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What ever happened to the good ole days, where almost everyone I rode with had a Clif Bar in their possession? Where a Clif Bar was the norm, and everything else was obsolete. What happened was that companies started to improve snacks, started to actually make treats that made your taste buds happy, your mouth water, and your stomach happy. There have been countless start ups that we can’t even keep up with, but one we have recently tasted and used in a bikepack setting is the Green Belly Meal 2Go snacks, and they have proven to really activate our salivary glands.

Green Belly was started by Chris Cage, who was sick and tired of the same old protein bars, fast foods, and perishable foods. As a bikepacker, I can understand that. I can also understand a McDonalds Big Mac, or fruit bowl, but carrying those on your bike can only last so long. That’s where Green Belly comes in. Green Belly Meal 2Go is available in 3 flavors and has a shelf life of 6 months, yet I would bet the tasty treat won’t last that long in your house, unless you buy in bulk.green-belly-meal-2go-09339
I’m not going to lie, when I first took a look at the packaging, I was a little turned off. Maybe because of the size or label, but I certainly judged the product by it’s cover. Bad idea, because when I ripped the package open of my Peanut/Apricot bar and took a bite, my perception of the product instantly changed. It was delicious. I was just on a day ride where I probably didn’t need that many calories, and I couldn’t put it down. I ate the whole thing during two short breaks in under an hour.

If you are not into finishing the whole meal, and I don’t recommend it as it contains 1/3rd of your daily nutrients of protein, calories, fiber, fats, carbohydrates and sodium, the easy resealable pouch really comes in handy. Inside the pouch are two 100% all-natural ingredient filled bars. The pouch served it’s purpose on a recent bikepacking trip, all I needed was a little bit of water and one bar to get my energy level up for the rest of the afternoon, and I could save the second bar for the next day.

The other two flavors that Green Belly makes are Cranberry/Almond and Dark Chocolate/Banana. Along with the Peanut/Apricot, the three flavors keep things simple, yet provide variety. My personal favorite was the Peanut/Apricot, but I can say all of them are delicious in their own right.green-belly-meal-2go-09338
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I won’t bore you with how these snacks work scientifically, because let’s be honest, I’m no nutritionist, I just like tasty food. The one thing I do look at on the nutrition facts of every snack are the calories. The Green Belly Meal2Go packs a big punch for the weight(160g), and relative size of the product. The three flavors come in at just under 650 calories per package, certainly meal worthy.

If you are looking for a balanced meal or snack out on a trip, or even an emergency meal to stuff at the bottom of your pack, Green Belly should be your new go-to. It’s relatively small pack size for the calories, flavor and nutrition is why we ride with Green Belly.

Want to win a few Green Belly meals stuffed into a Rouge Panda Designs Alamogordo? Comment below with your most unique bikepacking snack and we will choose a winner on December 16th, 2016. 
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69 Comments

  1. Fresh snow peas. You need fiber to help keep the pipes clean from the freeze dried food, cliff bars and peanut butter–seriously!

  2. Sam Campbell.

    I like to take a egg mcmuffin with me on a really long day. But mostly I eat the power gels and cliff bloks on most other rides. Pizza is another good one for long days and over nighters because who doesn’t like cold pizza! Cheers.

  3. Home made ANZAC biscuits boosted with dried fruit nuts and seeds. Think oats coconut butter golden syrup and heaps of fruit nuts and seeds…and for a treat I sometimes add a bit of dark chocolate ….a specialty of bike packers Down Under here in NZ

  4. favorite snack has to be my homemade bars and trail mix

  5. Refrigerated Tootsie Rolls. Need I say more? They last longer in your mouth; however don’t try chewing on them as they could rip a crown or implant out 🙂

  6. Erick Alvarez

    Sliced banana with peanut butter and honey on a corn tortilla. When heading back from a trip and put together left over ingredients. I was impressive by the strange, yet enjoyable combination.

  7. Doritos mixed with ramen soup mix

  8. All natural peanut butter (on the dry side) rolled into a mixture of oatmeal and a bit of honey.

  9. Bonnie Larvick

    Cowboy Balls are perfect for any distance- delicious, nutritious and packable. I use oatmeal, coconut, peanut butter, flaxseed and a few other customers ingredients.

  10. Philip Lindskog

    Homemade power protein balls. Oats, honey, PB, chia, flax and chocolate chips!

  11. Knew a guy who was a chef and bikepacker. On a european Alps trip he would purchase a live chicken from local farmers, put it in a cage on the back of his bike. At dinnertime the chicken would come out…and you can imagine the rest. Needless to say the cage was empty in the AM. He was also a raging alcoholic, and always managed to shove 6-10 german 1 liter glass beer bottles in a pannier-no matter how steep the grade was to be that day.

  12. A can of Ranch beans with a can of Tuna mixed in

  13. Grain Free “granola” from a recipe book recipe with my own modifications. Think of Paleo party mix. Basically throw in anything you could find on the ground under a tree, stir in a little honey and palm oil and bake until its browned up a little. Good for all day grazing when exertion and heat make mid-day meals put you to sleep.

  14. Tracy J Seelhammer

    I rely on my own homemade energy bars for snacks – it’s important to control what fuel I’m giving myself, and one of the ways to do that is make everything myself. I’m considering trying these, though!

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  16. Standar P&J and or honey.

  17. Nothing satisfied my cravings on the Colorado Trail like cookie dough! That’s right, just plain old chocolate chip cookie dough

  18. Well, I’d have to say my favorite bikepacking snack is the same as my backpacking snack. Crushed Cheez-it’s!!!! A good calorie per weight ratio and you can mix it into anything. Just open the bag a little to let air out and smashy-smashy. Roll it up to get all the air out (packs small) and eat it by the mouthful, sprinkle it on your food, use as a firestarter….
    Can beer also be my favorite snack?

  19. All natural maple syrup. My local grocer carries a brand in a convenient pouch with a resealable cap. Easy to get down, great boost of energy. It works well in about any scenario. Way better than conventional gels. Much less waste and mess.

  20. A bean and cheese burrito.

  21. Vegemite sandwiches with lots of Vegemite (and I mean lots!), to replace the salt I sweat out. Fruit, for some reason I often get a craving for an orange. And a counter lunch/tea at a pub if possible 🍻.

  22. PGH_smal_-adventures

    homemade bars: cashews, almonds, puffed rice, dried fruit, brown rice syrup, and honey. Choco Chips if you want, and I usually do. Using banana chips and chocolate is really good.

  23. Michael Hill

    I’ll second the snap peas, generally they keep as well if not better than mini carrots and are great greenery on multiday trips. Homemade powerballs from various recipes are go to day ride snacks along with fig newtons. Advocados travel well and generally provide good fats and a veggie boost for several days after purchase.

  24. Michael Forster

    Nutella sandwiched between two digestive biscuits.

  25. I have not found many solid foods I like to eat during long events… I snack on Pop-tarts and PayDay candy bars while getting my needed nutrition from SPIZ. Looking forward to trying greenbelly!

  26. Almond Butter on whole wheat tortillas with dried fruit – all rolled up. Great for on the go eating!

  27. figs!

  28. Mixture of banana chips and raw almonds. My go to snack. I could probably live on that… with beer added as the nutritious beverage.

  29. A British pork pie 🙂

  30. Never leave home without some Starbucks Vias.

  31. beef jerky by the pound and PB&J bonk breakers

  32. Peanut Butter and Fluff (ask any native New Englander!)

  33. Almond or Cashew butter stuffed Medjool dates (from Cali of course) and when it’s super hot, wrap them in a slice of Serrano or Prosciutto – YUM

  34. This isn’t very “unique,” but my standard for years has been peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Also, I have recently taken to packing a small 8 oz bottle of cognac for desert after dinner around the campfire. Good times!

  35. Dried cranberries, triscuits and bananas!

  36. Ramen Noodles, cooked with miso soup mix, an avocado, and a packet of sweet and spicy tuna.

  37. Burgerville breakfast burritos! even rode 5 miles back to the car after I forgot them at the start of a trip.

  38. Andrew Green

    Cheese! Lots and lots of cheese! Hahaha!

  39. Can’t fathom a multi-day trip without sardines, hard cheese, and a good rye bread. After snacking on dry bars & water and riding hard all morning, when it’s time for a longer break, the dense, oily protein balanced with an aged Parmigiana and some bread to mop it up . . . Yum. Grease up them joints and ride on!

  40. Health warrior cha bar coconut or bannana nut and epic beef or bison jerky. I have not found my go to ride snack.

  41. Thomas Fletcher

    I was riding with a buddy one time and the whole ride I kept smelling fried chicken. We got to the top and sure enough the cat pulls out a big bag of supermarket fried chicken. Heaven.

  42. On anything longer than a day ride, I always carry crusty bread and dry cured salami. Between that and dry roasted almonds, I can go all day.

  43. Casey’s gas station pizza. Nothing better on a long gravel ride

  44. As an almost broke, vegan, bikepacker I have to keep it cheap…and mainly raw. Bananas, bananas, bananas and any free food on route such as cherries, apples, figs, sharon fruit, walnuts, wild blueberries, raspberries, srawberries and blackberriers. I’d love to try the greenbelly meals though,.they sound perfect – are they vegan? 🙂

  45. OK somebody already mentioned my old standby – fig newtons. I brought these on the TATR last September along with cashews, dark chocolate, jujubes, shot bloks, homemade trail mix and some apples I found along the way which was a nice change. I would however like to try the Greenbelly Meals as something for my next epic. Amongst other things, the way they are packaged as resealable 2pak appeals to me. Thanks Neil for this, great response, it’s giving me more nutrition ideas. Cheers…njc

  46. Flour tortilla spread with peanut butter and honey then rolled up and cut in bite sized chunks.
    In cool weather and winter bars made of peanut butter honey cocoa powder and oats.

  47. Homemade organic orange marmalade cake with a glazed yogurt style topping. Sweet and zesty, good with or without fluids, as good fresh on the day i make it or after a few weeks when it can be crumbled up and still tasted wonderful.

  48. Gary Griffin

    Elk Jerky

  49. My favorite is crunchy peanut butter, strawberry jelly and bacon sandwich. Sweet and salty.

  50. Jake Current

    Burritos. I firmly believe that burritos can solve almost any bikepacking problem. Flat tire? -> burrito. Tired? -> burrito. Lost? -> burrito. Existential unease? -> burrito. Well I guess maybe they don’t solve all problems, but they sure seem to always help. Local, organic, home-made burritos with fresh ingredients are ideal, but I am not one to turn away from a vacuum-sealed, lab-created “beef” and cheese gas station wonder.

  51. Can’t go past a few Vegemite sandwiches.

  52. Fritos corn chips. Love the salt and calories. With a Whisky chaser.

  53. flour tortilla stuffed with egg, potato, cheese, and chopped dry Salome.. Garnish with Sriracha..

  54. For my likings, it’s sticky rice and jerky.

  55. Last nights quesadilla

  56. So many great snacks. On morning rides my favorite has to be an Eggo Nutella sandwich, evening rides would be a cold Modus Hoperandi. On the CTR it was doughnuts all the way, the bigger the better.

  57. Bear jerky. A little stringy but surprisingly good.

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  59. Beef jerky nuggets w/ dried apricots

  60. A flour tortilla filled with PB&J, a dill pickle, and a pack of tuna.

  61. Baked sweet potato, sliced down the middle; stir in powdered instant espresso and crumbled up bacon. Fold it back together, wrap it up in foil, and refrigerate before the trip. This keeps for a few days, and is a supreme performance-and-pleasure-enhancing food.

  62. Pearson’ Salted Nut Rolls. Amazing combo of salt and sweet. As a bonus they remind me of my grandparents who kept the house stocked with them.

  63. Terri Collins

    Croissant with Canadian bacon, cream cheese, and strawberry jam – YUM!

  64. Michael Grosso

    Unique? Nothing can beat day and a half old burrito. Fished it out of my bedrock stem bag while taking a HAB break up Black Mountain during the SC400 2015. Every bike packer eats burritos. What is unique is finishing it off a day and a half later and loving it. Sit the half eaten burrito (or whole burrito) vertically. Let the cheese and meat juices and whatever other goodness in there like guac congeal into a soupy fiestival of gorgeousness (fiesta + festival if you didn’t catch that). I admit, I didn’t do this on purpose. It just kind of happened in the same way discoveries that change lives are made: accidentally. Now, I may or may not do it on purpose. There is likely no better confluence of tastiness, calories and nutritional density on the planet.

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