September 19, 2008, 9:19 am / Categories: Food / Hydration
The Gear Junkie: Bear Naked Trail Mix
By STEPHEN REGENOLD
Habit kicked, I was riding high and on the wagon. For 10 years — basically throughout my entire 20s — I had dropped that infamous outdoors foodstuff known as GORP, purging all calorie-dependent adventures of the peanut-raisin-M&M trail mix concoctions that I’d overindulged upon in my youth. Indeed, so great was my disdain for the proverbial hikers’ fuel that even the waft of air from a backpacking partner’s bag hinting at a trail mix within would send me spinning the other way.
Energy bars — those processed hunks of soy beans and date paste and sugar — became my surrogate quick-calorie food. But, lo, I am back on the wagon, my GORP fast ending with the introduction to a pair of particularly tasty mixes from Bear Naked Inc. of La Jolla, Calif.
Mix No. 1 — the company’s Appalachian Trail Mix — includes the requisite raisins, peanuts, oats and pumpkin seeds. But it gets more creative from there, adding in cranberries, almonds, cashews, walnuts, dried apples, ground flax seed and coconut for a flavor that’s dense and intense.
Nutritionally, a serving of Appalachian Trail Mix includes a similar boost as seen from the common energy bar, though with more fat: It has 15 grams of carbs, 140 calories, 4 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat.
A second flavor, the company’s Pacific Crest Mix, was my favorite. This mix includes cashews and organic pistachios as primary fillers plus dried mangos and roasted sunflower seeds. The result is a filling mix that tastes fresh and healthy — nothing like the pasty, stale, sweet and salty palette of the GORP of yore.
The Pacific Crest Mix shares similar nutritional specs with the Appalachian Trail Mix. They contain no preservatives, no hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol, no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup, and 0 grams of trans fat.
Bear Naked Inc. sells both mixes at $2.99 for a 5-ounce bag. The products are sold at Whole Foods and other grocery stores around the country.
(Stephen Regenold writes The Gear Junkie column for eleven U.S. newspapers; see www.THEGEARJUNKIE.com for video gear reviews, a daily blog, and an archive of Regenold’s work.)
- Latest Articles
- Are You Man Enough? Patagonia Launches 'Technical Knickers' (we test them out)
- Toddlers Compete On Push-Bikes... Strider Launches 'National Championship' Series
- 'Slide Un Cable En SpeedRiding'
- 10 Lantern Giveaway: Goal Zero Products Up For Grabs (10 readers will Win!)
- Active Lifestyle Luxury Goods, All Made In USA (major trend in 2014?)
- Carabiner Has Built-In 'Hook'
- American Wins Boston Marathon… Wearing Skechers Shoes
- This Light Powered By Sack Of Rocks
- Boston Marathon Winner Wore Names Of Victims On Bib
- Running Paris: Salomon 'CityTrail' Video
- Popular Articles
- Innovative Axe Design Revolutionizes Wood-Chopping Technology
- Not A Mummy: Zipper-less Design Offers New Sleeping Bag Experience
- American Wins Boston Marathon… Wearing Skechers shoes
- Taco Cat Is A Bike-Only Taco Delivery Service
- World's 10 Most Dangerous Mountains
- 1,000-Year-Old Native American Canoe
- Huff, Puff And Power Your Gizmos: Portable Wind Turbine Made For Outdoors
- Goal Zero Camp Lantern Provides Light, Built-In Charging Station
- 12 Good Boots: Find Your Perfect Hiking Footwear For Spring 2014
- No Reel Needed: Patagonia Fly Fishing Kit Is Simple, Light And Effective
- Friends of Gear Junkie
- Monopoint Media
- Adventure Blog
- Adventure Journal
- Outside Online
- Cold Splinters
- Sender Films
- Elevation Outdoors
- Rock and Ice Magazine
- Trail Runner Magazine
- REI Blog
- Weekly E-Newsletter
Sign up for our e-news for a weekly update on new gear, adventure travel, and prize giveaways.