Portable food energy, like portable power=is delivered by scores of vendors nowadays…enticing consumers looking for easy, tasty ways to fuel on the go.
Or to snack on---no matter where/what -including couch potato types.
|Chocolov XOXOX…24 flavors are sold all over- very authentic tasting even discerning chocolate snobs would nibble…and we're half French.|
|one distributor offered various sized, ready to drink tea options from Ito En-a brand remembered fondly- drinking gallons of- from all those vending machines-during time spent in Japan. Unsweetened options actually taste good!|
|Brooklyn's brewing up 100% Arabica- Jay Street Coffee-coffee drinks with the milk part mixed in +shelf ready. These kinds of beverages have been massively popular in Japan for decades wonder why it took so long to catch on here.|
|flavor options-apple cinnamon, blueberry, fig, peak apricot, raspberry, lemon, mango, strawberry, vanilla fig,, vanilla raspberry|
|love these-aromatic lemon really comes through-and not coconutty at all-about $6.99/bag|
And so too with-Laughing Giraffe Organics Snakaroons™ 100 calories/cookie, coconut embedded bites-that have the texture of thick buttery sugar cookies -but are non-GMO, gluten-free, USDA certified organic snacks, made from 'raw' food ingredients that are all pronounceable. The melt in your mouth treat comes in several authentic flavors-sweetened by low glycemic agave syrup.
Maybe because they are authentic foods---we found one cookie very satisfying-versus an urge to inhale the entire bag.
|-Power Chews-Peanut Butter, Vanilla Coconut, Almond Cranberry, Cocoa Energy|
One of our first 'hits' on Demo Day-is the from Utah- ProBar® booth---and not just us…we see attendees with the company's signature MEAL™bars-everywhere.
|new flavors for MEAL™- Almond Crunch and Strawberry Bliss -10 others with 5-8g/fiber, 5-11g/protein (nuts+seeds), non-GMO, 350-390 calorie-3oz size|
A highlight, tastebuds wise - - -Setton Farms' products are a smash hit since arriving at OR. Frankly, pistachios any which way- are a favorite food group all unto its own in our household.
New to us-are the flavored ones-that take those delectable Californian grown pistachios -and fuse them with some added kick. (5 flavors available). Bars across America-take note. SO MUCH BETTER…than the mixed nuts.
Available on Amazon.
|the Chewy Bites are cranberry and pistachio loaded tiny bars-about 3 bites worth…just the right texture and blend of sweet/salty/tangy. We would be happy too if we worked for this company. Yummy! Great for kids. $5.99/6 pack, $14.99/16 pack, individually wrapped.|
|Gift sized, every allergy -free human -practically speaking- would love the 100% bag of extra large 18/20 premium California pistachios -roasted with a touch of sea salt (19oz)…or the 18oz roasted cashews with sea salt. $15.99/per|
|Dark Chocolate Pistachios=win win!|
PowerBar's Performance Energy Wafers-have that satisfying lightness and crunch of a waffle cookie but are made of the company's C2MAX-"a dual source energy blend…2:1 ratio of glucose to fructose." Reminds us of what energy gels deliver. We tried the Chocolate/Peanut Butter flavor (other one is Berry Yogurt)---and it is on the sweet side---but real tasting with satisfying crispness.
|smartly segmented products-for Before, During, Recovery---natural and organic ingredients---a lot of product offerings...|
|Big thumbs up for sponsoring races! The Clif Bar gels are a bit thicker textured than other brands- makes it easier take a bit at a time vs liquidy kind. FYI:-we buy the Black Cherry Gel Bloks by the case…|
HONEY STINGER bases their entire organic product line on naturally energy delivering, easy to digest honey. The gels- are no caffeine and caffeine blessed-getting a 32mg kick from green tea extract. Also new and easily devoured-Gingersnap Waffle-crispy light and delish. We could see an entire Christmas themed gingerbread house made of these though we guess buttery frosting would negate any healthy eating fantasy.
|Organic gels get new flavors-chocolate and strawberry kiwi.|
After reading a Runner's World readers' forum on best fuels for long distance that are easy to digest- we took up one guy's tip-and carried some of Honey Stinger's Organic Wildflower Honey in a little plastic bag during a recent marathon…easy enough to take a bit when needed...and it really gave us that instant kick to avoid bonking out during the last 5 miles. Now a staple on 2+hour runs.
|Freeze dried-just add boiling water and wait a 8-9 minutes-or use cold water and heat it up-Breakfast Skillet is all in one meal=hash browns, scrambled eggs mixed with pork sausage, peppers and onions. Different sized packets widely available.|
|this ginormous can that doubles as a pot- has shelf life 25 years|
With really long shelf lives of prepared food staples--one of the bigger ones at OR- Mountain House- dazzled us with their Raspberry Crumble. So easy…just open the can, add boiling water, stir up-serve with the included chocolate cookie crumble on top. DONE.
|cookie crumble is in a protective sealed pouch- crispness guaranteed. 10 year shelf life|
CHEF 5 MINUTE EXPRESS™ had just tear open and eat tuna vegetable and chicken vegetable salads (with 3 year shelf life, no refrigeration needed)…and …super cool Chef 5 Minute Meals that are self heating-with a heating pad oven envelope -that works with the included salt water activator pouch-tear open and pour contents into heating pad oven, fold over as directed with the meal placed just so, and wait 5-10 minutes.
Everything needed is completely packaged in one box. EVEN featured on the Rachel Ray show…we bet she was as impressed as we are.
|9 entree size, self-heating meal options-like Beef Chili and Beans, Chicken Cacciatore, Vegetable Lasagna... the company donated an entire inventory-2 million units...to Hurricane Sandy victims. Bravo. Also sold by the huge buckets and pouches.|
|wide opening makes it easy to mix natural ingredients and scoop it out.|
|handles are built-in makes opening the ends easy|
|Ice cream salt in the other side|
|close shut-roll around|
FYI-company now sells an ice cream ball with additional inflatable cover. The one featured above-is an all in one soft-shell... should be available soon.
|bonus points go to this watermelon juicer. THANKS!|
PART ONE-Manly Snacks, PART THREE Glamping+Grilling, PART FOUR Staying Connected-Powering Up-Portably, PART FIVE Grey is the New Black PART SIX Color Trend Solid and Saturated, PART SEVEN Pink, Berry-Colors Spring, PART EIGHT Nautical Navy+UN Blue, Pastels,PART NINE Black, White, Greens Color Trends, PART TEN Bold Graphics
PART ELEVEN Nature Real and Artful PART TWELVE ETHNIC+CAMP PRINTS PART THIRTEEN Watery Fun-Shoes-Gear, PART FOURTEEN Gear Sets Up/Breaks Down