There’s nothing worse than running out of energy on the trail. A blood sugar dump just before a long climb has never been a friend of mine. I’ve been experimenting for years looking for the perfect snack that I can eat while moving without weighing me down, and I may have finally found them…
They’re mostly sugar, as you can tell from the name Honey Stinger, which is actually a good thing when reaching for some quick energy. My favorite snack they provide being the Organic Salted Caramel Waffles, they taste like softer waffle cones sandwiched around a thin layer of honey and syrup. In a word…they’re fabulous. Using simple sugars, they digest quickly and easily while providing a solid boost of energy without dropping into the stomach like a rock. They’re also small, well packaged and stack-able to conserve precious pack space. They also come in cinnamon and maple, both of which tie as my second favorite.
The Protein Chews are a bit different. Sort of like a soft gummy bear, they’re easy to chew and they’re lightly dusted in sugar with protein inside (probably primarily the gelatin). They’re tangy yet sweet and come in a few different flavors. Despite the general notion that protein is more of an after workout snack, I’ve found them great on the go as well. They’re filled with electrolytes and do a great job of replenishing reserves lost while sweating, especially helpful when running or biking.
They also provide lots of bars to choose from, and I usually use these as on the go meals for breakfast, although that’s not quite their intention. They’re wholesome, filling, and for the most part pretty tasty.
They’re popping up everywhere, in markets as well as outfitter shops, and you can find more information on their website. I definitely recommend them as they’re tasty, affordable, and provide a nearly instant burst of energy. I’ve been packing them around everywhere.
*Recall information. There has been a recall on some of the protein chews (and other gummy products from other companies too), so check on that before indulging. It’s not Honey Stinger Specifically, but it does include some of their products, including the berry flavored chews.
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