five and a half mile run around town, and you’re feeling great. Tomorrow, you’ll be heading out with some friends to hike a lengthy portion of the Appalachian Trail up to McAfee Knob, but how can you make sure you’ll have enough pep in your step to get you to the top? 

Loading Up on Carbs

Carbohydrates are the key.

According to the second edition of Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness: Functional Exercise and Nutrition for Every Body, the replacement of body glycogen stores is important if you have been involved in intense exercise lasting for more than an hour or if you have been engaging in endurance activities that often last for more than a few hours.

Glycogen replacement can be quickly achieved if extra carbohydrates are consumed as soon as possible after exercising. This will ensure a quick recovery, especially if you avoid significant activity for at least eight hours following said exercise.

The sooner you refuel, the faster you’ll recover. Thus, eating within 30 minutes of exercising is ideal. And, as is noted in one of our previous blogs, you’ll want to refuel with at least 15 grams of carbs.

However, you can also continue to replenish glycogen during endurance and outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking by eating snacks and meals with a moderate to high glycemic index after a  workout.

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