What to eat? It is always a question out on the trail and I spend plenty of long days out on the trail. There are two things that I never want to have to give up a great trail opportunity for; fuel and food. That is why I always try to carry plenty of both with me. That six gallon Acerbis tank and my hefty backpack may look cumbersome, but both are lifesavers.
When it comes to food on the trail, I want comfort. Something that tastes good and fills me up. Some days it is hard to tell exactly what that is going to be. You know, the one where you are craving jerky but only have a mushy banana with you. I do have a couple of old standbys that will typically do the trick. Now I have something new to add to the mix.
The Tram Bar- Actually the first time I had one of these was at Idaho City a couple of years ago when a nice girl was walking around handing them out as samples. I tried it the next day on the trail and it was excellent, but I think that day was overshadowed by a broken Husaberg or something, so I never followed up on it.
A few weeks back I got an email from Kate, of Kate’s Real Food, offering up a few more samples. When the box arrived, it had a few new flavors to add with the original Tram bar. Over the next few weeks I threw them in my pack each time I headed out the door. I sampled each and tried to work out which were my favorite varieties.
Before long I realized the supply was running a bit low. So I started to conserve them, only using them as a special treat. I was treating such a utilitarian thing as an energy bar more like a coveted prize. I considered sharing them with my riding buddies, but soon dismissed such a foolish idea.
Anyway, you get the idea, I really like the things. They are just the perfect “hit the spot” snack with a nice mix of sweet and savory from ingredients like oats, rice, peanut butter, chocolate and dried fruit. They are also energy rich, the Tram bar has 360 calories, 48 grams of carbs and 8 grams of protein. It is a meal in a bar. Some of the other varieties are in a slightly smaller serving, such as the 260 calorie “Handle Bar”.
With a hefty balance of carbs and protein, the bars are the perfect choice for filling that hole in your stomach. My favorite is still probably the original Tram bar, followed perhaps by Kate’s Stash bar. You can check out all the varieties at: