Fueling Your Body with CLIF Bar

Have you ever felt like you just don't have enough energy to tackle that next big climb? Or maybe you're just trying to make sure you have enough fuel to make it to the top! In this article, we'll discuss the importance of nutrition and how Clif bars can help fuel your hike. We'll explore the different varieties of CLIF® products, their nutritional benefits, and how they can provide energy while on the trail.

CLIF® are a leading nutrition bar company; using organic, plant based and sustainably sourced ingredients to fuel professional and everyday athletes - meaning they are perfect for EverTrekkers! 

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Let's keep things simple with 3 key nutritional categories that are invaluable when fueling your trek and are packed into Clif bars! 

1. Protein

Protein is amazing at aiding muscle growth and recovery. It is also super filling so it curbs hunger.

High protein foods: 

  • Poultry meats eg. chicken and turkey
  • Lean meats eg. beef and lamb
  • Dairy milk, cheese (especially cottage cheese) and yoghurt (especially Greek yoghurt) 
  • Eggs 
  • Quinoa, tofu, nuts and seeds, oats, brown and wild rice 
2. Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of fuel, they release energy slowly into your body. Without getting too scientific, carbohydrates are broken down during digestion into simple sugars and absorbed into the bloodstream. This glucose is crucial on a trek to sustain the endurance on the trail.

Good sources of natural carbohydrates:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Milk
  • Nuts, grains and seeds
  • Beans, peas and lentils
3. Unsaturated Fats 

The concept of ‘fats’ often gets a bad wrap! But essentially, fat plays a vital role in aiding our normal bodily functions and even more so when you are out in the mountains burning plenty of calories. Fats help your body to absorb vitamins and minerals and aid the balance of our hormone levels.
Foods rich in unsaturated fats:

  • Avocados 
  • Fish 
  • Nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pecans) 
  • Seeds (pumpkin, flax and sesame seeds)

So why are CLIF Bars perfect to have in your pocket when you are out in the mountains?
They are the perfect combination of ingredients to deliver nutrition and propel peak performance - those mountains will seem like a breeze! 

They are also great for on-the-go nutrition to support everyday wellness goals with their mix of craveable, plant based ingredients. 

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So which product would best suit you?

  1. CLIF BAR®: The Ultimate Energy Bar (9-11g protein & 35-38g carbohydrates)

Perfect for before and during exercise. I personally like to have one an hour before I start trekking. 

Flavours:

  • Blueberry Almond Crisp 
  • Chocolate Almond Fudge 
  • Chocolate Chip  
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter  
  • Peanut Butter Banana with Dark Chocolate 
  • White Chocolate Macadamia Nut 
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    2. CLIF BAR®: Minis (108-111g calories & 4-5g protein)

These bars are mini but mighty! I like having a couple of these in my pocket whilst I’m hiking. They are the perfect size for a boost without leaving you feeling too full or heavy to get to that next milestone! 

Flavours:

  • White Chocolate Macadamia (my favourite!!)
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Chip
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    3. CLIF® Nut Butter Bar (9-11g whole grains & 7g protein)

This is the first ever snack bar with a creamy nut butter centre and will be sure to satisfy your taste buds! 

Flavours:

  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter 
  • Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter 
  • Peanut Butter 
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    4. CLIF BLOKS® Energy Chews (220 cal, 48g carbs)

The CLIF Chews are a tasty treat when out on the mountains and a great alternative to energy gels (1 gel = 3 Bloks)! Packed with quick releasing carbs that deliver glucose and fructose to your body for fast fuel to working muscles. They are also loaded with electrolytes which are crucial for keeping your body hydrated and muscle functions. This means Clif Energy Chews are perfect for improving physical performance during high-intensity and long-lasting physical exercise! 

Flavours:

  • Strawberry 
  • Margarita Citrus 
  • Mountain Berry 
  • Tropical Punch (caffeinated) 
  • Black Cherry (caffeinated) 
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So, where can you purchase Clif Bars?

  • Cotswold Outdoor
  • Tescos
  • Amazon
  • Muscle Foods 

Here at EverTrek HQ, we genuinely love the CLIF® products, especially the CLIF Bar Minis and Energy Chews. Not only are they packed with scientifically proven ingredients that will not only keep your body fuelled but also give you that much needed morale boost to get you over that next ridge! CLIF are also committed to being kind to the planet and have been carbon neutral for the past 16 years and have planted 207,000 trees since 2003 which makes them even more awesome!! 

So don't forget to pack your Clif Bars before you set off for your next adventure!

 

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Written By

Rosie Long

Yeti Hapus