Training and Racing with PowerBar
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PowerBar has long been known to athletes for helping provide the energy we look for while prepping for an activities, sustaining energy during activity, and helping recover after activity. My first experience with PowerBar products was a long time ago while I was running high school track and cross country, and PowerBar Performance Energy Bars were the one of the only energy bars. Today, you go to your super market and there is a whole lot more to choose from which is good for us athletes and the brands. Yes, heavy competition is not always welcomed among brands, but it forces them to make the best possible product for us athletes which in the long run benefits everyone, so I am all for it.
Fueling athletes with many options
Today, PowerBar offers much more than the traditional Performance Energy Bar, most recently I had the opportunity to test out a few of their new items. In specific, I tested out the Performance Energy Wafer Bar, the Performance Energy Blends, and the Performance Energy Bar. My favorite options out of the 3 that I tested were the Performance Energy Blends and the Wafer Bars. The Energy Blends typically are full of energy rich fruits which help fuel your activity. I am not a big eater in the morning before a race or long training run and I find that this is the perfect option for me to get my nutrients without having to load up my stomach. Some of the recent races I used the Energy Blends include a 25 and 50 mile trail race, many smaller distance races such as 5k’s and 10k’s, and long distance hikes. While the Energy Blends are great for before an activity, I also enjoy eating them during an activity. This is especially true during longer races where I am looking to for food other than gels and bars.
For consuming the PowerBar Energy Blend, all you need to do is unscrew the yellow cap and squeeze. If you don’t want to consume the whole package, you can screw the top back on and save the rest for later. The cap is also nice when you are finished because you don’t have to worry about the last little bit getting all over your clothes or pack.
Performance Energy Blend Nutritional information
• Vitamin C 60% • Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, vitamin A, calcium, and iron.
The main differentiater in the Energy Blends compared to other energy products is the C2Max Duel Source Energy Blend which is a 2-1 Glucose to Fructose blend found to deliver 20-50% more energy to muscles than glucose alone and improve endurance performance by 8%. If interested in learning more behind the science, please click here to visit the PowerBar website to see what the experts have to say.
PowerBar Wafer Bars
While PowerBar was not the first to come out with a wafer style energy food, they have done a great job at coming up with an energy food that taste good and delivers lots of tasty and balanced energy. The PowerBar Wafer Bars also include the 2-1 Glucose to Fructose blend which is great for endurance activities. The wafer bars are meant for before and during high endurance activities. I have used these on my long runs and all day hikes in the Rocky Mountains and have found them to provide lasting energy all while taking up little room in your pocket or pack.
Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0% • Calcium 0% • Iron 0%
Give them a try!
The great thing about energy foods is that they don’t affect your pocket book like a larger purchase such as a pair of running shoes, waterproof jacket, tent, etc. For less than $3, you can get a good idea if these products are right for you and your body. To learn more, please visit PowerBar.com.