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Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 18:44:52 MST Print View

I'm curious. Is there anyone out there that just throws a box full of Clif Bars (Lara Bars, Odwalla Bars, etc.) in their bag for their main form of trail sustenance (e.g., one or two bars for breakfast, lunch, dinner)?

Why do it? Nutrition-wise those bars should have everything one needs (maybe needs to be supplemented with high-calorie trail mix). Plus, there is the added bonus of not having to cook, haul around a mess kit, etc.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 18:48:57 MST Print View

I do Clif bars/Clif Shot Roks during the day while hiking, but I like my hot meals at night and hot coffee in the morning!

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 18:51:01 MST Print View

My son is good with Clif Bars, hot chocolate, and jelly beans.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 18:53:50 MST Print View

Hey Chris - I sure have. In fact, I have gone stoveless for several days and just ate bars. I don't drink coffee and a hot meal at the end of the day is not that vital. I will, however, also take protein bars with the clifs.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 18:59:53 MST Print View

"I will, however, also take protein bars with the clifs."

David, have you tried the Clif Shot Roks? A bag of protein bites. Pretty darn good. Better than most protein bars IMAHO. During the day I nibble on a bag of them. Good stuff.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 19:03:58 MST Print View

You make a good point Chris, however weight could be an issue. I'm pretty sure this has been discussed quite a bit on this forum. Clif bars are quite sufficient in their carbohydrate content and nutrients, and depending on the flavor, contain a fair amount of protein and like you said are uber convenient. The big drawback to using a Clif Bar meal plan for more than a day or two is the water weight present in the bar. The weight over 2 days+ would quickly add up as Clif Bars arent exactly light, they're quite dense and have a lot of packaging. Pasta, dried meat, instant mash potatoes, dried fruit, beans, lentils and soups contain equal amounts or more of required nutrition on the trail, can be more sustaining once consumed, and give you a sense of a complete meal at the end of a long day. Just my thoughts.

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Dehydrating Clif Bars? on 11/23/2009 19:09:40 MST Print View

Eugene,

I suppose it would be possible to dehydrate/rehydrate a Clif Bar, no? Has anyone here tried doing that?

Ah, since the bars are high protein, then it would probably be a good idea to balance them with some slow-burning carb snacks in between meals, which would be ideal when you are on the go.

I can't argue with a hot coffee or tea in the morning. In the outdoors, becoming one with piping hot liquid caffeine can be a religious experience...

Edited by NightMarcher on 11/23/2009 19:11:50 MST.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 19:09:58 MST Print View

Hi Doug,

actually I have and I like them. Thanks for reminding me!

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 19:20:10 MST Print View

Sounds like a good way to condition yourself never to want to eat another Clif bar!

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re:never to want to eat another Clif bar!?!?! on 11/23/2009 20:12:09 MST Print View

Is that possible? I have consumed well over a thousand and somehow look forward to them still. I swear some of them are cookies masquerading as a balanced snack. MMM maplenut. Makes me hungry.

Ryan Linn
(ryan.c.linn)

Locale: Maine!
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 20:13:15 MST Print View

I love the convenience of energy bars-- Clif, Lara, Snickers (candy bars count as energy bars!), etc. The only downside, as far as I can tell, is that they are maybe a little too easy to digest. That's perfectly okay for shorter trips, but I find that once you go three or more days eating several energy bars each day, you start having to visit the facilitrees a lot more than usual. Of course, that might be other things besides just the bars.

The only other downside is the price to calories ratio. If you're really cheap, bars aren't always the best choice.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 20:22:00 MST Print View

"Sounds like a good way to condition yourself never to want to eat another Clif bar!"

It only took me one. :)

Monty Montana
(TarasBulba) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 20:27:46 MST Print View

Of all the energy bars on the market they have the best taste and consistency as far as I'm concerned. Often that's all I'll eat in the morning so I can hit the trail early and quickly. However, I don't think I'd do well trying to subsist solely on energy bars as I don't have much of a sweet tooth...It seems I crave salt more than sugar when on the trail. And as Eugene pointed out there's the weight factor to consider.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 20:30:45 MST Print View

Two Comments -

First: Cliff Bars are predominately soy based. If you are sensitive to soy, a full diet of Cliff Bars Will send you into the woods.

PowerBar's Harvest line is oat and rice based, and usually tolerated well. In addition they have 10 grams of protein per bar.

(I have no vested interest in either, but my gut is particular.)

Second: Do the math. PowerBars are around 125 calories per ounce, comparable or better than many of the all-dry meals that are commercially available, or that you can make at home.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 20:36:02 MST Print View

I do have to say, Blueberry Crisp flavored Clif Bar, mmmmmmm, I ate like 8 of those once on a 3 day trip, that one does it for me every time. If I'm splurging, as they are ridiculously pricey, I pick up a few of the Probar brand assortment, those things are loaded with dense calories and a healthy dose of good fats and some protein thrown in their from the nuts. Last time I checked out REI they were like $2.50-3.00 a bar though!

I must say, if candy could sustain me and had even an ounce of nutritional value, I would eat Skittles and Red Vines for days. Now that is a 'meal' plan I could adhere too. I'm a sucker for sweets, once a boy always a boy I say :)

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 20:38:23 MST Print View

" Last time I checked out REI they were like $2.50-3.00 a bar though!"

Buy a dozen at a time and get 20% off.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 21:35:23 MST Print View

Safeway - $1 each on sale. I buy boxes of my favorites.

Jeff Patrick
(callmeammo) - F

Locale: Sacramento
This is such a bad idea. on 11/23/2009 21:47:26 MST Print View

I did it going into the grand canyon. I had a bunch I got for free that I needed to get rid of. Luckily I had a pretty good variety of flavors, which was the only thing that saved me.

It got to the point that I would have a blueberry cliff bar as desert. Thats just sad.

One piece of advice, if you must do this, don't buy chocolate ones. If its just chips that should be fine, but my friend who also did the cliff bar meal plan had brownie, chocolate fudge, and chocolate chip I think.

Watching him eat was one of the funniest things I've seen. I think it was harder for him than the hike.

I did a half cliff bar plan on another hike. But also brought along a thing of salami, some almonds, and dried mangos.

Having real food-even though it is noncook- is so much better than straight cliff bars. There is no reason to put yourself through that. Especially if you are going with other people who aren't eating only cliff bars. You will be so jealous that you wont want to eat.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: The Clif Bar Meal Plan on 11/23/2009 21:49:19 MST Print View

Honestly for me....nearly all the bars taste the same. Most are too sweet. And not brace friendly. So for the last 2 years while my chompers have been in Titanium I found other things to eat. If I want a quick eat I do Baker Breakfast Cookies (which are waaayyyy better tasting than any bar) and are in the high 200's to 300's. Yum!

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Pro Bars on 11/23/2009 22:14:38 MST Print View

Pro Bars have the most dense caloric content of any energy bar (that I've found). They also use whole food ingredients and are not overly sweet.

I pretty much eat Pro Bars and cliff shots for breakfast and lunch, with a freeze-dried meal for dinner. It's superlightweight, easy, and nutritious. Dried fruit, nuts, and beef jerky rounds it out if I'm feeling luxurious.

I've eaten clif bars for a few days and the roof of my mouth became incredibly irritated. This happened to several other people I know as well. Not sure what it was (soy? ), but look out for that. Pro Bars never cause that reaction in me.

Edited by Rezniem on 11/23/2009 22:26:02 MST.