I'm often asked about what snacks and food I take when going for a walk. My answer is: it depends on the length of the walk!
The food you take on a walk or hike is more than the energy you need to keep going. It's the morale boost you look forward to when you're running out of steam or want to take a break and rest your feet. Some of my best walking moments are those where I am tucking into a squashed egg sandwich in a field or a well timed jelly baby. But beyond your foil wrapped sandwich or sugar laded treats, energy-giving snacks are a must. I take a snack of some kind with me on most of my walks, unless they're very short. There is nothing worse than being a long way from civilisation and realising you're starving and have nothing to keep you going.
So when I was sent a box of CLIF Bars to try out, I was very pleased as it meant I could keep a ready stash of them in my backpack. CLIF Bars are a US brand, which claim to be America's favourite energy bar. They use natural ingredients (even if some of them sound a bit scientific) and include things like organic rolled oats and organic dates plus 11 vitamins, protein and fibre. In short, they are designed to slowly release energy as you need it.
The bars comes in seven different flavours in the UK: Chocolate chip, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Blueberry Crisp, Chocolate Almond Fudge, White Chocolate Macademia Nut and Coconut Chocolate Chip.
I took these bars on my West Highland Way walk of 96 miles and they were my 'keep me going' food on the longer days.
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If you're after a good energy bar made of natural ingredients that aren't overly sweet and don't turn into a pile of crumbs despite being bashed around, these are definitely worth trying. Just save the blueberry ones for me please.
In the UK, you can buy these bars from Boots, Tesco, Holland & Barrett and independent health food shops. They cost £1.60 a bar. You can find out more about them at www.clifbar.co.uk.
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